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John Corso
John J. Corso teaches art history at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He strives to write criticism that is ‘partisan, passionate, and political.’

Entries by John Corso

Spoofing the Self-Portrait: Joshua Abelow at Wasserman

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:35 PM


An oil-on-burlap self-portrait from 2011 by Joshua Abelow, one of several self-portraits on display at Wasserman Projects.


Joshua Abelow's childish self-portraits are...

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Renaissance and Recovery: Why the Arts Matter for Michigan

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:31 PM

"Only by understanding the rise of [the Creative Class] and its values can we begin to understand the sweeping and seemingly disjointed changes in our society and begin to shape our future more intelligently."

 --Richard Florida

In recent years, economic stressors have pushed several venerable Michigan arts communities into...

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Contemporary Art from the Land Down Under

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 2:02 PM


Lupul, a 2005 work of acrylic on canvas by Australian artist Walangkura Napanangka is one of the 120 works of art now on view...

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Blood Ain't What It Used to Be

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:49 PM


FKTS 19 is a new work by Jordan Eagles at The Butcher's Daughter in Ferndale.  Instead of paint and pigment, the artist preserves...

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DIA Gets Dose of Big Pharma

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 9:25 AM


Pill Spill is a new work by Beverly Fishman at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Each pill is handcrafted in glass; each pill is unique. (Photo/Aaron Burgess)

On life support since its public and private funding dried up, the DIA has been...

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Still Small Voice of the City

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 12:47 PM


The ensemble known as The Hinterlands is in residence at MOCAD. They will present "The Voice of the City" through July 22, 2012. (Photo/MOCAD)

Now that performance art has entered the public lexicon, it's not uncommon to hear the term applied to any weird,...

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The Life and Opinions of Liam Gillick, Gentleman-Artist

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:11 AM


When your art relies on minimal choices, those choices need to be persuasive. Liam Gillick's recent show at Casey Kaplan is a convincing monologue of brisk exclamations. With such sparse vocabulary and pared syntax, you wouldn't expect the art to speak polyphonically,...

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Patti Smith, Polaroids & Post-Mortems

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Volumes have been written about photography's connections to death. Intuitively aware of this relationship, Patti Smith's first major American museum exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts feels decidedly funereal. The exhibition title, Camera Solo, comes from the name of a room in Italy's Longhi castle: "I was...

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