Interior portraits

This review of “Portraits d’interieurs” at the NMNM in Monaco appeared on Laure Prouvost, Wantee, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. The pictorial genre that lends this exhibition its title flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century, before photography made it redundant. “Interior portraits” depicted living spaces and their furnishings, devoid of yet suggestive of human presence. Built around historical works and archival materials, the installations on view by five contemporary artists can be seen as three-dimensional portraits of interiors. Put center-stage, Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s and Nick Mauss’s contributions—Jean Cocteau . . ., 2003–14, and Concern, Crush, Desire, … Continue reading Interior portraits

Forget Amnesia

This report from the 4th Volcano Extravaganza on Stromboli appeared on Artists Sam Hempton and Celia Hempton. (All photos: Lewis Ronald) THE HOUSE OF EXTRAVAGANZA lies at the end of a narrow lane that slopes up toward the volcano. “You made it,” Fiorucci Art Trust director Milovan Farronato greeted me shortly after I arrived on the opening evening of the ten-day Volcano Extravaganza festival. Getting to the remote Aeolian island of Stromboli from Saint Petersburg in a day certainly felt like an achievement. But losing a night of sleep seemed a small price to pay to hang out with … Continue reading Forget Amnesia