John Martin , The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (1822, restored 2011)

‘Ruin Lust’ at Tate Britain

At the risk of sounding shallow, the exhibition Ruin Lust seems to arrive 3 or 4 years late. Not that I would wish to equate art with fashion and its whimsical fads, but the obsession with the ruins of Modernism

John Martin , The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (1822, restored 2011)

‘Ruin Lust’ at Tate Britain

At the risk of sounding shallow, the exhibition Ruin Lust seems to arrive 3 or 4 years late. Not that I would wish to equate art with fashion and its whimsical fads, but the obsession with the ruins of Modernism

View of Braco Dimitrijević, “Early London Years,” MOT International, London, 2014.

Braco Dimitrijević’s ‘Early London Years’

This review was originally published on Art-Agenda in March 2014 Braco Dimitrijević’s current exhibition at MOT International offers a careful selection of early works by this Paris-based, Sarajevo-born pioneer of Conceptual art. The show’s title, “Early London Years,” refers to the period from

View of Braco Dimitrijević, “Early London Years,” MOT International, London, 2014.

Braco Dimitrijević’s ‘Early London Years’

This review was originally published on Art-Agenda in March 2014 Braco Dimitrijević’s current exhibition at MOT International offers a careful selection of early works by this Paris-based, Sarajevo-born pioneer of Conceptual art. The show’s title, “Early London Years,” refers to the period from

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Reading as community: Dora García and The Joycean Society

“In any other time of the past, Joyce’s work would never have reached the printer, but in our blessed 20th Century it is a message, though not yet understood”, said the mystic psychiatrist Carl Jung in the mid 1930s, after

Dora García 1

Reading as community: Dora García and The Joycean Society

“In any other time of the past, Joyce’s work would never have reached the printer, but in our blessed 20th Century it is a message, though not yet understood”, said the mystic psychiatrist Carl Jung in the mid 1930s, after

eye-monster (2013), mixed media, 260 x 394 x 17 cm

Richard Sides at Carlos/Ishikawa

(This review was originally published in frieze magazine #160 January-February 2014) In his 1950 book The Future of Man, the French philosopher and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin introduced the concept of the Omega Point to designate the maximum level of

eye-monster (2013), mixed media, 260 x 394 x 17 cm

Richard Sides at Carlos/Ishikawa

(This review was originally published in frieze magazine #160 January-February 2014) In his 1950 book The Future of Man, the French philosopher and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin introduced the concept of the Omega Point to designate the maximum level of

Me, writing god knows what at 8 or 9 years old

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Daniela Cascella for inviting me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Daniela’s writing, which you can read in her blog as well as in her fantastic book En abîme, is hugely influential for

Me, writing god knows what at 8 or 9 years old

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Daniela Cascella for inviting me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Daniela’s writing, which you can read in her blog as well as in her fantastic book En abîme, is hugely influential for

Kiki Kogelnik
Dynamite Darling, 1972 oil and acrylic on canvas 183 x 122 cm; 72 x 48 in unique

Review of Frieze Art Fair 2013

This review was originally published on Art-Agenda in October 2013 The ecosystem of Frieze Art Fair in London keeps growing, like a healthy family of good-looking siblings. That is, indeed, exciting, but it is also a real tour de force for visitors, who since last

Kiki Kogelnik
Dynamite Darling, 1972 oil and acrylic on canvas 183 x 122 cm; 72 x 48 in unique

Review of Frieze Art Fair 2013

This review was originally published on Art-Agenda in October 2013 The ecosystem of Frieze Art Fair in London keeps growing, like a healthy family of good-looking siblings. That is, indeed, exciting, but it is also a real tour de force for visitors, who since last

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Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre: Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

For the writer of these lines there is hardly anything more nightmare-inducing than a circus. With horrific clowns, knife-throwers, dwarves dressed in humiliating costumes and sad-eyed caged animals, the circus somehow manages to encapsulate and represent everything that is wrong

Santa-Sangre-Blu-Ray-1

Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre: Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

For the writer of these lines there is hardly anything more nightmare-inducing than a circus. With horrific clowns, knife-throwers, dwarves dressed in humiliating costumes and sad-eyed caged animals, the circus somehow manages to encapsulate and represent everything that is wrong