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On the fingers of one hand: Sundaram Tagore says, “The idea is to use art as a vehicle to bring people together.”

West 21st Street, post Sandy (Photo: Lindsay Howard, courtesy Hyperallergic)

First, a personal note about this week’s dreadful events. Three days after I most recently returned west from New York City, the entire north east of the US was torn up by “superstorm” Sandy. For anyone like myself who regards New York City as […]

On the fingers of one hand: Catherine J. Morris introduces Brooklyn Museum’s Lucy Lippard exhibition

The front cover – and full title – of Lucy Lippard's epochal "Six Years: the dematerialization of the art object …" (1973)

Nowadays it’s difficult to imagine the modernist mood that existed among artists during the early 1970s. Back then I was still a surly Fine Art student at Leeds University in England and […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“Thrilling and completely gratifying.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (Photo: Susan Alzner)

Carolee Schneemann was one of the first artists I met when I arrived in the United States in 1979. I was 25 years old, and I am ashamed to admit I knew little about feminist art in those days, or about Ms Schneemann herself. As I have told […]

“That’s the beauty of art … You never know the outcome.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Cornelia Hediger.

Cornelia Hediger

It’s a real pleasure to begin the new season with this conversation with Cornelia Hediger, who is responsible for some of the richest, most engaging photographs I have seen in a long, long time. In her two most recent series, Doppelgänger and the brand new Doppelgänger II, Ms Hediger has emerged as […]

“What I want to do as an artist is make things that really challenge me.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Laurel Nakadate

Laurel Nakadate

You can hardly miss Laurel Nakadate these days. Her ten-year retrospective Only the Lonely has been at MoMA P.S.1. since January (through August 8), she has a solo show 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears at Leslie Tonkonow Art Projects (through June 25), she was Modern Painters’ cover-girl for April, and published […]

“My paintings are for unlocking thought.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with James Siena

James Siena (Photo Ellen Labsenski, Courtesy The Pace Gallery)

James Siena is one of our best-known contemporary abstract artists, and one of the most successful too. His first New York show was at Pierogi back in 1996, and since 2005 he has been represented here by Pace, who are staging his latest show at […]

“People are a lot less interesting than objects” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Will Ryman

Will Ryman installing "The Roses" (Photo:Iwan Baan)

Will Ryman took a somewhat roundabout route to sculpture. For something like a dozen years he maintained a career as a playwright, and – as he explains here – he continues to draw many of his references from the world of theatre […]

On the fingers of one hand – Jane Cohan of the VIP Art Fair tells us, “It’s very, very, very exciting!”

The brains behind the VIP Art Fair – from left, Jonas and Alessandra Almgren, and Jane and Jim Cohan.

Most of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with art fairs. One of the worst things about them is the travel: Basel is a lovely little town in Switzerland, for example. But to […]