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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 […]

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 […]

Read this now: “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963” by Mildred Glimcher

It’s been a long while since I featured a book review here, but every now and then something really special comes along.

Some ASfwSS readers will be aware that shortly before the dawn of time, I first arrived in New York City as a graduate research student. The topic of my research was precisely […]

“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 […]

“I think of myself as an artist with a conscience.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Nick Cave.

Nick Cave, "Soundsuit" (2008) Private Collection, New York (Photo: James Prinz) Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

I can’t think of another artist who occupies quite the same position as Nick Cave. Some parts sculptor, some parts couturier, some (large) part performance artist, an obsessive collector of domestic detritus and – it transpires […]

“I was very fortunate in coming to New York at a time before things got out of control.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Claes Oldenburg.

Claes Oldenburg, 1997 [full photo credits can be found at the foot of this post]

Last Tuesday I wrote here that “50 Years at Pace” was “without a doubt the best gallery show opening this week – and probably this year, to be frank.” The four Pace galleries are littered with some of the […]

On the fingers of one hand: five of the best gallery shows opening this week.

Roman Signer, "Ramp" 2008

Second week of the new season and there are still great new shows opening pretty much every night of the week. This week it’s been a little bit harder to steer away from some of the obvious choices (my final pick today is more or less unavoidable – though none […]