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””

Kendall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition: First Impressions

I saw the MFA Thesis Exhibition at Kendall yesterday. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time, but it really got me thinking, so I thought I should write down my first impressions. This is not a review. If I have time, I’d like to go back and give the work more time andContinue reading “Kendall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition: First Impressions”