Over the past few months, Jacob Kassay and Alex Bacon have been having an extended discussion about the delicate balance Kassays work strikes between attention to aesthetic form and the conceptual rigor that motivates it.
Two Days in the Lives of Art as Social Action:
By Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
SHAKESPEARE, DARWIN, AND HANGING OUT WITH TIM ROLLINS AND K.O.S.
Tim Rollins is an artist to hear and experience in action. Performance is his being. Drawn from his own New England Baptist background and the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. since he was a boy, he is a preacher, a teacher, and an inspiration machine.
Massimiliano Gioni, Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum was curator of the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2013. When one of us saw that exhibition and then we both read the massive catalogue Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (Venice: Marsilio Editori, 2013) we could scarcely believe our eyes.
Since entering the art world in the early 1980s Roni Horn has produced an ever expanding cosmos of objects, images, and text that are as paradoxically coherent as they are multifaceted. Her exhibition Everything was sleeping as if the universe was a mistake, currently at Hauser & Wirth (November 11, 2013 January 11, 2014) contains two sculpture installationseach made of 10 cast-glass forms.
T.J. Wilcoxs aerie 16 stories above the pavement on East 17th Street in what seems, when youre there, like the middle of Manhattan is an essentially vacant, glass rectangle surrounded by a round roof, or perhaps its a terrace, which provides a three-dimensional view of New York.
I dont know whether it is true that a janitor at an art gallery was fired not so long ago for sweeping up the artwork the morning after the opening, but the story captures a certain skepticism about art: if art is whatever we, or the art cognoscenti, say it is, then there is no such thing as art.