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September 10

A black leather couch fitting tree people, Lionya, Inna and Marek, like a Procrustean bed
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Red roses for Alla
A glimpse of Manhattan at night

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August 22

Yanis and Balou

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May 20

New York City-a melting pot, for good and for bad (or, is it the other way around?). Live Ukrainian popular music with a mixture of folkloric and militaristic overtones is blasting this afternoon on East 7th Street, in front of an Orthodox church; it is very “romantic” and “very Russian” to my ear. There is a lovely Thai restaurant on East 7th Street, next to the Ukrainian church, and when I go there I am perfectly satisfied with being ignorant about Thailand’s history. Photo of the Ukrainian national hero-poet Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko, a narrow, dark alley around the corner is named after him…

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May 11

Yesterday evening at Green Point Projects

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May 2

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Marek in Olsztyn

April 15

Celebrating Easter with Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ewa Harabasz. Happy Easter!

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April 9

Overtime I eat picked ginger, I think about him. He liked it a lot.

March 10

Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

February 21,

From Dore Ashton’s obituary I published in Art News:

“I am a proud philistine,” Dore wrote on a small piece of paper she gave me at her home in New York. It was one of those evenings we used to spend together discussing literature, poetry, and art. Of course, she was provocative—there are very few art critics I know, or read, who have had such a rich and idiosyncratic knowledge of world cultures and arts. In fact, I should have just written “culture,” for Dore perceived all cultures as equally important—those associated with “art centers” and those with “art peripheries.” She constructed a different, non–geo-cultural, hierarchy for herself, one based on what she considered universal excellence in art, not as a newly invented, or reinvented, set of formal rules or style, but as something belonging to the long tradition of art making. She simply stood for a commitment to everyday hard work, erudition, and remaining true to her own sensibility. “Tinkering” (as a form of “bricolage) was her methodology. Of course, as a deep thinker, she was never totally certain of the results of her arguments, of how successful or convincing they were, but she used to repeat a famous phrase in French: “Quand je me regarde je me désole, quand je me compare je me console.” (“When I look at myself I feel sorry, when I compare myself I console myself).”

February 14

Just to remind myself, as I am struggling with my new book: “Hey, what do you want? It was my first novel and it’s pretty fucking good, merge!” Albert Camus

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January 31,

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January 31

Reading from “Tristes Tropiques”:

Gradually there had spread among the 
garrison an obsessional fever amounting almost to madness; and this 
had gained ground in spite of the fact that never had a shot been fired 
in anger or an enemy been sighted in the light of day. As for the 
islanders, their talk revealed similar preoccupations, although they put 



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them in more prosaic terms: Island s done for, if you ask me no more 
cod, they say, and so forth. Others held that Hitler was none other 
than Jesus Christ returned to earth to punish the white race for having 
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January 8

“in spite of advances in communication and communication technologies, our knowledge of each other – contrary to the common myth – remains highly superficial, most often non-existent. (…) We do not live in a global village, but rather in a global metropolis, a global train station inundated with a ‘crowd of loners’ (…) anxious people who would wish to know each other and develop close relationships.” Ryszard Kapuściński, Lapidarium V

December 31

Happy New Year!

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From one of the most unpersuasive, “highly logical” art critics: “What matters in fiction is persuasiveness: what is compelling, what makes sense in the logic and language of the book itself. And that is my problem with Onetti. He proposes his narrator as a reflective, thoughtful person, but there is an uncontrolled contrast between psychological insights that are part of the novel’s structure, and those that are not noticed by the author or narrator. It’s the lack of control of that contrast that matters, because it undermines my confidence that the book is under the author’s control, that his imagination is his own possession, that he represents a perspective and an experience that is as reflective as he implies. Those issues are intrinsic to the form of the novel, and they’re enough to prevent me from wanting to read more of his work.”

December 27,

People die, in the last few days as many in the past days. I don’t  understood the public hysterias caused by the recent deaths of celebrities, expressed by people who didn’t know them at all. Mourning should be a private affair, not a spectacle, not a FB posting.

December 24

Happy Holidays from Warsaw

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December 11

Henry Miller quoting Picasso in his essay on turning eighty: “One starts to get young at the age of sixty, and then it’s too late.”

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December 7

From my essay on Pavel Kraus:

“It all might have begun back in 1969, with Kraus’s leaving his native Czechoslovakia for the United States at the age of 23, after the tragic end of the Prague Spring. Carrying with him a heavy suitcase weighting 44 pounds (20 of which belonged to the weight of his books in Czech), he arrived in Chicago on July 16, the same day the Apollo Eleven was launched into space. As we know, four days later humans landed on the moon for the first time in history.”

December 2

Danish light… with the former rector of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Dr. Else Marie Bukdahl. Photo Lisbeth Bonde

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December 1

In Denmark

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I am in Istanbul. My last visit here was 10 years ago. Obviously, many things have changed, but one characteristic of the people here remains the same: kindness can turn into violence in a split of a second. I am staying at the same hotel, which was under the renovation back then, and it is still now.

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November 8

America votes:

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A small pointing hand — known as a manicule — drawn in the margin of a book of classical rhetoric, owned and heavily annotated by John Dee. (Quintilian, ‘Institutionum oratoriarum,’ published Lyon, 1540) (© Royal College of Physicians / Mike Fear)

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November 5

“Il y a peu de chose qui sépare l’horrible du comique (There is a little that separates the horrible from the comical),” Kundera quoted Eugène Ionesco in L’art du roman.

“De l’esquisse à l’oeuvre, le chemin se fait à genoux (From a draft to a finished work, the road is done on knees)” — Milan Kundera quoting Vladimir Holan in L’art du roman

October 30

Most of artists are stockers; they will not leave you until they get what they want. But, if they get (or don’t get) what they want-they also will be the first ones to damp you. (Any attraction has its limits.)  It might be in the nature of the beast called art. Art critics will do the same.

October 26

A galleries asked me today for my opinion about her show. I answered her honestly, complementing, while mentioning that her show was slightly “slick” in installation for my taste.

She answered: “You are the critic.”

September 26,

There comes a time when we realize that our life has not been that  unique and yet we think about it more than ever.

September 18,

A Sunday “fortune cookie”: I am afraid contemporary art looks increasingly like popular music: a few real talents becoming recognized; a small group of celebrities supported by a huge apparatus of their PR people .

September 1

Back from the summer in Greece, where silence is everything.

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Some 30 years ago

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In May

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I gave a lecture last week and I felt like I carried on my shoulders 20 years back in time and 10 ahead of me.

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April 16

Yesterday, a farewell party to teaching full time for Ricki (Rose-Carol) Washton Long, my dissertation advisor and friend..

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April 4

Sunday in Sao Paulo

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Thank you Gabriela!

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France is not like any other place, I must say. I am listening to a radio program on “fingering” as a form of rape.

March 14

It was a beautiful weekend here, still quite cold, but sunny. On Saturday, I went for a walk to a park nearby, where a small “Greek temple” stands in Paris high on a hill; it was shining bright under the blue sky.

It’s Monday morning. I am reading news: a deadly blast in Ankara killed at least 36; Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton keep leading the presidential race in the United States; “Setback for Merkel as Far right Makes Gains in Germany.” Behind the window Paris is waking up to a sound of garbage trucks and a raven screaming from afar what sounds like that eternal “nevermore,” again and again and again.

March 2

I just occurred to me that I don’t know anything about Icarus’s mother, and here is what I found:

Icarus’s Mother, by Sam Shepard, was presented at Caffe Cino on Cornelia Street. Here is the review of the play that Edward Albee wrote for the November 25, 1965, issue of The Village Voice.

For those of you who are busy people, facts first, implications later. (And by facts I mean, of course, nothing closer to the truth than my opinions.) Sam Shepard is one of the youngest and most gifted of the new playwrights working off-Broadway these days. The signature of his work is its unencumbered spontaneity—the impression Shepard gives of inventing drama as a form each time he writes a play. His new theatre piece, “Icarus’s Mother,” is presently on view at the Caffe Cino. Sad to say, it gives the impression of being a mess.

Implications and general ruminations (for those of you who have the time): The playwright in the United States doesn’t have a particularly healthy environment to work in these days; audiences, by and large, think less for themselves than they might; not all of our theatre critics are sufficiently informed about the past or tuned in to the contemporary; the majority of our serious playwrights find they must do battle with exterior as well as interior devils; as a society, we tend to judge quickly and superficially.

The value of off-Broadway and its cafe adjuncts lies not only in its enthusiasm for sustaining plays without which the uptown theatre is unreal and preposterous—the work of Beckett, Genet, Pinter, Claudel, deGhelderode, for example—but, as well, in offering new, experimental playwrights (such as Sam Shepard) a proper ambiance in which to try things out, over-reach, fail and, if they have the stuff, finally succeed.

More Serious

If Shepard’s new theatre piece, “Icarus’s Mother,” fails to please, by which I mean fails to engage one, the failure is of no importance so long as the piece is merely one random experiment, one spontaneous throw-off, one way-stone on the path toward the creation and recreation of theatre. If, on the other hand, this play signals, as I have the disquieting suspicion it does, the beginnings of a premature crystallization of Shepard’s theatre aesthetic, then the failure of the play is a good deal more serious.

I have no way of telling you what “Icarus’s Mother” is about, but, then again, up until now, at any rate, what Shepard’s plays are about is a great deal less interesting than how they are about it. His “Up to Thursday,” for example, was about a boy about to be drafted, but in that play the resonance, the overtone was far more interesting and important than the note. Usually, the sparks which rise and shower in Shepard’s plays are far more pertinent than the nature of the stone to which he touches his talent. In “Icarus’s Mother” though—oddly enough a play in which fireworks are an important motif—the sparks which rise and shower seem arbitrary and unmotivated, we are not allowed to assume we know (or sense, rather) the nature of the experience, and we are forced to look for the touchstone, and we cannot find it.

Merely Levitating

This is the first of Shepard’s plays in which I have felt he was merely levitating, and it is also, curiously enough, the first of Shepard’s plays in which I have felt that he was inhibitedly more concerned with the note than with the resonances. It is the nature of Shepard’s art, so far, that while his plays are, of course, ABOUT something, we must SENSE his intention—his subject, if you like—and react through intuition. In any but the most didactic play it is uninvolving to have to know the nature of the concern at once in order to participate in the reality of it. In a Sam Shepard play it is fatal.

Of course, “Icarus’s Mother” may be about nothing at all. It may be stream of consciousness pure and private, or it may be calculatedly random and unintegrated, but I doubt it. I suspect that it is very much about something, but it is Shepard’s way that if we have to ask ourselves what it is, then it becomes nothing. I like to think that this play is nothing more than a blunder, a misstep along the way, but if Shepard is beginning to super-impose message, or symbol, or story, or, indeed, naturalistic motivation on the existing, very great “reality” of his plays, he must start taking into account the very different artistic responsibilities these usually very normal elements impose on him.

Best Lacking

For whatever the reason, the spontaneity and inevitability that are the best things about Shepard’s work are lacking in “Icarus’s Mother.” Having only seen the play, not read it, I have no way of knowing if this may be, in any part, a fault in the direction by Michael Smith. Smith is one of our few enlightened critics and is himself a playwright. He knows it is the function of the director to illuminate the playwright’s intention and I would imagine that he and Shepard worked together on the project and are convinced that the wattage is fine.

The play’s stage manager is Fred Katz. The lighting, by Johnny Dodd, was very effective, and the sound—some of it unquestionably the loudest in recent theatrical history—was by Francis Fisher. It was very nice, too.

The actors were John Kramer, Lee Worley, Cynthia Harris, James Barbosa, and John A. Coe. They … well, how can I put it most accurately? … they seemed unconvinced and detached.

February 22

Life is quite an unpleasant business, but it is not so very hard to make it wonderful. For which purpose it is not enough that you should win 200,000 roubles in a lottery, or receive the order of the White Eagle, or marry a beautiful woman—all these blessings are transitory and are liable to become a habit. But to feel continuously happy, even in moments of distress and sorrow, the following is needed:

(a) To be satisfied with your present state; and

(b) To rejoice in the knowledge that things might have been much worse.

—Anton Chekhov, Life is Wonderful

February 18

Back from Cuba, back in time: Wifredo Lam

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Painting by Wifredo Lam

January 26

I think I start to understand the meaning of the phrase “Silence=Death” on another level.

It’s highly disturbing to me. I had found this article posted today [http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/celeb-life/turkish-author-orhan-pamuk-brings-his-museum-of-innocence-to-london-378280.html], while searching for any news about the ongoing persecution of the Turkish intellectuals, which I engaged in after receiving very sad news from one of our colleagues in Turkey that her boyfriend’s father has been killed.
And he says: He said: “Museums are trying to represent the nation, the big story, rather than the simple citizen everyman.”

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There is this beautiful sentence in Camus’s “The Stranger”: “I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.”

January 11

It’s always good to hear from Rio de Janeiro

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January 7

Way to be an artist: Michael Neff brings Suspended Forest, a forest-filled room of discarded Christmas trees collected from the streets of Brooklyn, to Knockdown Center for the month of January.

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January 2, 2016

After visiting Fukushima, Japan:
“Dreams, memories, the sacred–they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.”
― Yukio Mishima, “Spring Snow”

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December 25

Happy Holiday season to all of you. All the best in 2016Marek2015

December 22

Krzysztof Zarebski, “assisted” home performance

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December 20

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The weakness of art

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December 14

News from Japan

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“Among Chuang-tzu’s many skills, he was an expert draftsman. The king asked him to draw a crab. Chuang-tzu replied that he needed five years, a country house, and twelve servants. Five years later the drawing was still not begun. ‘I need another five years,’ said Chuang-tzu. The king granted them. At the end of these ten years, Chuang-tzu took up his brush and, in an instant, with a single stroke, he drew a crab, the most perfect crab ever seen.”
― Italo Calvino, Six Memos For the Next Millennium

December 9

Dore Ashton’s hands

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Feeling blue

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December 3

It’s been a long trip around the world-NYC-London-Paris-Moscow-Fukushima-Shanghai-Tokyo-NYC. Just got home.

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November 21

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November 17

Over my breakfast I suddenly realized that in the crowded dining room (more than 100 people) here, no single person used their cell phone, a tablet, or any other electronic device–people, old and young, ate and talked to each other sitting along long tables. I am the only non-Japanese person in this place and it’s autumn in Fukushima.

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November 16

Fukushima this morning

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November 14

Literally minutes before we found out we were in a war zone in Paris

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Dore's invite

November 12

Back from Moscow to Paris

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Robert’s garden in Clapham Common in London this morning:

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“The popular element “feels” but does not always know or understand; the intellectual element “knows” but does not always understand and in particular does not always feel.”
― Antonio Gramsci

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Celebrating birthday last night.

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It might have been a pure coincidence: Going to pick up my new glasses from an optician on University Place earlier today, I passed a homeless-looking man who looked to me like Slavoj Žižek. Or was it Slavoj Žižek, who looked like a homeless man in New York?

October 10

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.”

Elizabeth Bishop, “On Art”

Elizabeth Bishop, “Tombstones,” watercolor, gouache and ink

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September 26

The Pope is in town.

Walter Benjamin wrote on a postcard:

“On Siena: Ritual teaches us: the church did not build itself up by overcoming the love between men and women but rather homosexual love. That the priests do not sleep with the choir boys is the miracle of the mass (cathedral at Siena July 28, 1929).”

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Returning from Oaxaca. Photo PAC

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Today at the Jewish Museum in New York

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30 years ago I moved for good to NYC from Paris.

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Great fun in Mexico, with Santiago Zabala, Juan Ayala, Eleanor Heartney, and Patrick Charpenel

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September 16

It’s interesting, Walter Benjamin writes this:
“The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “emergency situation” in which we live is the rule. We must arrive at a concept of history which corresponds to this. Then it will become clear that the task before us is the introduction of a real state of emergency; and our position in the struggle against Fascism will thereby improve. Not the least reason that the latter has a chance is that its opponents, in the name of progress, greet it as a historical norm. – The astonishment that the things we are experiencing in the 20th century are “still” possible is by no means philosophical. It is not the beginning of knowledge, unless it would be the knowledge that the conception of history on which it rests is untenable.”
And, then, he proceeds to talking about art and angels.

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September 9

A long discussion with Juraj about contemporary art, while visiting two exhibitions: “Picasso Sculpture” and “Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980.” It’s fantastic to see all those Picasso sculptures in one place. The “Transmissions” show is overwhelming: an organized chaos, bot artistic and curatorial. I am burning out–too much to look at: The only way I can maintain my enthusiasm for art is to limit my visits to museums and galleries to one, maximum twice a month…

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Work by Edward Krasiński.

August 21

Winged Eros-Thanatos (3rd century BC) at Stoa of Attalus, Athens

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And a soul

if it is to know itself

must look

into its own soul:

the stranger and enemy, we’ve seen him in the mirror.

—George Seferis, “Mythistorema”

August 10

By Luc-Francois Granier (via FB)

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From an e-mail I wrote to a friend in London:

“I have just realized: I didn’t have great professors to teach me. I had very devoted teachers, some of them quite weird, but hardly brilliant. In fact, the more brilliant they tried to appear, the less brilliant I found them. They were just too fatherly (or motherly). Perhaps I was too suspicious of the academia and its lofty hierarchies, with students being  treated like sheep. I always yearned to be a shepherd, or at least a “black sheep.”

August 7

No relationship

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August 6

We must remember

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Summer

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January: the Wolf Moon, February: the Snow Moon, March: the Worm Moon, April: the Pink Moon, May: the Flower Moon, June: the Strawberry Moon, July: the Buck Moon, August: the Sturgeon Moon, September: the Harvest Moon, October: the Hunter’s Moon, November: the Beaver Moon, December: the Cold Moon. And there is also a month-free “Blue Moon,” like the one tonight.

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July 29

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July 28

My Mnemosyne Atlas

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July 25 (Saturday)

My definition of an old-time intellectual: “One who works on weekends as much as on week days.”

July 23

“We who had nothing will school them in serenity”–Giorgos Seferis

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July 21

AICA’s congress in London in October 2015

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July 15

Days here can be similar and yet they are never the same…sometimes they are silver, sometimes gold…–but they are never gray (no Photoshop needed)

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June 12

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July 10

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This puts things in perspective: https://medium.com/@gavinschalliol/thomas-piketty-germany-has-never-repaid-7b5e7add6fff

A great day for Greece and us all.

July 3

Beyond rationalism:

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June 29

Perhaps

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“Days to come are the wisest witnesses.
It is better for a man to speak well of the gods; he is less to” -Pindar

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My dear friend’s mother died in France a few days ago. He shared the sad news with me this afternoon, which made me realize that, in the time of facing death, it is important to stress the goodness of those who remain (if we can).

June 20

“Every morning brings us the news of the globe, and yet we are poor in noteworthy stories.”

–Walter Benjamin

June 16

Back, and back to Aegina.

Going through my old e-mails, I found this poem a friend sent to me from London:

Without you

‘I am not I’

I am this one

walking beside me whom I do not see,

whom at times I manage to visit,

and whom at other times I forget;

who remains calm and silent while I talk,

and forgives, gently, when I hate,

who walks where I am not,

who will remain standing when I die.

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May 26

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May 9

You must watch it

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May 7

The endless postings on FB and endless reviews from the Venice Biennale makes me see the city tiny and insignificant, still beautiful though

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“To speak is to show too much consideration for others. Fish and Oscar Wilde both died via the mouth.”

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Giovanni Canavesio, Jugement Dernier – Damnés (Last Judgement – The Damned Souls [detail]), 1492.

Researching…

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Art historian Piotr Piotrowski passed away at the age of 63. The last time I saw him was during the AICA Congress in Slovakia in 2013, where he gave a keynote speech. I remember him the most when meeting at his office at the National Museum in Warsaw, which he run for a year or so. We talked, among other things, about his book “In the Shadow of Yalta: Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989,” which I praised but also criticized for perpetuating the image of Easter Europeans as victims; I reminded him that they have also victimized other people.  In 2010 the museum hosted a show “Ars Homo Erotica,” which created a lot of controversy.

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May 3

My views of Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work might be occasionally conflicted, but I must say I admire the consistency of her vision.

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This work will be presented in Venice during the Venice Biennale.

May 2

I will be back in Paris soon:

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Day and night
I always dream with open eyes
And on top of the foaming waves
Of the wide turbulent sea,
And on the rolling
Desert sands,
And merrily riding on the gentle neck
Of a mighty lion,
Monarch of my heart,
I always see a floating child
Who is calling me!

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April 26

Celebrating Birthdays: Sooja Kim and Krzysztof Wodiczko

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At the new Whitney

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At the new Whitney

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In today’s mail, a photo from Elzbieta Dzikowska:

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April 18

Krzysztof, Krystyna, Wanda and Roman

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“If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle – absolute busyness – then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy – and without consciousness.” ―Günter Grass, “Diary of a Snail” 1972

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April 12

I am reading about “Ariel,” and, suddenly, recall a student of mine at an art school with that name. Apparently she was a former stripper and, in my opinion, a lousy art student. In fact, she forced me to quit mentoring art students after I questioned her work and was confronted by the woman who run the program, who judged me unreasonable. Today, I am grateful to both of them for doing that.

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April 10

Robert Storr attacks Jerry Saltz, Roberta Smith, Dave Hickey. “Art criticism sucks”:

http://observer.com/2015/04/yale-art-dean-rob-storr-on-how-todays-art-critics-suck-especially-jerry-saltz/

Someone posted on FB: “it’s like a fight in a monastery.” Yes, it is, and, as we know,  the “monks”, or preachers,  can be truly  cruel defending their truths.

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April 3

I don’t know if I like his face (for some reason I think it is sort of Borgesian) in the photo below, I am not even sure I like his movies, but I like the humanity of his long life.

Manoel de Oliveira passed away at the age of 106.

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April 2

A new interview: http://artdependence.com/issue/april-2015/article/interview-with-marek-bartelik-president-of-aica-international

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March 27

A reminder how fragile our lives are, not because of wars, terrorist attacks or natural disasters, but a simple human error, a random accident (mixed with some greed) that could happen anywhere. The blast shook my building only a block away from the scene of accident with great force, which made me think about another danger from the past. Then, I heard the noise made by the fire engines quickly approaching the neighborhood. I immediately turned on the radio and  learned from the news that several buildings were in flame around the corner. I closed the windows because the smoke from the scene started to be unbearable. When, I left my building for a dinner with a friend a few hours later, the area around my building was sealed by the police. I had to ask a policemen for a permission to enter my street in get back to my place. So far, one  death has been reported: a young woman died driving a car in front of the building. There are many injured, some seriously. A sad event. A small tragedy–just a reminder.

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March 25

His 96th Birthday

in the geological sense –
strange sedimentary stones, inscrutable cracks!
If I were you I’d keep aside
an oversize pair of winter underwear
Do not go naked into that good night
And in the meantime
keep calm and warm and dry
No use stirring ourselves up prematurely
‘over Nothing’
Move forward with dignity
hand in vest
Don’t get emotional
And death shall have no dominion
There’s plenty of time my darling
Are we not still young and easy?
Don’t shout.

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My approach to installing an exhibition has been purely intuitive. Former Director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York Hilla Rebay had a secret (quite Mondrianesque) method for installing a harmonized exhibition:

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March23

When life imitates art much better than art imitates life and art imitates art:

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March 22

Goofing around with Orlan, Daniele, and Henry at the Mini Palais.

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Breakfast photos with Ewa Harabasz and Krzysztof Wodiczko

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March 14

A lovely evening with Jean-Clarance Lambert, Janine and Lorenzo Vigas at Les Editeurs.

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“This is the men’s world”, according to Elaine de Kooning. Here shows is opening today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.:

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March 8

I met very good artists who were, to put it gently, simpleminded; I met some bad artists who were smart. He was very good and very smart.

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March 7

I asked Jon to design this for my bathroom and now I am laughing. It’s being made.
March 4

Videocracy, 2009, a documentary film by Eric Gandini about Italian television and its impact on Italian culture  and politics, and about Silvio Berlusconi’s powerful position on all of these. Gandini coined the phrase “The Evilness of Banality” to describe the cultural phenomenon of Berlusconismo, thus making a word play on Hanna Arendt’s  “Banality of Evil”.

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March 1

This year passes 100 years from the death of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, who had a son Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, better known as “Witkacy.”

