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An Era of Anxiety at the 2015 Venice Biennale

by A.P. With the theme of “All the world’s futures”, the Nigerian Okwui Enwezor, the first African guest curator in the Venice Biennale’s 120 years of history, has got together 136 artists from 56 countries, of whom 89 artists are showing their work for the first time. Enwezor’s intention is to “build a new focus [...]

The Flip Side of Consciousness: Mamma Andersson Behind the Curtain

From the Series of Essays Ritual Practices by Elaine Smollin In Mamma Andersson paintings, what is apparent is always the flip side of consciousness. The present may as well be the past, while the past with its heavy hand, can deftly reveal a sudden lightness of being. From where comes this painter’s dialectics? An Andersson [...]

Voices For My Father

Ceiling high works that can measure as long as seven meters. All-over paint and collages of precious metals, bumper stickers, rubber tires, cracked eggs, a hundred dollar bills in Ziploc bags, trash. Overwhelming in scale, dynamic in sense of color and texture. For Michael Chow, better known as the celebrity co-founder and owner of the [...]

Remember the Land

by Light-man   The symbiotic relationship between the artist and the land, the soil, natural elements is gaining momentum as the world is more aware of the woes of growing environmental crisis. Already this issue concerns basic human survival, just as what the Land Art movement in the 70s predicted when they pioneered an art [...]

After the Revolution: Neo Rauch and David Salle

From the series of essays Ritual Practices by Elaine Smollin   On the road from Frankfurt-am-Main to Leipzig, departing Hessen into Thuringia, a vast heap of salt towers above the passerby. This inert, looming, giant byproduct of industry dwarfs the relevance of anything nearby. The power of its sheer enormity stuns the senses, pressing the [...]