Is ArtPrize Over?

(Image: Ran Ortner views Anila Quayyum Agha’s Intersections) ArtPrize 2020, like so many big events, fell victim to the wave of Covid-19 cancellations. ArtPrize might be known more for big crowds than for art, and gathering crowds in this pandemic is dangerous, so the cancellation wasn’t surprising. The way ArtPrize 2020 was canceled, however, putsContinue reading “Is ArtPrize Over?”

Art is a Waiting Room – thoughts on documenta 14

Last month I attended the professional preview of documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. The venerated, uber-important exhibition happens only once every five years in an otherwise unremarkable town. This year the artistic director Adam Szymczyk decided to split the exhibition between Kassel and Athens. There have been a lot of reviews published already, and IContinue reading “Art is a Waiting Room – thoughts on documenta 14”

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”

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”