David Velasco

Twilight Zona

The eighth Zona Maco

April 2011 MEXICO CITY

“THE WORLD’S GOTTEN SMALLER,” a dealer tells us in the car to Polanco from Mexico City International Airport. “Everywhere is important. You can’t overlook anyplace. No matter how provincial.”  “Excuse me,” a writer pipes up. “Mexico City is… READ ON


Sarah Michelson

March 2011

It’s a bit like Sarah Michelson has taken the carcass of dance and reanimated it via some sort of highly personal transvaluation machine, an apparatus powered not by a storm but by rakish lighting and thunderous music. But this makes the … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2011 [TOC]


David Velasco on Christian Marclay’s The Clock

February 2011

IT SEEMS WE GO TO THE MOVIES TO FORGET TIME, or at least to think it differently. There’s good reason Graham Greene considered his four and a half years reviewing films for The Spectator an “escape.” Christian Marclay’s The Clock, 2010—a … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2011 [TOC]

Fair Trade

The VIP Art Fair


EVERYONE WAS AT THE VERNISSAGE for the VIP Art Fair last Saturday morning. Or so you would think, given the not-so-VIP wait times. Even those with a special VIP pass found it awfully hard to load the online-only fair’s login page for the … READ ON


The Other Tradition

January 2011

Curated by Elena Filipovic Art history is built from the lagan of competing traditions. Filipovic’s polemical group show, which borrows its title, “The Other Tradition,” from Gene Swenson’s 1966 curatorial gambit at the Institute of Contemporary… READ ON


Rubell de Jour

Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2010 MIAMI

SO FULL OF PERVERSE PROMISE, the PR fantasia known as Art Basel Miami Beach remains a burlesque of fevered pitches and swift rejections, grandiose “launches” for “architectural footwear” and “scent collaborations.” On Tuesday, while important… READ ON




December 2010

David Velasco is editor of Artforum.com and a regular contributor to Artforum. He is currently working on his first novel.  1 “American Realness” (Abrons Arts Center, New York, January 8–10, 2010) All the legendary children of the New York … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2010 [TOC]

Jérôme Bel

December 2010

Jérôme Bel’s Cédric Andrieux, 2009, begins promisingly enough, with the handsome, virtuosic, eponymous French dancer walking casually onstage and plainly announcing: “My name is Cédric Andrieux. . . .” In the iteration performed in September… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2010 [TOC]

Arto Lindsay performs at the Moderna Museet, November 5, 2010

November 2010

Arto Lindsay performs at the Moderna Museet.… READ ON


Wild Carte

Phillips de Pury, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s evening sales

November 2010 NEW YORK

“GOOD EVENING! And now let’s start with Carte Blanche—Philippe Ségalot!” Kicking off a dizzy week of contemporary art sales, Monday night’s auction at Phillips de Pury & Company’s freshly unwrapped Park Avenue HQ got off at 6:14 PM, a … READ ON