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Finally, a Robot to Explain Abstract Art to Us All

The Novice Art Blogger Tumblr publishes frank, matter-of-fact, and often comical observations of abstract art using deep learning algorithms.

Tides I by Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1946. A metal ice cream is covered in a bowl or then a cup of scissors in front of a piece of paper on top of a counter. I was once shown a pitcher and two cups made from blue painted pottery. Caption: Novice Art Blogger

Art criticism is a tough racket. Critics are both loathed and lauded, as their personal interpretations of and appreciation for individual works and artists are then pored over and the reviews themselves criticized. In short, it’s all subjective. But there’s a new critic on the scene, publishing frank, matter-of-fact observations of abstract art, one of the world’s particularly debatable veins, via a Tumblr page called Novice Art Blogger. Yet something’s different about this critic whose name (and subsequent description of what the site will contain: “I’m experiencing Art for the first time, here are my responses”) admits honestly to an amateur grasp.

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Abstract Absurdist Marxism: The Comic Brothers Examined as Modern Art

A gallery exhibit explores Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo's influence on pioneering absurdist artists like Marcel Duchamp.


It could be surmised that Groucho and his brothers didn’t exactly embrace art and its varied ethos. That didn’t mean, however, that their contemporaries and generations of artists to follow weren’t influenced by the comedians' exceptional brand of wit, performance and way of looking at the complex social and political times in which they lived. If the glass was to be half empty, then humor could and would provide respite.

The exhibition “Marxism,” currently on view at New York's 303 Gallery, examines the oeuvre of the Marx Brothers through the lens of Marcel Duchamp, Jack Goldstein, Rodney Graham, Tim Lee, and Richard Prince—contemporary artists who have made work about, or relating to, the boisterous brothers.

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