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Interview with Franklin Sirmans
Interview with Franklin Sirmans

“We believe in the space of the museum, as this is the place where people come together and get educated and entertained at the same time.”
As with most curators, Franklin Sirmans started as an arts writer for magazines, in his case Flash Art and Artnews. Before being appointed department head and curator of [...]

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Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia
Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia

Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia. Edited by Álvaro Rodríguez Fominaya and Michael Lee. Hong Kong: Para/Site Art Space with Studio Bibliothèque and seed | projects, 2010. 187 pages. ISBN 9789889896393
By Irina Leyva-Pérez
This book opens the forum with a simple yet intriguing question: Is it different to curate an exhibition in [...]

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There is a light that never goes out. An Interview with Julio Le Parc
There is a light that never goes out. An Interview with Julio Le Parc

Julio Le Parc is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, a once young creator who migrated to Paris to become a leading voice among artist-activists and a pioneer in the use of light and color in his works. A relentless researcher into the field of art-as-experience who famously [...]

Alfredo Jaar: A Model of Thinking
Alfredo Jaar: A Model of Thinking

By Scott Thorp
Alfredo Jaar’s view on politics is pointed. “We’re working with the awareness that politics has failed us, that politicians have failed us, that regrettably they’ve transformed politics into junk, that they’ve corrupted it, that they have insulted it [1].” This he revealed in a 2012 conversation with the conceptual artist and [...]

In the Shadows of Global Consumerism. A Conversation with Ni Haifeng
In the Shadows of Global Consumerism. A Conversation with Ni Haifeng

Part of the mid-1980s New Wave movement in China, which includes the likes of Xu Bing and Wenda Gu, Ni Haifeng is one of the most daring and explicit of that generation to deal with the history of China’s embrace of capitalism. After immigrating to the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, his work shifted [...]

Art vs. Real Estate. Gentrification and Urban Artistic Scenes
Art vs. Real Estate. Gentrification and Urban Artistic Scenes

By James Lough
To avoid hearing about gentrification in U.S. cities over the last five years, you would have to live in a bomb shelter. In February, film director Spike Lee’s swear-word-studded rant against gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. Lee is only one in a series of well-known artists who have [...]

Amedeo Modigliani: When Things Come Full Circle
Amedeo Modigliani: When Things Come Full Circle

By Michele Robecchi
Like that of many of his peers who rose to global fame after meeting a premature demise, Amedeo Modigliani’s work has been over the years the subject of furious litigations, dubious authentications and endless debates about who has the authority to legitimately run (i.e. control) such hefty heritage. The dispute raged [...]

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I Like the Direct Experience of Documentation: A Conversation with Artie Vierkant and Parker Ito
I Like the Direct Experience of Documentation: A Conversation with Artie Vierkant and Parker Ito

“With more and more media readily available through this unruly archive, the task becomes one of packaging, producing, reframing, and distributing; a mode of production analogous not to the creation of material goods, but to the production of social contexts, using existing material. What a time you chose to be born!”—Seth Price wrote [...]

Between Past and Present: Ivan Grubanov and Vangelis Vlahos discuss their project, 'Current Pasts,' with Daphne Vitali
Between Past and Present: Ivan Grubanov and Vangelis Vlahos discuss their project, ‘Current Pasts,’ with Daphne Vitali

Current Pasts is a collaborative project that brings together Greek artist Vangelis Vlahos and Serbian artist Ivan Grubanov. In their visual research, both focus on an exploration of history and the role of memory, recording latter-day sociopolitical and historical developments and attempting to offer relevant interpretations. They often probe their native countries’ recent [...]

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ROBIN VAN DEN AKKER
ROBIN VAN DEN AKKER

Robin van den Akker is a lecturer in cultural studies and philosophy at Erasmus University College Rotterdam, where he also coordinates the humanities program and Centre for Art and Philosophy. He is founding editor of Notes on Metamodernism, an academic webzine and research platform that attempts to map and analyze changes in [...]

TIMOTHEUS VERMEULEN
TIMOTHEUS VERMEULEN

Timotheus Vermeulen is assistant professor of cultural theory at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands where he also heads the Centre for New Aesthetics. He has written about contemporary aesthetics and culture for, among others, The Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Screen and Texte Zur Kunst and is a regular contributor to [...]

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