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February 28

Erich Mendelsohn might be the most famous person born in Olsztyn, my native city. He designed a a small building – a house to wash dead bodies before burials during an Ashkenazi ritual act of purification called tahara – which was erected in 1911-12. I used to play near that house with my cousin Ewa, when we were kids. That building still exists, but the adjacent cemetery is long gone. f440ee834c5174546a05e0ab0768303e

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February 24

A good line from “Citizen Four”: “You asked me why I picked you. I didn’t. You did.”

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February 23/24 in Europe

Here is a lovely letter written by Anton Chekhov:

A letter from Anton Chekhov to V. A. Tihonov, dated February 23, 1892. Chekhov had just turned thirty-two at the time. Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett.

You are mistaken in thinking you were drunk at Shtcheglov’s name-day party. You had had a drop, that was all. You danced when they all danced, and your jigitivka on the cabman’s box excited nothing but general delight. As for your criticism, it was most likely far from severe, as I don’t remember it. I only remember that Vvedensky and I for some reason roared with laughter as we listened to you.

Do you want my biography? Here it is.

I was born in Taganrog in 1860. I finished the course at Taganrog high school in 1879. In 1884 I took my degree in medicine at the University of Moscow. In 1888 I gained the Pushkin prize. In 1890 I made a journey to Sahalin across Siberia and back by sea. In 1891 I made a tour in Europe, where I drank excellent wine and ate oysters. In 1892 I took part in an orgy in the company of V. A. Tihonov at a name-day party. I began writing in 1879. The published collections of my works are: “Motley Tales,” “In the Twilight,” “Stories,” “Surly People,” and a novel, “The Duel.” I have sinned in the dramatic line too, though with moderation. I have been translated into all the languages with the exception of the foreign ones, though I have indeed long ago been translated by the Germans. The Czechs and the Serbs approve of me also, and the French are not indifferent. The mysteries of love I fathomed at the age of thirteen. With my colleagues, doctors, and literary men alike, I am on the best of terms. I am a bachelor. I should like to receive a pension. I practice medicine, and so much so that sometimes in the summer I perform post-mortems, though I have not done so for two or three years. Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy, of doctors Zaharin.

All that is nonsense though. Write what you like. If you haven’t facts make up with lyricism.”

February 23

Slavoj Zizek posted today:

“It is commonly said that there exist three distinct subtypes of compartmentalization which aptly divide our awareness of the external world. First, there are the “known knowns”, things we know that we know. “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” follow suit in a similar fashion. Then, what of the forgotten fourth category, that of unknown knowns? (a type of knowledge forbidden, exclusively, from knowing itself) It is this category that to me represents the Freudian unconscious, the embodiment of the disavowed beliefs and suppositions that we are not even aware of adhering to ourselves, but which nonetheless determine our acts and feelings.”

It’s quite consistent with his dialectical thinking and fun to read. It’s the world and I. I wonder what would happen if we talk about “know knows known,” etc….

On another note:

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

– Leo Tolstoy

February 21

Tomorrow is the Oscars night. In Poland, “Ida”!, “Ida”!, “Ida”! There are so many problems with this movie, which, as far as I know, a very few Poles are willing to address… But, so is the situation with other nominated films (this year and in the past) as well, so why to single out  “Ida” as an  example of bad cinema? An American critic who reviewed the movie commented: “None of this is to say that “Ida” is bad, it’s actually quite lovely. “Ida”deserves the spot it will hold on a lot of Top 10 lists for 2014. But the need to frame it as pop-art, to insist that anyone could love it, is a peculiarity of film and a mania amongst critics that would look bonkers in the world of books.” In a broader context, this is yet another film that has gained popular attention for “superficial reasons,” or it’s not so lovely?

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February 19

I finally found a vary good expression for many intellectuals who sign all kinds of petitions without giving proper consideration to the broader circumstances -“useful idiots.” The expression comes from Lenin (sic!) to describe weak liberals used by cynical regimes for their own ends.

Pyotr Kropotkin’s response: “Lenin is not comparable to any revolutionary figure in history. Revolutionaries have had ideals. Lenin has none.”

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February 18

There are two quick ways to receive news these days in the US: as propaganda (NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, BBC) and as entertainment (NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, BBC), and I suspect it’s quite similar elsewhere. There are two principal ways to receive art news: as propaganda and entertainment. The problem with the latter one is that it is, unfortunately, even more “unprocessed ” and trivial.  So what’s left? I am grateful to some of my FB friends sending news that way, which , otherwise, I would never receive. For that, I will remain on FB, even if surveyed. And, I don’t worry about being subjected to undesired advertisements–nowadays I need a few material (and even “intellectual”) products  to keep me going on.

February 17

Maria Bethânia celebrated 50 years on stage last year.

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And a poem by a poet, who passed away.

She’s Not Gone

Philip Levine

Someone enters your life
on a day you no longer
remember. The years pass,
and she becomes the mother
you never had, the older
sister smoking before breakfast,
the first friend. She lies back
on the worn sofa in the heat
of summer and shares a season
of baseball. When you are
twelve she explains the world,
how the people were sold
down the river, how someone
will always work and waste
away to these essential bones,
muscles, and tendons. She explains
your brother, who at sixteen
needs two clean shirts a day
and will grow to command, she
explains you, who will never,
and she blesses you with a hand
mussing your hair. One day
she is gone, over forty and she
has fallen in love again,
and love has taken her off
to a man with one leg
and no prospects. A postcard
from California and then
a silence that lasts.
The ironing board waits
in the corner, the worn black
shoes are kicked back into
the closet, her yellowing slip
sags on the back of her chair
until your mother, cursing,
tears it into rags and garbage.
You will look and find her
in the long jaws of other
women, in the hard eyes
that can gleam without hope,
you will find her again
and again because with
two open hands, with a voice
that said anything, with
a new smile for each
new loss, she showed you
a world she could die for.

February 16

My friend Yanis Varufakis in today’s Times on the situation in and outside of Greece:

“But what if this brings your people much pain? I am asked. Surely you must be bluffing.

The problem with this line of argument is that it presumes, along with game theory, that we live in a tyranny of consequences. That there are no circumstances when we must do what is right not as a strategy but simply because it is … right.”

For some inexplicable reasons, I have always thought that young artists don’t have babies, not often, or when they have them, they keep them “out of our sight” until they are children. But now, with FB, I can see quite a few pictures of babies, especially those of my former students from MICA where I taught for several years quite a while ago. It might be that the time (biological and other) has been ripe for them. Perhaps it also says something about the students MICA attracts to their programs, about their background and their outlook on life and art… I might also say something more general about how recent graduates of art school see their life in relation to art, but for that to comment I would need more evidence.

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February 15

Following postings on my FB page, I realize what the old Cardinal Richelieu said cannot be ignored:

“God save me from my friends – I can protect myself from my enemies”

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A drawing I made near 40 years ago (at the age of 18):

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February 13

With Germany and France being in charge of the stability in Europe, we might need to draft a definition of “political simulacra”

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February 12

Christian Viveros-Fauna in good “old” The Village Voice:  “There are two ways to review a popular art exhibition today: alone and with everybody else. That goes double for a fashionable show like the Museum of Modern Art’s “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World,” which opened to large crowds in December.” He says  a lot in these two sentences…

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A link to the article: http://www.villagevoice.com/2015-02-11/art/the-forever-now-moma/

February 11

Preparing for my Russian class, examining the cracks in painting:
Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church speaking during a bishops’ conference on February 2, 2015: “I recognize the place of Malevich, with his Black Square, in contemporary art, because this black and frightening square is a genuine reflection of what was in the soul of this Malevich. And it reflects not only Malevich, it reflects the spirit of the era.” Poor “Black Square”

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February 11

The French artist Luc-François Granier (whom I don’t know personally) has been posting my portraits he makes on FB.

Here is the latest one, in which I look young and possessed (I think)

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February 10

My mind wonders in many directions (perhaps wanders too);

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It’s winter, though on some days it seems not so. The war is scarcely
finished but spirit quickly moves: a poster
fairly printed in black on white evokes the crimes committed, ours.

a poem by Stefan Brecht, from 8th Avenue Poems, Spuyten Duyvil 2006

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February 9

“Greece, like Germany, is a strong, visceral state of mind. If nations were measured by the salience of their culture – its bite, its saltiness, its addiction to beauty – Hellenic culture would stand equal to its Teutonic counterpart. And that is what makes the economic clash of will so visceral, too.”

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February 8

What I wrote yesterday (see below) needs further thought:

“Philosophical” ideology critique is truly the heir of a great satirical tradition, in which the motif of unmasking, exposing, baring has served for aeons now as a weapon. But modern ideology critique—according to our thesis has ominously cut itself off from the powerful traditions of laughter in satirical knowledge. – Peter Sloterdijk

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February 8

What does it say about our present art world? Jerry Saltz “farts” on FB  and 1000 people immediately “like” it.

An answer from Slavoj Zizek:

“A man walks into a coffee shop and immediately requests to be given a cup of coffee, black, and without any of the cream.

To which the barista replies, “I’m sorry but we are currently out of cream, so perhaps you will settle for a coffee without the sugar instead?”

I believe this joke to be absolutely essential to understanding how modern capitalism works today.”

February 7

Back in Rome (with no apparent reasons)

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Today (feelings):

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“The Rothko Chapel is a sacred space because of precisely this capacity it has to re-bind, to re-balance, to re-store, to re-inspire the spirit in its simple and essential gesture of darkness held in light. Of art held in spirit. Of spirit held in life and the living of life. It is a truly humane space for humans to find themselves in.

Glamour is a word derived from the Scots, meaning ‘dangerous magic.’

The Rothko Chapel is glamorous beyond any glamour known to any Highland witch. It is a light that never goes out.”

– Tilda Swinton, from the acceptance speech of a Rothko Chapel Visionary Award, 2014

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February 4

Unrelated: A passage from Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons” 1914 and a photo from a current exhibition at The Cooper Union

“The sister was not a mister. Was this a surprise. It was. The conclusion came when there was no arrangement. All the time that there was a question there was a decision. Replacing a casual acquaintance with an ordinary daughter does not make a son.”

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February 4

“Art News” on line (artnet.com) has just published a list of the most influential recent articles on art. See: http://news.artnet.com/art-world/this-months-10-most-talked-about-art-essays-238803

As Number 2 they have listed the text of Yanis Varoufakis (recently elected Finance Minister of Greece), which appeared in the summer 2014 special issue of influential publication “The Brooklyn Rail ” devoted to the state of art criticism in Europe, which I edited , and with the contribution of the art critics and artists from 25 European counties, among them  many members of AICA (see: http://www.brooklynrail.org/special/ART_CRIT_EUROPE/message-from-the-editor/from-the-guest-editor).

February 3

“I was told that at one time there had been benches standing on the path to the lighthouse, but they had been forced to take them away because, while out strolling, the convicts and settled exiles had written on them and had carved with their knives filthy lampoons and all sorts of obscenities. There are a lot of free lovers of this so-called ‘wall literature’ too, but, in penal servitude, the cynicism surpasses all limits and absolutely no comparison may be made with it. Here, not only benches and the walls of backyards, but even the love letters, are revolting. It is remarkable that a man will write and carve various abominations on a bench while at the same time he is feeling lost, abandoned and profoundly unhappy.”

Anton Chekhov, “The Sakhalin Islands”

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Ordered my dinner, and took it home. Delicious. Found out about a new discovery of a potential bronze by MichelangeloMichelangelo-uprig_3184214c

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Jozef Czapski’s copy of Nietzsche’s “Ecce Homo”

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January 31

“It is said that Piero de’ Medici, who had been left heir to his father Lorenzo, often used to send for Michelangelo, with whom he had been intimate for many years, when he wanted to buy antiques such as cameos and other engraved stones. And one winter, when a great deal of snow fell in Florence, he had him make in his courtyard a statue of snow, which was very beautiful…”

Vasari, Life of Michelangelo

Good night

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January 30

Anew photo: Credit: João Enxuto/The Cooper Union

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There are many things one can say about Facebook. One of the most intriguing ones to me is how people “position” themselves vis-à-vis you when they chose to click “Like” or remain silent. Just watch.

January 29

“What writers influenced me as a young man? Chekhov!

As a dramatist? Chekhov!

As a story writer? Chekhov!

D. H. Lawrence, too, for his spirit, of course, for his understanding of sexuality, of life in general.” – Tennessee Williams

Happy Birthday Mr. Chekhov

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January 29

“I like the monologue even more than the duet, when it is good. It’s like watching a man write a book expressly for you: he writes it, reads it aloud, acts it, revises it, savours it, enjoys it, enjoys your enjoyment of it, and then tears it up and throws it to the winds. It’s a sublime performance, because while he’s going through with it you are God for him-unless you happen to be an insensitive and impatient dolt. But in that case the kind
of monologue I refer to never happens.”
― Henry MillerThe Colossus of Maroussi
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January 28

I must say I find this highly disturbing (follow the link):

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Photo from the WSJ

January 28

With Olga and Wiktor in Lima a year ago:

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January 27

A moment of reflection:

Memorial flowers placed by visitors lay on the floor of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Getty Images)

(Memorial flowers placed by visitors lay on the floor of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Getty Images))

January 26

Woke up this morning hearing the voice of my friend Yanis taking about the future of Greece on the BBC radio. Greece is hoping… Sunny days in Athens

P.s.:

“What Syriza stands for in this context is what Spain’s newly elected Republican government stood for in the early 1930s at a time when the Nazis on the march to winning elections in Germany. For the moment – at least until Podemos reclaims the mantle at the end of this year – a democratic Greece under Syriza would represent what democratic Spain represented for the international left in the 1930s. The prospects for a different outcome are much better, provided there is strong international support for giving a Syriza government the breathing room it would need.” — Leo Panitch

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President Theodore Roosevelt about Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2,” 1912:

“Take the picture which for some reason is called ‘A Naked Man Going Down Stairs.’ There is in my bathroom a really good Navajo rug which, on any proper interpretation of the Cubist theory, is a far more satisfactory and decorative picture. Now, if, for some inscrutable reason, it suited somebody to call this rug a picture of, say, ‘A Well-Dressed Man Going Up a Ladder,’ the name would fit the facts just about as well as in the case of the Cubist picture of the ‘Naked Man Going Down Stairs.’ From the standpoint of terminology each name would have whatever merit inheres in a rather cheap straining after effect; and from the standpoint of decorative value, of sincerity, and of artistic merit, the Navajo rug is infinitely ahead of the picture.”

January 24

I picked the age according to my stature.
Going south, we held dust over the steppe;
The tall weeds smoked; the grasshopper made mischief,
Touched horseshoes with its whisker, and prophesied,
And threatened me with destruction, like a monk.
I fastened my fate to the saddle;
And now, in the coming times, like a boy, 
I raise myself up halfway in the stirrups.

-Arsenii Tarkovsky

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January 22

Great E.E. Cummings traveling to Russia:

“stutter the director’s. Of course, he is nyet.

‘Später’ assures a nonmansecretaryorsomething.

‘Passport’ I insist.

‘Später’ he assures.

I go away—today—Odessa (insist).

I understand—good—later (assures).

NOT ‘zahvtrah’? (very most suspiciously)

comfortingly, And How!, nonononono; this

afternoon; one hour…

he will return—you will have passport. YES!”

– Eimi, 1933

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January 21

Thinking about my next week’s class:

“He who makes a distinction between the manual work of the worker or the common man and clouds of rhetoric remains stultified. The fabrication of clouds is a human work of art that demands as much – neither more nor less – labour and intellectual attention as the fabrication of shoes or locks.” p.37

– Jacques Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation (1981).

January 20

Back to teaching, after 4 years of leave, with more doubts than ever. (Just watched ‘Ivory Tower’, a documentary about the alarming state of higher education in the US, with a long section devoted to the current situation at The Cooper Union.)

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January 19

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January 18

Two years ago No, Chilean drama film directed by Pablo Lorrain was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign film category. It is based on the unpublished play El Plebiscito, written by Antonio Skarmeta. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal plays René, an in-demand advertising man working in Chile in the late 1980s on. In  1988 he supervises the advertising campaign to oust dictator Augusto Pinochet. Alfredo Castro, whom I just met in Santiago, brilliantly plays his boss loyal to Pinochet.

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January 16

“arteallimite.com,” Chile, January 2015

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Marek Bartelik: “La crítica de arte no es una profesión como tal, es más como un llamado”15/01/2015

Marek Bartelik, presidente de la AICA“La crítica de arte no es una profesión como tal, es más como un llamado”… (see art criticism on my blog)

January 14

Sushi in Santiago with the Vigas family (Janine, Lorenzo, Dilia and Marianne) and great actor Alfredo Castro

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I occasionally like to disagree with Slavoj Žižek, but in his comments in response to the attack on “Charlie Hebdo” he is absolutely right:

“What Max Horkheimer had said about Fascism and capitalism already back in 1930s – those who do not want to talk critically about capitalism should also keep quiet about Fascism – should also be applied to today’s fundamentalism: those who do not want to talk critically about liberal democracy should also keep quiet about religious fundamentalism. (“The New Statement,” 10 January 2015)

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January 12

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January 6

Art and activism: For the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera to “finish” her recent piece in Havana, she needs to come back to the US and stage the same action in front of the White House, or another high profile site here… Otherwise, it’s art and propaganda.

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January 3, 2015

Happy New year to those who read these words:

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Tagore was around 55 when he wrote this: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

December 30

Trying to picture Bangladesh: Boys at the beach

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December 23

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We may call them “homeless books”:

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two signs: Robert Indiana and Santiago Sierra:

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from the window I saw autumn


inside I saw nothing,


I shivered

an emptiness in not only emptiness

Hugo Mujica, “What the Embrace Embraces,” transl. by Joan Lindgren (San Francisco, CA: Coimbra Editions,  2008).

December 11

A long discussion about the movie “Miasto 44” (“Warsaw44”) with a few friends after we saw it last night at the Tribeca Film Center. A story of the Warsaw Uprising told by young people (the director, Jan Komasa, is in his early thirties, the leading actor Jozef Pawlowski, is 24). A movie to remember, not as a masterpiece of Polish cinema, but as an insight into the way Polish history is remembered and interpreted by young Poles, and the Poles in general. Lately the failed uprising has been a subject of a close scrutiny because a growing number of people believe that the mostly young insurgents  – most of whom wee killed – were  also victims of political manipulations on the sides of the Polish government in exile, not just of the German and Russian war machines. The movie is presented as being about “the time of love” during the war, one of its aims – to put a human face on suffering. And that’s where it is highly interesting, not only because it talks about people falling in love regardless of the situation around them, but also that the extreme situations might, in fact, make the desire to love highly urgent and “unorthodox.”  As always, small episodes, what happens at the edge of the frame (as Derrida would say) are as fascinating as what constitutes the main narrative, for example a scene with a group of Jewish prisoners being found in a large closet in the German headquarters, and then liberated by the insurgents (one of them wears a pink triangle). The movie is very homoerotic, not because it contains gay scenes (except one: two young women kissing for a brief moment, which is disguised as sharing the smoke of one cigarette between each other), but because of its focusing on the male body (the main actor has the body of  young Mark Wahlberg, and so do other young men in the film, and the film makes sure we see it). It is a very contemporary movie, with some scenes resembling those in video games and a collage of music which has little if nothing to do with the time period, for example Czeslaw Niemen’s  “Dziwny jest ten swiat” (“Strange Is This World”). With that music in the background, the movie becomes even more intriguing, as if the time between 1944 and 2014 has been compressed, being both fragmented  and  continuous, with history and fantasy overlapping and revealing their meaning on the borders of the picture frames.210462

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December 10

John Cage’s recipe:

Roast Chicken

Get a good chicken not spoiled by agribusiness. Place in Rohmertopf (clay baking dish with cover) with giblets. Put a smashed clove of garlic & a slice of fresh ginger between legs and wings and breasts. Squeeze the juice of two & three lemons over the bird. Then an equal amount of tamari. Cover, place in cold oven turned up to 220°. Leave for 1 hour. Then uncover for 15 minutes, heat on, to brown. Now I cook at 170°, 30 minutes to the pound. Or use hot mustard and cumin seeds instead of ginger. Keep lemon, tamari or Braggs and garlic. Instead of squeezing the lemon, it may be quartered then chopped fine in a Cuisinart with the garlic & ginger (or garlic, cumin & mustard). Add tamari. The chicken & sauce can be placed on a bed of carrots (or sliced 3/4-inch thick bitter melon obtainable in Chinatown)

December 10 (Human Rights Day 2014)

“50th anniversary”:

“There was no DNA at the time; you’ll grant me that, right? So when one was tasked with dismantling a corpse, you had to ask which are the body-parts that will help identify who the person was. Teeth and the fingers alone. We pulled the teeth and cut off the fingers. The hands, no. And that’s how we made the bodies unidentifiable.”

— Lieutenant Colonel Paulo Malhaes

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December 5

Back in time and space: to the 13th century China,

“Nine Dragons” by Chen Rong (fragment)

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Warning to young critics and artists

Günter Grass to Witold Gombrowicz: “I am sorry Sir, but the moment more than six philosophers are mentioned at once my sister, present here, suffers from a nervous coughing.”

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I their castle of art in Miami, with Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz

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November 23

“I don’t go out, I hardly ever leave here,” admits Hockney, as we take our seats in the studio. He is dressed as plainly as his forbidding gates – dark grey cardigan, slate-grey pinstripe trousers and, incongruously, considering his disdain for all exercise, Skechers running shoes – again in contrast to the vibrant work that surrounds him. “I go out to the dentist, the doctor, the bookstore and the marijuana store, because you have to go to each of those yourself. And that’s it. I never go out because I’m much too deaf really. I can hear you now, but if there were two people speaking quite quietly, I wouldn’t be able to, because I hear everything in one noise. So I don’t really have a social life much, because a social life is talking and listening and I can’t really listen. But it’s fine, I’ve lots to do, I’m OK.” – David Hockney

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/16/david-hockney-interview-i-feel-like-picasso

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November 22

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In Artforum International on line:

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

International Association of Art Critics Elects President and Secretary-General

The International Association of Art Critics, or AICA, has reelected Marek Bartelik as president of the organization for the 2014-17 term and Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton as the new secretary-general for 2014-18. The elections were held last month at the forty-seventh AICA International Congress in South Korea, during which the 2014 Prize for distinguished contribution to the field of art criticism was posthumously awarded to Lee Yil, along with the 2014 Incentive Prize to young critics for Lee Sun Young. AICA was established as an NGO by UNESCO in 1949 to promote independent art criticism around the world. Bartelik is the fifteenth president of the organization while Allthorpe-Guyton is now its first secretary-general from the UK.

November 8

“On parle de la douleur de vivre. Mais ce n’est pas vrai, c’est la douleur de ne pas vivre qu’il faut dire.” – Lettre d’Albert Camus à René Charalbert-camus-ecrit-a-rene-char

November 6

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 OSWALDO VIGAS RETURNS TO MIAMI WITH A NEW SHOW: “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″Ascaso Gallery2441 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127  This exhibition celebrates the work of the Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas, whose work was acclaimed internationally for more than five decades as he exhibited at galleries throughout the world. Vigas, who died on April 22, 2014 at the age of 90, has been praised posthumously as a “colossus because throughout his life he turned adversity into the fuel that propelled his creativity” (Susana Benko, ArtNexus).     “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″ presents over fifty paintings and works on paper from the artist’s second period of work in Paris, which began in late 1958 after a prolonged stay in Venezuela and ended with his return to his native country in mid-1964. Many works in this show have not been previously exhibited, or have not been seen for many years. This exhibition follows the 2013 “Vigas Constructivista” at the same gallery.Vigas’s paintings from the period under investigation reveal his interest in abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction, while remaining distinct from the works he created in the years before and after. In 1957, the artist described his style as follows: “[a] system of signs and symbols, a personal way of conceiving objects, figures, planes of color, lines, spaces,” hence pointing to the heterogeneity of his artistic langauge, which relied on a complex matrix of referents and modes of expressions. While critics have often focused on Vigas’s continuous interest in his unique artistic heritage reaching back to pre-Columbian art, they have also praised his daring fusion of abstraction with figuration as modern expression sui generis. Vigas’s approach to art paralleled that of the artists often referred to as second-generation Abstract Expressionists, and in France, that of the proponents of lyrical abstraction, who were dissatisfied with the growing presence of pop art and New Realism, as well as with a conceptual push toward neo-dada in the late 1950s and early 1960s.Among the works presented in this show are Naciente I and Gemini, both from 1962, and Vuelo ígneo, 1963. As the exhibition curator Dr. Marek Bartelik explains, “the two former works display Vigas’s subtle interplay of figuration with abstraction, which had become his signature style by then; the latter is a prime example of gestural abstraction, which in the context of American art, puts him closer to Cy Twombly than to Jackson Pollock; at the same time, these works reveal Vigas’s fascination with the ‘primordial’ aspects of art, similar to that expressed in works of Jean Dubuffet and the CoBrA group.” The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, in which Dr. Bartelik discusses Vigas’s art in the context of the artistic life in Paris in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″ will be open to the public from November 20th, 2014 to February 28th, 2015 at the Ascaso Gallery located at 2441 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 

November 5

Walking into the abyss…

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A postscript to what I wrote about “stealing” on November 2. Here is about Duchamp’s “Fountain”

“Why, then, has the art world persisted in believing an account grounded in the myths he promulgated?

