Claire Bishop


October 2010

IN ITS FORTY-YEAR HISTORY, London’s Hayward gallery, like any art institution, has had its fair share of exhibitions that failed to pull in the masses. One of the standard-bearers in this category was “Inno₇0,” which, according to … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2010 [TOC]

Trial and Error

Three Performa 09 events

November 2009 NEW YORK

LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT, I found myself standing on the main stage at the Abrons Art Center, blinded by stage lights, looking at a gently playing string quartet, dimly aware of a full house halfheartedly applauding my arrival . . . and wondering… READ ON


Public Opinion

A Creative Time summit on public practice

October 2009 NEW YORK

THIS YEAR I’ve already sat through two art-related pecha kuchas—that’s the new ADD-friendly presentation format from Japan, in which people have a limited time (usually three to five minutes) to rattle through their life’s work. At … READ ON


Claire Bishop

September 2009

THE VENICE BIENNALE is a dinosaur of cultural politics. After the biennial boom of the 1990s, the mother of all international art shows seems more akin to nineteenth-century extravaganzas than to the experimental exhibition formats promoted… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2009 [TOC]

Tania Bruguera at the 10th Havana Biennial


June 2009

WHENEVER PEOPLE LAMENT the homogenization of global biennials, a special case should be made for Havana’s. Located in a country suffering the longest economic blockade in modern history, the Havana Biennial has, since its inception in 1984,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2009 [TOC]

Think Twice

Carsten Höller’s The Double Club

February 2009 LONDON

LAST OCTOBER AT TATE BRITAIN, during the penultimate “prologue” to this year’s Tate Triennial, curator Nicolas Bourriaud invited Carsten Höller to give a talk about traveling. Höller, a longtime fan of Congolese music, offered a … READ ON


Claire Bishop

December 2008

IN THE LAST PERFORMANCE (A LECTURE), 2004, French choreographer Jérôme Bel narrates his own development, from dancer, during the 1980s; to student of poststructural theory, in the ’90s; to his present-day status as a leading proponent of… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2008 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

December 2007

CLAIRE BISHOP  1 Steve McQueen, Queen and Country (Central Library, Manchester, UK) Ninety-eight sheets of postage stamps, each bearing the image of a British soldier who died in Iraq, are arrayed on racks in an austere, coffinlike wooden … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2007 [TOC]

the 10th International Istanbul Biennial

November 2007

THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL was always going to be a tough act to follow. That edition, organized by Vasif Kortun and Charles Esche in 2005, was exemplary: Clustered in the Beyoglu area, it engendered a productive dialogue with… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2007 [TOC]

Tino Sehgal

August 2007

This “permanent,” gradually unfolding retrospective will include every piece made by the German Conceptualist since 2000, when he began hiring nonprofessional actors to aid in the creation of dematerialized situations, such as one in … READ ON