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‘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 […]

Genet’s motionless years in Tangier

Jim Jarmusch filmed Only lovers left alive, a love story between two vampires, in Tangier, a city he called marvellously open-minded where some of the strangest people come and go but no one seems to take notice. Strangely enough it was probably a bit of this rebellious angel, this thug poet, this tortured soul, whom […]