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Deconstructed devices become art through the lens of one man’s camera

There’s a perverse pleasure that comes from taking something apart or seeing exactly how things tick. However, most people are brave enough to disassemble their favourite devices or day-to-day items that, unless you’re an engineer, might not go back together. This, though, is exactly what Toronto-based photographer Todd McLellan has become known for.     […]

David Zwirner Books teams up with Simon & Schuster

In recent years, the art world publishing scene has rapidly grown with major galleries offering their own publishing operation. While shops that specialized in art books have closed, galleries and the books they’ve created have flourished. David Zwirner Galleries was one of such galleries and since the founding of David Zwirner Books (DZB) in 2014, […]

Roland Barthes goes to the movies

Bringing some of the major influences in the Humanities into the context of film criticism is the zeitgeist of the moment. As an example, in 2011 Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan published and analyzed the (quite rare) essays dedicated to 7th art by philosopher Michel Foucault. At that time they described the relationship between Foucault […]

‘The Condition of Being Here’: a retrospective of Jasper Johns drawings

The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston has recently opened an exhibition of drawings by American artist Jasper Johns celebrating both his dedication as a draftsman and a forthcoming catalogue of the artist’s career. ‘The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns’ spans the artist’s 60-plus-year career with drawings from as early as 1954 to […]

Roberto Longhi: the eye and the verb

What a lucky group of Roman schoolboys there must have been at the start of the 20th century! They were the ones that the lectures currently compiled under the title Brief but true history of Italian painting were addressed.  We dream about the time where the young neighbours’ masterpieces were introduced to an understanding of […]

Charbon : the night that burns

Charbon, which translates into English as coal is, above all, a beautiful thing, a beautiful black thing that shines and burns like the material that bears its name. Charbon is also the name of a book and now a movie. Harmony Coryn, with his group “Black new black” conceived the project in collaboration with the […]

Zoe Leonard’s ‘I Want a President’ revived to benefit HIV/AIDS activism group

‘I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice […]