Archive for March 2019

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 […]

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. […]

Kazakhstan’s inaugural pavilion pulled from the Venice Biennale amidst odd circumstances

Ahead of the 58th Venice Biennale this May, Kazakhstan was preparing to present its debut pavilion until it was disrupted by controversy and eventually pulled from the line-up. According to the Art Newspaper, the cancellation followed pavilion curators finding out they were made redundant through a Facebook press statement due to ‘last-minute budget cuts.’ The […]

The Rothko Chapel under construction

The Rothko Chapel, located in Texas in the United States, will be closed until the end of the year. This space, dedicated to ecumenical meditation, has grown to attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. Since 2000 it has been listed in the National Register of Historical Places but now must be renovated to ensure proper […]