The reason is simple: too much has been invested in Duchamp’s ­fiction. Countless artistic, curatorial and academic theories have been based upon it. And national pride is at stake, for conceptual art was America’s contribution to Modernism, supposedly dating from 1917, not the 1960s when Duchamp’s work began to weave its spell.

Added to that is the money. Millions of pounds have been invested not just in the 17 or so copies Duchamp authorised of Elsa’s urinal, but in the oceans of conceptual art legitimised by his anti-aesthetic. And in the wake of these ideas, expensive studio equipment and lengthy craft training have been swept out of ­education because it’s cheaper to think than make.”  From an article about Duchamp stealing the famous urinal from Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

November 3

Re-reading W. Benjamin’s “Moscow Diary” in preparation for my Russian art class at Cooper: “When I got back to my room I did not work on the Proust as I had intended, but rather on a reply to the ugly, insolent obituary that Franz Blei had composed on Rilke.”

November 2

Artists have been complaining that other artists steel their ideas for a long time. Lately, I have heard about it from a number of artists I know personally. The problem seems to me more complex than just simple steeling, for more and more artists relay on simple (and unfortunately simplistic) ideas, which–one might argue–are often not that original to begin with. As art requires a “concept,” artistic imagination appears less boundless than ever.

Saying for example that “X stole my idea of embroidering a tapestry with names of African slaves brought to the US” is simply ridiculous, because it neglects the whole issue of how such a work was made and presented and also who says that. It looks to me what increasingly maters to the artist Y is that X has a show in a major museum, where  Y would like to have his/her works featured as well. So it is about fame and accessibility to galleries and museums, not about the work itself, or even ideas.

Today artists seem to have fewer and fewer ideas, not because everything has been done, but rather because they focus on  producing works that deal with fashionable ideas, which often pretend to be “political,” but are often opportunistic. So the race is who is more clever in presenting those predictable (expected) ideas, spend more money on “production,” and whose work is more visible. Curators rule. Artists must chase the ghosts.

November 1

Beginning my day with translating a poem:

De la pintura únicamente invocaciones

intermediarias referencias

y algún presentimiento

para decir

lo que no se habla

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The painting just summons exclusively

some intermediary references

and some feelings

to express

the unspoken

October 28

Painted by Artemisia Gentileschi!

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Planning New Year’s Eve in Myanmar

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Sometimes the best birthdays happen when we least expect them to celebrate:

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October 24

Back from South Korea and Taiwan:

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New Secretary-General: Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton

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Re-elected President of AICA International (2014-2017)

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Standing tall in Suwan

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“Now I am on the last half-emptied case and it is way past midnight. Other thoughts fill me than the ones I am talking about – not thoughts but images, memories. Memories of the cities in which I found so many things, memories of sumptuous rooms and musty book cellars, memories of rooms where these books had been housed.” – Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”IMG_0487

September 29

I did not notice the dog and misidentified the garden:

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September 23

When I found this photograph, I immediately though: my state of mind

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Poland wins the World Championship in Volleyball!

The last time they won, it was 40 years ago, in Mexico City. But I remember the team that took the fifth place in the olympic Games in Mexico in 1968.  I was a teenage boy. When the  team cam back from the games, we juniors played with them a “fun match” in Olsztyn (several of the players came from the club I played in, AZS Olsztyn). In our eyes, they were simply GODS

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September 20

“the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.”
– Elizabeth Bishop, “On Art”
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September 17

If I ever write about my previous relationships that mattered, I will begin as follows: They had separated, but, then, they stayed in touch. Ultimately, they became friends. But, every time they spoke to each other, all they could do was to “verbalize” their painful separation in a pointless conversation, which meant  that all they could do was to reaffirm their loneliness, which they feared a lot.

September 16

A propos what I wrote yesterday

‘Occasionally when he talked like this there was an odd sense, absurd as it seems, that he was asking for help, even perhaps advice, but this time was different. Now seventy-eight years old, he appeared to have reached a sort of bottom-line exhaustion. He seemed smaller to me, the lines in his forehead more deeply etched, like a grid. Every gesture seemed difficult, every word a struggle. His blue eyes were shy, gentle, youthful as ever, but incredibly pained and sorrowful. I told him that sometimes I found it amazing that he went on. “Yes,” he replied, “often I think it’s time I put an end to it. That’s all through, the new work. But then again … there are also times when I think, maybe it’s time to begin.” He said there had always been so much more in the work than he’d suspected was there, and then added, in what seemed an almost unconscious afterthought, a phrase I’ve never forgotten, which may have summed up his work as well or better than any other: Ambiguities infirmed as they’re put down … “

“Which is more painful,” I asked him, “writing or not writing?”

“They’re both painful, but the pain is different.”‘

– Lawrence Shainberg, “Exorcising Beckett”

September 15

Godard’s “Breathless”… “Between grief and nothing, I will take grief ” (William Faulkner):

Art and life.

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September 13,

This photo says it all… Let’s hope I can return to Cuba next year, on a”different boat,” of course.

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September 12

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (drawing by Saul Steinberg):

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September 11 (13 years later)

The United States is returning to the Middle East with superguns and soldiers armed to the teeth. Russia and Ukraine are engaged in a deadly guerrilla conflict in eastern Ukraine. China is systematically taking over the South China Sea, while the Filipino coastal guards are sinking in their rusted boats. This alone is enough to make one realize how little we  learned from seeing how quickly back then violence led to more violence, killing victims and oppressors alike.

It was a day which began with discussing Correggio’s paintings with my students at the Cooper Union.ganymede-correggio-1342374708_b

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September 9

I just occurred to me that what we call “life experience ” is as much a sum of events that actually have happened as a sum of those that we have avoided to happen. I guess one way to interpret it is to examine the relationship of ego to the outside world.

September 8

“Rock-and-roll works because we are all a bunch of flakes”–Dave Hickey

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September 7

A quote for today:

“I was considered active, energetic, and my kingdom was the bed. I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray. Of course, my betrayals didn’t stand in the way of my fidelity…”

― Albert Camus, The Fall

September 6

Is youth wasted on the young, as OW claimed?–not really.

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September 5 (our reality)

Europe over the horizon; a picture of a boat carrying refugees from Africa taken from an Italian helicopter:1554604_10154332514935444_6482822464370106154_n

September 3

Getting ready for the elections (photo by Graciela Iturbide)

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The news of Dave Hickey “quitting” art criticism reached me through his FB page a few days ago: “Okay. My hour’s up. Bye bye.”

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September 1

Back to art. Stupid or smart, or both:

The artist Markus Moestue is making a cycle trip across Norway’s ‘bible belt’ on a hand-crafted dinosaur bicycle. He describes his performance project as “a protest against the dogmatic religious education of children” and says “the idea originated from the theme-parks of creationists that teach children that humans and dinosaurs used to live together.” (Henning Pedersen/Courtesy of Markus Moestue)p024vh5l

Face of an artist: Yannoulis Chalepas

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The journey continues, when I admire this island from the terrace of my house on the hill

It’s the same as Ithaka, only smaller

I tell myself: a hat of Laistrygonians, Cyclops and angry Poseidon

Under it, the abyss of my poor thoughts.

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August 29

Sitting on one of Daniel Buren’s “broken columns” in Paris:

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Leaving Greece

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August 16 to be,

It’s so interesting: history proves, academic ideas age really badly, and yet we produce more and more academics.

August 15

Celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and, I don’t know why, I am thinking about the meaning of “selfishness”…

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Counting days left in Greece, ouch!

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Robin Williams was a funny guy; here is what he said about the English: “horribly literate and bitter.” Ouch!

But toward the end of the day, what really matters are these pine trees in Aegina:

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August 10

Writing about Laocoon: A man in the house he plays with the serpents he writes…

August 6

He said, “When you talk about your place here, I think about this poem”:

A Girl

by Ezra Pound

The tree has entered my hands,
The sap has ascended my arms,
The tree has grown in my breast-
Downward,
The branches grow out of me, like arms.
Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child; so high; you are,
And all this is folly to the world.

I have always had weakness for people who recall poems so well

August 5

The curvatures of the night–the horizons of my imagination

August 2

Staying alone:

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Harun Farocki, 1944-2014

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Photo: via Schwarz Foundation

I met him exactly a year from now, here in Greece

A strange spot in the middle and a red crescent moon, barely visible, above (a few days ago):

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July 29

Greek artist Alexandros Promaritis

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July 28:

BS posted: “Like Mae West, I avoid temptation except when I can’t resist it.” It was in reference to baklava…

July 27

A fun dinner with Achille Bonito Oliva last night. It’s a pity he did not dress like this:

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Yesterday night I watched “Zorba the Greek,” while eating small yellow pears, the taste of which reminded me of my childhood.

“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.” –Nikos Kazantzakis

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July 25

If I had just one number to write on my bathroom mirror, I wonder whose it would be…

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Photo by Humphrey Spender

June 24

Lately, I have been getting e-mails from wordpress that such and such person “follows” me on this blog. Of course, I am flattered, I think I should be, although I am not sure I know exactly what to be followed means. What I write and post here are just thoughts that I want to remember, plus some information about my professional activities (some of which I want to remember and some to forget). A memory window for my districted mind–perhaps. The difference between here and my FB page is that I don’t expect anyone to click “Like” or comment. Still, it’s  pleasant when it happens.

June 22

Memorable: Vivian Maier

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July 19

I just found out, there are seven kinds of love, borrowed from the Ancient Greeks: “Agape(love of humanity); Storge (family love); Pragma (love which endures); Philautia (self-respect); Philla (shared experience); Ludus (flirting, playful affection); and Eros (romantic and erotic love).” I think those definition are not right.

July 14

Sometimes life feels like this:

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I just found out from FB: “You’re Klimt’s The Kiss!”

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Nabokov “editing” Kafka

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July 2

He said: “Why don’t you relax and enjoy being here. From your terrace, you have one of the most spectacular views in Greece.

I answered: “If I knew how to relax, I would not be in Greece.”

June 30

“The Whitney show makes a strong case for the rigor and, often, the beauty of Koons’s art, justifying the avidity of the collectors for whom his works are coveted trophies. Though inseparable from the penchants of these oligarchic times, his success is no fluke.” I read this, and as much as self-critical I must remain–I must  say: this is shameful defending one’s territory at any price, while living in the bubble, satisfied with being blinded to the world at large. Read the equation: the Whiney Museum + Koons + collectors + oligarchic times (as an alleged social consciousness) and the New Yorker.

June 29

Watching the World Cup, I have developed a strange sense of loyalty. I don’t want the Germans, the Dutch, the Brazilians to win. I want the Mexicans (now already gone), the Chileans (now gone) and the Greeks to win. I don’t care about the Belgians and the Argentines. It would be great if the Americans would win the next match, but if they don’t, I will not lament. I guess I am for the underdogs, but the one who do  not bite.

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June 26

‘And the fine art?

“We just touched the subject,” Gulbis said. “We have a lot more interesting stuff to discuss, but it’s not for the press.”‘

June 24

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June 19

A very windy day in Aegina. The sea, the sun and the winds…Hyakinthos

June 18

I have began my day with this thought: “In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle asked himself whether mankind has a task. The work of the flute player is to play the flute, and the cobbler’s job is to make shoes, but is there a work of man as such? He then advanced his hypothesis according to which man is perhaps born without any task; but he soon abandoned it. However, this hypothesis takes us to the heart of what it is to be human. The human is the animal that has no job: it has no given biological task, no clearly prescribed function. Only a powerful being has the capacity not to be powerful. Man can do everything but does not have to do anything.” Giorgio Agamben giorgio_agamben

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June 13 Rafael Gómez-Barros

June 6

I could have said something similar: ‘He said: “They don’t have unions looking out for them there. And quite honestly, I’m allergic to situations where I have to act as a go-between between the two systems: Manifesta on the one hand, with its American-positivist perspectives, its missionary-like position bordering on religious — and the Russian side with its strategy of dragging on everything, not filling promises and so on. As a result, with a month to the exhibition’s opening, we’ve reached an impasse: nothing’s happening.”’ June 5 “Qué bonito.” Listening to Susana Baca in Greece makes sense, perhaps because of the synergy here between bare feet and a voice endowed with power unmatched in conversations. (As time passes, conversations with other people become shorter and shorter.) * Greek sun cures the paleness of our skin when each day it travels toward the sea, passing quickly between my busy fingers.

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May 24

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May 18 http://brooklynrail.org/special/ART_CRIT_EUROPE/ March 17 Grand Hotel in Lodz, with Serge Guilbaut, Andrzej Szczerski and Adrian Anagnost IMG_8034

May 14 The special issue of the Brooklyn Rail is out this week. Follow: http://www.brooklynrail.org Special_issue_cover_with_aicaMay 12 AICA Awards 2014 with Robert Duncan and Christopher French: IMG_7898 May 8

Teresa Zarnower and the Artistic Left

ms2, 19 Ogrodowa St   16 –17th May 2014, from 10.00 am.

Participants: Adrian Anagnost (USA), Nuit Banai (USA), Marek Bartelik (USA/POL),Stanisław Czekalski (POL), Deborah Frizell (USA), Marcin Giżycki (USA/POL), Serge Guilbaut (CAN), Alyce Mahon (GBR), Tom Sandqvist (SWE), Przemysław Strożek (POL), Andrzej Szczerski (POL), Milada Ślizińska (POL)

The conference will present the research into the inter-war avant-garde in the context of the phenomenon of its authors moving from the periphery to the centre of artistic life. The point of reference of the deliberations will be the life and works of Teresa Żarnower – one of the most important figures of the Polish avant-garde. The conference is also the preview of the exhibition abut the life and works of Teresa Żarnower, curated by Milada Ślizińska and Andrzej Turowski. Standard art history presents the development of modern art as a series of stylistic breaks that fostered innovation. When those “breaks” occurred they were frequently linked to dislocation and displacement from peripheries to centers. Artists involved with those transformations were often called agents of the artistic freedom that—we have been told—Western art centers guaranteed to its fullest capacity. Those artists greatly contributed to the emergence of new art movements, hence the existence of the Dada movement, Der Sturm, L’École de Paris, and the New York School.

Mainstream art historical narratives omits any discussion of the fate of those artists, who after moving to art centers, became marginalized and, as a result, have remained largely invisible as far as their contribution to the development of modern art is concerned.  Teresa Żarnower has clearly been such an artist.

Discussion will extend to other female artists, in a similar situation to that of Żarnower but from different generations, such as Gego and Nancy Spero. These artists will be placed in the context of the artistic changes related to the development of constructivism, surrealism, and the historical avant-garde in Poland, France, and/or the United States—the countries in which Żarnower resided during different periods in her life.

Programme

Friday, 16 May 2014

10.30 a.m. Welcome. Introductory remarks: Jarosław SuchanMarek Bartelik 10.50 a.m. Andrzej Szczerski (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), Teresa Żarnower in Bucharest – Genealogies of Modernism in Central and Eastern Europe 11.30 a.m. Alyce Mahon (University of Cambridge), Art Must Say Something: Peggy Guggenheim, Teresa Żarnower, and Women of the Avant-Garde 12.10 a.m. Milada Ślizińska (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Warszawa), Teresa Żarnowerów – An Artist in a World that Has Collapsed Before Her Very Eyes 12.50 a.m. Discussion

Break

3 p.m. Stanisław Czekalski (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań), Defence of Warsaw – How? On Teresa Żarnower’s Photomontages for Zygmunt Zaremba’s Book 3.40 p.m. Marcin Giżycki (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence), Żarnower and the Themersons – A History of Friendship in a Dramatic Time 4.20 p.m. Przemysław Strożek (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences), Apology for Chaplin. About the Fighting Proletariat Hero on the Polish Artistic and Literary Left (1924-1929) 5 p.m. Discussion

Saturday, 17 May 2014

10.30 a.m. Serge Guilbaut (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Inform(ation) about Post-War styles: A view inside the Labyrinth of drips, stains and Squares 11.10 a.m. Marek Bartelik (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York), Constructivism in the United States: Commercialization, Politicization, Individualization 11.50 a.m. Tom Sandqvist (University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and University of Lapland, Rovaniemi), Marginalization, Exile, Periphery—A Quest for New Approaches 12.30 a.m. Discussion

Break

3 p.m. Adrian Anagnost (University of Chicago), Migration and Collectivity: Teresa Żarnower. Lasar Segall. Lepoldo Haar. 3.40 p.m. Nuit Banai (Tafts University, Boston), Gego: Towards a Modernism of Exile 4.20 p.m. Deborah Frizzell (William Paterson University, Wayne), Nancy Spero: Power, Gender, and the Body 5 p.m. Discussion

Bilingual Polish-English symposium (simultaneous translation).

Curator of the conference: Marek Bartelik Curatorial cooperation: Paweł Polit Coordinator: Przemysław Purtak

The conference announces the exhibition: Teresa Żarnower (1897-1949). A Woman Artist of the End of Utopia Curators of the exhibition: Milada Ślizińska, Andrzej Turowski Coordinator: Sonia Owczarek-Nieśpiałowska

 

May 1 May Day 2014 MayDay1April 30 I guess it is unavoidable: I care less and less about what is current in art and “life.” April 28 Looking at the audience… (Cervantes Institute, AICA panel on the state of art criticism in Europe): IMG_7803April 24 Back from Harvard10171129_10152092745836732_242797510622121454_n invitationb3April 23 Oswaldo Vigas died yesterday. oswaldovigaskisaimendoza.520.360 Pour ma famille et mes amis, Oswaldo n’est plus ici, il est parti dans l’autre monde, celui qui devra être à la dimension du sien, beau et généreux comme vous l’avez tous connu. Ne l’oublions jamais. Janine et Lorenzo April 23 An intriguing collaboration between and artist and a painter: Rand5 And Michelangelo’s grocery list MichelangelosGroceriesApril 22

On June 12, 1961, a cool early summer day in Paris, a 28-year-old Susan Sontag jotted down in her diary a list of books she intended to buy:

Michel Leiris, L’Age d’Homme George Bataille, L’érotisme Robert Michels, Sexual Ethics Torrance, Calvin’s Doctrine of Man Harnack, The Expansion of Christianity Brooks Adams, The Theory of Social Revolutions Jean Wahl, Défense et élargissement de la philosophie Le recours aux poètes : Claudel Husserl L’ouvrage posthume de Husserl : La Krisis R. Caillois, Art poétique

  April 18 Good Friday with Agnieszka in New York Agnieszka April 16 “This is a tendency of the contemporary world, to introduce a false variety within a vast sameness.” – Alain Badiou April 14 Reading and laughing: “But it was a pair of men who would never make it onto her list–the critic Clement Greenberg, who claimed to be the only heterosexual man in the circle excluded from her pages; and Jackson Pollock, who reputedly said that you’d have to put a towel over Peggy’s head to fuck her–who changed the meaning of her life.” April 13 Spring is coming to NYC IMG_7710 April 12IMG_7693 “Youth comes with age” April 11 Matisse!   April 10 It’s mind-boggling how much time is being devoted to discussing bad art, and how little attention is being paid to finding good one. Is this one of the signs how lazy critics have become, looking for catchy subjects to write about? nup-159221-0289April 9 “In philosophy the snake swallows its tail….” – young Susan Sontag April 8 I did a quiz and found out that in the Medieval times I would had been a witch doctor: “When you were young (back in the year 1457) you enjoyed rebel acts and some mysteries until you’ve found the dark and bewitching art of witchcraft. Now, you use your special set of skills to help and heal other people around you. It’s pretty accurate. April 7 I like people who are not scared of other people. It took me long time. April 6 Working with archival photographs, thinking about Benjamin. April 4 Some days, I get up and find a work of art that touches me: 971205_385035901636159_1855464960_nArwa Abouon’s “Learning by Heart,” 2012 April 2 cervantes

WALKING IN THE AIR: CONTEMPORARY ART CRITICISM IN EUROPE Panel DiscussionSunday, April 27, 2014  3-6pm Panel Discussion; 6-7:30pm ReceptionCervantes Institute  211 East 49th Street, New York, NY Admission: Free with RSVP through http://walkingintheair.eventbrite.com
What is the situation of art criticism in Europe? How should we talk about art criticism in a local geo-cultural context while art is becoming a global phenomenon? What role does social media play in making local art criticism globally accessible? What is the role of the art critic in shaping identity of local art? These are only a few questions, which noted scholars and critics from Spain, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic will address during the panel discussion Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe. Moderated by Hyperallergic‘s co-founder and editor Hrag Vartanian, the discussion will begin with opening remarks by Marek Bartelik PhD, president of AICA International, followed by a presentation by each panelist about the current state of art criticism in their representative country with the emphasis on criticism in daily newspapers. Participants Dorota Jarecka (Poland) Marja-Terttu Kivirinta (Finland)  Javier Montes (Spain) Tomás Pospiszyl (Czech Republic)Moderator Hrag Vartanian (Hyperallergic)3-6pm Panel Discussion 6-7:30pm Reception in the gardenFree admission with mandatory RSVP at http://walkingintheair.eventbrite.comThis panel, Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe, will be accompanied by a special edition of the Brooklyn Rail (May issue), devoted to art criticism in Europe and the United States.Organized by AICA International and EUNIC New York as well as Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Spain Culture New York, The Czech Center New York, and The Polish Cultural Institute New York; in collaboration with AICA-USA and The Cervantes Institute in New York. Media partners: Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic.

