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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 [...]

Art in a Place of Wisdom and Knowledge

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014 Contemporary art often crosses the line of pure art expression or craft. It contributes to building a culture, thus encompassing many different creative fields, such as film making, literature, political issues, and even spirituality. At the recent 11th Ubud Writers Readers Festival in Indonesia, we experience art [...]

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 [...]

Does Art Need Time?

by Light-man The issue of time in art is not new.  Contemporary artists tend to be ahead of time. They delve into concepts that have not been dealt with. They want us to see things that we have not seen before. But the contemporary artist from Uruguay, Marcelo Larrosa-Martinatto thinks that art needs time, and [...]