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“The best exhibition I have ever seen, anywhere, in my life” – Francis Bacon at the Met.

Francis Bacon, "Head VI" 1949

I know it’s beyond a joke now, but having experienced “Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective” at the Met yesterday I now formally reinstate it as New York’s museum show of 2009. I admit I was thrilled by the Guggenheim’s “The […]

“Christ! You know it ain’t easy.” Yoko Ono is “the greatest artist of the period”.

Yoko Ono (right) and Alexandra Munroe

I have written here several times about how highly I rate the Guggenheim’s current show “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989”. I have called it “Exhibition of the Year!” and celebrated its “trust in the chance gesture and the unconsidered […]

Living the New York art legacy: Merce Cunningham remembers meeting John Cage for the first time.

Merce Cunningham in conversation with Laura Kuhn, "Dancers on a Plane" Tuesday March 31. Photo: Enid Alvarez – © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, NY

I have sung the praises of the Guggenheim’s “Third Mind” show repeatedly here on A Sky filled with Shooting Stars. What I haven’t mentioned here yet is the “Third […]

“Everywhere and nowhere” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton, "human carriage" (2009) Photo: The 3rd Heat on flickr

I’m happy to admit that Ann Hamilton is one of my favorite artists. And, as of this moment, she is the first artist to be represented twice in that long list of interviews in the left sidebar of […]