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On the Vandalism of Works of Art
Recently, Russian woman entered the Louvre in Paris and threw a small ceramic tea cup at Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
On Artists as Musicians (and Vice Versa)
News of artists famous in one field crossing over into another is very often met with public derision.
On Jeff Koons
Separating Koons’s work from its atmospheric environment leaves the viewer with a body of work in which pleasure is the oxygen of art.
On the Venice Biennale 2009
The magisterial presence of literally hundreds of architectural and artistic masterpieces has a breathing-down-the-neck quality that sends otherwise sensible artists a bit loopy.
On the YBAs at Tate Britain
A new display of contemporary British art at Tate Britain entitled Classified - the title of which picks up on a number of predilections and inferences of the works it shows.
On Tal R
Tal R's new paintings at Camden Arts Centre use 7 unmixed colours - pink, green, orange, white, brown and black - on a standardised scale of 8 foot by 8 foot.
On Interactivity and Cover Versions in Art
Interactivity is now so commonplace at Tate Modern that I sometimes wonder if visitors are disappointed when they see works of art they aren’t allowed to touch.
Eulogy for Mansell Rivers-Bland
The text of a small piece I wrote for the memorial of master prop-maker Mansell Rivers-Bland.
On Stephane Vigny and Marthe Wéry
Vigny’s trenchant references to minimalism’s stony-faced employment of industrial materials succeed in his eccentric enjoyment of the doggedly ugly.
Art and Comic Books
The comic strip genre has been so twisted and transformed over the last hundred years that it contains its own accelerated art history.
On the Art Market Bubble
Working in contemporary art is like being part of a huge extended family of annoying extroverts.
On the Turner Prize and Faux Hysteria
Maybe there will be a time when the announcement of the Turner Prize nominees won’t be greeted with a tiresome trotting-out of hoary old journalistic cliches, but not this year.
On Rodney Graham
It’s a heartening sight to see Graham’s copper Erasmus Weathervane atop the roof of the newly reopened Whitechapel Art Gallery.
On Goshka Macuga
As part of the redesign and expansion of the Whitechapel Gallery, Goshka Macuga has brought Guernica back ... sort of.
On Painting of the 1980s
The new Tate Modern exhibition of paintings from the 1980 is timelier than it knows.
On the Fourth Plinth
The latest commission for the plinth, by Antony Gormley, allow members of the public to apply to occupy the plinth on their own, for an hour at any time of day.
On Martin Puryear and Primo Levi
Puryear is a good example of an artist for whom the standard contemporary art vocabulary isn’t nearly elastic enough.
On Gerhard Richter
For all his protestations, this show, in its dogged refusal to swallow the artist’s mythology whole, situates Richter as a romantic in spite of himself.
On Problems in Curating, and Some Solutions
Great curatorship hides itself. The first rule of curating is you don’t talk about curating.
On Tala Madani
Madani's work plugs into the heritage of bad taste painting and drags it out of its burrow to face the confusing and paranoiac daylight of the early 21st century.