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Sorrows at the Guggenheim, 1909-1944

An essay by Elaine Smollin   Renato Bertelli,Continuous Profile of Musillini, 1933 Last night, I quickly scanned the spiraling galleries for works that would outpace Renato Bertelli’s, 1933, rotating heads of Mussolini for a formal embodiment of psychic imprinting of modernization- the kind we now take for granted as imprinted on our collective [...]

Surprising

by AP Surprising is the recently born Cartagena de Indias International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Colombia, that opened within the framework of one the most beautiful cities in the world. Under the direction of the well-known curator Berta Sichel, and a team of curators such as the American Barbara S. Krulik, the Nigerian Bisi [...]

The Refusal of Time

If you do not know that this is an art installation, you might think that this is about procrastination. But it is more. The Refusal of Time is an invitation to meditate about the issue of time. Drawn by the curious title, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and saw [...]

Blood, Heart, Hope

By Lightman I often find art works with a social-political subtext to be suspicious. Sometimes the message carries such urgency that it is conveyed to the detriment of the quality and craft of art. But such is not the case of the work by Imran Qureshi, one of the leading Pakistani contemporary artists and master [...]

CHAOS + SANCTUARY Chaim Soutine

From the Series of EssaysRitual Practices by Elaine Smollin   Soutine knew it. The materialization of feeling can preserve a fleeting world. While he cultivated this affect, Soutine found sanctuary in a series of cities and towns, ultimately fleeing even Paris. While intensifying chaos institutionalized Diaspora as a way of life, for him, Expressionism became a [...]

Theory of Comets

The room is spacious and empty, except for a projection of three gigantic screens on the wall. It shows a bright image of sand dunes, infinite and lonesome, with the wind whistling by. Then a loud cranking sound of mechanical wheels shatters the stillness and shutters slide down and immerse the room in total darkness. [...]