Claire Bishop

Claire Bishop

December 2012

ONE OF THE FEW HIGHLIGHTS of this past summer’s Cultural Olympiad, the UK government’s austerity-busting spending spree, was the July opening of the Tanks, Tate Modern’s new gallery spaces. Back in the days when Tate Modern was a power station,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2012 [TOC]

DIGITAL DIVIDE: CONTEMPORARY ART AND NEW MEDIA

September 2012

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DIGITAL ART? Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when we got our first e-mail accounts. Wasn’t there a pervasive sense that visual art was going to get digital, too, harnessing the new technologies that were just … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]

CLAIRE BISHOP

September 2011

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, eight years ago, that the biennial as an exhibition format had peaked? In hindsight, it appears that Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta 11 in 2002 and Francesco Bonami’s “Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer” … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2011 [TOC]

Rooms for Improvement

The Manchester International Festival

July 2011 MANCHESTER

UNLIKE ITS NORTHERN NEIGHBOR LIVERPOOL, Manchester has long eschewed the biennial in favor of a cross-disciplinary, celebrity-laced International Festival. Its first edition, held in 2007, premiered “Il Tempo del Postino” (Philippe Parreno … READ ON

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: THE ART OF PAWEŁ ALTHAMER

February 2011

MOST PEOPLE KNOW Paweł Althamer’s art only on the basis of his sculpture: densely worked, life-size figures, often depicting himself or his immediate family, that combine organic materials with found objects such as clothing or glasses. These… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2011 [TOC]

RATE OF RETURN: THE ARTIST PLACEMENT GROUP

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 institutional… 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

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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 the end … READ ON

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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

ON SITE

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]