Articles of ‘Michele Robecchi’

Kettle’s Whistle. Hardly the Way

Kettle’s Whistle. Hardly the Way

By Michele Robecchi
From 1972 to 1981, Jimmie Durham didn’t show any art publicly. This wasn’t due to inertia or lack of inspiration, but to an interest in activism that led him to enroll as a worker in the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Native American human and civil rights advocacy group founded in [...]



Kettle’s Whistle. Bold Statement and Responsibility

Kettle’s Whistle. Bold Statement and Responsibility

By Michele Robecchi
Ever since its first apparition in the middle of the 2000s, the work of Kelley Walker has seemingly courted controversy. His smearing with toothpaste and chocolate-cream enlarged magazine covers featuring African-American ladies or historical photographs of civil rights fights, it is not foolhardy to say, has generated one of the most [...]



Kettle’s Whistle. The Dawn of the Post-Contemporary Art Age

Kettle's Whistle. The Dawn of the Post-Contemporary Art Age

By Michele Robecchi
Take a stroll around gallery exhibitions and art fairs around the world these days and the increasing tendency of dealers and curators to dig into the past seems to be still going in full swing. In all fairness, it has to be said that for a long time the whole phenomenon [...]



The Ship: Brian Eno

The Ship: Brian Eno

Le Commun - Geneva
Curated by Michele Robecchi and Anny Serratí
By Katharina Holderegger
Situated in the historic industrial building complex formerly known as the SIP Factory, next to the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Art Center, the Center of Photography, Le Commun is a venue where exhibiti ever-present ons can be curated on application-a [...]



Kettle’s Whistle. Objectivity vs. Subjectivity

Kettle’s Whistle. Objectivity vs. Subjectivity

By Michele Robecchi
Did you know that when The Guardian art correspondent paid a studio visit to Turner Prize finalist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in London last May, two men were loitering outside the building, mobiles in hand, one yelling, “Are you Becca?” at no one in particular? And that in The New Yorker’s obituary for [...]



Brian Eno: The Ship

Brian Eno: The Ship

Le Commun - BAC, Geneva
Curated by Michele Robecchi and Annie Serratí.
Conceived to explore the relationship between environment and musical composition, The Ship, Brian Eno’s first exhibition in Switzerland, will be presented at Le Commun in Geneva in concomitance with the 13th edition of Electron Festival.

Already a pioneer in the field of environmental music, [...]



Let’s Twist Again

Let's Twist Again

By Michele Robecchi
One of the acknowledged limits of history, and as such the history of art, is that things are usually recounted along vertical lines. Whilst there is an undisputable logic in the method–evolutions and developments are much easier to read in this way–one of the downsides is that it tends to deny [...]



From Local to Legal. Painting and Photography still at loggerheads.

From Local to Legal. Painting and Photography still at loggerheads.

By Michele Robecchi
According to Luc Tuymans, photographer Katrijn Van Giel accusing him of plagiarism started when he received a phone call from the Belgian center-right tabloid De Standaard. The paper, on the trail of a story, announced that they knew Tuymans’ painting of populist politician Jean-Marie Dedecker was based on a photograph shot [...]



Rosa Barba: Metaphors for History, Time and Society

Rosa Barba: Metaphors for History, Time and Society

By Michele Robecchi
When the notion of ‘Expanded Cinema’ theorized by Gene Youngblood at the end of the 1960s became a major reference point for a young generation of filmmakers, it didn’t take long to realize that one of the consequences operating in such inter-disciplinary mode was that their work, still intended to be [...]



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 [...]