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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 […]

Go see this now: Paul McCarthy’s “Shit Pie (White Snow)” (2009) at Hauser & Wirth

Paul McCarthy, "Shit Pie (White Snow)" (2009)

If there’s a less polite exhibit than Paul McCarthy’s White Snow in New York presently, I certainly haven’t seen it.

Pretty much throughout his entire artistic career – certainly since I first saw him perform in England in 1983 – Mr McCarthy has trained his artistic focus […]