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Missing the Point

by Colm Tóibín from The London Review of Books From an early age, I have missed the point of things. I noticed this first when the entire class at school seemed to understand that Animal Farm was about something other than animals. I alone sat there believing otherwise. I simply couldn’t see who or what the book [...]
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Allen Ruppersberg for Bedeutung Magazine: The Secret of Life and Death

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The Millions Interview: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

by Anna Clark from The Millions The Russian language is the real hero of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; it is his voice of truth. The English-speaking world is indebted to these two magnificent translators, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, for revealing more of its hidden riches than any who have tried to translate the book before. — Orlando Figes After [...]
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Turner Prize: Art is beautiful again

by Alastair Sooke from Telegraph Do you remember the days when the Turner Prize ignited a firestorm of controversy? When the fag butts, empty vodka bottles and used condoms that surrounded Tracey Emin’s notoriously unmade bed had the nation up in arms – even though it didn’t win? Well, not any more. This week, the artist Richard Wright [...]
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Bill Viola: Anthem (1983)

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.4070064&w=600&h=400&fv=file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fubu.artmob.ca%2Fvideo%2Fflash%2FViola-Bill_Anthem.flv] The Anthem, in Israeli religion, is a chorus sung, repetitively, between each verse of a psalm. The piece centers on a single piercing scream and on the extension of this scream by a little girl eleven years old under the engine shed at Union Railroad Station in Los Angeles. This initial cry, which only lasts [...]
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Bacon agonistes

by John Richardson from The New York Review of Books To celebrate Francis Bacon’s centenary in 2009, Tate Britain mounted a retrospective exhibition that was subsequently shown at the Prado in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Bacon’s theater of cruelty was an enormous popular success at all of its venues, but especially in New [...]
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Peter Kirby // John Baldessari: Some Stories (1990)

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.3975448&w=600&h=400&fv=file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fubu.artmob.ca%2Fvideo%2Fflash%2FKirby_Peter_John+Baldessari_1990.flv] Directed and Edited by Peter Kirby Director of Photography: Harry Dawson Produced by Media Art Services length 28:14 Presented without commentary, this film reveals the thinking behind his work and provides clues to the understanding of the artist’s paintings, photographic work and books. What emerges is a portrait of a thoughtful, quietly rebellious artist who has influenced a [...]
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Ulysses // by Joseph Strick

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Wallace Berman // Aleph (1958-1976)

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From sanctuary to snake pit: the rise and fall of asylums

from New Scientist Most people associate the word “asylum” with squalor and brutality – an impression strengthened by portrayals in books and films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – but they were originally designed to be places of sanctuary. Christopher Payne visited and photographed 70 such institutions across the US for his book Asylum: [...]
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Art In and Out of the Age of Terror

by Dieter Roelstraete from Afterall ‘I will not accept that there should be first-class and second-class cemeteries. All enmity should cease after death.’ Manfred Rommel, mayor of Stuttgart during the Deutsche Herbst1 Facing terror If mass-scale terrorism truly is the defining political obsession of our times – whether its perceived danger or urgency is a self-perpetuating illusion or not is [...]
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Walter Benjamin & Bertolt Brecht: Story of a Friendship?

The English translation of Erdmut Wizisla’s formidable study Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship is published this Autumn by Libris. No-one has a better view of the much disputed relationship between these two figures than Erdmut Wizisla, director of Berlin’s Benjamin and Brecht Archive. Greeting the German edition, Momme Brodersen spoke [...]
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H. U. Obrist and Shlomo Sand on BBC Radio 4

Andrew Marr talks to writer Tony Marchant about crime, law and Georgian London, Hans Ulrich Obrist about the art of the curator, Shlomo Sand about his controversial unravelling of Jewish history, and Sue Brown about Keats’s deathbed companion, Joseph Severn. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.3878393&w=425&h=350&fv=embedReferer%3D%26embedPageUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fconsole%252Fb00npjnj%26holdingImage%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnode2.bbcimg.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fimages%252Fepisode%252Fb00npjnj_261_147.jpg%26domId%3Dsemp-wrapper%26config%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Femp%252Fiplayer%252Fconfig.xml%26guidance%3Dunknown%26config_settings_displayMode%3DradioConsole%26config_settings_showPopoutButton%3Dfalse%26config_settings_%3Dtrue%26playlist%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fplaylist%252Fb00npjnj%26config_settings_showPopoutCta%3Dtrue%26config_settings_showFullScreenButton%3Dfalse%26config_settings_language%3Den]  
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Atheist Damien Hirst to display oil paintings in St Paul's

Damien Hirst has already portrayed cows being crucified. Now he is to take a more conventional approach to religious art, emulating the old masters by painting two 20ft-high religious works for display in St Paul’s Cathedral. The pictures are intended to be placed on two columns directly below the main dome. They will be on display [...]
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Hotel Palenque // by Robert Smithson

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Sculpting in Time // by Andrei Tarkovsky

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This is a treadmill made from decomposing shit that is so devoid of nutrients that even its compost won’t allow anything fresh to grow.

by Mark Fischer from Blunt Art Text (B.A.T) Recently I received an email from a student in Ireland. He had discovered an interview in which I discussed an old project that sounded extremely similar to something he had been working on for a year and was about to exhibit. This discovery sent him into a “mini-crisis” and [...]
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Collection of works by Francis Bacon

We came across a large collection of images of works by Francis Bacon. You can access it here.
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Orson Welles – The One Man Band

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.3837196&w=600&h=470&fv=file%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fubu.artmob.ca%2Fvideo%2Fflash%2FWelles-Orson_The-One-Man-Band_1995.flv] ORSON WELLES: THE ONE-MAN BAND is a fascinating glimpse at this extraordinary man’s final years – made with the cooperation of Oja Kodar, Welles’ longtime companion, to whom he bequeathed a wealth of unedited films and fragments when he died in 1985. Granted exclusive access to Welles’ heretofore unseen archives – and drawing from [...]
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Robert Ashley: Concrete

“Concrete is a tragedy”, Robert Ashley claimed at a conference in Ferrara before its Italian premiere at the 2008 Aterforum Contemporary Music Festival. He pointed out “It is like Hamlet with no killings”. Well, perhaps he was exaggerating while a bit drunk. The opera has a quite straightforward and transparent structure, four monologues in which [...]
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