I have foreseen and foresuffered all – Aeneas in Seamus Heaney’s “The Golden Bough” (Virgil’s Aeneid 6, 98-148) from Seeing Things I might have been a wise king setting out Under the Christmas lights – except that It felt like the forewaned journey back Into the heartland of the ordinary. – Philip Larkin in Seamus […]

For his 1979 exhibition at The Kitchen in New York, as far as I can tell from installation views from the artist’s website, Troy Brauntuch showed only four works. As you walked in, you encountered the artist’s name besides a work that depicted what looks like the back of someone’s head, wearing some kind of […]

  While viewers typically encounter artworks in their entirety from a “safe” distance (as determined by museum or gallery convention), the book format allows for an immediate engagement, and invites the reader to contemplate individual threads of paper, to trace incidental signs and symbols, to decipher remnants of type, or to consider the compositional quality […]

  The narcissus, to which Kore, struck by its wonder, was drawn; and with her two hands desired to pluck, in that moment it is said that the earth opened and that up from the depths Hades came in his chariot and setting to his horses took Kore away. – Papyrus Barolinensis 44 quoted in […]

Before housing Mattin’s Social Dissonance, the small room at the far end of Documenta-Halle was home to two expansive installations at two previous documentas: Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Game Station at Documenta 11 in 2002 and Nalina Malani’s In Search of Vanished Blood at dOCUMENTA (13) 2013. Looking at installation shots of these two works, you […]

There are five judges. They’re looking for your technical merit, stage presence, and by far the most important is airness – its the x-factor that transcends the act of imitation, and becomes an art form in and of itself – Airistotle To witness Airistotle’s transcendent acts of imitation, you can tune in to his defence […]