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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 […]

“The knife is real, the blood is real, and the emotions are real.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović performing "Lips of Thomas" (original 1975) as part of "Seven Easy Pieces" (2005)

I really don’t think I have ever met a more inspiring artist than Marina Abramović. She is only a few years older than me and I have followed her work like an awe-struck younger brother since I first became […]

“I’m influenced by the myth of Sisyphus, Kafka, and Dostoyevsky” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Tehching Hsieh

Tehching Hsieh

Anyone who knows the what’s what in performance art acknowledges Tehching Hsieh as one of the great defining artists of the discipline. Having arrived here as an illegal immigrant from Taiwan in 1974, he made a series of five quite unbelievable year-long performances between 1978 and […]