All posts by M.C.

Tate Modern Visitors Can Keep Looking Into Rich People’s Condos, Legally

Luxury flat owners who feel their privacy is invaded by a public viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern have only themselves to blame.

So said a judge at the British High Court Tuesday, at the end of a two-year-long court battle between the world’s most visited modern art gallery and residents of a condo development that overlooks it. Since opening as an extension in 2016, Tate Modern’s eye-catching Herzog + De Meuron-designed Blavatnik Building has become famous for its top floor, daytime-only viewing gallery. It’s well-known not because of its impressive panorama of London landmarks, but for the unusually intimate views it offers in through the windows of a luxury residential complex called Neo Bankside, which lies directly opposite.

Residents at Neo Bankside, which welcomed … Read the rest

A Biographical, Fragmentary Film Is Also the Last for a Filmmaking Couple

Still from Il Diario di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti (Angela’s Diaries – Two Filmmakers) (2018) Italy; directed by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (all images courtesy the Museum of Modern Art)

Since the mid-1970s, the artists Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian have built a remarkable body of work across a range of media — from films and installations to drawings and expanded cinema performances. Following Ricci Lucchi’s death last year, their new collaboration would seem to be their last. Completed by Gianikian after his partner’s death, Angela’s Diaries – Two Filmmakers (Il Diario di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti) collages the couple’s meticulous documentation of their lives, work, and travels, offering the rare chance to explore the mercurial and utterly … Read the rest

During the Taiping Rebellion, a Stunning 15th-Century Pagoda Met Its Demise

Centuries after the Porcelain Tower was torn down, it was built up again—and this time, made of steel.


When buildings are knocked down, people often don’t let them go without a fight. This week, we’re remembering some particularly contentious demolitions. Previously: a Hollywood funeral for a restaurant named for a hat and a German church knocked down in the name of coal.

Long before it was toppled in a military skirmish, the octagonal pagoda was said to have caught travelers’ eyes from miles away. It rose nine stories tall, and was crowned by a giant decoration shaped something like a pineapple. In engravings and other artistic interpretations, it seemed to rival nearby mountains, its top nearly level with a smattering of birds and almost piercing the … Read the rest

SculptureCenter Presents Banu Cennetoğlu and In Practice: Other Objects

Sculpture Center
Installation view, Banu Cennetoğlu, SculptureCenter, New York, 2019. Photo: Kyle Knodell

In her cross-disciplinary practice, Banu Cennetoğlu uses objects, images, texts, and printed matter to continuously scrutinize, contemplate, and question the position of the artist/individual within the complex geopolitical conditions of our time. By tying together personal and public archives, Cennetoğlu’s work not only reinforces the maxim that the personal is political, but insists that it is also and inevitably the other way around.

Banu Cennetoğlu is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator, with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.

In Practice: Other Objects presents newly commissioned work that probes the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. The artists in the exhibition highlight curious and ecstatic moments in which a body becomes a thing … Read the rest

Forbidden and Filthy Love Letters of Yore

Forbidden and Filthy Love Letters of Yore
The Love Letter by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

We don’t mean to put a damper on Valentine’s Day, but the chances of most of us receiving an actual love letter this year are slim to none. These days, text messaging and multiple social media platforms have seen to it that emojis come before real emotions, but today we’d like to pay tribute to hand-written romance as it becomes increasingly rare. With any luck, it might just inspire some of us to put pen to paper. From the forbidden to the filthy, these are best of a lost art…

James Joyce’s “Filthy Letters”

James Joyce, author of the epic novel, Ulysses, was the kind of man who, in 1920s Paris, would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway … Read the rest

Portraits that Feel Like Chance Encounters and Hazy Recollections

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, “Bring Yo’ Big Teeth Ass Here!” (2017) (all images courtesy the artist and Rhona Hoffman gallery)

MADISON, Wis. — Nathaniel Mary Quinn is one of the best portrait painters working today and the competition is steep. Think of Amy Sherald, Elizabeth Peyton, Kehinde Wiley, Nicole Eisenman, Allison Schulnik, Mickalene Thomas, Jeff Sonhouse, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Lynette Yiadom- Boakye to name a few.  It could be argued that these artists are not exclusively portrait artists but artists who work with the figure. The line blurs. If identity, memory, and personality enter the pictorial conversation, however, then the work tips toward portraiture — meaning it addresses notions of likeness in relation to a real or metaphorical being. No longer … Read the rest

Join Our Free Learning Event To Get Started With VR In Unity

Join us on February 21st for this free learning event. Dive into virtual reality creation with host Sky Rolnick and learn how to bring virtual worlds to life. You only need a free membership, and spots for the live viewing are limited, so sign up quick! Don’t worry though, if […]

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Gary Indiana’s Helter-Skelter Prose Experiments

(photo by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

In 1985, with a flamboyant, gelid eye and taunting provocative shrugs of jaded contempt for new-money denizen art collectors, Gary Indiana (né Hoisington) strode forth onto the art scene as an insouciant enfant terrible art critic for The Village Voice. His collected art columns have been published by the esteemed Semiotext(e) (also the re-publisher of some of Indiana’s earlier novels and plays) as Vile Days: The Village Voice Art Columns 1985–1988.

Vile Days is a thick, 596-page hardback to be read first from the index, where the names rain down like manna. The contents list is obtuse, by design. But read it straight through, as I just have, and I think that you will find that he came to … Read the rest

Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now lost to us

The Opportunity rover leaves its landing site in Eagle Crater on Mars back in 2004.

Enlarge / The Opportunity rover leaves its landing site in Eagle Crater on Mars back in 2004. (credit: NASA)

Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines:

I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you

The scientists waited to hear some response from their long-silent rover, which had been engulfed in a global dust storm last June, likely coating its solar panels in a fatal layer of dust. Since then, the

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