March 28 With time, our lives become full of voids.BetTahara Erich Mendelsohn March 19 I saw these books dumped on a sidewalk in Paris: IMG_7558 I took one with me. IMG_7567March 17 I have been suspicious of the Ai Wei Wei phenomenon, his fame that is impossible to measure against  his body of work–until I heard him being interviewed on the BBC radio this morning. He is one of the most articulate artists I have ever heard speaking.  A true thinker, in the best sense of this word.Ai-Weiwei(3) March 16 Stupidity is always “right” March 15 Last night’s AICA France Prix winner: Marc Lenot discussing the work of Estefania Penafiel special mention: Mathilde Roman discussing the work of Emilie Pitoiset IMG_7535IMG_7529 March 12 Walking back home in Paris IMG_7490March 9 A gorgeous day in Paris. “Le Bateau “pas trop” ivre”IMG_7448 March 3 Flying to Paris over Iceland: IcelandFebruary 28-March 1 J.R’s “Tears in Their Eyes”:

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We die, Welcoming Bluebeards to our darkening closets, Stranglers to our outstretched necks, Stranglers, who neither care nor care to know that DEATH IS INTERNAL. We pray, Savoring sweet the teethed lies, Bellying the grounds before alien gods, Gods, who neither know nor wish to know that HELL IS INTERNAL. We love, Rubbing the nakednesses with gloved hands, Inverting our mouths in tongued kisses, Kisses that neither touch nor care to touch if LOVE IS INTERNAL.
Maya Angelou

February 27 This is remarkable:

STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL 26 February 2014 We are five of the 41 artists – Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Charlie Sofo, Gabrielle de Vietri and Ahmet Öğüt – who signed a letter to the Board of the Biennale of Sydney in relation to their founding sponsor, Transfield. We make this statement in light of Transfield’s expanding management of Manus Island and Nauru immigration detention centres. We act in the wake of the death of Reza Berati from inside Manus Island detention centre on February 17. We are in urgent political circumstances with a government that is stepping up their warfare on the world’s most vulnerable people daily. We have received indications from the Board of the Biennale and Transfield that there will be no movement on their involvement in this issue. In our letter to the Board we asked for action and engagement, but we are told that the issue is too complex, and that the financial agreements are too important to re-negotiate. And so we make this statement from a critical juncture of political urgency and artistic autonomy. This is a statement of our withdrawal from the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

February 26 Odd couples 1: 04-Pasolini-i-Callas February 23 Sometimes days pass so quickly, and all I could wish for it now is to had been able to write in those tiny scripts of Walter Benjamin. No luck today. WB February 18 Thinking about going back to my house in Greece this summer. ParosPhoto: Vangelis Rinas. February 17: From the exhibition “Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors” (February 12-April 13, 2013) at the New Museum “But when I left the show and stood on the sidewalk, I took a quick look around. A little to the right, I saw a long line of men standing in the cold night outside the Bowery Mission, waiting for a meal. To the left, I saw a crowd of stylish people, mostly young, chatting and waiting for tickets in the New Museum’s bright lobby. These images had no connection. These neighbor institutions, like life and art, are still a million miles apart.” -Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Althamer3 February 16 A 30 minutes program on TV in Taiwan (recorded in December 2013) : http://www.ocacmactv.net/mactv/video.htm?sid=93876 1454937_675474269164087_1441744380_n February 14 “Love is an event that arrives from the outside and breaks time in two.” –Michael Hardt, “The Procedures of Love” RubensLionTriumphOfDivineLove February 13 Some foods are memorable, because we want to forgot their taste as soon as possible. Last Tuesday at the Russian Samovar: IMG_7229 February 11 Pawel Althamer, critically: AlthamerFebruary 8

 The first page of a letter from prison written by Hashem Shabbani, executed in Iran a few days ago:

20130521-232805 February 7 President Obama politicizes the Olympics, the world is watching… as the Russians mention Kazimir Malevich among their “national treasures” during the opening ceremony. ObamaFebruary 6 My father and I, as  young men:Bartelikfather BarteliksonFebruary 3 End of the year never ends on 31 December for me. This year,  it has already been “postponed” until  today. February 2 My Danish dream this evening: NOMA3.jpgJanuary 28 Thinking with images…GustaveDore Yinka_Shonibare_MBE January 25, “Bryla chleba”–a “lump of bread” in English. Is it the opposite of a “slice of bread”? January 24 A long discussion with W. about Fridha Kahlo’s bed a few days ago. Just big enough for one person (see photo posted earlier). Here is a pendant to that photo: 1555570_552799651482442_1581337556_n W.’s version of the picture: russoJanuary 23 A free T-shirt from the Humane Society of the United States arrived with a sticker: “Have a heart, be smart and make sure your pet is spayed or neutered.” Reading this, I am happy I don’t have a pet. Today IMG_7211Frida Kahlo’s bedroom? LozkoFridyCahloJanuary 19 Last night I had hard time to fall asleep, fearing too much work after I would wake up.  I woke up and after working all day long came across this sentence: “The more effectively a man is able to speak, the more successfully he is misunderstood.”–W. Benjamin. January 17, Always learning about New York, just slower and slower: About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art “…invaluable museum.” Holland Cotter, New York Times, June 2013 The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE – a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. LLM-outside8 January 16 Basquiat-e1389727946828-760x509“In private, Jean-Michel was incredibly sweet and an old-fashioned romantic,” says Powell, whose series of Basquiat nudes, on view at the Suzanne Geiss Company in New York through February 22, provides a glimpse of the rebel artist in repose. “In these intimate photographs, he was just being himself,” she says. January 15 “The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory, And already the mind begins to be vaguely aware Of an unpleasant whiff of apprehension at the thought Of Lent and Good Friday which cannot, after all, now Be very far off. But, for the time being, here we all are, Back in the moderate Aristotelian city Of darning and the Eight-Fifteen, where Euclid’s geometry And Newton’s mechanics would account for our experience, And the kitchen table exists because I scrub it.” – W. H. Auden January 14 January has been tough: “Every line we succeed in publishing today…is a victory wrested from the powers of darkness.” Walter Benjamin, January 1940. I am being followed: BlogJanuary132014 January 6 Marina Abramovic success as a performance artist might be unprecedented. The question it rises for me:  Is it because of the quality, or shrewdness  of her art? Or because of the lowering of artistic standards in the art world?  January 5 Judith Malina speaks—the chairs taken away, no seats left—I listen: -“… I added to that an assemble of 25 anarchists, who represent the best part of the world who confront that criminal element.” -“He is a conservative rabbi, which tries to take the modernism of the reform and the tradition of the Orthodox and make them work together.” -“I still don’t have any faith in the leadership of this country, or of any country.” -“When Piscator did his auditions…—I said ‘I am a pacifist.’ He said: ‘So am I, but how are you going to be a pacifist’…?” 14067042_ori January 4

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I think I have been flattered by the fact there are people who want to read on a regular basis what I write here (if this is indeed the case), although I don’t know what it means exactly.  In some way, it puts more pressure on me to write something, which is exactly what I am doing now. LucaSignorelliMancaryyingCorpse Luca Signorelli (c. 1445 – 16 October 1523), drawing of a Man Carrying a Corpse January 1, 2014 Beginning a new year: This is Courbet at the age of fifty: A “naked man,” living alone. tmp_b75f34c6a01193ea8eab772f3049c7d8While painting The Stormy Sea (also called The Wave), Courbet is staying in a cottage at Etretat, on the Norman coast. In just a year he will be imprisoned for political reasons, which will change him forever. But for now he is painting another landscape, only a window behind his back. The painting depicts an agitated sea. A couple of fishing boats have been abandoned on a beach under a low, stormy sky; another boat is stranded in the water. The Stormy Sea has been interpreted as representation of the savage power of nature, a suggestion of the power of historic changes at that time. But is that all it is? Guy de Maupassant recalled his visit to Courbet’s place: “In a huge, empty room, a fat, dirty, greasy man was slapping white paint on a blank canvas with a kitchen knife. From time to time he would press his face against the window and look out at the storm. The sea came so close that it seemed to batter the house and completely envelop it in its foam and roar. The salty water beat against the windowpanes like hail, and ran down the walls. On his mantelpiece was a bottle of cider next to a half-filled glass. Now and then, Courbet would take a few swigs, and then return to his work.” That dramatic image of a “fat, dirty, greasy man” in his summer cottage has long stuck with me. What did he see, that brutish man—the same man who claimed he did not want to paint an angel because he had never seen one—what did he see when he pressed his face against the window to watch the storm? December 24 “Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.” – Noam Chomsky The occasional beauty f not understanding:

දෙව්පුර ඇතෙකි..

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වාර්ෂිකව අලි ඇතුන් 250ක් පමණ ව්විධ හේතු නිසා මිය යනවා.අලි-මිනිස් ගැටුම හා බැඳුනු වෙඩි තැබීම් හා කඳන් බැඳීම්, වස දීම්, හක්ක පටස් හා දුම්රිය අනතුරු,වගා ලිං වලට සහ පතල් වලට වැටීම් මේ හේතු අතර ප්‍රධානයි. මීට අමතරව, අලි-මිනිස් ගැටුම නිසා වසරකට අලි පැටවුන් 40ක් පමණ අනාථ වනවා. ඒ විතරක්ද? ගෘහාශ්‍රිතකරණයට හා ලාංකීය සංස්කෘතිය රකින්නට යැයි කියමින්, කිරි නොවැරූ අලි පැටවුන් ඔවුන්ගේ රංචු වලින් පැහැරගෙන විත්, ඔවුන්ව පීඩාවට පත්කොට ‘හීලෑ’ කිරීමත් සිදුවීම කණගාටුවට කරුණක්.
DSC_4522 - Copy අපි අලි ඇතුන් ගැන කතා කළ යුත්තේ ඇයි? ගොඩබිම වසන විශාලතම ශාකභක්ෂක සත්ත්ව විශේෂය වන අලි ඇතුන් ඔවුන් සිටින පරිසර පද්ධතිය වනවිද්‍යාත්මකව කළමනාකරණය කරන ඉංජිනේරුවන්. ඒ පරිසර පද්ධතියේ වැඩෙන සමහර ශාක වර්ගවල බීජ ප්‍රචාරනයට වගේම ඒවායේ ප්‍රරෝහණය සාර්ථක වන්නට නම් අදාළ බීජ අලි ඇතුන්ගේ ආහාර මාර්ගය හරහා යා යුතුයි. ලොකු කුඩා ශාක ආහාරයට ගැනීම, අතු සහ කඳන් කඩාබිඳ දැමීම වැනි චර්යාවන් මගින් ඔවුන් සිය වාසස්ථානයේ භෞතික ස්වභාවය වෙනස් කරනවා. සිය පැවැත්ම උදෙසා මේ වෙනස්කම් වෙනුවෙන් ම බලා සිටින සත්ත්වයින්ට හා ශාක වලට අලි ඇතුන්ගේ සේවය අත්‍යවශ්‍යයි. පරිසර පද්ධතියක සිටින ජීවී විශේෂ වල අන්තර්ක්‍රියාවන් හරියට මකුළු දැලක රැහැන් වගේ; එකිනෙකට සමබරව බැඳී තිබෙනවා. මකුළු දැල හානි නොවී පවත්වා ගන්නට සෑම ජීවියෙක්ම සහාය වෙනවා. සිය වාසස්ථානයේ අලි ඇතුන් අනිවාර්ය සංඝටකයක් වන්නේ මේ නිසා.

December 23 “Christmas Eve afternoon we scrape together a nickel and go to the butcher’s to buy Queenie’s traditional gift, a good gnawable beef bone. The bone, wrapped in funny paper, is placed high in the tree near the silver star. Queenie knows it’s there. She squats at the foot of the tree staring up in a trance of greed: when bedtime arrives she refuses to budge. Her excitement is equaled by my own. I kick the covers and turn my pillow as though it were a scorching summer’s night. Somewhere a rooster crows: falsely, for the sun is still on the other side of the world.” -“A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote IMG_7071December 21 “The great writer is the very symbol of life, of the non-perfect. He moves effortlessly, giving the illusion of perfection, from some unknown center which is certainly not the brain center but which is definitely a center, a center connected with the rhythm of the whole universe and consequently as sound, solid, unshakable, as durable, defiant, anarchic, purposeless, as the universe itself. Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.” – Henry Miller December 20 Season greeting are coming. Photo: Ryszard Gorniak Krakow 2013December 19 Sometimes not having a happy ending is the only ending that makes sense Eyes wide openDecember 15 Holidays season is here With AgaciaDecember 14 In the studio of the Sri Lankan artist Pushpakumara Koralegadara MarekwithPushpakumara Koralegadara December 13 10 years have already passed since the death of Matti Megged. I am thinking about the fate of “minor” writers with major intellects.  P.s.: Acknowledging a death of an important person in our life might produce a desire to separate from those people who were important for the person now gone and who are still alive. With Matti Megged December 9

ROC Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Y. P. Shih receives delegation from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) led by Dr. Marek Bartelik
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ROC Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanessa Y. P. Shih receives delegation from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) led by Dr. Marek Bartelik
Vanessa Y. P. Shih, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), received a delegation from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA International) led by its president, Dr.Marek Bartelik, on the morning of December 3, 2013. At the meeting, Vice Minister Shih recognized the achievements of AICA International in promoting art discourse. She also expressed her hope that AICATaiwan and AICA International strengthen exchanges and cooperation, so as to introduce Taiwan’s diverse and vibrant society to the world and, through the international network of art critics, promote the country’s efforts to preserve and cultivate Chinese culture.
Dr. Bartelik expressed his appreciation to Vice Minister Shih for taking time out of her busy schedule to receive him and his delegation. He pointed out that the goal of AICA International is to ensure the freedom of artistic creation and the quality of art discourse, promote exchanges and mutual respect in the international art world, and actively protect the freedom of thought and expression. Members of AICAInternational include art critics, professors of university art departments, scholars, event organizers, as well as administrators from museums and art galleries. Currently, AICA International has 61 National Sections and 4,600 individual members from 95 different countries. Each year, it holds art criticism seminars, expos and publication events around the world. For instance, the annual meeting of AICAInternational, held every September, serves as an important platform for international art exchanges.AICA Taiwan joined AICA International as a National Section in 2001 and hosted the annual meeting ofAICA International in 2004, showing that it is an active and constructive member of the organization.
Vice Minister Shih welcomed Dr. Bartelik, who was making his first visit to Taiwan, and commended him for his leadership and contributions to international art criticism, as well as his accomplishments with regard to cooperation with AICA Taiwan. Vice Minister Shih went on by introducing Taiwan’s art and cultural development in recent years. She stated that ROC President Ma Ying-jeou has aimed to foster Taiwan’s role as a standard bearer of Chinese culture, and she introduced Taiwan’s efforts to preserve and showcase Chinese culture. She explained that, following several decades of political and economic reforms, Taiwan now has a mature civil society and a flourishing private sector, and that Taiwan’s free society is able to accommodate different cultures and opinions. Respect for the freedom of expression is particularly strong in Taiwan, she added.
Vice Minister Shih also said that cross-strait exchanges have been greatly enhanced over the past few years. There are 96 direct flights across the Taiwan Strait every day, and more than 2.5 million mainland Chinese tourists visited Taiwan in 2012. In addition, 19 agreements have been signed over the last five years between Taiwan and mainland China, including agreements on culture and trade, which ensure that cross-strait exchanges benefit both sides. Tourists from mainland China are most impressed by Taiwan’s open society and the friendliness of the country’s people.
Dr. Bartelik mentioned that during his stay in Taiwan he had witnessed the great progress made in all sectors of Taiwan’s society, and expressed his support for AICA Taiwan to host international conferences. Vice Minister Shih welcomed Dr. Bartelik’s statement and pointed out that the ROC government would adopt measures to support such conferences, such as providing visa assistance to foreign participants. She conveyed her hope that in the future the annual meeting of AICA International would again be held in Taiwan.
At the meeting with Vice Minister Shih, Dr. Bartelik was accompanied by Dr. Tseng Shui-ping, President of AICA Taiwan, and Dr. Lin Chi-ming, member of the board of AICA Taiwan and professor at National Taipei University of Education. (E)

December 7 http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2013/12/08/2003578533/1 (see section: Art Criticism) on this blog And the print version TaipeiTimes Asia today IMG_6302 December 5 AICA主席讚台南藝術內涵迷人

 國際藝評人協會主席Bartelik昨日造訪台南,拜會市長賴清德並致贈紀念品。 (記者鄭佳佳攝)

 記者鄭佳佳/台南報導 國際藝評人協會AICA主席 Bartelik昨日造訪台南,除參觀奇美博物館、更拜會了市長賴清德與在地藝術家。 Bartelik將台南比喻為義大利古城翡冷翠,無強大的政經影響力,但藝術內涵卻格外迷人,潛力無窮,希望未來能將台南之美引介各國。 國際藝評人協會AICA成立於一九五○年,是聯合國教科文組織下的非政府組織,目標在於宣揚各類形式的藝術評論。AICA的總部位於巴黎,擁有來自全球六十多個不同地區逾五千名會員。 該會主席 Bartelik昨日到了台南市,首站就是到市府拜會。「文化成就偉大的國家。」市長賴清德表示,台南是台灣第一座城市,也是三百年的文化首都。轄內擁有許多博物館、藝文空間與歷史古蹟,也是全國唯一設立三座國家級風景區的城市。 Bartelik非常認同賴清德說法,他更把台南比喻為義大利古城翡冷翠,雖無強大的政治、經濟影響力,但藝術內涵豐富,潛力無限。 Bartelik一行人而後在文化局安排下,陸續到了藝術家工作坊與翁同隆相見歡,並造訪 B.B ART GALLERY、東門美術館、奇美博物館等處,了解在地文化特色。

史次長接見「國際藝評人協會」Dr. Marek Bartelik主席乙行

國際藝評人協會理事長拜會史次長 史亞平次長本(12)月3日上午接見「國際藝評人協會」理事長巴鐵立博士(Dr. Marek Bartelik),肯定國際藝評人協會多年來推廣國際藝術評論的成就,並期許台灣藝評人協會與國際藝評人協會加強交流與合作,介紹我國多元充滿活力的社會並透過國際藝評網絡宣導我保存及推廣中華文化現況。 巴鐵立理事長感謝史次長百忙中接見,並表示,該協會旨在確保國際藝術創作之自由及其論述品質,促進國際藝文界交流與互相尊重,並積極捍衛思想與言論表達之自由。成員包括各國藝術評論家、大學藝術系所教授、學者、策展人及博物館與美術館之藝術行政工作者,現有61個國家會員(National Sections)及來自95國共約4,600名個人會員。每年於全球各地舉辦藝術評論研討會、展覽及出版活動,例如每年9月份舉辦之「國際藝評人協會世界年會」為國際藝文界資源交流之重要平台。中華民國藝評人協會於2001年加入該協會,並曾於2004年在台舉辦AICA世界年會,為國際藝評界積極成員。 史次長首先歡迎巴鐵立理事長首度訪華,感佩其多年來領導國際藝評界的貢獻及積極與中華民國藝評人協會合作的績效,續介紹我國近年來文化藝術發展現況,史次長引述馬總統期許中華民國成為中華文化的領航者及我國對中華文化之保存以及發揚之情形並說明,台灣數十年來歷經各項政經改革,成熟的公民社會與民間組織蓬勃發展,加上自由之社會風氣能包容不同文化與意見,尤其尊重言論表達的自由。史次長另介紹近年來兩岸交流密切略以,每天有96班次直航班機往返直航,去年超過250萬大陸人士來台參訪,5年來已簽署19項包括文化、經貿等各層面之協議,以確保兩岸交流互惠互利。台灣最為陸客稱道者即為開放的社會與友善的人民。 會後合照 巴鐵立理事長提到訪台數日來目睹台灣各項進步現況,將支持台灣藝評人協會爭取在台辦理國際會議。史次長對此表示歡迎,並強調政府必將積極提供包括給予與會各國代表簽證便利等協助。另史次長亦向巴鐵立理事長表示歡迎未來「國際藝評人協會」再度來台舉辦世界年會。陪同巴鐵立理事長拜會史次長者包括台灣藝評人協會理事長鄭水萍博士及該會常務理事台北教育大學教授林志明博士等。 RIMG2531(1)RIMG2536

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外交部次長史亞平本(102)年12月3日上午接見「國際藝評人協會」主席巴鐵立博士(Dr. MarekBartelik),肯定國際藝評人協會多年來推廣國際藝術評論的成就,並期許臺灣藝評人協會與國際藝評人協會加強交流與合作,除介紹我國多元充滿活力的社會外,並透過國際藝評網絡宣導我保存及推廣中華文化現況。
巴鐵立主席感謝史次長百忙中接見並表示,該協會旨在確保國際藝術創作的自由及其論述品質,促進國際藝文界交流與互相尊重,並積極捍衛思想與言論表達的自由。成員包括各國藝術評論家、大學藝術系所教授、學者、策展人及博物館與美術館的藝術行政工作者,現有61個國家會員(National Sections)及來自95國共約4,600名個人會員。每年於全球各地舉辦藝術評論研討會、展覽及出版活動,例如每年9月份舉辦的「國際藝評人協會世界年會」為國際藝文界資源交流的重要平臺。中華民國藝評人協會於2001年加入該協會,並曾於2004年在臺舉辦「國際藝評人協會世界年會」,為國際藝評界積極成員。
史次長歡迎巴鐵立主席首度訪華,感佩其多年來領導國際藝評界的貢獻及積極與中華民國藝評人協會合作的績效,續介紹我國近年來文化藝術發展現況,史次長引述馬總統期許中華民國成為中華文化的領航者及我國對中華文化的保存以及發揚的情形,並說明臺灣數十年來歷經各項政經改革,成熟的公民社會與民間組織蓬勃發展,加上自由的社會風氣能包容不同文化與意見,尤其尊重言論表達的自由。史次長另介紹近年來兩岸交流密切略以,每天有96班次直航班機往返兩岸直航,去(101)年超過250萬大陸人士來臺參訪,5年來兩岸已簽署19項包括文化、經貿等各層面的協議,以確保兩岸交流互惠互利。臺灣最為陸客稱道者即為開放的社會與友善的人民。
巴鐵立主席提到訪臺數日來目睹臺灣各項進步現況,將支持臺灣藝評人協會爭取在臺辦理國際會議。史次長對此表示歡迎,並強調政府必將積極提供包括給予與會各國代表簽證便利等協助。另史次長亦向巴鐵立主席表示歡迎未來國際藝評人協會再度來臺舉辦世界年會。陪同巴鐵立主席拜會史次長者包括臺灣藝評人協會主席鄭水萍博士及該會常務理事臺北教育大學教授林志明博士等。(E)

December 4 Highlight of my trip to Taiwan: performance of the legendary Cloud Gate Dance Company; with choreographer Lin Hwai-min (林懷民)IMG_6794

Taipei Times

President of UNESCO-affilaited body reaffirms his support for Taiwan
By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter/ Taipei Times
International Art Critics Association (AICA) president Marek Bartelik repeated his support for Taiwan’s continued participation in the UNESCO-affiliated body amid concerns that China’s future entry could marginalize the nation’s status. The AICA is currently the only UNESCO-affiliated organization where Taiwan uses its full name in the title. “When I was elected I said that there would be no changes in terms of who belongs to AICA and who doesn’t belong to AICA,” said Bartelik, who was elected president of the organization two years ago. However, with the Gambia’s recent severing of diplomatic ties with Taiwan and rumblings that Honduras might do the same, AICA Taiwan (中華民國藝評人協會) has expressed concerns that China’s entry may result in Taiwan’s isolation. “China continues to exert pressure. It’s critically important that Taiwan retains this kind of profile in this international body,” AICA Taiwan president Tseng Shui-ping (鄭水萍) said. Bartelik said the fears are overblown. “As long as I am president — and it’s not just me, but it’s a kind of general understanding of the nature of our organization — [there will be no changes]. We are implicated in political situations, but it doesn’t mean we will be bending to one side or another,” Bartelik said, adding that AICA’s strength lies in the fact that “we treat everyone equally,” he said. Art critics in China have expressed interest in becoming part of the AICA, Bartelik said. However, he did not say if Taiwan’s current status in the organization was part of the discussions. AICA currently has branches in 63 member countries, representing 5,000 art critics from around the world. Taiwan became a formal member in 2001 under the name AICA Taiwan/Free Section, UNESCO, UN, but it was changed to AICA Taiwan in 2004, the same year the nation hosted the organization’s world congress. Bartelik said Taiwan remains an important chapter as the organization deepens its reach into Asia, which he said is under-represented, while taking into account the variety and diversity of art criticism throughout the globe. “It would be wonderful if one day we had a president from Asia,” he said.

