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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 […]

Read this now: “Prom” by Mary Ellen Mark.

Mary Ellen Mark at work on "Prom", Chelsea Piers, New York City. (Photo dlemieux on flickr.)

A few weeks before the dawn of time the very first interview I ever did back at ARTINFO was with Mary Ellen Mark. The occasion was Steidl’s republication of her 1981 “Falkland Road” book of photographs of Bombay […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]