Category Archives: Art

Maeterlinck on Language

“as soon as we put something into words, we devalue it in a strange way. we think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss, and when we return to the surface the drop of water on our pale… Continue reading

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Taussig and Polke on Death

““I am not making a pilgrimage,” I said to myself when I visited the graveyard at Port Bou in the spring of 2002. Indeed I was not even sure I wanted to visit the graveyard. I do not think this… Continue reading

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Guggenheim panel on Portraiture and Affect

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One off: Rejlander.

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Berger on Art

“All art is meaningless to those for whom life itself is merely a spectacle.” — John Berger A Painter of Our Time (1996)

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Stahel on Photographic Literacy

An engaging and timely lecture by Urs Stahel, former Chief Curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, from the Delhi Photo Festival in September 2013. Fotomuseum Winterthur launched their remarkable curatorial programme in 1993 with an exhibition of the landmark body of work New Europe by Paul Graham.… Continue reading

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Azoulay on Potential History

See also this presentation by Ariella Azoulay from Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in October 2012.

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Robert Cumming in conversation

Part One of an excellent two part conversation between curator and critic Sarah Bay Williams, and artist Robert Cumming, covering a broad sweep of his inventive and contemporary body of work. Hosted at Aperture in New York in October of this year.… Continue reading

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Piper on Consumerism

“The culture of unrestrained free-market capitalism feeds on the shared and foundational experience of incompleteness, inferiority – of generalised insuffuciency, or want. The experience of generalised want is created by media fabulations of a fantasy world of perpetual happiness that… Continue reading

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One off: Catherine Opie

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