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Art and the Information Age  
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8/4/15 Posted 8/4/15

It was interesting for me to observe how people relate to paintings during my exhibition. Sometimes people would walk in, take a quick spin around and come up to ask me what I wanted to say, ignoring the artists statement pinned to the wall and titles of works even. "This is very interesting", I heard, "what does it mean" and look up expectantly at me to be entertained and shared information with. We as a society have become gluttons for information and are unhappy if for a moment the information sn... [more]

Why I Write.  
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5/21/15 Posted 5/21/15

In her essay Why I Write, Joan Didion argued that writing was “an aggressive, even hostile act.” Writing is as an argument, she said, a way to elegantly impose one’s opinion upon another. “There’s no getting around the fact that setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully, an invasion, an imposition.” With all due respects to Ms. Didion, I find the contrary to be true. I make peace with my ideas when I write- with my fears, my anxieties, and my imagination... [more]

Plastic Words: Events in the Contested Space Between Literature and Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Eleanor Antin, Isidore Isou, John Murphy, Philippe Thomas at Raven Row December 13th, 2014 - January 30th
Posted 12/11/14

Opening this weekend at Raven Row London is a series of events about the intersection of literature and art called Plastic Words, which will run throughout December and January. There has been a resurgent interest in the overlap of contemporary literature and art recently. The development of the independent Art Writing MFA at Goldsmiths and its swift subsumption back into the MFA in Fine Art neatly demonstrates the sometimes contested, sometimes happily shared, ground these modes of working occ... [more]

Call for art: Artists and creatives illustrating classic literature  
Posted 12/4/14

In these times of Web 2.0 classic literature has become accessible everywhere and for everyone. Projects around the world have made it possible to share the literary works of culture and human experience. The narrations and fictions of the past have helped to form our society and illustrated life in many amazing and precise ways. And all those great masterworks of the past which have lost their copyrights now belong to all of us: a heritage that we should appreciate and celebrate. The idea of thi... [more]

Call for abstracts/proposals: "Diversity, Creativity, and Art Expression"  
Posted 10/28/14

Conference Information Humanities, Literature, Cultures, and Arts 2014 Global Conference Washington DC December 10, 2014 The conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC Area- Silver Spring. The hotel website can be found here The registration types and fees can be found here The Humanities, Literature, cultures, and Arts 2014 Global Conference will provide the ideal opportunity to meet experts and researchers in humanities, liberal arts education, social science... [more]

THE RUIN OF THE ROSE: FLOWERS IN RENÉE VIVIEN’S POETRY  
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8/30/14 Posted 8/30/14

[origninally printed for the exhibition The Stench of Rotting Flowers at La Esqina Gallery in Kansas City, MO. April- June 2014] Goddess who delights in the ruin of the rose,
 Prolong the night! Renée Vivien, born Pauline Tarn to English and American parents, was a British poet who wrote exclusively in French. She moved to Paris at age twenty-one, published more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose under various names and died at the age of thirty-two, of a slow suicide by way of alc... [more]

Daniel Arnold and the Dogs of the Moscow Subway   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/3/14

When I first sat down to write, I felt an uncomfortable compulsion to defend the work of photographer Daniel Arnold against comments posted on his Instagram. Three weeks later, after his one-day sale reported on by Forbes, there's much more to defend. It's anathema to me to have to defend art. With no inherent purpose, art exists outside of both defense and recrimination. Besides, to defend art is to give credence to the accusations levelled against it, and in the case of Arnold, the accusations and... [more]

My Favorite Sculptures in Jardins du Ranelag, Paris  
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3/23/14 Posted 3/29/14

On my way to Musée Marmottan Monet in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris, I encountered a lovely park, Jardins du Ranelagh, nearby, which obviously provided much pleasure to the residents nearby, and also boasted many amazing sculptures. Of those, I found these two below most interesting. The first one was a bronze, Hommage à Jean de La Fontaine (1983) by Charles Corréia (1945-1988). The sculpture featured one of the most famous fables by Jean de La Fontaine, Le Corbeau et le... [more]

Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 - May 25th, 2014
Posted 3/7/14

Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of many of David Diao’s paintings and Gary Indiana’s sculptures. Artspace warned us to “Get ready to do some reading.” Carol Vogel, in her New York Times previe... [more]

The Librarian: An Imagined Monologue for an Installation   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Zuleikha Chaudhari, Boris Nikitin at Indira Gandhi National Centre For Arts February 1st, 2014 - February 6th, 2014
Posted 2/8/14

Also the real thing was created by the theatre directors Boris Nikitin and Zuleikha Chaudhari as a performances component of Insert 2014. Insert 2014 is a series of installations and lectures that navigate the in-betweenness of our grand, idealistic, metaphoric and harsher, earthlier, immediate realities. It is curated by Raqs Media Collective. Also the real thing is a pathway, a process. Navigating multiple dialectics, the performance, in which the viewer has no choice but to be complicit, navigates two types of buildings, an auditorium in which stories are delivered with the b... [more]

Renaming the World: An Interview with Michael Tedja  
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1/12/14 Posted 1/12/14

Amsterdam, Jan. 2014: Few contemporary artists are as productive and versatile as Michael Tedja. The speed at which he paints and draws is nearly frantic; his output is enormous in quantity and size. But that’s only one aspect of his artistry. He has recorded music and lectures, published two novels and regularly submits essays to national and international magazines. Besides this he is active as a curator, runs a publishing company (DFI Publishers), and has over the years become a fixtur... [more]

Authorial Checks and Balances   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Natalie Czech at Capitain Petzel November 23rd, 2013 - January 25th, 2014
Posted 12/11/13

Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the... [more]

"Arabesque" and Other Paintings Inspired by Literature  
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12/10/13 Posted 1/22/14

The medium or media we choose to convey our deepest feelings and expressions, etc., however competent, can never fully convey the whole complicated concepts our brain formed mysteriously, thus the endless striving to meet the challenge, to do a better job still in the next given opportunity, thus the hunger to develop and grow as an artist, be it visual, musical compositional or a writing kind. It also occurs often enough that one form of artistic creation, spurs on the re-interpretation with anot... [more]

Dan Ma Chambre: An Interview with Lili Reynaud-Dewar  
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10/13/13 Posted 10/13/13

London, Oct. 2013: Although we want more, the estimated hours that we spend in bed during our lives is 227,468. Yet only a handful of artists use this universal and vital forum as inspiration for their art. Lili Reynaud-Dewar is among them, and her installation for the Frieze Projects section of the 2013 fair addresses the manifold ways that beds represent our secret selves. Reynaud-Dewar’s commissioned installation for Frieze references work by writers who reveal their personal lives throu... [more]

Emotional Bonds: The Art of Friendship   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Jorge Luis Borges, Xul Solar at Americas Society Gallery April 18th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 7/16/13

The concept of friendship has been a key component of Western political philosophy throughout history, but in the modern era discussions about its importance have fallen out of favor. The mystic artist Xul Solar (born Oscar Schultz Solari 1887, died 1963) and famed writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) became fast friends soon after they met in Buenos Aires in 1924. Both men, having recently returned from extended studies and travels in Europe, created a nearly forty-year friendship rooted in... [more]

Frieze New York: Literature and Art Fairs   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Lydia Davis at Frieze New York May 11th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Posted 5/7/13

The art fair as cultural event is pretty well established now. It makes sense to use the pretext of the weird art supermarket that forms the body of the fair as an excuse for a wider programme; it adds interest and tempers the slightly distasteful frenzy that makes it so difficult to actually see the art everyone's here for. As part of this year's Frieze New York we have the opportunity to attend a reading and Q&A session with Lydia Davis. For those of you who aren't familiar with her, as well as... [more]


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