No man is an island
‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’, as the 1624 prose by English poet John Donne sounded centuries ago. Though these lines are written in a different era, the words ‘no man is an island’ were the inspiration f..
Humour and sorrow in the art of Ragnar Kjartansson
A polyphone score performed by minstrels strumming guitars around the gallery for eight hours a day. Surrounded by empty bottles of beer, mattresses, fauteuils, chairs, these men sing parts of a dialogue from Iceland’s f..
Skulls, flowers and desert landscapes
The art of Georgia O’Keeffe
Fifteen years ago I made a road trip with my parents and two sisters across the southwestern part of the US. A memorable, exciting journey through different states, landscapes, cities, atmospheres, and cultures. Although I cannot recall every ..
Resurrection of the ‘Psycho’ house
A late Victorian house emerges on a rooftop, framed by views of midtown skyscrapers, Central Park and Fifth Avenue apartment buildings in today’s hypermodern skyline of New York. A ghostly and strange appearance amid this architectural violence. The Metropolitan Museum sh..
On a quest for endangered species through rural Japan
Since her graduation from the Rietveld Academie in 2000 the Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas (b. 1977) chose dogs, horses, tigers and wolves as the subjects of her photography. Although animals are a popular but not exact..
Between cause and consequence
‘Water, fire and air; these natural elements create a certain spectacle in the video work Der Lauf der Dinge (1987) of the Swiss duo Fischli & Weiss. Gravity and chemical reactions generate a constant chain reaction. Jerry cans, balloons, plastic cups, tires, candles, rop..
Seth, explorer and pioneer of conceptual art
In December 1968 independent curator, gallery owner, publisher, collector, researcher, archivist and bibliographer Seth Siegelaub (1941-2013) published Xerox book. Instead of a traditional exhibition with actual physical pieces, Siegelaub decided to invite seven artists t..
The culture pessimistic world of Coupland
Three friends live together in the Coachella Valley in southern California, each telling stories about themselves and stories of their creation. This is the framing story for the well-known novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by novelist and artist Dougla..