William Blake's exhibition at Tate Britain comes at the right time. It takes place at the time when the British are faced with the decision whether to cling to their messianic self delusions of Imperial destiny or to accept the reality of post-Victorian impotence in which they have been living for more than a century. … Continue reading CURATING WILLIAM BLAKE WHILE BRITAIN FINALLY FACES THE TRAUMA OF ITS OWN POST IMPERIAL IRRELEVANCE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmbGcinHVZs&feature=emb_title In 'Le Rêve d'être artiste', the exhibition curated by Bruno Giveau, Delphine Rousseau and Regis Contetin at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Lille, allegedly explores the issue of becoming artist when it actually discusses the way art as a career create specific conditions for artistic creation. The show is spatially organised as … Continue reading JAY Z AND ARTISTIC AUTONOMY AS CAPITALIST CAREERISM AT LILLE’S PALAIS DE BEAUX ARTS
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