December 3 Taipei TVNovember 24 Taiwan November 23

Dr Marek Bartelik 讚賞佛館與眾不同
【人間社記者 劉瓊珠 大樹報導】 2013-11-23
  • 圖說:佛陀紀念館副館長如元法師向聯合國教科文組織之國際藝評人總會AICA世界總會長Dr Marek Bartelik與英文補習班老師史洛華解說生動的善才童子賜予甘露法水,眾人深感興趣。 人間社記者劉瓊珠攝
  • 圖說:佛光小姐向聯合國教科文組織之國際藝評人總會AICA世界總會長Dr Marek Bartelik與英文補習班老師史洛華講解佛陀再生舍利的由來。 人間社記者劉瓊珠攝
  • 圖說:聯合國教科文組織之國際藝評人總會AICA世界總會長Dr Marek Bartelik歡喜體驗浴佛,佛陀紀念館副館長如元法師從旁指導。 人間社記者劉瓊珠攝

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11月21日,英文補習班老師史洛華陪同聯合國教科文組織之國際藝評人總會AICA世界總會長Dr.Marek.Bartelik參訪佛陀紀念館,讚嘆佛館如此與眾不同。來到本館「鞏義石窟拓印展」,看著一幅幅藝術紋路精緻且彰顯不同時代歷史價值與韻味的作品,讓Dr.Marek.Bartelik直呼「Wonderful」!讚歎聲連連。走入佛教節慶館,紅彤彤的展館色調,讓兩人眼睛為之一亮,看見彌勒佛以不同語言說「恭喜、恭喜」,Dr.Marek.Bartelik表示,「彌勒佛說話的方式好像聖誕老人,非常親切」,亦對浴佛、電子藥師燈等感到非常新奇,親自體驗,用虔誠心把「圓滿」、「富有」帶回家。首次來佛館的Dr.Marek.Bartelik笑著說,館內整體建築規劃與設計深具獨特性,充滿多元的文化色彩,展廳與殿堂皆蘊含著豐富的內容,佛教聖地也能如此現代化,讓他深感意外,嘆為觀止。「佛館讓我留下深刻的印象」,天主教徒史洛華分享,走在寬敞的成佛大道,身心無比清淨歡喜,並讚賞台灣宗教多元,不分彼此,共同努力維護世界和平。

November 14, When the mainstream media asks critics to speak it is almost exclusively about the record prices at the auctions. Still, a great publicity for AICA: 20131114_16133520131114_161339November 11 evitefinal5November 10 R. said” “Gray is the color of democracy, but it’s still a nice color. I thought about the wall that I see from the window of my hotel room in Paris. Paris October 30 Between Art and Life: Lucy Lippard’s lecture at the New School. Brilliant without being pretentious. Perhaps “brilliant” is not the right word: relaxed? LucyLippard October 16 In Caracas: 856813_10151915727107412_20163793_oOctober 15 Knowledge travels: “Reading Marek Bartelik’s earlier essay on Archipenko in the Henry Moore Institute Essays on Sculpture series, I came across the astounding comment that, ‘It might be that in the German capital Archipenko was finally able to recognise his émigré status as a strength rather than a weakness, and that this would soon take him to the United States – the quintessential country of émigrés.’ The issue that I found so engaging here is how Berlin might have offered a different émigré experience to Paris. Surely the melting pot of Montparnasse must have been far more ‘dematerialising’, to borrow Bartelik’s expression? The main contrast between Paris and Berlin was that Archipenko moved from a city where he was surrounded by Germans, Italians, Romanians, Dutch, Poles, Britons, Russians and individuals of many other nationalities, to one with such a profound concentration of Russians that perhaps it reversed the ‘dematerialising’ effects of emigration, as comically reported by Richard Sheldon in his introduction to Victor Shklovsky’s 1923 Berlin novel Zoo, or Letters Not about Love: ‘A popular anecdote of the time told about the German who, hearing nothing but Russian spoken on the Kurfürstendamm, suffered an attack of homesickness, returned to his apartment, and forthwith hanged himself.’” from a symposium paper at the Henry Moore Foundation in 2006. September 24 IMG_4825 September 10 Orlan exhibit’s at the Musée d’Orsay: Origins September 5

THE POLISH SECTION

OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ART CRITICS (AICA)

kindly invites you for a discussion taking part within the framework of the AICA post-congress in Krakow accompanying the XLVI International AICA congress “White Places – Black Holes” in Košice (Slovakia).

The International Cultural Centre in Krakow is responsible for the co-organisation of the discussion.

“The Return of Art Criticism”

Monday 30 September 2013, 6.00 pm

The International Cultural Centre, Sala pod Kruki, Rynek Główny 25

Participants: Marek Bartelik (The President of AICA International) Anda Rottenberg (AICA Poland) Henry Meyric-Hughes (Honorary President of AICA International) Adriana Almada ( AICA Paraguay) Juraj Čarný ( AICA Slovakia) Richard Gregor (AICA Slovakia) and James Elkins (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Convenor: Andrzej Szczerski (The President  of AICA Poland) Contemporary art criticism is at present undergoing dynamic changes. We can notice its rapid development taking place due to the possibility of publishing texts not only in printed editions, but most of all in the Internet. However, the rising number of publications does not come with the advancement of their quality. At present, art criticism is often incompetent, it avoids making value judgements, and is beings used for promotional purposes. As a result, critical practice – also the one which is still valuable – is being marginalised and it does not practically influence artistic life. During the discussion we shall consider the presence/absence of the art critic in artistic life springing from this situation, the place of art criticism among other institutions dealing with art, as well as the difference between the art critic and the curator of contemporary art. We shall also pose a question on the meaning of art critical texts in contrast to other forms of art criticism available to contemporary critics. Yet another problem to consider is the existence of “global art criticism”, which sets the standards accepted globally, and its opposite, that is local criticism, which draws inspiration from the local artistic tradition. Finally, we shall consider the necessity of “the return of art criticism” that works not just a superficial commentary, but as a field for valuable and open discussion. This way, it may become an alternative to the present position of the art world and curatorial practice that more and more often play the role of entertainment and representation answering to the exigencies of the current cultural policy.   August 21 With Hania Hanna Zawa August 7 One knows that the place one stays is very special, when we realize that time comes not to say “good-bye” immediately, but that it  will come soon, in a few days or so. It is a moment of great summer sadness. My Greek house July 19 My head obviously wonders around. There is something inconsistent in thinking: I must complain about the media, and but I want to be a subject of their attention. It’s funny I think about it as I sit in a cafe with a spectacular view on the sea. July 18 Back in Greece. Every time I travel, I discover. Zooming on the Greeks: One never knows what is true and not true at a given moment here. I guess it boils down to the philosophical “on the other hand,” but it can be highly enjoying, especially when people lie or cheat, and they do. Still, I am so glad to be here. I must say, it all boils down to this, and it should be this way: 1016043_10152955189505705_10678048_nJune 27 Greek wine Greek wine June 24 Yes, the moon is majestic here in Corfu. But it is a little bit of tricky to adjust to being alone, being down to earth up in the attic, but I will manage. Thanks for the practical advices–they are necessary. The coffee machine finally gave up–and it’s working. I would like to see the tennis guy tomorrow, perhaps around 7pm. Could you arrange it? I will go to the hotel and look for him. P.s.: Yes, the sparrows are still flying fast, close to the ground. June 3 Evidence of the earliest winemaking in France has been described – and indicates an Italian origin. May 19 Betty died today: Since time began the dead alone know peace. Life is but melting snow. —Nandai (1786-1817) Atnight May 11 Ideas and ideals are priceless–try to explain to those who ruin schools for profit, fame, and false security. This says it all: Here is the article: http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/29/the-tragedy-of-cooper-union/ Changes have always been made by young people who did not listened to old fools, who pretend to be wise men. By the way, the superficiality of the art world might reveal itself when thousands rush to sign petition to protects Pussy Riots and only hundreds to save Cooper Union.CooperUnion May 10 Rembrandt to Saskia” “Those who seek power often end up as collaborators” April 16

Moscow Innovation Prizes Awarded

by david ulrichs 04/15/13 Art in America on line

The eighth Innovation Prize award ceremony took place Tuesday night in the Moscow Manege, a Neo-Classical former indoor riding academy adjacent to Red Square, which since 1831 has served as an exhibition space. The annual prize, funded by the state and administered by Moscow’s National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA),  includes awards totaling about $100,000, given to either Russian nationals or curators of Russian-themed exhibitions and spread across seven categories (including two out-of-competition awards), such as for works of art, curatorial projects and art theory and criticism. In addition, the Innovation Prize jury selected winners of four partner prizes, including a prize donated by Moscow collector Stella Kesaeva, who is for the second time commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. “Winning the Innovation Prize is like winning Eurovision or the American Music Awards,” Russian artist Evgenia Balantseva, one of the nominees for the “new generation” award, told A.i.A. over lunch, aptly anticipating the spectacular atmosphere at the ceremony a few hours later, where there were television cameras, a big screen, live pipe organ music and a 30-strong children’s choir. “The prize is one of the most important ones in Russia. It not only focuses on artists but also on curatorial practice,” executive director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and three-time jury member Vasili Tsereteli told A.i.A. The five exhibitions shortlisted in the curatorial project category raised some eyebrows, since two out of the seven jury members were nominated as best curator. While the loudest applause went to Vitaly Patsukov’s exhibition “John Cage: Silent Presence,” which took place at Moscow’s National Center for Contemporary Arts, it was Iara Boubnova, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia, Bulgaria, who won the prize for her work in the second Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, which took place in Ekaterinburg last fall. Boubnova, who is currently co-curating Jan Hoet’s first Online Biennial, was a member of the Innovation Prize jury. Before going on stage to collect the prize, she told A.i.A., “I asked the director of the NCCA to retract my nomination, but it was too late. I am not a white angel, but it’s not foul play,” she insisted. Curator Andrey Erofeyev (also a nominee and a jury member) told A.i.A., “Iara and I both left the room when the categories in which our projects were nominated were being discussed and voted on.” Later in the evening she additionally received a partner prize offered by ViennaFair, by a vote of the same jury. Erofeyev, whose dismissal from the Tretyakov State Gallery in 2009 for his exhibition “Forbidden Art” caused a stir internationally, had been nominated for “Angle of Vision,” a solo exhibition of Leonid Sokov at Moscow’s MoMA last spring. While he lost out to Boubnova in the main prize, he received a partner prize donated by U-ART: You and Art, a foundation created by private collector couple Tamaz and Iveta Manasherov. “There is not enough healthy competition in the Russian art scene,” Elena Strygina, director of nonprofit space Red October Gallery, told A.i.A. at the ceremony. “That’s always the problem-the art world in Russia is so small,” Valerij Ledenev, editor of Artchronika magazine, told A.i.A. by e-mail. Pre-selection committee member and curator Simon Rees of Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) defended the process, however, telling A.i.A. that this year’s edition of the Innovation Prize was “a fair reflection of the Russian contemporary art scene.”

April 14 Conversation with Danae and Yannis: An idealist might be a person who asks right questions, to which he or she then gives wrong answers.plato  April 11 “Art collective Provmyza has won this year’s Innovation award, Russia’s equivalent of the Turner Prize, for their contemporary opera about a fatal car crash. Marevo was first performed in July 2012 at Artspace Arsenal in Nizhny Novgorod, a city on the Volga east of Moscow, before taking to the stage for a second time in the capital last month. It was the first opera from Provmyza, whose two members, Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov, had previously only ever worked with video art and film, a genre that has ensured them a regular slot at festivals around the world.

In recent years, contemporary opera has grown in popularity in Russia. Critics are talking of a renaissance period for bold, experimental new works. This year will see the opening of Nosferatu, a contemporary opera composed by Dmitry Kurlyandsky and produced by Jannis Kounellis, the Greek artist who helped found Arte Povera. In 2012 alone, theatre director Vasily Barkhatov produced four new operas written by Russian composers, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Contemporary Opera, which was set up at the behest of the Ministry of Culture to encourage contemporary opera in Russia. The Innovation prize is intended to promote Russian contemporary visual artists. The committee awards prizes and distributes 1.5m rubles to artists in five categories: work of art, curator’s project, theory and criticism, new generation and regional project. A special award is also presented to an artist who has made an outstanding contributiob to contemporary art projects. This year, the curatorial prize went to Yaroslava Bubnova for The Eye Sees Itself, the main project of the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art; the award for theory, critique and art was given to Elena Petrovskaya for Unnamed Community; the regional prize was awarded to Ilya Dolgov for Herbarium; and the new generation award was given to Ivan Plush for The Process of Passage. The special prize, which is supported by the Stella Art Foundation in Moscow, was awarded to street artist Timofei Radya for his project Above All. Eric Boulatov, one of the founders of the Moscow conceptual school of art, was awarded 600,000 roubles for creative his contribution to the development of modern art. An exhibition of shortlisted works is currently on show at Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Art from 21 March to 5 May.” Source: The Calvert Journal MoscowPrize

April 6 On my way to Moscow: Moscow’s National Center for Contemporary Art has just announced its nominees for the 2012 edition of its Art Innovation Prize, which awards the best artworks, exhibitions, criticism, and emerging artists from the past year. Find the full list of nominees below. Nominated for the “Work of Visual Art” category: 1. Andrey Kuzkin. “All ahead!” 2. Alexander Brodsky. “CISTERNA” 3. MishMash Group. “Geopsichoisometrical examination of the city Ekaterinburg” 4. Where the Dogs Run Group. “Knitting and crocheting of the Mandelbrot set” 5. Vitas Stasyunas. “Order” Nominated for the “Curator’s Project” category: 1. Victor Miziano. ”Impossible Community” 2. Olseya Turkina. “Necrorealism” 3. Andrey Smirnov. “Generation Z. Russian Music Technology Pioneers 1910-1930” 4. Ekaterina Degot, David Riff, Joanna Mytkowska. ”Auditorium Moscow” 5. Marina Zvyagintseva, Jury Samodurov. “Open lesson” within the NCCA program “Modern art in an open community” Nominated for the “Art Theory and Criticism” category: 1. Nelly Podgorskaya, Olesya Turkina. Illustrated scientific art publication “Necrorealism” 2. Olga Shishko. “Expanded Cinema” catalogue 3. Andrey Fomenko. “Soviet Photo Avant-garde and industrial-utilitarian art concept” 4. Evgenija Kikodze, Nelly Podgorskaya. “Yury Zlotnikov’s Universe” 5. Oleg Frolov. “Populist” magazine Nominated for the “Regional Project” category: 1. Nelya Korzhova, Roman Korzhov. VII Shiryaevo International Biennale of Contemporary Art «Foreigners: between Europe and Asia” 2. Evgeny Strelkov, Andrey Suzdalev. “Illusion. From Fair Attraction towards Media Installation” 3. Kseniya Fedorova. “Art focus towards technologies: charm and challenge” 4. Nikolay Alexeev, Ilya Dolgov. “Ruins of Utopia” 5. Evgeny Umansky, Irina Chesnokova, Eva Gorzhadek, StahShablovsky. “International Art Project “ENCLAVE” Nominated for the “New Generation” category: 1. Alexey Buldakov, Anastasiya Ryabova. “AttentionWhores” 2. Taus Makhacheva. “The Fast and The Furious” 3. Valery Chtak. “Only the truth” 4. Alexander Gronsky. “Pastoral” 5. Roman Mokrov. “Endless Story”

Members of the Jury

[Marek Bartelik]Art historian, critic, President of AICA International (New York, USA) [Iara Bubnova]Curator, critic, Founding Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria)
[Blandine Chavanne]Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes (Nantes, France) [Andrey Erofeyev]Art historian, curator (Moscow, Russia)
[Marina Loshak]Curator, Artistic Director at Manege Association of Museums and Exhibition Halls (Moscow, Russia) [Dimitri Ozerkov]Curator, Head of Contemporary Art Department at the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)
[Anna Tereshkova]Director at Siberia Centre for Contemporary Art (Novosibirsk, Russia)

April 1 award-ceremony-invite1March 26 Picture says it all:Stockholm 2013 March 9 ART CRITICISM IN THE FUTURE MEDIA LANDSCAPE STOCKHOLM 22 MARCH 2013 AT 3-5 PM In the Cinema, Floor 2 Admission free. Admission free to the permanent collection is free from 6 pm Language: English Welcome address by Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-Director of Moderna Museet. Opening address by Christian Chambert, President of AICA Sweden Short talk by Marek Bartelik on the situation in the USA, also highlighting the international perspective. This will be followed by a round table discussion. Moderator: Mårten Arndtzén, art critic at Swedish Radio. On the panel: Marek Bartelik, New York, President of AICA, critic for Artforum. Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet. Jonas Ekeberg, Oslo, editor of the web publication Kunstkritikk. Dorota Jarecka, Warsaw, art critic for Gazeta Wyborcza. Birgitta Rubin, Stockholm, art critic and art editor for Dagens Nyheter. Great changes are underway in the mass media. In the wake of the digital revolution, newspapers are facing serious challenges, according to the optimists, or their imminent death, according to others. How does this affect public debate and art criticism – and art itself? Earning a living by writing about art is hardly likely to get easier when newspapers are forced to cut all their expenses, for lack of comparable digital business models. And if the space for professional art criticism shrinks in the daily press, how will this impact on radio and TV coverage? Meanwhile, the internet offers virtually limitless potential for communication and interaction. How can art criticism avail itself of this, and how will criticism be influenced by the new parameters? These are a few of the questions we will deal with in the afternoon discussion. The panel represents experiences from the situation in Scandinavia, Poland and the USA, from the daily press, the internet, radio, TV and leading art magazines. Paneldiskussion Dorota Jarecka, Marek Bartelik, Daniel Birnbaum, Jonas Ekeberg, Birgitta Rubin och Mårten Arndtzén. March 5 Without words: u2t8_Reponse February 24

Un libro homenajeará la trayectoria de Oswaldo Vigas

Oswaldo Vigas | Foto: Manuel Sardá
Oswaldo Vigas | Foto: Manuel Sardá

En el proyecto participan los investigadores Marek Bartelik, Álvaro Medinade, Frederico Morais y Bélgica Rodríguez

CARMEN VICTORIA MÉNDEZ 23 de febrero 2013 – 12:01 am

Sintetizar la obra de Oswaldo Vigas en un libro no es tarea sencilla. Para abarcar 7 décadas de trabajo diario frente al lienzo se requieren como mínimo 500 páginas e igual número de reproducciones. Por lo menos eso es lo que se propuso hacer la Fundación Vigas en la edición ilustrada que prepara para este año, dedicada enteramente a la figura del pintor y escultor. En el proyecto participan investigadores de cuatro países: la venezolana Bélgica Rodríguez, el estadounidense Marek Bartelik, el colombiano Álvaro Medinade y el brasileño Frederico Morais. El último está de visita en Caracas. En el taller del maestro se dedica a revisar un cuerpo de trabajo de 8.000 dibujos. El ex director del Museo de Arte Moderno de Río de Janeiro lo hace a manera de preparación para escribir un texto de su obra plástica desde una perspectiva general. Morais, también periodista, crítico y curador, asegura que aún no ha madurado las ideas del capítulo que le corresponde. “Vine a su taller con mi propia valoración personal de su obra, que es muy favorable desde que conocí sus trabajos e ideas en Venezuela. Eso ocurrió en 1983, en un encuentro internacional de críticos de arte. En esa ocasión oí una charla muy polémica sobre Vigas y desde entonces su nombre se quedó en mi memoria”. El investigador tuvo la oportunidad de mirar expuestas varias piezas del artista con el correr del tiempo. Sin embargo, confiesa estar muy impresionado tanto por la calidad como por la cantidad de las obras que ha hallado en el taller de Vigas, un creador muy prolífico que durante toda su vida creyó en el arte puro y en la necesidad de enfrentarse con el cuaderno de dibujos o el lienzo a diario. “Ha realizado trabajos en diferentes direcciones; tiene series, fases y épocas aparentemente muy diversas entre sí, pero que en el fondo reflejan un sentido del orden y una coherencia muy sólidas”. El artista nacido en Valencia, Carabobo, es ampliamente conocido por sus obras figurativas y por su peculiar manera de abordar temas como la feminidad y lo mágico religioso. La crítica ha insistido, desde sus inicios en la plástica, en que sus mujeres y objetos están directamente emparentados con la tradición precolombina. Es por ello que el libro tendrá un capítulo titulado Arte prehispánico y Oswaldo Vigas, a cargo de Medinade. La perspectiva internacional también tendrá peso, destaca Morais. “Vigas es un artista riguroso, tiene una fuerza creativa muy grande. De alguna manera se relacionó con artistas como el mexicano Rufino Tamayo, el colombiano Roberto Obregón, el peruano Fernando de Szyszlo, el uruguayo Joaquín Torres García y el brasileño Iberê Camargo, que a partir de la década de los cuarenta crean un momento exuberante del arte latinoamericano y mundial”. Sobre ello escribirán Rodríguez y Bartelik, respectivamente.

February 21 There will be is always something more hyperreal than before: RonMueck January 28 Tammam AzzamJanuary 27 »It’s not easy to write an easy-to-read novel« Marek Bartelik talks to Marc Degens* Marek Bartelik: How do you perceive the relationship between the medium of writing and other mediums, such as painting or music? And how do you deal with question in your writings, particularly in your book we will be discussing? Marc Degens: Good books, novels or poems have their own sound. It’s a matter of music. They have an a musical property. Descriptions in literature can be painted like an oil painting, concrete or abstract art. Many techniques and means of expression are universal. You can transform a phrase from one medium into another medium, if you like to. For example a painting by Martin Kippenberger has more in common with a song by the Ramones than with a painting by Salvador Dalí, Balthus or Lucian Freud. Or the poems by Allen Ginsberg, the music by Bob Dylan and the comic strips by Robert Crumb – they all have a lot in common, in form and content. A central theme of my novel “God’s Busted Knee” is yet another similarity. At the beginning of their career many artists – writers, painters, composers – are outsiders. They work alone. Their success or their failures changes them and their works. That’s what my book is about. Briefly explain your creative process. How much does a piece of art or music that inspires you determine the formal aspects and the narrative in your story? I learn new techniques from other media. You can’t transfer every technique from one medium to another – but a lot. In my novel I connect the chapters in a way I know from many comic magazines. The “to be continued”-panel at the end of a story. It’s not a cliffhanger, it’s more like a forecast. A phrase like “Now our Hero is safe, but next week …” This is not an invention by comic book creators, I know, but I discovered this technique by reading comic books. Also you can use other artists as a role model und learn from their attitude. For instance I learned from John Lennon, that you can compose “She loves you” – and three years later “Strawberry fields forever”. Two great songs, but radically different. Such things helps me as a writer to say, okay, now I’ve written this book in this style, but the next book will be something completely different. What role does your native language/the structure of your native language play in your books? Perhaps the question “What role does your native language play in your books?” is a little bit vague. What I mean is how the language (French, German Spanish, Polish) defines the narrative. For instance, is it just one “French,” or perhaps different characters speak in different “argo,” use expressions coming from different languages…. Each language has a proper linguistic structure and rhythm: Does the writer respect them, or tries to bring his/her own. Mark Twain didn’t like the German language. In German you can build very long sentences. The first part of the verb is on one page, the second part on the other page. The German language and literature can be very complicated, like in the works of Thomas Mann. You can see his effort while reading his novels. Many people like this, but I don’t. I want to hide the struggle. “God’s busted knee” should be easy to read, the readers should concentrate on the story and not on the style. Like in the works of my favorite American writers: Richard Yates, Philip Roth or Raymond Carver. And I assure you, it’s not easy to write an easy-to-read novel. Select a work of art or a short piece of music to be presented in conjunction with our conversation. »Lost in the Andes« by Carl Barks. Why have you chosen Carl Barks? I love his work. His work is entertaining, funny and also serious. He is a great storyteller and combines the everyday life with the great myths of the human race. Also he is a great illustrator, I think his comic book art is nearly perfect. Finally I learned a lot of his work: Donald Duck has a lot of problems, but his life is marvelous. He finds the golden Helmet, he is mastering the Matterhorn and Lost in the Andes (An-dies). I learned from Donald Duck that you can find adventures anytime and everywhere. What question would you like to be asked? Are there other artists from the Ruhr Valley who inspired you or your art? My answer is yes. The painter Martin Kippenberger, the film and theater director Christoph Schlingensief and the musician Helge Schneider. They all were born in the Ruhr Valley – like I was. When I had a close look at their work, I find out that it is funny, serious and entertaining at the same time. And it’s full of self-mockery. I think this is because of the Ruhr Valley. It’s a region in the hand of clerks. You can’t impress your parents or friends if you say – Hi Mom, hi Dad, I am going to write a novel or become a sculptor – but they will be impressed if you say, hey, from now on I will play underwater rugby. For an artist in the Ruhr Valley it’s easier to live in Berlin instead of Bochum. In Berlin you can meet a lot of other artists, you can build networks and so on. In Bochum you are more or less on your own. But that gives you a lot of freedom to create something extraordinary. * This interview is based on a questionnaire sent to the participants in the panel discussion on current literature inspired by the visual arts and music, which took place at the New York Public Library on November 17th during the Ninth Festival of New Literature from Europe in New York. Dr. Marek Bartelik is a New-York based art critic, art historian and poet. He currently serves as President of AICA International, an association of art critics with 63 national sections worldwide.

