Letter from Okayama and Kobe

On more than one occasion, the Cuban art historian and curator Gerardo Mosquera has criticised the kind of temporary art exhibition that descends on unsuspecting locals like a flying saucer, meets with bafflement and incomprehension, does its own thing among fellow Martians and then takes off and vanishes without a trace. Continue reading Letter from Okayama and Kobe

Berlin Art Week

Many of the problems that the city and its sizeable artist community face today, which boil down to a shortage of affordable housing and studio spaces, have their root in neoliberal policies that made the sale of city-owned real estate possible from the 1990s onward. Continue reading Berlin Art Week

Artmonte Carlo

As we approached the centre of Monaco, the driver who picked me up at the airport pointed out one of the largest yachts in the world, dwarfing all its companions lining the main harbour. We had plenty of time to admire it since the yearly roadworks ahead of the Grand Prix de Monaco – the legendary Formula One motor race that takes over the city-state each May – meant that it took us a good 40 minutes to drive across what is apparently the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican. Continue reading Artmonte Carlo

Into The Mountain

The ‘tale of my traffic with a mountain’ is how Nan Shepherd describes her slender volume in the foreword to The Living Mountain, 1977. Curiously for a book that repeatedly asserts the essential unity of its subject – the Cairngorms in Shepherd’s native Aberdeenshire – The Living Mountain reads like an anatomy of a mountain with short, overlapping chapters addressing in turn its geological features, the elements, all the living things and creatures, including man, who form part of it and shape it. Continue reading Into The Mountain

Liina Siib: Politics of Paradise

Born and raised in Tallinn, Estonian artist Liina Siib belongs to what anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, in his seminal 2005 book Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, calls “the last Soviet generation”: people who came of age during the “late socialism” period, the three decades that preceded the Perestroika. Siib graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1989, when the Soviet system was in its final throes. Continue reading Liina Siib: Politics of Paradise

A conversation with Ralph Rugoff

The most relevant Venice Biennial he has seen was Francesco Bonami’s mad experiment when he had nine co-curators each do a separate section. It played with the format of the Biennale in a very radical way. Talking to Ralph Rugoff about his coming central exhibition May you live in interesting times at the Venice Biennial of 2019. ‘There’s a type of political art which promotes a particular point of view and to me that’s the opposite of what art does.’ Continue reading A conversation with Ralph Rugoff