Archive for March 2019

In Naples II: with Sade

Recently François Croissy offered audiences the chance to see the Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Madre Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples. Such an outing is an excellent opportunity to replace the boring tourist guide with a companion who walks at a brisk pace and has a lot more to say; none other than Donatien de […]

Thoughtful practices in support of criticism

Criticism, according to Carole Talon Hugon, is a judgement rendered by an authorized individual on contemporary works of art. Setting aside the debatable meaning of “authorized”, it is nevertheless legitimate, given the mistrust that criticism currently faces, to question this profession. Is criticism, as some claim, unable to render a “judgement” on contemporary works or […]

Against the hegemony of American art

In his brief essay L’Europe fantôme (2019), Régis Debray noted the following: “the great industrialist from across the Atlantic now reigns over four-fifths of Europe’s movie screens, two-thirds of all its music on the radio and almost all of its modern art galleries”. Regardless of whether we love it or not a question nevertheless arises: […]

Why I Love Tracey Emin

I kept a photo of Tracey Emin’s installation Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With 1963-1995 in my high school diary, even though at that time I had not yet had sex with anyone. It was a blue tent one could slide inside, a warm womb of names, the insides appliqued with colorful letters. Not all the […]

Musée d’Orsay renames masterpieces after black subjects

A new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay shifts the spotlight on its exhibited modern art works from their original names, typically of a white subject, to the black models who have long remained anonymous in most canvases.  Titled “Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse,” the show includes Édouard Manet’s “Laure,” a nude formerly named “Olympia,” […]

A rose in the desert: Qatar’s National Museum, designed by Jean Nouvel

This week, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) in Doha opened to the public. The ambitious architectural project, designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, draws on the Gulf’s twin elemental influences of sand and sea, invoking Qatar’s heritage while celebrating its transformation in recent decades. This daring, multifaceted building promises a glimpse into the […]

Stolen Picasso found by the ‘Indiana Jones of art’

Arthur Brand has done it again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Dutch art detective turned Picasso’s 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar) over to an insurance company, which has remained anonymous. The painting, which was stolen two decades ago, eluded Brand for four years but earlier this March, he got his break. […]