Saving Notre Dame: Damages, Renovations, and a Brilliant Future

Although Île de la Cité’s Notre Dame withstood looting, vandalizing during the French Revolution and bomb threats in both world wars, the fire on Monday, April 15 caused the most damage during the cathedral’s 854 years of history. While the cultural heritage site’s most famous relic, a part of the thorny crown that Jesus Christ […]

“Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls” (The Clash)

London is still getting high on its tendency to be provocative. This rather British inclination has always been apparent but the cutting edge of such a position gets a bit duller when it becomes a fashionable ideological label, a cool pin to wear on one’s good conscience. It’s rare not to find an obvious highly […]

2019 Havana Biennial: Political from the Start

On Friday, April 12, Cuba celebrates the first day of its 13th Havana Biennial. Exhibitions and activations will continue until May 12, despite government efforts to limit local artists’ creative freedom and deny entry to other artists visiting the festival. Three days before the start of the biennial,  Cuban-American artist and activist Coco Fusco, was […]

The Cost Of Keeping The Ghost Lights On – Theatres In Jeopardy

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. This adage is even more true when the resounding squeak is emitted by a three-storey high wheel constructed from painstakingly carved ebony and lush velvet. Such is the situation amongst many theatres in the western world- most needing financial support, and all, both grand institutions and smaller independent locations, […]

2018 Museum Trends: Fashion and Social Interaction

Whether through social media engagement, immersive exhibitions, or fashion-forward thinking, art museums are creating novel opportunities to interact with artwork and with that increasing visitorship like never before. The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of the 20 most visited exhibitions revealed that although established masters and their timeless pieces continue to bring in visitors, fashion exhibitions […]

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: […]