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Richard Nilsen

Richard Nilsen
Richard Nilsen graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina and was the art critic for The Arizona Republic from 1986 to 2012. He was also department head in a two-year college, where he taught photography and art history.
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To see Paul Cezanne only as a seed of Modern art is to misunderstand the magnitude of his accomplishment... Paul Cézanne For nearly a century, we have seen Paul Cezanne through the eyes of his disciples. They have...

The one thing every American shares is that we are immigrants, and this gives birth to our self-reliance, our willingness to risk tomorrow on faith, and our freedom from many of the cultural straitjackets found back in the Old Country. It’s all there in the art. All...
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High Art is not going away. There are people who require an art of greater complexity than popular culture usually affords them, who hunger for something deeper, more complex, something that reflects the human experience... There is...

Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky had a lot to say about Johannes Brahms’ music—all bad... “I have played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms,” wrote Tchaikovsky in his diary in 1886. “What...