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    Art critic Dave Hickey, known for book ‘Air Guitar’, dies | Entertainment

    Dave Hickey, a prominent American art critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Siegfried & Roy to Norman Rockwell, has died. His books, including “The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty” (1993) and “Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy” (1997), won him legions of fans beyond the art world experts. His stylish prose, brash criticism of taste-making institutions like museums and universities and equal embrace of works considered both high- and low-brow left a lasting influence on a generation of artists and critics. “There is no one like him. He belongs in the canon of American nonfiction prose,” his biographer  

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    Gibbons art book released | Arts & Entertainment

    The newly released art book, “Michael Gibbons – Painting in Nature,” carries a dedication by Brian Ferriso, executive director and chief curator of the Portland Art Museum. “The power of a great artist is to help us see more of what is directly in front of us and in doing so provide a visual residue that we carry throughout our daily lives,” he wrote. The new book, released earlier this month at the late artist’s gallery and the Yaquina River Museum of Art, both in Toledo, fulfills that mission — and portrays the power of Gibbons’ art. Gibbons, who died  

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