January 25 A ghost from the past: I am Goya of the bare field, by the enemy’s beak gouged till the craters of my eyes gape I am grief I am the tongue of war, the embers of cities on the snows of the year 1941 I am hunger I am the gullet of a woman hanged whose body like a bell tolled over a blank square I am Goya January 22 Barbara January 19 No words:Sergei Filin yesterday January 18, Eating what I consider good food has been such an important part of my life–it makes me worried. January 12 One of the most remarkable (in a quiet way) man died 20 years ago. Jozef Czapski January 11 It’s Friday evening in Arequipa. It’s quiet here. I only hear the rushing down mountain stream outside of the posada. The volcano is sleeping. January 10, Today I went to see “Juanita,” the oldest body preserved. She was in a refrigerator, off the site, e.g.outside of  the Catholic University of  Santa Maria in Arequipa, where she is usually exhibited in a freezer donated by the Japanese. Another “frozen” girl (in a lotus position) replaced her. The experience  of seeing her was incredibly strong. She had died at the age of around 15 some five hundred years ago, and, then, had been buried under the snow, until the volcano ashes melted the snow and exposed her body. On my way to the museum, I saw a religious procession: IMG_2531 January 1 Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica lives on a ramshackle farm owned by his wife and gives away 90% of his $12,000 (£7,500) monthly salary. His water comes from a well. “If you don’t have many possessions, then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself,” he said. December 24 “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” Holy Family December 16 I must admit, I do not understand how some people can think that some lives are more precious than other….. Those people get hysterical about deaths of the few, because those tragedies happen close to where they live, and completely oblivious to deaths of thousands, because they are killed far away from their homes. December 10

ART CRITICISM TODAY – FEATURED ART EDITOR: IRVING SANDLER

The Rail is pleased to announce Irving Sandler as the guest ARTSEEN editor for the December/January 2013 issue. In order to trigger ideas about art criticism today, he has formulated a number of questions (among them: “Is there a crisis in criticism?” “Has the Internet been good or bad for art criticism?” “Has art criticism been marginalized in the art world consensus?”) which an incredible array of storied critics have answered.

Visit: http://www.brooklynrail.com December 6, I am so glad that Cooper Union’s students are striking back. A great school with a great tradition deserves better. CooperUnionunderattack November 22, A gift from a friend:

"The white sheet of paper, harsh mirror
 gives back only what you were.

 The white sheet talks with your voice,
 your very own,
 not the voice you'd like to have;
 your music is life,
 the life you wasted.
 If you want to, you can regain it:
 concentrate on this blank object
 that throws you back
 to where you started.

 You travelled, saw many moons, many suns,
 touched dead and living,
 felt the pain young men know,
 the wailing of women,
 a boy's bitterness-
 what you felt will fall away to nothing
 unless you commit yourself to this void.
 Maybe you'll find there what you thought was lost:
 youth's burgeoning, the justified shipwreck of age

 Your life is what you gave,
 this void is what you gave:
 the white sheet of paper."

George Seferis From "Three Secret Poems"- "Summer Solstice"

November 10-16 New York Public Library Panel at the Instituto Cervantes, 16 November: “A procession of small men climb a hill, one following another. The first man reaches the cliff and keeps walking; others follow him. A question: why do the men follow the first one if they know that it is impossible to walk in the air, that they must fall down and die? The answer: Because they do not know that we have reached the end of literature.” As told by Dumitru Tsepeneag

Photo posted on Facebook by David Goldfarb
WHATArtistic fictions:  Disasters
Readings with Klemens Renoldner (Austria), Luc Lang (France), Marc Degens (Germany), Marek Bartelik (Poland/USA). Moderator: Edna McCown (Goethe-Institut New York)
WHEN: Thu, Nov 15, 6 pm
WHERE: Printed Matter 195 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
 
WHATArtistic fictions:  Fantasies
Readings with Monika Zgustova (Czech Republic), Agnieszka Taborska (Poland), Dumitru Tsepeneag (Romania), Ricardo Menendez Salmon (Spain). Moderator: David A. Goldfarb (Polish Cultural Institute New York)
WHEN: Thu, Nov 15, 7 pm
WHERE: 192 Books 192 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY  
WHATFrom Art to Text:  Readings and discussion with all Festival authors
WHEN: Fri, Nov 16, 7 pm
WHERE: Instituto Cervantes New York 211 East 49th Street, New York, NY
WHATArtistic fictions/fictional artists: Panel discussion with all Festival authors. Moderator Marek Bartelik
WHEN: Sat, Nov 17, 2-5 pm
WHERE: New York Public Library South Court Auditorium 42nd and 5th Avenue, New York, NY
WWW:  www.nypl.org

November 7 Artistic Fictions/Fictional Artists: Panel Discussion on current literature inspired by the visual arts and music. Saturday, November 17th, 2:30-5pm New York Public Library, South Court Auditorium (42nd and 5th Avenue, New York, NY) With the participation of writers from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland. Moderated by Marek Bartelik  Free to the public For more information visit: http://www.newlitfromeurope.org October 27 I need to rethink my ideas about social justice after my trip to Caracas… October 25

“La Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte/Capítulo Venezuela,

invita muy especialmente a sus miembros y amigos a una reunión con motivo de la visita a Venezuela del

Dr. MAREK BARTELIK, Presidente de la Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte

el día Viernes 26 de octubre, a las 5:00 pm, en la Galería Arte Ascaso, Las Mercedes.

Será una ocasión muy especial para intercambiar ideas acerca de AICA y la crítica de arte”. 

October 19

An Alina Szapocznikow and a Not-Szapocznikow:

October 13 October 4 The Presidential debate last night simply exposed the rhetorics of hypocrisy on both sides. No winner for me. September 29

Une oeuvre de l’artiste Brett Murray représentant le Président de la République d’Afrique du Sud, Jacob Zuma, nu, a été aspergée de peinture à la galerie Goodman à Johannesburg. L’oeuvre est au centre d’une polémique à connotations morales et raciales qui tend à réduire la liberté de création. Voir le message de Marek Bartelik, Président de l’AICA et de Liam Kelly, Président de la Commission de la Censure et de la liberté d’expression. Voir également le site d’Art Press MurrayThe_Spear_Brett_

September 18 Souvenirs from Cuba/ May 2012: September 15 September 12 I have instinctively feared those quiet people, who–as we know–are capable of extreme cruelty, when they fear that their interests are being threatened. That’s why I have decided to record the  living history of AICA. September 10 Vanity and loneliness (in this order) have thousands of faces on Facebook. September 9 To support Pussy Riot’s action is to lower the level of the political discourse to infantile. September 8

Albano Afonso . Um Tapir na Floresta Brasileira, 2012 . fotografia . 124 x 200 cm Albano Afonso . A Tapir in the Brazilian Forest, 2012 . photograph . 124 x 200 cm

September 7, Elections time: I finally turned on the TV. How obscene it is that the Democrats talk about President Obama trailing in the polls because the Republicans are raising more money for their campaign than they do. Can they look straight in my eyes and say that they care about democracy. How cynical we have became… August 29 Left: Artists Arthur Summereder and Katharina Schild and curator Yannis Arvanitis. Right: Marek Bartelik, president of AICA, architect Penny Petrakou, and Culture Hotel Pythagoras director Alexandros Stanas. Source: Cathryn Drake’s “Scene&Herd”; www.artforum.com August 28 New York makes me smile: Yesterday, I noticed a personal trainer in my gym, who was chubby. He worked with a woman who was in perfect shape. August 22 Kassel: August 20 “The British say they have no choice but to extradite him but why didn’t they extradite Augusto Pinochet?” Rafael Correa August 14 A very short story from Greece in distress I asked the young waitress if I could order a la carte. She said that there was only one option for dinning at that restaurant on Friday nights: a buffet. “But I am not that hungry,” I replied. She smiled. “Could I have something small and pay just for that. I want to eat a little. I need to loose some weight.” I smiled. She said that only the manager could decide if that would be possible. I asked her to bring the manager, as well as a glass of white wine and a small bottle of still water. The manager was as young as the waitress. A Greek girl in her mid-twenties, Mediterranean looking. She spoke very good English. She told me to go and get what I wanted to eat from the buffet and then she would tell me how much I would need to pay. Glancing with total disinterest at trays with moussaka, fried calamari, French fries, lamb chops, and spaghetti with meatballs, I put on my plate several slices of  tomato and cucumber, two staffed grape leaves, a small portion of tzatziki, and a piece of bread. I returned to my table, had a sip of white wine, and called the waitress to ask to bring back the manager.  She came right way, assessed my plate, and said gently: “Tonight you don’t need to pay for your food, just for the wine and the water. And tomorrow, we will see. “ August 10 Souvenir from the AICa Congress in Zurich. Photo ©Edward Rubin Efi, Brane, Anne-Calude and Marek August 7 Back from Greece July 15 Waiting in line to enter dOCUMENTA (13). Getting frustrated. My all senses already activated, including impatience, followed by anger. July 7 Programme


MONDAY 9 JULY 2012 – Commissions and Board Meeting


Morning Meetings of the Commissions
14.00 – 18.00 Board Meeting, University of Zurich, KOL F 172

TUESDAY 10 JULY 2012 – Congress, 1st day


Coordinators / moderators: Patrick Schaefer and Claudia Jolles

9.00 – 9.45 Registration : At the entry of the congress room, KOL F101
9.45 – 10.15 Official Opening
– Message of M. Francesco Bandarin, Sous-Directeur général pour la Culture de l’UNESCO, read by Marek Bartelik, President of AICA International – Marianne Burki, Pro Helvetia – Samuel Herzog, President AICA Switzerland
10.15 – 11.00 Keynote speaker: Richard Dyer (UK)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Speakers:
– Victoria Verlichak (Argentina) ¿Desde dónde escribo? – Chris Fite-Wassilak (USA) The English critic Stuart Morgan – Alessandra Simões (Brazil) Challenges for “day by day art critical”
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.30 Speakers:
– Pablo Sigg (Mexico): 3 casos críticos – Nomusa Makhubu (South Africa) ‘I Will Not Say Discourse’ – The Venom in Restless Text – Malene Vest Hansen (Denmark): Double Agent The question of the critic’s “accent” in relation to the art scene it is produced for – the framing of the text in local papers or art magazines with international scope. – Emil Sennewald (France): Do the limits of my language mean the limits of my world? Reprise d’une lettre concernant la critique d’art
17.00 Cultural programme
Tour to art in public space with the responsible for art in public space in Zurich, welcome reception

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2012 – Congress, 2nd day


Coordinators / moderators: Fiona Siegenthaler and Dora Imhof

9.30 – 10.15 Keynote Speaker: Kim Levin (USA) TALKING TRASH: BYPRODUCTS FROM THE DISPOSABLE CENTURY
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.45 Speakers:
– Varsha Nair (Thailand) Sketching lines – Rifky Effendy (Indonesia) A Response to the Text of Hello Globe – Aveek Sen (India) Talking of Michelangelo – Gao Shiming (China)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.30 Speakers:
– Ieva Astahovska (Latvia) Between Centers and Peripheries. Accents, Dialects and Different Voices Writing Art History(ies) – Eva Khachatryan (Armenia) Latest transformations of public space in Yerevan – Ahu Atmen (Turkey) The Indigestible Masterpiece – Aida Eltorie (Egypt) Working Title: The Salad of Provocation – Nadira Laggoune (Algeria) Ecrire sur l’art, écrire sur soi
17.00 Cultural programme
Visiting Kunsthaus Zürich: Bice Curiger will introduce in her exhibtion «Deftig Barock. Von Cattelan bis Zurbarán. Manifeste des prekär Vitalen»

THURSDAY 12 JULY 2012 – Congress, 3rd day


Coordinator / moderator: Linda Schädler

9.30 – 10.30 Speakers:
– Liam Kelly (Ireland) – Royce Smith (USA): The Evolution of Global Perspectives in the Age of the Contemporary Biennale
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Speakers:
– Catherine Hug (Switzerland): Artzine Renaissance in the Age of Internet and Social Web – Verena Kuni (Switzerland): MAKE ME LAUGH (SERIOUSLY!) Writing With An Accent : Humour
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.30 Intro-presentation to Documenta
13.30 – 16.00 Documenta 13 Round Table:
– Petra Kipphoff, Christian Saehrendt, Barbara Basting, DRS, Samuel Herzog, NZZ, Konrad Tobler, frei, Tages-Anzeiger, Swantje Karich, FaZ
16.00 – 16.30 Award Ceremony
17.00 Cultural programme
art in public spaces tour

FRIDAY 13 JULY 2012 – General Assembly


10.00 – 13.00 General Assembly: University of Zurich, KOL F 101
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Sylvie Mokhtari: Presentation: Archives de la critique d’art
14.30 – 16.00 General Assembly

SATURDAY 14 JULY 2012 – Post Congress


12.00 Train leaves from Zurich


July 5 Interview in Beautystreams experts-june2012-marek_261480 May 26 On Cuban national television: http://www.cubatv.cu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19641:inglaterra-y-cuba-nuevos-horizontes-en-las-artes&catid=18:culturales&Itemid=163May 25 Going Back to Rio de Janeiro: ABCA RIO 2012 – 28 a 29 de junho – FCRB PROGRAMAÇÃO 28/06/2012 Credenciamento 9h30 às 10h Mesa de Abertura Dr MAREK BARTELIK (AICA), Presidente da AICA Drª LISBETH REBOLLO (USP), Presidente da ABCA Drª ANGELA ANCORA DA LUZ (UFRJ), Vice-presidente da ABCA Dr CARLOS TERRA (UFRJ), Diretor da EBA/UFRJ Drª MARIA CRISTINA VOLPI (UFRJ), Coordenadora do PPGAV/EBA/UFRJ Sr WANDERLEY G. DOS SANTOS (FCRB), Presidente da FCRB Drª ANA PESSOA (FCRB), Diretora do Centro de Memória e Informação FCRB Ms JOSÉ NASCIMENTO JÚNIOR (IBRAM), Presidente do IBRAM 10h às 12h Conferência Internacional Dr MAREK BARTELIK (AICA) Mediadora – Drª Lisbeth Rebollo (USP) May 14 Back from Oxford, on my way to Havana: May 6 VolcanoPoster April 14 I have been thinking about it for quite a while: the poor and the rich, 99% and 1%. The ratio is perverse, because it produces an unclear cut between “them” and “us.” The question “who are “we”? is complicated. Take the example of traveling on a plane today. There is “first class” and “business class” (I have tried it number of times by now) for the 1% and there is the so-called “economy class” for 99%. The difference is in service (not just in larger seats and better meals).  It is HUGE. The majority of flight attendants serving the economy (themselves members of the 99% club) are simply rude, treating passengers like cattle. It is the most evident on the flights operated by the US carriers, and MUCH less for airlines like the Turkish one.  (Let’s have a discussion who is “underdeveloped.”) This is a perfect example of how that large portion of the 99% club, which always “votes” against their own interests, takes frustrations on the fellow ones, rather than the 1% they still hope to be…  I am thinking about it getting ready (emotionally) for a crazy travel season this summer. April 4 Before political correctness, there was Artur Szyk (1894-1951): April 3 Last night at the Asia Society: March 30 Tonight at the Carnegie Hall: On March 30, iconoclastic composer and artist Meredith Monk joins host Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Symphony for the New York premiere of her Realm Variations, a piece that features voice and piccolo. March 26 Panel in Paris: Daniel Buren, Orlan, Genevieve Breerette March 25 My blog has been restored to the March 8th version! March 24 U. S. ART CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AICA-USA) ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS ——————————————————————————————————————————- The awards ceremony, which has been held annually for more than 25 years, will take place at the Asia Society in New York on April 2 2012 at 6 PM. Awards will be presented by a group of distinguished artists and curators. Artist Michael Smith will serve as emcee for the evening. Museum curators, artists and critics from around the country are expected to attend. A select number of seats will be available to the public. Members of the public may contact aicausaprogram@gmail.com for more information about attending the event. The breaking news have been announced on Arts Beat published on line by the New York Times. ——————————————————————————————————————————– MARCH 15, 2012 — NEW YORK: The US section of the International Association of Art Critics/AICA-USA announces its annual awards to honor artists, curators, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in recognition of excellence in the conception and realization of exhibitions. The winning projects were nominated and voted on by the 400 active members to honor outstanding exhibitions of the previous season (June 2010-June 2011). The 24 winners of first and second places in twelve categories, selected from over one hundred finalists, include exhibitions focusing on contemporary artistsChristian Marclay, Sarah Sze and Al Weiwei, the 20th century artists Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay, Kurt Schwitters, and Paul Thek, as well as thematic exhibitions dealing with history of drawing through the twentieth century, contemporary Japanese art, and Fluxus. 
Awards will be presented by Lowery Sims, Peter Plagens, and Sanford Biggers. This year’s Nominating Committee included art critics: Eleanor Heartney (Chair), Marek Bartelik (AICA-USA President), Rebecca Cochran, Peter Frank, Francine Miller, and Susan Snodgrass.
 Sponsored by ISSEY MIYAKE USA Corp. _____________________________________________________________________________   The Association is pleased to announce the following winners of its 2011 AICA Awards BEST PROJECT IN A PUBLIC SPACE Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), The High Line, New York, NY (June 8, 2011 – June 2012), Curator: Lauren Ross Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Pulitzer Fountain, Grand Army Plaza, New York, NY (May 2 – July 15, 2011); Project Organizer: Larry Warsh/AW Asia BEST SHOW IN A NON-PROFIT GALLERY OR SPACE Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, Japan Society, New York, NY (March 18 – June 12, 2011); Curator: David Elliott Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (January 23 – March 28, 2011); Curator: Helaine Posner BEST SHOW IN A UNIVERSITY GALLERY Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (April 16 – August 7, 2011); Curator: Jacquelynn Baas Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (September 9 – December 12, 2010); Curators: Chris Scoates and Elizabeth Anne Hanson BEST ARCHITECTURE OR DESIGN SHOW Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (May 4 – August 7, 2011); Curators: Andrew Bolton with the support of Harold Koda Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY (March 18 – June 19, 2011); Curators: Susan Brown and Matilda McQuaid BEST SHOW INVOLVING DIGITAL MEDIA, VIDEO, FILM OR PERFORMANCE Stan VanDerBeek: The Cultural Intercom, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX (February 4 – April 3, 2011 and May 14 – July 10, 2011); Curators: Bill Arning and João Ribas Yael Bartana: A Declaration, “Conversations at the Edge” at theGene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (March 10, 2011); Project Organizers: Andrea Green and Amy Beste BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY IN NEW YORK Christian Marclay, The Clock, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (January 21 – February 19, 2011); Producer: Paula Cooper Gallery Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’Amour Fou, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (April 14 – July 15, 2011); Curators: John Richardson and Diana Widmaier Picasso BEST SHOW IN A COMMERCIAL GALLERY NATIONALLY Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL (April 30 – July 11, 2011); Curators: Kavi Gupta, Julia Fischbach, Peter Skvara, and Theodore Boggs Lari Pittman: New Paintings and Orangerie, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (September 11 – October 23, 2010); Curators: Lari Pittman and Shaun Caley Regen BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK Paul Thek: Diver, a Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 31, 2010 – January 9, 2011 and February 5 – May 1, 2011); Curators: Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (March 10 – June 5, 2011); Curator: Scott Rothkopf BEST MONOGRAPHIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, Dia Art Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (June 25 – October 31, 2011); Curator: Lynne Cooke Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (October 22, 2010 – January 30, 2011); Curators: Isabel Schulz and Josef Helfenstein BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW IN NEW YORK On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York, NY (November 21 – February 7, 2011); Curators: Connie Butler and Catherine de Zegher Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (October 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011); Curators: Kenneth E. Silver, assisted by Helen Hsu, and Vivien Greene as curatorial advisor BEST THEMATIC MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (October 20, 2010 – February 13, 2011); Curators: David C. Ward and Jonathan D. Katz The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (January 15 – April 3, 2011); Curators: Helaine Posner and Nancy Princenthal BEST HISTORICAL MUSEUM SHOW NATIONALLY The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, Musée Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, France, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (May 21 – September 6, 2011, October 5, 2011 – January 22, 2012, and February 28 – June 3, 2012); Curators: Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1738: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism, Neue Galerie, New York, NY (September 16, 2010 – January 10, 2011); Curator:  Guilhem Scherf March 8

An interesting debate about our panel this evening. http://traverses.blogs.liberation.fr/yves_michaud/2012/03/quand-le-critique-prend-la-place-de-lartiste.html

March 2 It is not a great translation, but this is to say: I love this song (for more check out my upcoming book “Gentle rain”):

Vladimir Visotsky “Capricious Horses”:

Along the edge of the cliff, over precipice I hurry my horses, I rush them ahead. I need more air, I drink wind and swallow fog; With ominous delight, I feel Im vanishing Slow down, slow down a bit, my horses, Dont listen to the snaps of lash! But my horses are so capricious, I didnt finish living, I cannot finish the song. I will get them water, I will finish my song, And will stay another moment on the edge. I will perish, and hurricane will blow me away, like a flake; My sledge will dash ahead in the morning snow. Please ease your pace, my horses, Extend my journey to the last refuge. Slow down, slow down a bit, my horses, Let lash and knout not be your rulers! But my horses are so capricious, I didnt finish living, I cannot finish the song I will get them water, I will finish my song, And will stay another moment on the edge. We are on time paying visit to God, no one is late. But what are those angels singing there, in such mean voices? Or is this the harness bell, just crying and crying? Or is this me, yelling at my horses to slow them down? Slow down, slow down a bit, my horses, I beg you not to dart ahead! But my horses are so capricious, If I didnt finish living, can I at least finish the song? I will get them water, I will finish my song, And will stay another moment on the edge.

March 1 The 2012 Whitney Biennial looks like a giant installation, highly chaotic and inconsistent, which is  nothing new, once again reflecting an ongoing trend among the curators to use art as a statement to illustrate their ideas, rather than featuring artworks in a traditional group show, where they are carefully arranged to showcase their individuality and, at the same time, to relate to each other. The statement made this year is: don’t make any art that looks aesthetically pleasing–beauty is out, who can agree what beauty stands for. Don’t craft” your work, make it look shabby, but deliberately shabby. Boring art is good, because it does not deal with passion, which seems to be out of fashion (it rhymes). As always, there are few exceptions: Eric Gober’s curatorial project and Joanna Malinowska’s video, the latter one quite easy to miss in the labyrinthian arragnegemt of the show. The Visual chaos reflects the mental chaos in a spectacular fashion. February 22: Thinking about Brasilia: February 19 I have been thinking about the “old, good times” and came across this relic: February 13

“Facing the Artist: Art Critics Respond to Artists” – 9 March 2012, Paris (France)
This panel inaugurates a series of discussions between artists and art critics. It reverses the typical dynamics of an art interview in which critics pose questions to artists. Asking artists to interview critics helps illuminate the work relationship between the two parties involved, empowering the artist to comment on how his/her practice has been interpreted by others. It also allows a critical text to be seen as a work in progress, rather than as a finished work. The panel might also serve as a forum for a discussion on contemporary art that involves artists who are actively engaged in producing their own critical writings.
With participation of Daniel Buren, Dora Garcia, Niilofur Farrukh, Brane Kovic and Daphné Le Sergent. Discussion moderated by Marek Bartelik.
This panel is organized by AICA International and AICA France.
Place: Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, 14 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
Date: Friday 9 March 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Information about each participant -
Daniel Buren is a French artist, who theorizes his work “in situ” for more than 40 years. He has been selected for the 5th edition of Monumenta in Grand Palais (Paris) from 10 May to 21 June 2012. -
Dora Garcia is a Spanish artist, who represented Spain in the last Venice Biennale. She will take part in the 13th edition of Documenta in June 2012 and her next solo exhibition will start at Gallery Michel Rein (Paris) on 9 March 2012. -
Marek Bartelik is a New York-based art critic and art historian, who has been visiting professor at The History, Theory, and criticism of Architecture and Art program of MIT. He is a regular contributor to Artforum International. He is currently the President of AICA International. -
Niilofur Farrukh is the editor and co-founder of NuktaArt, a magazine based in Karachi (Pakistan). She is the president of AICA-Pakistan and vice-president AICA International. -
Brane Kovic is a freelance art critic and curator, based in Ljubljana. He regularly writes reviews for newspapers and magazines in Slovenia and in Europe. He is the General Secretary of AICA International. -
Daphné Le Sergent is an art critic (member of AICA-France), curator, photograph artist and lecturer at University Paris 8, department of Visual arts. In 2009, she has published L’image charnière ou le récit d’un regard (Paris, éditions de l’Harmattan).

