I have been to Venice many times in my life, and I think my favorite moment is the approach. As the train pulls into Venezia Santa Lucia station I have the feeling that I have arrived. I feel as though I have arrived at the end of a pilgrimage, across the world, to another land, another era. It may have something to do with the fairytale beauty of this ancient archipelago, or it may stem from the sensation of a connection to the crusaders of the Middle Ages, a connection that is encouraged as I am... [more]
This is where a poem enters.
After the introduction, before the conclusion. It does not need to tell the whole story, just as it can tell as much of its tale in the space where the line leaves off, empty cavities anticipating pause. This was going to be a meditation on the relationship between art and poetry, and the value of the ekphrasis, a poem that evokes the momentum and meaning of a work of art. Could a piece of text, both literally and visually, really reflect the rhythm of the image that... [more]
The spaces of Kaufmann Repetto gallery in Milan smell of blood, medicine and hospital. The walls are covered with a black shiny varnish and the neon lights on the ceiling spread their cold beams over the mirroring tables. The setting looks like a security room or a refrigerating cell – there’s no life here, no wishes, no hopes. Every hint of humanity is properly frozen in the material traces of someone’s passage – a stool slightly moved by an invisible hand, some pale wooden apples scattered around b... [more]
In this video Hubert Czerepok guides us trough his exhibition History and Utopia presented at Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Poland.
“The latest project History and Utopia is both tracking authentic, though seemingly improbable stories, but also those that could be true. Documents and archival materials are mingled with creations and fakes. The artist uncovers the things, we would rather not know about, not remember.” (Arsenal Gallery).
Hubert Czerepok shows us some of his projects presented... [more]
Art Cologne is the world’s oldest and longest running fair for 20th and 21st century fine art. Founded in 1967 the fair for modern and contemporary art was once the undisputed number one. After some difficult years, the fair is on the rise again. The strategy of former gallerist Daniel Hug pays off, more and more renowned galleries participate in the fair again. But the fair not only succeeded in bringing back the big name art dealers, but also strengthend its relevance for presenting and supp... [more]
Formerly exhibited at the Louise and Reuben Cohen Art Gallery of the Université de Moncton, Garry Neill Kennedy’s “Photoworks, 1969-2011” avows the artist’s politics while broadly questioning the nature of the photographic medium. Kennedy is one of Canada’s national treasures, not only as an artist known primarily as a conceptualist painter, but also as an arts educator with his role as president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) from 1967-1990. Chronicled in his recent MIT pres... [more]
Time tends to limit the appreciation of surroundings; even the exceptional melts into the patterns of the daily grind, and making sure to look up becomes a chore evaded by hurried steps. I try at times to remember the thoughts and impressions that arose during my first visit to Barcelona. I recall threading the city, judging to turn one corner rather than another, unwittingly discovering the trait which, for me, defines this city and its people – gumption. It can be found in the proud monuments and buil... [more]
A work of art that’s been stolen attains a tantalizing aura of mystery, a legendary status that grows with each hour of absence. A destroyed or a lost work of art can sometimes attain that level of mythos, as long as we are aware of its significance before it’s disappeared. But most art, in fact, most of the art that has ever been made throughout history, is simply lost and forgotten, and we don’t even realize it. Ancient art that was intended to last for eternity is slowly eroding, and contempo... [more]
Gay Guerrilla (1979) is a composition for four pianos by African-American composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990). Concert played by the pianists Faristamo Susi, Andriy Dragan, Benoit Hennecart and Lukas Rickli on the occasion of the exhibition Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc: Songs for a Mad King at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland on March 16, 2013. The above video is an excerpt, the full-length video is available on Vernissage TV.
(Image on top: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, 7 contracts, for M.A., 2013, 3 b... [more]
How we use images and information is changing, therefore, copyright is changing. The image has migrated away from an object of economic value towards one of heightened cultural capital. Social media has developed in such a way that sharing information has become synonymous with sharing images. Infinite copies of images act as citations to shared opinions and data points. Yet the image is not always tied to the fate of a descriptor, it has also been freed from its referent. The image is loose and free to form its own meaning in the slurry of an image-sopped society.... [more]
In May of this year, the Dallas Museum of Art will mount Hotel Texas, an exhibition that brings together the artworks seen in the last hotel room of the late John F. Kennedy. These are the sculptures, the paintings—the sun-burnished nudes and the dreary snowscapes—as seen by the gray-green eyes of the President just hours before his violent death in the motorcade. Each individual piece's quiet observance of Kennedy's final moments is its God-given purpose in this exhibit—an art mausoleum. These... [more]
"There is no more chastity in the Young-Girl than there is debauchery. The Young-Girl simply lives as a stranger to her desires, whose coherence is governed by her market-driven superego." —Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, 2012
Aida Makoto's retrospective exhibit, “Monument for Nothing,” is a stunning body of work, taking full advantage of its towering exhibition site. The Mori Art Museum sits on the 53rd and 54th floors of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower—a massive skysc... [more]
Like nursery rhymes about the black plague or fairy tales about dictatorial empires, here is a site-specific installation that employs a colorful playfulness in form to access dark and grave content. Galerie Espace Typographie in Paris, where Hema Upadhyay first recreated this dioramic view of miniature slum dwellings in Bombay, is a former textile godown, with natural lighting from a roof made of glass, with echoes from walls made of stone and appearing as a construction or storage site with con... [more]
Tony Oursler’s exhibition agentic iced etcetera at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine is the first major solo exhibition by the artist in Eastern Europe. Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera presents specially produced new works, including a Ukrainian speaking installation, as well as some of the most iconic pieces of the artist. The New York-based artist has been a pioneer of New Media and video art. Tony Oursler is especially known for projecting moving images onto objects. In this video,... [more]
Madrid, an inland empire of electric streets paved with diversion and vibrancy where, as Hemingway remarked, “you don’t go to bed until you’ve killed the night”, and where the following day, in the hue of the city’s post-party drowsiness, Madridleños will persevere to slaughter the day. The Spanish capital has always exuded a doggedness to endure, not just to rue and spite the turbulence which often confronts it, but to actively tackle it. In 1982 when ARCO (The International Fair of Contemporary Art in Madrid) had its maiden... [more]
Director/Curator Mary Reid’s counterview of contemporary artistic practice in Winnipeg pleasantly interrupted a reverie of city-centric exhibitions asserting legacies and mythologies of local artists and art production. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, of which Reid left her own legacy as Curator of Contemporary Art from 2004-2011, celebrates Winnipeg Now (September 29 –December 30, 2012), while Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is currently midway through My Winnipeg Project: a series of four exhib... [more]