My ‘Project 2’ T-Shirt: Swag for a Non-Existent Exhibition

Back in 2018, when I was still Artistic Director of ArtPrize, we announced that following that year’s event ArtPrize would continue on a biennial schedule. This was to make room for a new format of public art exhibitions that would take place in the intervening years. The first one, held in 2019, was called ProjectContinue reading “My ‘Project 2’ T-Shirt: Swag for a Non-Existent Exhibition”

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”