February 1 If you really want to understand what’s wrong about this country, you need to hear Bill  Maher telling his audience that he does not see anything wrong with the American soldiers peeing on the corpses of the dead Taliban insurgents. January 25 Happy Birthdy Allochka: January 19 The secret logic of exhibiting art around the world: Taryn Simons’ (represented by Gogosian Gallary) exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow January 10Sacred Heart University:

VOICES IN THE STREETS

View online image gallery of Voices in the Streets

Voices in the Streets
January 22 – March 1, 2012
Polish Posters from the Collection of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York; Curated by Marek Bartelik

Opening Reception:Sunday, January 22, 1 – 3:30 PM; Jazz by Carol Sudhalter Duo; Curator’s Talk at 3:30 PM

Through the images in these thirty-nine posters, we are fortunate to gain insight into the visuals that accompanied Polish street life in the 1970s and 80s.   During this time these posters functioned as town criers as well as art works, informing the public about cultural events. They allowed artists an opportunity to express themselves in ways that were not as restrictive as the arts under Communism traditionally were. They flew under the radar. And did they fly!
Artists did not restrict themselves to what we might think of in the West as typical commercial advertising. Often more typical of painterly, expressive compositions than graphic art, these works redefined the poster.
Many of these powerful images—advertising films, plays, art exhibitions, musical performances and more—were created for a public that was walking through the city and played a huge part in energizing the streets­.
~Sophia Gevas, Director

A Phantasmagoric Polish Poster
by Marek Bartelik
The popularity of Polish poster art, which began in the 1950s and reached its peak in the 1970s, is a success story for a country that struggled to make its mark on the international art scene prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. After the emergence of the so-called “Polish School of Poster” in the 1950s, exhibitions organized around the world turned several local artists who specialized in poster design (in fact they blurred the boundaries between being an artist and a designer) into instant celebrities, before younger artists redefined the meaning of “art celebrity” by provoking controversies with their works in the 1990s. Scholars and critics have scrutinized the achievements of the Polish School in numerous publications in a celebratory manner, creating a myth that presented those artists as local stars who managed to beat all kinds of odds, political and economic included, and developed a highly unique Polish style in art.
With the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Polish School of Poster collapsed as well, turning its artistic production into an instant relic associated with unpopular political past. In fact, with the rapid development of new political and economic systems the old artistic culture associated with street art (poster making included) vanished practically overnight. With the emergence of new forms of communication, such as the Internet and digital social media, posters lost their special appeal to advertisers. Furthermore, globalization contributed to the uniformity of poster design, making most of the works produced in Poland look formulaic, many of them like ersatz versions of the works from the past.
As has been already extensively documented, due to the exceptional accomplishments of a small group of charismatic artists that included Tadeusz Gronowski, Eryk Lipiński, Henryk Tomaszewski and Tadeusz Trepkowski, poster art gained a prominent position among artistic expressions in Poland under Communism, despite the challenge to it from artists who aspired to embrace high values in art and opposed traditional representation associated with posters. For those opponents, the poster was neither too political nor political enough. In reality, because of its status as“street art,” posters did not have to communicate covert political messages to be considered “political” by the Polish authorities or public; using such a loophole, many of the best poster artists employed their talents to celebrate, above all, local and international culture and the arts. The medium was the message. This resulted in a peculiar transformation of the Polish School of Poster: instead of becoming more medium-specific as modern dogma demanded, it became increasingly painterly. With the widespread popularity of Pop Art, formal and technical distinctions between painting, prints and graphic design became programmatically blurred. As Polish posters increasingly resembled paintings inscribed with a text, poster art becamea hybrid “metalanguage” in its own right.
The works in this show display the visual modality of the Polish School of Poster: hand-painted graphic forms, suggestive rather than descriptive, harmonized with succinct typography, and executed in bold, vivid colors. They are whimsical and fantastic, but can also be gloomy and disturbing. The first wave of poster designers, which emerged after World War II, often championed a humorous yet “aristocratic” asceticism of form and total synchronization of images and typography. To that language, subsequent artists added the more “plebeian,” cartoon-like, and collaged simplicity and flatness associated with Pop and folk art. Many Polish poster artists played with the verbal-visual conflation in an iconic fashion, which is a staple of the School.
In fact, the importance of humor in Polish posters should be stressed here, for both the censors (prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, all posters had to be approved by the censors before they could be printed) and the artists were aware of the Polish public’s ability to read between the lines. Humor – deliberate or unintended – often played a decisive role in determining the popularity of a film or play. But, more importantly for most Poles, the double-speak often conveyed in posters had a broader significance: It was a form of quiet dissent through laughter.
In the end, it was the poetic aspect of posters produced in Poland in the 1970s that took a specific visual representation beyond the temporal realities associated with an oppressive ideology and a given mobility of the street audience and brought it to the realm of unifying discourse with a universal appeal. Historically, communication with strong poetic components protected Polish culture in the country under occupation, and foreign domination, which lasted from the early 19th century until the late 1980s. Poetic speech personalized Pole’s experience, while assuring them that they shared a language despite their political differences. Thus they embraced the role of imagination, with its own pattern of logic and temporal links which, in fact, poster art helped foster and externalize in the otherwise rather gray reality of the Polish streets and the boredom it produced, without succumbing to pure escapism.
Dr. Marek Bartelik teaches history of art criticism at MIT. He is the current President of AICA-USA and AICA International (an association of art critics with over 5,000 members in 64 countries). His new book Gentle Rain: Journal of an Art Critic is scheduled to be published in late 2012.

THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE NEW YORK in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents BELARUS: ART DURING DICTATORSHIP A Panel Discussion January 29, 2012, 4:00 pm Austrian Cultural Forum New York    New York, January 5, 2012 – The Polish Cultural Institute New York and Austrian Cultural Forum New York are proud to present ART DURING DICTATORSHIP – a panel of artists, curators, critics and activists who will discuss the recent developments in contemporary Belarusian art that have emerged in response to political and economic turmoil, state-initiated mass repression and abuse of human rights. The discussion will focus on artists’ courageous positions and contributions to the popular protest movements in Belarus against the dictatorial regime of President Lukashenko, and on the possibilities for individual artists and for communities of artists to act under state repression. The panel is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sound of Silence: Art During Dictatorship at EFA Project Space (www.efanyc.org). The panel participants are: Nelly Bekus, philosopher and cultural critic, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. Born in Belarus, based in Poland, she holds a PhD in Sociology. She is the author of numerous publications on Belarusian identity, and on media, culture and politics in Belarus and abroad, among them the book The Struggle over Identity. The Official and the Alternative Belarusianness (CEU Press, 2010). Sergey Shabohin, artist, editor-in-chief of the portal of contemporary Belarusian art Art Aktivist (www.artaktivist.org). Born and based in Minsk, Belarus, he is currently a curator at Minsk Gallery “Ў”. His works will be presented in the exhibitionSound of Silence: Art During Dictatorship. Tatsiana Kulakevich, co-founder of the Belarusian-American Youth Association, which works on democracy and human rights in Belarus. Born in Belarus and currently based in the US, she holds an M.A. in Political Studies from New YorkUniversity. She has worked for Amnesty International USA in New York and has conducted research as part of the Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences. Olga Kopenkina, curator and art critic. Born in Belarus and based in the US, she holds an M.A. in curatorial studies fromBard College. She has curated numerous shows in Belarus, Russia and the US and has published in such periodicals asMoscow Art MagazineManifesta JournalModern Painters, and Afterimage, as well as in exhibition catalogues and books. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. She is the curator of the exhibition Sounds of Silence: Art During Dictatorship. The discussion will be moderated by Marek Bartelik, art historian and critic, President of AICA International. Prof. Bartelik holds a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He teaches history of art criticism at MIT . He has also taught art history at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York  and Yale. He has published numerous books and articles, among them The Sculpture of Ursula von Rydingsvard (co-authored with Dore Ashton and Matti Megged; Hudson Hills Press, 1996); To Invent a Garden: The Life and Art of Adja Yunkers (Hudson Hills Press, 2000) and Early Polish Modern Art: Unity in Multiplicity(Manchester University Press, 2005) Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. January 9

Photo Gabriela Morawetz

January 6 New Year’s Eve 2011. Photo Bogdan Konopka January 2 El día en que alguien querido muere nos sentimos sin palabras. Pero, el silencio absoluto es imposible, entonces hablamos, con la esperanza que las palabras contengan nuestro dolor, o al menos, que nos permita compartirlo con otros. Haydée Venegas nos dejó el 31 de diciembre de 2011. Con su muerte perdimos una colega, una amiga, una crítica de arte, una educadora, y un ser humano precioso. Por muchos años, Haydée fue un miembro clave de AICA: Tesorera de AICA Puerto Rico y Vice-Presidente de AICA Internacional y recientemente, Tesorera de AICA. Como Tesorera, continuó involucrada en nuestras actividades diarias hasta el último momento de su vida. Nosotros, los que viajamos a nuestro último Congreso en Asunción, Paraguay, la recordaremos vívidamente desde allí, ya que, a pesar de estar ya muy enferma, Haydée iluminaba cada día con su increíble optimismo y su gran sentido del humor. Nada equipara la generosidad de una sonrisa de una persona encarando la mortalidad. Nuestras profundas condolencias a la familia de Haydée, sus amigos y colegas en Puerto Rico. Hoy, nosotros, todos los miembros de AICA, lamentamos su muerte con profunda tristeza. AICA llevará a cabo un breve memorial para Haydée durante nuestra Reunión Administrativa en marzo. A continuación hemos publicado e-mails, recibidos por AICA durante los últimos días de algunos de nuestros miembros que conocieron a Haydée muy bien y que la admiraron mucho. La vamos a extrañar. Marek Bartelik, Presidente de AICA Internacional

December 28 Our future? December 21

Coming in January Voices in the Streets: Polish Posters  from the Collection of the Cooper Union  for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York Curated by Marek Bartelik 

Henryk Tomaszewski,
Theare Poster for “Witold Gombrowicz “Historia” (Witold Gombrowicz “History”) in Warsaw, 1983 Henryk Tomaszewski

December 20: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zz9vdpA3U December 18, Two people died yesterday. December 17from art territory.com

The Free Hunter of Meanings

Interview by Sergej Timofejev 15/12/2011 Marek Bartelik PhD is the President of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). During the Art and Reality forum, arterritory.com took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his road to a career in art criticism from… his previous job in civil engineering, as well as his preferences in contemporary art, Marek Bartelik’s distinctive approach to selecting the subjects of his art critiques and his thoughts on where the Rembrandts and Cézannes of our time are hiding. There is usually a system to the way in which people tend to set about building a career in the arts: they attend some sort of classes, art circles, then move on to professional training and complete their studies while still in their twenties. As far as I know, things were a bit different in your case… Yes, I first spent two years at École des Beaux Arts in Paris and then went back to theUSA. I wanted to choose something quite specific and practical and decided that civil engineering was just the thing for me. I graduated formColumbiaUniversityand worked for some three or four years worked at a company that dealt with bridge construction. At some point I realised that it was over. It was around the time that I had a very intriguing conversation with this artist I interviewed inParis. He was 92, I was 30. He asked me how old I was. I told him and expected to hear that I was still very young or something along those lines. What he said, however, was: ‘Well… It’s time for you to focus on things you really want to do with your life.’ I went back toNew Yorkand, after another couple of months on the job, quit. And the whole of my previous life collapsed. And I started doing what I really wanted to do. It was by no means easy. Getting a PhD is way more complicated in theUSAthan it is inEurope; first you have to complete a multitude of courses in a number of disciplines. It took me some ten years or so. And yet this turnabout was probably the best thing I had done in my whole life. During my study years, I was asked by Art Forum to write a piece, which made me feel that I was no longer just a student – I was also already a professional. And yet my technical education was also not wasted on me: it taught me to discipline and focus my thinking; I also had acquired a taste for logics… I do think that, in some occupations, a second professional training may be quite important. It allows one to mix and combine certain skills. It is probably the same old left hemisphere – right hemisphere thing. In my life, it really does work. On the other hand, I am perfectly aware that I would never, ever go back to engineering… Because you are not likely to get to apply your art critic skills? Or, more likely, because I was too fascinated with design, the appearance of things while I was working in civil engineering. So now you are teaching and writing for art publications? Yes. I have been writing for Art Forum for over twenty years now, and it is a fantastic magazine. I love it that they let me write the way I like and on subjects I like. Which is the reason why I only write art reviews when I am travelling. I go someplace – toSaint Petersburg, for instance – visit art shows and look for something interesting to write about. Like a free hunter? Quite. It is, in a way, an adventure. I love it that I do not have a preconception of what I have to see. I just walk around and look at things. And if I happen to write an article on someone who has not been covered by Art Forum as yet, an artist from Riga, say – all the better. For instance, I recently did a piece on a young female artist from South Korea; it was only her first or maybe second solo exhibition. It is a nomad way of doing my job. And I love it that I am free not to belong to a single place, a single scene; it makes it possible for me to escape the status quo of the system: I am constantly on the move. When in theUSA, I only write articles on the history of art criticism; I write and publish books and yet I never review American art shows. >> There was this opinion voiced today at the forum that an art critic cannot maintain a friendly relationship with the artists he reviews… I don’t agree with that. I know many artists who, apart from creating interesting art, are also essentially very interesting people. They are not in the slightest interested in perpetual adulation; what they are interested in is dialogue. Anyway, I am not particularly aggressive in my critique; a conversation between two friends can sometimes be quite intense as long as it is based on mutual understanding. For me it is a privilege to write about someone whom I know; after all, I believe in this person. And everybody has their ups and downs. Take Robert Rauschenberg – he is an outstanding artist and yet sometimes he is brilliant and sometimes terrible. Jasper Johns, on the other hand, was always the same, and I find him somewhat boring. That is why I prefer Rauschenberg. He varies, and that is what makes him more human. Anyway, we all benefit from being reminded once in a while that we are actually not something mega-special. Who are your favourites in this century? I just completed an extensive essay on Cai Guo-Qiang who works with gunpowder and explosions. I went to see him work in Donetsk, in Ukraine. That was a fantastic project they did there in an abandoned mine. What he did there was engage in a kind of dialogue with socialist realism. He asked a number of local artists working in the traditional manner create portraits of miners. And then he transformed these pictures into his gunpowder images. The result was an installation in a huge industrial setting; as you enter, you see these portraits of ‘blown-up miners’… It is for this dialogue with traditional art that I like his works. Cai Guo-Qiang was born inChina, and he knows the value of both tradition and avant-garde. If you take away the ideology, socialist realism can be a pretty noteworthy art. It may not suit everyone’s taste; however, it is an interesting way of looking at things. There are lots of camouflaged, hidden things in socialist realism. Gender themes, the dynamics of these kinds of subjects are also represented in socialist realism quite significantly. Cai Guo-Qiang is exactly the type of artist with whom I would love to sustain a perpetual dialogue. One of my fellow lecturers at the college where I teach is the Lebanese-born Walid Raad. He completely won me over with a video of his. It is a story of a spy in Beirut, an agent whose job is spying on people walking on the famous promenade along the seashore, a nice place for an evening walk. You see everything through the eyes of the spy, all those different people walking by. The spy, however, is a bit of a softie; he has this weakness for sunsets. And every time he sees a sunset, the camera moves from people (‘subjects’) to the sun that is going down. That is an excellent piece: poetic, definitely not silly and not too long, as so often is the case with videos. There is a brilliant exhibition by Willem de Kooning running currently back home. There has been quite a discussion going on regarding his final pieces: did he or didn’t he paint them himself. He had Alzheimer’s, and there is this possibility that someone else was physically moving his hand during the actual painting. The works are very different from the stuff he did earlier. Now, there is an interesting subject: what do you actually use to create art? Is it your hand or your brain, or perhaps both? In this case, someone else was guiding his hand. So do these paintings actually belong to him? In my personal opinion, yes, they do. >> What is happening with the discourse of art criticism? Has it changed significantly since you first started writing? Yes, things have changed. Critics now have to react, respond to events so much faster than they used to. And there are fewer periodicals to publish your articles. There is only one art critic among the staff of the New York Times Newspaper; the rest are freelancers. And that’s the largest of our newspapers. Magazines also do not employ art critics. Since the emergence of blogging, many critics have been writing art blogs; however, as they would tell you, they have no idea how long they will be able to afford doing that: they have to do something else to earn their living. Also, due to this need for instant responding, so typical for the internet, paradoxical situations tend to arise. An art blogger confessed to me that he was scared of someone else writing a piece on the same subject and publishing it first. Can you imagine that? And if you are scared of that, you end up living in fear: there will always be a chance of someone being quicker than you. This anxiety – it is probably not just typical for art critics today; it is in the air. And the surest way of self-assertion today is to come up with new keywords, new terms that fit a problem or describe some sort of new art fact, and everybody else will start repeating it after you. And then you become famous. I recall the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and I think that, with his slow and melancholy style of writing, he probably would not have become famous in our time. His verses are completely devoid of any urgency of communication; all communication takes place on a completely different level there. And I think that this sort of opposition to this ‘urgency of account’ makes sense. On the other hand, I have noticed a new trend of critics starting to write their texts like fiction, introducing elements of inventions, sometimes even a proper storyline. You can make up a whole personal art universe; you can write your critique as a story. My new book features a chapter on an imaginary artist although the rest of the characters are quite real. You mentioned during the discussion that you sometimes use a similar approach in teaching when you are telling your students about art… Yes, and sometimes I worry that I may be ‘mixing up their coordinates’ too much. I do think, however, that they should always be given an opportunity to make up their own mind. How do you do it? You want me to give you an example? Well, for example, there was this class when I showed my students a drawing of an elephant by Rembrandt, having first clipped it so that it did not include the animal’s tail. I said to them: ‘Look at the brilliant way Rembrandt was working. To show the elephant’s giant size, he cut off the tail in his picture.’ And later someone googled the drawing and found out that the tail was actually still there. Of course, I don’t do this sort of thing very often. However, I do think that these little catches for imagination, for critical evaluation of the ingested information are really necessary. What it also shows is that art can become a sort of separate reality. We are attending a conference on art and reality here. Yes, they do have occasional points of intersection. And yet they exist separately. And I am teaching my students art, I am not teaching them reality. Of course, education is not a copy/paste of things said by the teacher. You have to process them and check if they are actually true. It also has to do with feelings, not only with the brain, as well as with the fact that teaching is passing on not only knowledge but also the understanding that this knowledge alone is not enough, that there is this space of search which we enter together. Of course, I may be more experienced in this, having been around for a longer time. And yet we have to discover things together. When we start teaching, we forget that the most memorable moments have actually always been about things not going quite right. The professors I personally liked best as a student were the ones notable for a certain eccentricity of behaviour: they could do bizarre or even silly things. And it is they who I remember, not the ones who were paragons of perfection. >> Quite a few negative things have been said here, at the conference, as to the ability contemporary art to interact with reality, describe it in its own language. All these endless installations and video screens that do not make any sense unless you read a page of the curator’s explanations first… What do you think of that? Yes, contemporary art can sometimes be somewhat dry or, rather, somewhat empty. It is very much sensation-orientated, built according to the principle of ‘fast delivery’. It only has to be packaged in the right way to become a reality, to become ‘art’. There is another trend, however, which turns to, I would say, spirituality. It may also be quite dangerous as the whole thing can knock against religiosity. There are quite a few artists going that way in search of the fourth dimension referred to by Malevich in his time. As for video, it is a relatively easy medium – easy to distribute. You can send your DVD wherever you want while an installation, sculpture or painting takes some physical exertion to be transported. I sometimes find it hard to keep my attention focused on a video if the piece is nor very well structured. If it happens to be a simple story someone wants to tell me, I’d rather watch some news or a good movie perhaps. I don’t need to visit an art gallery for that. The new media actually demand an incredibly deep level of understanding what you are doing, and artists often do not think about that: to them, it is the easy way. It is the same with installations. It looks easy, and yet it is incredibly hard to create a really good installation. I don’t think that contemporary art is, say, ‘colder’ than it used to be. The thing is, there is so much of it produced that it is quite hard to figure it out what really is going on or what is the point of it all. In all, I would say that we are currently living in an age of mannerism. People are not making real breakthroughs, they are busy ‘crossbreeding’, hybridising stuff. That will, of course, change. Hard to say in which direction the whole thing will go, though. And, by the way, that is yet another reason why I am teaching: I want to see what my students are doing. This way, I am also learning – from them. I have no intention to tell them what to do. On the other hand, it is simply necessary to be famous today, even in art criticism. If you are not very famous, no-one will ever read your texts, people are not that curious. And therefore, unless you are famous, there is a very little chance of you being heard, getting noticed. And yet we constantly hear voices asking where the Rembrandts and Cézannes of our time are… Yes, Rembrandt and Cézanne worked very hard and long to become the artists they were. Today, there is an incredible pressure on young artists; the very situation they find themselves in demands that they strive for ‘success’, and it does paralyse them to an extent. They stop growing and don’t develop into the Cézannes and Rembrandts of their time. Admittedly, young artists today use a much more diverse visual language, and yet it takes the same intense focusing on their profession it did in those times. They need space to grow in. The very paradigm of the way the artist operates in the society has changed. Of course, it is easy to judge for us. And yet I cannot predict which of the contemporary artists will still be remembered thirty years from now, who will be considered key figures. As far as I am concerned, I hope it’s not Jeff Koons or someone like him. Now, that would be a pretty sad testimony of our time, of who we were. >> In Latvia, there was a huge explosion of interest in the new media from the mid-1990s onward.  It seems to me now that the focus has somewhat shifted to painting, for example, to moderately sized pictures influenced by naïve art… Are there similar trends in the USA? It makes sense to look for parallels in history. While the 1970s were the age of conceptual art, the 1980s were marked by the return of painting. And when people started to analyse how that had come about, they arrived at the conclusion that in many cases the changes could be traced to art galleries which had long since realised that they could not sell conceptual art: the pieces were insufficiently material and compact, they looked too esoteric. And the galleries said: ‘It is time to go back to painting!’ And then neo-expressionism emerged, and so on. To a considerable extent, the whole thing was staged. Perhaps it would be wise to try and figure out how much of it is actually a natural development and to what extent it is a a market-imposed strategy that influences young artists who follow its lead. Because everyone is informed that ‘there are similar trends in art galleries everywhere’… I would put a question mark there. Perhaps the problem is that art had become too political or esoteric and insufficiently ‘materialised’. I don’t see a potential of escape in painting. It is nothing more than one of a number of currently existing parallel forms of expression. Although it is, of course, easier to separate the good from the bad in painting. I think it also has to do with the subject of questions and answers. Contemporary art as we know it – installations, video, performances – is more about asking questions, topical questions at that. The audience, however, experiences a deficiency of answers. Perhaps painting is more like an answer. Yes, perhaps it is a return to the original impulse, to a more personal kind of art. When an artist is painting in a studio, he exists in a world of his own. And it is a more sensual kind of art. For instance, the sense of smell is involved in it. The Greeks said that art had to smell. If you take a piece of marble and start to work with it, the stone does release a smell. The difference between American and European art lies, among other things, in its attitude toward smells. In Europe it is quite acceptable. In America, we think that there should be no smell. It is the same with cheese: we eat the same cheeses, except they are pasteurised: they must not smell. People are afraid of anything with a smell. In Europe, on the other hand, art sometimes still has a smell, and that’s a good thing… As for predictions and theorising, I prefer to see first and then respond to it, having processed the impressions. In the 1980s, the famous American art critic and curator Barbara Rose mounted an excellent exhibition titled ‘Painting in the 1980s’; it also toured throughout Europe. And then, in the late 1980s, she put on another show, this one under the title of ‘Painting in the 1990s’. Now, that was a complete fiasco. All the artists and works she thought would play a major part in the 1990s faded from significance during the actual decade. And I wouldn’t like to find myself in a similar role of the failed predictor. It is like a relationship: you are dying to know how things are going to work out. But it’s impossible to tell someone: be this kind of person, and then I will like you. The same thing with art… The final question: how did you become the President of the International Association of Art Critics? That’s a good question. I don’t really know. I spent the greatest part of my life trying to be a very private person and avoid getting seriously involved in organisations of any kind. And then at some point I realised that if I wanted to do something in this area, it had to be then. Because ten years from now, I won’t feel like doing that kind of work; I will probably be more inclined to focus on my poetry, etc. I attended a number of international conferences as a representative of our chapter of AICA. And we talked. And I felt that people seem to like my ideas. I was elected in October 2011 at the AICA congress in Asunción, Paraguay. It is both a great honour and a huge challenge for me. My life is changing once again, like it did when I was 30. I am 55 now, and that’s great – it is the beginning of a new adventure. December 7, My new life… December 7, Visiting the Arab Museum of Art in Doha. December 6 Cai Guo-Qiang in Doha: November 27, Back from St. Petersburg: November 19

TAKEN IN BY A URINAL

Film director and producer Andrei Konchalovsky shares his views on art criticism ahead of an annual art forum.By Olga Panova The St. Petersburg Times Published: November 9, 2011 (Issue # 1682)

FOR SPT Film director Andrei Konchalovsky is the curator of this year’s forum.

