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See this now: “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp” at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Marcel Duchamp, "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even", ("The Large Glass") (1915–23),

No other museum in the world could have staged this exhibition. Only the Philadelphia Museum of Art has the Arensberg Collection – including its extensive Duchamp holdings (“the largest and most significant collection of works by Marcel Duchamp” in the […]

See this now: “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” at Seattle Art Museum

An exhibition of women’s art? In 2012? Isn’t that just the slightest bit … well, anachronistic? Perhaps not: as I write this a Republican presidential ticket that intends to reverse women’s rights to the pre-feminist dark ages is vying neck-and-neck with President Obama, so perhaps the simple statement, “Hey, there are great women […]

Read this now: “A Portrait of Ice” by Caleb Cain Marcus

Caleb Cain Marcus, "Perito Moreno, Plate I, Patagonia" (2010)

Caleb Cain Marcus’s very particular approach to photography is suggested in the title of his wonderful new book, A Portrait of Ice. Whereas we might expect a study of glaciers like this to be primarily about the appearances of landscape or current anxieties about climate […]

An urgent and extraordinary post – Help save Europe’s most important performance art festival

Alexis O'Hara at the National Review of Live Art, 2009

Britain’s National Review of Live Art – which to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary rebranded itself New Territories a couple of years ago – was, quite simply, the most important festival of performance art, live art, new theater, music, and dance in Europe. I […]

See this now (before the show closes!) – Rodney Graham’s “Green Cinematograph” in “Canadian Humourist” at Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham, or perhaps not

Rodney Graham’s fabulous show Canadian Humourist is obviously something of a sideshow for many visitors to Vancouver Art Gallery (where it’s showing through September 30). The star attraction there just now is Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters – The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. In fact, to promote that show […]

“Poetry is what I hope I have achieved.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Shirazeh Houshiary

Shirazeh Houshiary, "String Quintet" (2011)

Excellent news for southern Californian admirers of sophisticated painting and sculptures: Shirazeh Houshiary opened a small show based around her spectacular sculpture String Quintet (2011) at LA Louver last week. Rather implausibly it’s actually her first show in Los Angeles.

I have been intrigued by Ms Houshiary’s work since […]

See this now: Avantika Bawa’s “At Owners Risk” at Suyama Space, Seattle

 

Avantika Bawa, "At Owners Risk" (2012). Photo Mark Woods. Courtesy the artist and Suyama Space.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that when New York Magazine offered their Urbanist’s Guide to Seattle last week, they presented the city as an entirely art-free zone. Far more interesting of course are how much it rains and […]

The Kiev Biennale: One month later

The Kiev Biennale: installation was reported completed June 14.

Given my rather critical account of my experiences in Ukraine last month, I thought it only fair to add this update. I’m afraid there is little good news, however.

On June 14 (which is to say, three weeks after the scheduled opening) I received an […]

Waiting for the Kiev Biennale

“Everything happens in due place and due time. No phenomenon or event ever occurs earlier or later than it might, but only when it is ready” – Nataliia Zabolotna, Commissioner of the Kiev Biennale in her foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev

Everyone involved in large-scale art events occasionally suffers the classic […]

“I guess I’m greedy!” Robert Ayers in conversation with Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Trenton Doyle Hancock

I was delighted to learn that Trenton Doyle Hancock’s work was included at the First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, that I visited this week. (We had hoped to meet up and have this conversation in Kiev, but when Mr Hancock decided against traveling to Ukraine – very sensibly as […]