INCONVERSATION

JACOB KASSAY with Alex Bacon

Art

Over the past few months, Jacob Kassay and Alex Bacon have been having an extended discussion about the delicate balance Kassay’s work strikes between attention to aesthetic form and the conceptual rigor that motivates it.

INCONVERSATION

Two Days in the Lives of Art as Social Action:
SHAKESPEARE, DARWIN, AND HANGING OUT WITH TIM ROLLINS AND K.O.S.

Art

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.

INCONVERSATION

MASSIMILIANO GIONI with David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro

Art

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.

INCONVERSATION

RONI HORN with Jarrett Earnest

Art

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 installations—each made of 10 cast-glass forms.

T. J. WILCOX

Art

T.J. Wilcox’s aerie 16 stories above the pavement on East 17th Street in what seems, when you’re there, like the middle of Manhattan is an essentially vacant, glass rectangle surrounded by a round roof, or perhaps it’s a terrace, which provides a three-dimensional view of New York.

THE HELD ESSAYS ON VISUAL ART
Art Placebo

Art

I don’t 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.

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