It’s difficult nowadays to find a good art critic with an original point of view, according to film director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky, organizer and curator of the Art & Reality Annual International Forum. On the eve of this year’s forum, which takes place in St. Petersburg from Nov. 25 to 27 and focuses on the topic of art criticism, Konchalovsky talked to The St. Petersburg Times about the modern art critic, conforming and the fate of Russian art. Why was St. Petersburg chosen as the location for the forum? Petersburg is the European capital of Russia. St. Petersburg is in every way the “window to the west,” and it is intellectual. The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library kindly offered to host the event as it was specially created for this type of intellectual meeting. Why now, in 2011, is it so important to draw the public’s attention to the problems of contemporary art and the figure of the art critic in particular? When we think about art critics, it is necessary to notice that they are becoming more and more uniform. Bright names are vanishing. Critics with independent, self-sufficient, maybe even controversial but interesting points of view on art are very rare. Some years ago, 200 art critics were asked to name an outstanding work of contemporary fine art. The number one choice was … Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” [a urinal]. I believe that half of these critics inwardly, secretly don’t agree that the most outstanding product of the 20th century is a urinal! I consider it a shame to give in to the conformist herd instinct, a dictatorship of political correctness, a fear of going against the grain and looking unmodern. It seems they know what Duchamp wrote in 1962: “I have thrown a urinal in their faces and now they admire its aesthetic perfection.” That is frank recognition that the young Duchamp wasn’t trying to express his representation of beauty and its comprehension, he simply wanted to spit in the face of critics and viewers, which was necessary in order to shock them. To tell the truth, shame on them, or rather, maybe they should be pitied. What do you think the participants of future forums are going to be like? People who have something to say, who are capable of expressing their point of view on modern art, on the condition of the relationship between critics and modern art… Also those who have nothing to add, but want to learn and listen, because for them the forum is no less important than for the ones who are going to speak. What is your vision and image of the contemporary art critic? It doesn’t seem to me that a modern art critic should differ from an “unmodern” art critic. Just as they did a hundred years ago, they should sincerely try to understand the artist, the creator, instead of paying attention to what is fashionable at the moment. Unfortunately, the majority of critics today try to outdo each other with their knowledge [of art] instead of simply trying to explain and understand the artist in a humanistic way. If they don’t understand it, it’s better to say, “I do not understand,” than to write an infinite number of pages of intellectual masturbation about this modern conceptual “masterpiece.” What perspectives and new opportunities will the forum offer young participants? It will enable them to think a bit more about the fate of European and Russian fine art in particular — where it’s going and if it’s possible to estimate the losses already incurred. Of what interest is the forum to professionals in the art market? I don’t know, I am not a professional. I am just a thinking person. Is the forum dedicated to international development trends in the art market, or is it mainly focused on trends in Russia? What are its main features and problems? I don’t know. I am not an art dealer. I only know one thing: The trend that can be labeled the “art of marketing art” is becoming more important and almost like propaganda. The art of marketing has become more important than the art itself. This is clear if we look at what kind of artists are becoming best sellers today. I have already made myself hoarse saying that [artistic] fraud is on the rise. People are charging high prices for pieces that shouldn’t even be called works of art. The Art & Reality Annual International Forum takes place from Nov. 25 to 27 at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, 3 Senatskaya Ploshchad. M. Sennaya Ploshchad / Sadovaya. Tel. 305 1621. For more information or to register for the forum (before Nov. 15), visit www.aifaar.com. November 17 He reminded me after his lecture: “You are only as good as your last work.” Photo Kasia Szczesniak November 12,

The AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New SchoolPeter Schjeldahl. The Critic as Artist, in 2011: Updating Oscar WildeThursday, November 17, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.The New School, Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th StreetNew York CityFree admission for memberswww.veralistcenter.org New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahlhas been called “America’s most important living art critic,” and “the unacknowledged dean of a bastard profession.” But is it? Schjeldahl takes on the challenge in a lecture/speech/manifesto he spent the summer burnishing for prime time at The New School for the 2011 International Art Critics Association/USA Distinguished Lecture. Like Wilde, he champions beauty in an era when it has been debased. He privileges personal confession over theory as the portal to comprehending art. “Paintings are vacations from myself,” according to the aggressively shy critic who started writing about art to support his poetry-writing habit. Schjeldahl has stipulated that the Q&A following his presentation be “open season,” in which the tables are turned and he readies himself for “questions, comments, and attacks.”Peter Schjeldahl has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s art critic. He came to The New Yorker from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1980 to 1998. Previously, he had written for The New York Times’ “Arts and Leisure” section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times Magazine,Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Schjeldahl has received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association, for excellence in art criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of four books, including The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings, which was published in 1991.This is the fifth AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School, an annual event addressing current issues in the world of art criticism. It is presented by the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA: Associations Internationale des Critiques d’Art) in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
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November 5, The photographer was already drank: http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51500 November 2 Cooper Union students strike back: no tuition. November 1 More pictures from Paraguay. Asunció, le 2 novembre 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA). L’international  association of Art Critics (AICA) a élu le Dr. Marek Bartelik comme nouveau président durant l’assemblée générale du 20 octobre 2011 qui s’est tenue à Asunció, au Paraguay. L’AICA est une ONG créée en 1950 sous le patronage de l’UNESCO. L’association a pour mission de soutenir la liberté d’expression des critiques d’art et d’assurer la diffusion et la diversité. L’association compte 4500 membres, et 63 sections différentes réparties mondialement. Le Dr. Bartelik succède à Yacouba Konaté, président de l’AICA depuis octobre 2008. Arrivé aux États-Unis en 1985, depuis 1996 Marek Bartelik dispensait les cours d’art moderne et d’art contemporain à la Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art de New York et a  enseigné à l’université de Yale. Après avoir accepté le poste de président, Marek Bartelik a rappelé son engagement et son envie de renforcer l’AICA comme plateforme vitale dans l’expression d’idées sur l’art et sa critique dans notre société ainsi que l’importance de viser toujours plus haut dans les standards d’excellence de la critique. October 26

AICA International, Paris, 27th October 2011

Executive Bureau :
President : Marek Bartelik - USA (2011-2014)
Treasurer : Haydee Venegas - Puerto Rico (2008-2012)
General Secretary : Brane Kovic - Slovenia (2010-2014)

International Vice-presidents :
Carlos Acero Ruiz – Dominican Rep. (2011-2014)
Adriana Almada – Paraguay (2010-2013)
Niilofur Farrukh – Pakistan (2009-2012)
Liam Kelly – Ireland (2009-2012)
Burcu Pelvanoglu – Turkey (2010-2013)
Lisbeth Rebollo – Brazil (2010-2013)
Myrna Rodriguez – Puerto Rico (2011-2014)
Angus Stewart – United Kingdom (2009-2012)
Jin Sup Yoon – South Korea (2011-2014)

Elected Members of the Board for 2011/2012:
Marianne Brouwer (Netherlands); Therese Hadchity (Southern Carribean) ; Silva Kalcic
(Croatia);  Klara Kemp-Welch (UK) ; Byoungsoo Kim (South Korea) ;  Marja-Terttu
Kivirinta (Finland) ;  Albán Martínez Gueyraud (Paraguay) ;  William Messer (USA) ;
Elena Oliveras (Argentina) ; Malene Vest Hansen (Denmark).

The full version of the updated organisation chart is available on AICA website at
the following link :
http://www.aica-int.org/spip.php?article3

October 23 Postcards from Paraguay: Three El Presidentes: October 9 On my way to Paraguay: October 4A voice from Donetsk:

Тамара Злобіна, 04.10.2011

До цих робіт ми ще не раз повернемось під час розмови Марека Бартеліка з «Артфоруму». На слайді:  «лекція арт-критика з Нью-Йорка. Тенденції розвитку сучасного мистецтва». Старий заводський актовий зал з ще тими стільцями, кармінними оксамитовими шторами (перевіряю, чи шовкові – шовкові) і специфічним запахом. Мені подобається контраст – класно на цьому фоні виглядатиме «арт-критик з Нью-Йорка».
Починає анекдотом про початок роботи в «Артфорумі» двадцять років тому – двічі загубили рецензію, а втретє передзвонили, і сказали що приймуть її, тільки якщо Марек почне працювати у них на постійній основі. Номадичне мистецтво – тактильне, а не оптичне, щось, що можна пережити та відчути, а не побачити, передбачає значну долю випадку і важливість безпосередньої чуттєвості. На початку своєї кар’єри побував на 5 континентах і в 25 різних країнах – що було досить незвично, адже зазвичай люди мають певну спеціалізацію.
Ремарка про швидкість публікації – раніше рецензію могли опублікувати через півроку, зараз – під час дії виставки. Отак через півроку опублікували його рецензію на роботу трьох гречанок групи D.A.S.T. (1996) – в Єгипті, яким було дуже складно командувати групою місцевих робітників, що не хотіли отримувати вказівки від жінок. Це не лише красива інсталяція в пустелі (спонсорована готельною компанією), але й процес комунікації різних культурних контекстів. Завдяки цьому проекту зрозумів, що цікаве мистецтво може творитись будь ким і будь де, тому є сенс їздити у різні місця та відкривати їх.
Мені подобається його голос, спокій і відкритість розповіді про власні тексти. Сам з Польщі, яку покинув у юному віці, вчився у США, але все-таки зберігає здатність сприймати іншу (східноєвропейську) культуру. На початку 1990-х років це була цінна професійна риса – у часи великого геополітичного транзиту художня міграція між країнами двох таборів була чимось новаторським, й роботи східноєвропейських художників та художниць потребували вдумливого, нешаблонного розгляду. Тому почав багато писати про східноєвропейське мистецтво, контролюючи міру політизації – адже в ті часи політика (певний тип політики) був першою лінією інтерпретації робіт митців чи мисткинь соціалістичного табору. Намагався звертати увагу, що біль та напруга йде не тільки з особистих історій творчинь, пов’язаних з їх країнами, але й з самого матеріалу і образної організації робіт (Магдалену Абакановіч).
Фемініст – «цікаво, що 80% моїх рецензій на роботи художниць. Мені здається, жінкам у цьому світі є що сказати». Продовжує розповідь про власні інтелектуальні траєкторії. Крім Східної Європи, цікавило питання тоталітаризму в інших місцях і взагалі як такого, аж до побуту (Кабаков і Михайлов), відкриття забутих художників (Адья Юнкерс – латиський абстракціоніст, який з 1920 року мандрував по світу, в 1950-у переїхав до Америки і вирішив почати нове життя, але потім десь пропав, хоча загалом мав блискучу кар’єру). Цікава ремарка про самоідентифікацію – лише у 1990-х східноєвропейські художники почали називати себе не росіянами, а за національностями. Переговори з вдовою Архипенка, «який себе називав російським митцем (бо для його часу це було вигідно), потім вдова наполягала що він був українським (і насправді був), зрештою в процесі переговорів дійшли згоди називати його Ukrainian born (народжений в Україні)».
Бартелік нанизує далі історії «своїх» художників та художниць, про яких писав статті для “Артфоруму”, розповідає, як “знайшов” їх і що саме його зацікавило – випадково натрапив у Барселоні на виставку Бупена Хахара (індійський живописець створює полотна з гомосексуальними фантасмагоричними мотивами, критика зацікавила трагічність і насильство, які є частиною (гомо)сексуальності); на початку 2000-х написав про виставку міжнародних художників«Зупинка Париж», яку називає другою паризькою школою, по аналогії з 1920-30 роками;  каже, що має пристрасть до Бразилії та Латинської Америки узагалі, багато писав про місцевих художниць – Міру Шендель, Алехандро Куропатва, Нан Гонзалез, Лауру Ліма…
Я втомилась і не встигаю записувати імена – критична розповідь про художницю, яка їздила в Африку і залучала мистецьку спільноту до своєї роботи, але Марека не переконує глибина і ціль її взаємодії з контекстом, які напрочуд важливі для номадичного мистецтва, що легко може перетворитись на екзотичний культурний туризм. Нова тенденція – «цифровий сюрреалізм для пост 9/11 ери».
Називає колекцію Пінчука unnecessary для цього контексту. Каже, що у пінчуківських українців Чічкана-Савадова-Цаголова набагато краще почуття гумору, ніж у Кунса та Герста. Розмову перериває хлопець, який питає, де межа між мистецтвом і неадекватом, і що деякі надто специфічні роботи він не розуміє (потім буде ще кілька псевдо-іронічних питань у стилі «намалювати як Шишкін може кожен дурень, а от Чебурашку зеленкою на бомжі – це мистецтво»). Складнощі перекладу. Бартелік у відповідь довго розповідає про інтуїцію, інстинкт, чуттєвість і чутливість у професійних подорожах, що ніколи не був на бієнале (!), не пише про великі імена і масштабні події, намагається формувати власний шлях та лишати його відкритим для несподіванок.
Десятерик питає про перспективи українського мистецтва на світовій арт-сцені. Відповідає, що є певна невинність у місцевих художників, які не знають, як маніпулювати системою та її трендами, і ця ізольованість зберігає потенціал щирості, поки арт-ринок ще не повністю диктує правила гри.
«Що таке «Артфорум» – «політбюро» арт-критики»? – «У мейнстрімі є досить місць для альтернативних голосів. Коли мене просили писати з Нью-Йорка, я робив це 4-5 років, це було складно і не дуже приємно, надто близько до дому, я знав багатьох людей і було складно витримати об’єктивність та нейтралітет. Набагато цікавіше самостійно знаходити місця та проекти, про які варто писати, а досвід та статус дають можливість просувати власні пропозиції. Тому з «Артфорумом» це не шлюб, а любовна історія».
«Маленький секрет: одна з слабких рис систем та інституцій – вони бояться пропустити щось важливе. Якщо ви робите щось тривало і справді добре, то рано чи пізно вони самі у вас зацікавляться, і ви вже матимете простір для маневру».
«Ніцше казав, що мистецтво рятує нас від руйнування правдою – мені подобається мистецтво як паралельна правда, через яку ми можемо мислити про життя, не ризикуючи бути зруйнованим ним».
Дуже цікаво спостерігати різницю контекстів у запитаннях і відповідях.
Дискусія повертає до проекту Гоцяна – доброю англійською молодий хлопчина зауважує, що художник піднімає типові кліше про Донбас – «по суті, така ж виставка про шахтарів, як і портрети у музеї, як фото у нас перед міськрадою – так чех може намалювати шахтарів пивом, форма інша, але ж не зміст?». Бартелік відповідає, що варто дивитись на проекти Цая не як на ізольовані репліки, а розмову, яку він веде вже довгий час – і це його діалог з контекстом. «Я розумію ваші змішані почуття бути репрезентованими таким чином, але це не лише про місцеві кліше, а про щось більше, щось загальнолюдське, що є у нас всіх». Дискусія в залі перманентно повертається до цієї теми. Цікаво, що в Україні (у залі Оля Балашова) бачать у цих проектах відтворення уже нерелевантних стереотипів, для Цая ж і Марека це щира розмова і дослідження.
Вся наша група задає питання англійською (перекладачка перекладає їх на російську), вирішую додати українську (люблю багатомовність). Звертаю увагу на соцреалістичну сюжетну лінію – вчителем Гоцяна у Китаї був російський художник Максімов, який справив значний вплив на його творчість, і невипадково, що, працюючи над проектом у Донецьку, Гоцян залучає до співпраці місцевих художників  академічного вишколу. Ці донецькі «кліше» –  частина персональної історії самого художника, а отже проект більше про дослідження, заглиблення у минуле, оцінку (болісної) ролі цього минулого у сучасності і деконструкцію стереотипів, аніж про їх поверхове відтворення. Марек відповідає, що деконструкція – це надто багатозначне слово, але робота Гоцяна справді і про особисту історію, дестабілізацію кліше та своєрідну психотерапію.
Ще одне питання, яке цікавить мене як номадичну арткритикиню-початківця – про контекст, історію і культуру, без знання яких важко зрозуміти концептуальні твори місцевих художниць. «Так, це складне питання – завжди намагаюсь дізнатись якомога більше про контекст, але не обов’язково знати все, важливу роль грає інтуїція та досвід. Також, дистанціюючись від кліше і реагуючи на живих людей, ми можемо розказати щось, що ці люди не знають про себе самі. Незнання дозволяє бути більш дружнім і відкритим».
Я задоволена візитом. Від спостережень за випадковими глядачами і глядачками у залах «Ізоляції» та під час дискусії у мене не залишилось відчуття відірваності інституції від контексту, чого боялись коментаторки у текстах річної давності (Дьоготь та Бабій) – щось подібне можна побачити у Львові чи Києві.
Піднімаємось на терикон до золотого оленя. Чомусь там я неймовірно щаслива – велич і героїку індустріального минулого цього міста видно лише звідси – внизу ж неоліберальні дзеркальні висотки, шумовиння пластикових вивісок та пафосної реклами омиває декор у стилі сталінського ренесансу.

September 26 Back from lecturing at the Isolyatsia in Donetsk and visiting Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibition there. September 20 It is true: “all roads lead to Rome.” I saw it… September 19 September 17, I found this delightful quote from Delacroix while preparing a lecture for my students: “To be a poet at twenty is to be twenty: to be a poet at forty is to be a poet.” September 13 The  Willem de Kooning retrospective at MoMA: painting is definitively alive. Richard  Hamilton dies at 89. Press opening covered by Jill Krementz: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/1907434 September 11 September 8

PANEL DISCUSSION | THE BIENNALE DE PARIS IN THE USVISUAL/INVISUAL: DO WORDS PRODUCE ART?AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM IN NYCFRIDAY SEP 30, 07:00 PM

The organizers of the Biennale de Paris argue that innovative art does not need material presence. Instead, it should be a practice in a form of a series of ongoing workshops and debates–such as the one this panel is intended to be. They believe that words that are being used in art today are insufficient to describe their practice and propose a new vocabulary: the invisual, non-artistic-art, etc. After defining those key words for the public, the panelists will address the question whether such “dematerialization” threatens art to turn into a dry intellectual exercise or if it elevates art to new levels of significance. Panelists include: Alexandre Gurita, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, Jean-Baptise Farkas, and Marek Bartelik (moderator). tbc. Biennale de Paris (the Paris Biennial) is a nomadic event that, unlike its original iteration as established in 1959 by André Malraux, migrates around the world. It is often referred to as a “biennial without artworks,” for it is organized as a series of discussions and workshops, with no direct aim to produce art in a traditional sense as an art object or performance. Its participants set their own dates for their activities. The 17th Biennial has been taking place between October 1st, 2010 and September 30th, 2012 in several countries, including the United States. PANELISTS: Visual Culture/ Invisual PracticeMarek Bartelik Critic, art historian, and poet. He teaches at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Art in New York. President of the US section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) and Vice President of AICA International. Regular contributor to Artforum. The invisualAlexandre Gurita Director of the Biennale de Paris. He calls himself “Strategist in the field of art.” Graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (1999), and the National Institute of Art in Bucharest (Romania, 1992). Lives in Paris. Non-artistic artGhislain Mollet-Viéville Art critic and collector; member in the French section of AICA International. Regular contributor to Art Press. In 1994, his apartment near the Beaubourg Center in Paris, which served as a unique exhibition space between 1975 and 1992, was recreated with the art collection it hosted inside the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Lives in Paris. To operateJean-Baptiste Farkas Artist. Operates under the art names IKHÉA©SERVICES and Glitch (Much more of less!). President of the Amicale de la Biennale de Paris. He teaches at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de la Réunion. Lives in Paris. For more information on the Biennale de paris, please visit www.biennaledeparis.org __________________________________________________________________ AICA-USA’s President Marek Bartelik will deliver a keynote speech during the 44thAICA International Congress, which will be held in Asunción (Paraguay) and will run from October 17th until October 20th. The theme of the Congress is “Art and Criticism in Times of Crisis.” During the event, AICA International will present its first Distinguished Critics Prize, which will be awarded to Mr. Ticio Escobar, a former President of AICA Paraguay and current Minister of Culture in that country. The Cuban artist Tania Bruguera will present the Prize to Mr. Escobar.  The post-Congress trip will be to Curitiba and Porto Alegre (Brazil) between October 21 and October 26. The program includes visits to the Curitiba and Mercosul Biennials, as well as a tour of the Iberé Camargo Foundation.

September 7 Back to art and life. I guess it’s time to take on Andy… July 5 Two recent exhibitions: Miguel Palma and Adam Niklewicz June 27 What happened JPC? June 21 Leaving Rome: June 20 In Saint Peter’s Basilica nuns glow: June 19 June 18, The pope, the lover, and the masterpiece: June 17, The Stendhal syndrome … in Rome. Yet to verify. May 28 New release, with my introduction: May 27 AICA Meeting and   panel at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC Photo Michael Palma Photo Lisa Paul Streitfeld May 22 Roman’s pics from Colombia: May 20 May 15 … Around him, an emptiness blew, in which a man finds himself  when he is going to create. Desolated, he provoked the great solitude. (…) And, like an old man who has not learned to read, he measured the distance that separated him from the word.  [A maçã no escuro – The Apple in the Dark] May 10 There is no beauty in war pictures. May 3 Who is smiling back? Lynda Benglis’s show at the New Museum. April 24 www.carlitocarvalhosa.com April 23 “In art it is hard to say anything as good as saying nothing.” April 14: “I have my experience writing for on line sites and have talked with several bloggers. To keep people coming to site, you need to feed them daily.” Not for me. Time to think about Mark Rothko: April 13 “Gentle Rain” turned into a nasty storm in New York City yesterday evening. The book launch at the Polish Consulate in NYC: April 12 http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei#?opt_new=f&opt_fb=t April 9 After returning from Boston, I am thinking about Martin Johnson Heade:

Martin Johnson Heade, Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds, 1871, National Gallery of Art

There is something annoying about this:

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Opening Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 4 Konsulat Generalny RP w Nowym Jorku oraz Instytut Kultury Polskiej w Nowym Jorku zapraszają na wieczór autorski MARKA BARTELIKA 
 poświęcony jego najnowszej ksiązce 
 “ŁAGODNY DESZCZ” Spotkanie poprowadzi Agata Galanis-Ostrowska Konsulat Polski w Nowym Jorku 233 Madison Avenue. New York, New York 10016 Wtorek, 12 kwietnia 2011: 19:00 do 22:00 RSVP: (646) 237 21 12 April 3 AICA-USA Panel Discussion during the 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World in Boston “What a New Generation of Young Art Critics Thinks”: a panel discussion during 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World
 (April 7-10, 2011) at Boston’s Omni Parker House Hotel organized by Transcultural Exchange.

 The AICA panel is sponsored by The Brooklyn Rail. What is the role of young critics in the current art world? The panelists will discuss their relevance as vital voices shaping our understanding of contemporary art. Thursday, April 7, 1:30 – 3:30 pm The Boston Public Library, Room C05/C06, Boston, MA. Moderator: Marek Bartelik, President, the National Chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA). Panelists: Greg LindquistPatricia Milder and Abbe Schriber. Panel coordinator: Greg Lindquist, critic and artist, member of AICA-USA April 2 http://artscape.jp/focus/1231895_1635.html March 29 “Ksiazka Marka Bartelika, nadzwyczaj osobista, jest piekna impresja na temat naszego miejsca na swiecie. Autor, ktory od trzydziestu lat podrozuje, poznal i Francje i Stany i Brazylie, ktora wydaje sie bliska jego sercu… Ale tak naprawde, mam wrazenie, wciaz szuka… Nielatwo byc obywatelem swiata, o czy wiedzial juz Norwid! Ksiazke polecam,  jest jak jedwabny szal, przyjemny, ale jakze latwo z rak sie wymyka!” — Anonimowy czytelnik “Marek Bartelik’s book, extremely personal, is a beautiful impression on the subject of our place in the world. The author, who has travelled for last thirty years, is familiar with France, the United States and Brazil, which appears to be close to his heart… But in fact, I am under the impression, he is still searching… It is not easy to be the man of the world, what Norwid already knew. I recommend this book, which is like a silk scarf, so soft, yet it slips off our hands so easily.” First review of “Lagodny deszcz;” e-splot

March 25 Pictures from AICA Awards, March 14, 2011; © Jacques de Melo

Eleanor, Marek, Linda, Lindas guest

Soojas guest, Sooja, Tony, Lilly, Marek, Grimanesa