Features Posted on 15.07.17Alberto Giacometti: Sculpture and the Question of Distance
Giacometti's innovation was that he tried to recreate both what he saw and the experience of seeing it. His figures consequently appear to be both near and far, like and unlike, forcing the viewer into a vital confrontation with the known and unknown.Read more
Features Posted on 10.05.17Sex Toy or Sculpture: The Gallery as a Clean, Well-Lighted Place
“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” was the tagline of the pioneering feminist sex toy shop Good Vibrations, which opened in San Francisco in 1977. It has been used ever since in the marketing of sex products to women, but it could also be applied to the white-cube space of the contemporary art gallery.Read more
Features Posted on 25.04.17Changing times in a contemporary dystopia: How does art respond to politics?
In an age of troubling politics and unsettling new possibilities for technology, there is a strong debate about where art should fall on the spectrum of political activism. But it’s notable that in the art that most effectively captures our imaginations today, political commentary is often subtle or barely there at all.Read more
Features Posted on 08.03.17Protest, Process and Change: How the Provoke Movement Can Offer Lessons for Artists Today
The Provoke journal and its photographers offered a subversive vision of life at the margins and in some ways offered a radical form of protest. However, its "are-bure-boke" aesthetic also helped the Provoke movement to distance itself from the problems of protest. Is there a lesson there for artists today?Read more