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Interview with Arturo Duclos
Interview with Arturo Duclos

“The autonomy of kitsch comes from the disobedience of the Western canon, especially in areas like Latin America where it matters a damn.”

By Paco Barragán

Chilean artist Arturo Duclos was one of the youngest members of the so-called Escena de Avanzada, the political and conceptual movement in the mid-1970s and early [...]

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Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating
Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating

Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating. Edited by Steven Rand and Heather Kouris. New York: apexart, 2007. 128 pages. ISBN 9781933347103
By Shana Beth Mason
Less of a “how-to” guide on becoming, being and remaining a contemporary curator, the second edition of Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating is a lucid, plainly crafted text by such respected theorists and [...]

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Kettle’s Whistle. The Big Kahuna
Kettle’s Whistle. The Big Kahuna

By Michele Robecchi
Over the course of his remarkable career, Damien Hirst, among other things, has collected art. The bulk of this collection, mostly made of swaps arranged with his fellow YBA associates, grew with time to include the work of household names he admired in his youth, emerging artists he thought would [...]

Museums, Spectators and Participation
Museums, Spectators and Participation

By Paco Barragán
For more than two centuries since the Louvre went public, the museum has hardly changed.
I am shockingly aware that such a statement may sound like a provocation, as many respected professionals from the museum world and academia alike-Kenneth Hudson and Eilean Hooper-Greenhill among them-think just the opposite: that “museums refuse [...]

In Conversation with Balint Zsako
In Conversation with Balint Zsako

Balint Zsako’s (b. 1979) artistic language is a curious blend of psychological, mythical, spiritual and sexual narratives that express his devoted exploration of emotional complexities and somatic configurations. Although Zsako creates in a range of media including watercolor, collage, painting, sculpture, drawing and photography, his ongoing series of works on paper demonstrate his [...]

Ramiro Lacayo: Conversations In and Around Painting
Ramiro Lacayo: Conversations In and Around Painting

Ramiro Lacayo Deshón (Managua, Nicaragua, 1952) is one of the most interesting Central-American painters working these days. Lacayo began in the art world as a writer and filmmaker. In the mid-1970s, during the insurrection against dictator Anastasio Somoza, he joined the Leonel Rugama cinematographic brigade, which documented the armed struggle of the [...]

The Paradox of Expressionism
The Paradox of Expressionism

By John Valentine

For the purposes of this essay, I shall define expressionism-à la the Romantic movement of the 19th century-as the theory that one of the main functions of artworks, if not their very essence, is that they somehow ‘contain,’ ‘suggest,’ or ‘give voice to’ human feelings. I shall not be [...]

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Interview with Santiago Sierra
Interview with Santiago Sierra

“We as artists have to find the way how to confront the state and capitalism.”
Santiago Sierra is Spain’s most well-known international artist. To some, his work is polemic; to others, it is pertinent, but it does not leave anyone indifferent. It reflects on the contradictions and paradoxes of the capitalist system, of which [...]

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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FRED GROSS
FRED GROSS

Fred Gross is a professor of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where his focus is on the art and photography of the contemporary period. He has published numerous articles and reviews in Cabinet and Afterimage, and his book Diane Arbus’s 1960s: Auguries of Experience (2012, University of [...]

EDUARDO CARRERA
EDUARDO CARRERA

Eduardo Carrera Rivadeneira is the chief curator of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Quito, Ecuador. He was co-director of No Lugar - Arte Contemporáneo, as well as Advisor and National Director of Museums and Archaeological Sites of the country’s Ministry of Culture and Heritage from 2015 to 2016. He has [...]

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