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Nov. 17, 2006

Art Writer Carol Diehl Will Discuss 'The State Of The Art' Nov. 30

Carol Diehl, a visual artist and art writer from New York, will speak on "The State of Art: Its Relevance and Meaning in the 21st Century" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Room 116 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

Diehl's visit to the UI is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History. Her talk will be free and open to the public.

Diehl will explore the current state of art from the dual perspectives of working as both an artist and an art critic. She will examine the rapidly shifting context of the contemporary world and discuss the responsibility that artists have to address art's relevance to both contemporary art issues and social concerns.

Since 1982 Diehl has written nearly 150 art reviews and features for publications including Art in America, Art News, Art & Antiques and New York magazine. Considered an expert on post-modern theory, Diehl has profiled the work of major figures in contemporary art, from sculptors Louise Nevelson, Richard Serra and Mark di Suvero to painters Anselm Kiefer, Richard Pettibone and Wayne Thiebaud.

Diehl, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York, says "although the art world is booming with increased museum attendance and opportunities for artists, many careers are built on hype, rather than real accomplishment.

"We needed groundbreakers like Duchamp, Cage, Warhol, and Smithson, and for the tyranny of 'art movements' to give way to a wider definition of what art is and can be. At the same time we've lost the kind of passion and commitment that a belief in those collective ideologies once engendered."

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