Alexander Dumbadze

  • “Bas Jan Ader: Tra Due Mondi”

    “In March 1975, Bas Jan Ader had an exhibition at the Saman Gallery in Genoa, Italy, but elected not travel there, remaining in Los Angeles to prepare for what would be a fateful transatlantic sail.”

    In March 1975, Bas Jan Ader had an exhibition at the Saman Gallery in Genoa, Italy, but elected not travel there, remaining in Los Angeles to prepare for what would be a fateful transatlantic sail. For the first time in almost forty years, Ader’s work is again the subject of a solo show in Italy with “Tra Due Mondi” (Between Two Worlds), a survey emphasizing the dominant themes with which the Dutch/Californian artist’s work has been understood: romanticism, an attachment to melancholy, the legacy of Mondrian, and falling. There is an inverse relation between the amount

  • Terry Smith’s What Is Contemporary Art?

    Terry Smith, What is Contemporary Art? (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 344 pages.

    TO THE TITULAR QUESTION “What is contemporary art?,” Terry Smith’s answer is appropriately elusive. A professor of contemporary art history and theory at the University of Pittsburgh, Smith writes with an assured and fair hand, even as he withholds any snap definition in favor of a series of hypotheses. In its most basic and banal formulation, contemporary art is simply “art that is being made now”—but this is a truism that, Smith contends, fails to account for contemporary art’s relation to modernism