Some Thoughts on ArtPrize in a New Political Reality

(image: Dewitt Godfrey) This is a blog post about ArtPrize, money, and politics. In the past I haven’t addressed these things with this level of clarity, but now is not a time for silence. We put out a statement on the ArtPrize blog about recent political developments (read it here), but I thought I’d addContinue reading “Some Thoughts on ArtPrize in a New Political Reality”

Consciousness Emerges from the Archive: Dwarves, Twitter Bots, and an Infinite Library

In 1941, Argentinian writer Jorge Louis Borges published a short story called The Library of Babel. The piece describes an infinite library full of chambers of uniform bookshelves with books that contain every possible combination of letters, and therefore every possible book. The Library of Babel is a work of literature that predates both theContinue reading “Consciousness Emerges from the Archive: Dwarves, Twitter Bots, and an Infinite Library”

Some thoughts on death, loss, and 2016

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a year of loss and death. The news of Carrie Fischer’s passing really drove the point home for me. When I heard the news, I thought back to April, when Prince died. To be honest I’ve never been a very big fan of Prince. I learnedContinue reading “Some thoughts on death, loss, and 2016”

Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2016

It’s time again for my annual roundup of the best art I saw this year. Or put another way, here are a bunch of things I should have already written about, but I’m making myself do it now. These are listed in the order in which I saw them. 1. Carlos Bunga, Theaster Gates, andContinue reading “Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2016”

Lolo the Donkey and the Avant-Garde That Never Was: Part 1

Note: This is part one of a three part series. All three parts were published on Michigan Quarterly Review. Part one, two, three.   “Anything that’s in the world comes from something else, so everything is culture, or everything is nature, depending on how you wish to define these words.”             -Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev At theContinue reading “Lolo the Donkey and the Avant-Garde That Never Was: Part 1”

Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2015

I traveled a fair amount this year, and I saw a lot of art. I thought it would be good to record the things that are still sticking with me. This is far from a definitive “best of ” list of major exhibitions, because even though I saw quite a bit, there is so, soContinue reading “Top Ten Exhibitions and Artworks I Saw in 2015”

Review: “They Come to Us Without a Word” Joan Jonas at the United States Pavilion, Venice Biennale

Among the dimly lit chambers of the United States Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Joan Jonas has placed several glass cases among her installation of videos, props, drawings, and mirrors. The glass cases don’t command much attention at first glance. Their shadowy interiors contain clippings, curios, handwritten notes, masks, and small natural specimens. OneContinue reading “Review: “They Come to Us Without a Word” Joan Jonas at the United States Pavilion, Venice Biennale”

Reading On Kawara’s One Million Years at the Guggenheim

On Kawara, the conceptual artist whose work marked his own passage through time until his death last summer, has a retrospective on view at the Guggenheim Museum. I’ve always been a big fan of Kawara’s work ever since I encountered his “Today” series of paintings in an art history class in college. The paintings contain onlyContinue reading “Reading On Kawara’s One Million Years at the Guggenheim”

A ‘Plop’ for Diversity in Holland, Michigan

On Wednesday MLive ran an article announcing that $100,000 has been raised for a permanent sculpture that will be placed along a busy road in Holland, Michigan. The 36 foot tall steel work by Dutch artist Cyril Lixenberg, titled New Dawn Rising is meant to symbolize diversity and unity, and is part of Holland’s “CelebratingContinue reading “A ‘Plop’ for Diversity in Holland, Michigan”

Review: Salvador Jiménez Flores’ “I Am Not Who You Think I Am”

Last week I wrote a brief, informal post about my first impressions of the Kendall MFA show, which is now on view. The post accurately conveyed my overall feeling after a cursory viewing, but it was hardly a considered review. I’m working to make time to dig into a few of the artists’ installations andContinue reading “Review: Salvador Jiménez Flores’ “I Am Not Who You Think I Am””