Ian Marcus Corbin

Ian Marcus Corbin is the owner of Matter & Light Fine Art in Boston, and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Boston College. Follow him on Twitter @ianmcorbin1

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Let’s hear it for the ladies who paint

The works of female painters were consistently undervalued by auction houses – but that’s all changing

By Ian Marcus Corbin

Nasty, brutish and hot

Getting a red neck in the Arizona Desert

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‘How would you feel if you killed your baby?’

Are doctors the moral arbiters of Blue State life — and death?

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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The Black Arrows come for Zadie Smith

The furore around the Teeth author’s latest short story shows the risk of keeping your politics slightly to yourself.

By Ian Marcus Corbin

Top of the class

A Harvard aristocrat pulls curbside rank

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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Drake’s soft centre makes him a new type of hip-hop role model

The Canadian rapper’s response to Pusha-T on his new album is nimble and reasonable.

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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Donald Trump’s fixation on celebrity is what makes him so…American

It’s almost impossible to imagine the President praising a book or a person or an idea, or really anything, that hasn’t been approved by a lot of people.

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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Sure, Donald Trump is uncultured – but is that such a bad thing?

The president may be averse to the arts, but he’s hardly shaking the republic to its core.

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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The obscenity of the art world 

You’ve probably heard that we’re in a boom time for the art business, breaking sales records as fast as we can make them. This might seem strange, in a time of such political uncertainty, but look closer: the art world is a fascinating canary in our cultural/social/economic coal mine, an odd liminal zone where profound […]

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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Silicon Valley has entered the culture war to ‘make the world a better place’

By ceasing its promotion of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music, Spotify aims to show its users that they are headed towards the moral promised land.

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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America’s winners are spiritually sick

If Trump is rotten from the core, what the hell does that say about the popular culture we’ve all let flourish in the past few decades?

By Ian Marcus Corbin

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