Jay-Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released on Independence Day of this year. As an artist, Jay has always been obsessed with numbers and dates, and the timing of this release was not insignificant. I surmise Jay’s suggestion to be that Magna Carta is of the historical significance of that critical compact between the ki... More
Posts Tagged “Marina Abramovic”
The documentary film Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present follows the artist in the months before and during her 2010 MoMA show of the same name, offering an addendum to the exhibition for those who saw it, and a fascinating secondhand glimpse into it for those who didn’t (like myself). With SFMOMA’s survey of theatricality in art and media... More
I’ve taken so long to write this post about the Luc Tuymans show that the show closed before I could finish. The longer I spent, the more I realized that it wasn’t really Tuymans’ paintings I was most interested in, or concerned about. What was really bugging me was the hyperbole of exhibitions, the engineering of careers, and what museums have decided they must do to sell art, and artists, to their publics.
Wednesday, May 5: I’m on a San Francisco-bound plane, whizzing above the clouds at 440 mph. I’m avoiding writing my next Open Space blog post because I’ve made such a big deal out of it—hours of research, pages of notes, contextualizing up the wazoo. I’ve just spent four days in New York City, the second visit where I didn’t go see the Marina Abramovic show at the MoMA. But I’ve had many discussions with people who have seen the show. Someone told me that some guy grabbed the ass of one of the naked performers, and that guy w... More