MICHAEL BRENSON was an art critic for the New York Times from 1982 to 1991. He worked with Mary Jane Jacob on Culture in Action: A Public Art Program of Sculpture Chicago (1992) and Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art (1996). He teaches in M.F.A. programs at Bard College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the School of Visual Arts. He is writing a biography of David Smith.
On November 12, 2006, I was one of the speakers at the book launch of Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne.
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Place: Charleston. In 1958 Gian Carlo Menotti founded the Spoleto Festival in the medieval Italian hill town of Spoleto. In 1977 he moved the festival to the no less picturesque and pedestrian-friendly but even more hospitable South Carolina port city. Charleston is inviting. It breathes history.
During the last 25 years Carmen Giménez has built a reputation as the most important curator of modernist sculpture in the world. During her most recent Guggenheim exhibition, Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History, Carmen spoke about her remarkable life and career.