Claire Bishop

Claire Bishop

August 2007

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CURATORIAL moves in recent history was Okwui Enwezor’s “deterritorialization” of Documenta 11 via four intercontinental “platforms,” or conferences—held in Vienna, New Delhi, Lagos, and St. Lucia—that… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2007 [TOC]

THE GRAND TOUR

August 2007

This summer, for just the fourth time ever, three major European shows engaging the global conditions of contemporary art-making took place simultaneously: the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Skulptur Projekte Münster. To take stock of this… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2007 [TOC]

Cerith Wyn Evans

January 2007

PEOPLE UNACQUAINTED with the London art world are probably unaware of how central a presence Cerith Wyn Evans is here. Admittedly, to a certain extent this quasi-institutional status derives from his flamboyant party persona—he is a stately… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2007 [TOC]

THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

BOOKS

December 2006

ELEVEN SCHOLARS, CRITICS, AND ARTISTS CHOOSE THE YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TITLES.  JOHN BALDESSARI  Kierkegaard once said that his goal in writing was to make life difficult for people. I read Edward Said’s On Late Style (Pantheon) because … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2006 [TOC]

Speech Bubble

The Serpentine Gallery's twenty-four-hour interview marathon

August 2006 LONDON

In the UK, Channel 4 television is broadcasting a masturbate-a-thon for charity. Some people have drawn unkind parallels between this event and the twenty-four-hour interview marathon hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas at the … READ ON

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1000 WORDS: PAWEL ALTHAMER

May 2006

AT FIRST GLANCE, Pawel Althamer’s Fairy Tale, 2006—perhaps the most iconoclastic work in the current Berlin Biennial—is an activist project: the artist leveraging the power of institutions (in this instance, the biennial, with its … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2006 [TOC]

Bleak Chic

The Berlin Biennale

March 2006 BERLIN

The idea of The Wrong Gallery curating a biennial inevitably conjures a myriad of preconceptions—daft japes, irreverent pranks, slapstick-a-go-go. Six months ago, Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, and Ali Subotnick set up a renegade … READ ON

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Performance Anxiety

Jonathan Meese

March 2006 LONDON

How do you organize an academic conference on Martin Kippenberger, that most rock ’n’ roll of artists? Well, you don’t. Tate Modern anticipated this problem, and last Saturday presented three informal lectures on the late German … READ ON

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THE SOCIAL TURN: COLLABORATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

February 2006

All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative, and more real than art. —Dan Graham  SUPERFLEX’S INTERNET TV STATION for elderly residents of a Liverpool housing project (Tenantspin, 1999);… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2006 [TOC]

Mum's the Bird

London

October 2005 LONDON

Curated by the indefatigable Polly Staple, Frieze Projects—an intensive program of specially commissioned events for the Frieze Art Fair—typically serve to countervail the atmosphere of rapacious consumption in the Regent’s Park big top.… READ ON

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