First as tragedy then as farse. In Art Basel's 'Statements' Section, Argentine artist Gabriel Chaile presented 'Aguas Calientes' ('Warm Waters'), an 'instalative sculpture' composed of a series of aluminium-made 'ollas populares' ('common cooking pots') which have been carefully arranged on three shelves like Minimalist sculptures. Since the 1980s, 'ollas populares'have been an outstanding examples of … Continue reading GABRIEL CHAILE’S ‘OLLAS POPULARES’ (COMMON COOKING POTS) SOLD OUT IN ART BASEL: SOCIAL REALISM, ETHICAL AWARENESS OR NEOLIBERAL PERVERSION?
I found Franz West's retrospective at Tate Modern outstanding. I went without much previous knowledge of his work and to be perfectly honestly, I associated him with the kind of (post)modernism championed by Anthony Caro when tutoring at Central San Martins the likes of Barry Flanagan, etc. In other words, to me West was the … Continue reading A SHOW THAT CONVINCED ME THAT FRANZ WEST IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Don McCullin's exhaustive and exhausting photographic retrospective at Tate Britain is an interesting choice at a time when the United Kingdom seems to have lost its way. The relevance of McCullin's photography in the way London and Londoners see themselves today is big. Along with Roger Mayne and his romanticised views of North Kensington at … Continue reading DON McCULLIN: THE PHOTOGRAPHER THAT PUT FASHION INTO REALISM WHEN AT HOME BUT WHEN ABROAD EMBRACED A ‘BRAVE’ WHITE MAN HUMANISM THAT REINSTATED THE IMPERIAL CLAIMS HE ALLEGEDLY OPPOSED
Curator Okwui Enwezor has died at the age of 55 after years of battling cancer and leaves a legacy that a blog concerned with de-colonialisation must address. When he learned about his passing away, Curator Cuauhtémoc Medina said on Twitter that Enwezor “was a major force of contemporary culture. His achievement as curator of some of the … Continue reading DOCUMENTA 11’S OKWUI ENWEZOR PASSED AWAY AND HIS BIGGEST LEGACY IS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER AESTHETICS SHOULD HAVE A PLACE IN THE ART OF AN ERA OF INEQUALITIES
In a dreadfully long article in the New York Times, Russell Shorto described how 'an obsessive Dutch aristocrat' proved the fallibility of auction houses and their 'experts' after they failed to spot an original by Rembrandt. The article's appeal lies on the popular fantasy of an average Joe running into a work in a garage … Continue reading AFTER HUMILIATING CHRISTIE’S FOR NOT HAVING BEEN ABLE TO SPOT A REMBRANDT AND MANAGING TO CERTIFY IT WITHOUT DOCUMENTARY PROOF, AN IMPOVERISHED DUTCH ARISTOCRAT MIGHT HAVE FOUND A SOLUTION FOR HIS FAMILY’S TAX DILEMMA
About a year ago, the well-known American actor and music star, Will Smith took a a selfie lying down on a large woven carpet installation by Alexandra Kehayoglou. He was visiting the Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, and performed a gesture shared by many other visitors to the exhibit. Kehayoglou’s work seems … Continue reading ALEXANDRA KEHAYOGLOU: THE MYTH OF THE FLYING CARPET MAY NOT BE A MYTH AFTER ALL
“Machines à penser”, the exhibition that just closed at the Prada Foundation, took place in the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale and focussed on an elemental architectural element with wide-ranging symbolic implications: the hut. It also focussed of the retreat as an art historical topos. The project was the result of an intellectual examination … Continue reading AN ‘INTELLECTUAL’ EXHIBITION AT THE FONDAZIONE PRADA IN VENICE THAT TURNS NEED INTO VIRTUE, TRANSFORMING UNEASINESS INTO INTENDED ANXIETY