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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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Bill Viola: Anthem (1983)

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.4070064&w=600&h=400&] 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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Peter Kirby // John Baldessari: Some Stories (1990)

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.3975448&w=600&h=400&] 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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Bataille, Breton and Lenin

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Hotel Palenque // by Robert Smithson

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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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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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Edgard Varêse and Le Corbusier: Poême électronique (1958)

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.3835013&w=600&h=400&] First presented at the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair with 425 speakers placed throughout the famous Philips pavilion, the placement of the speakers and design of the building gave the spectators a feeling of being housed within a concrete, silver seashell. A giant model of the atom hung from the ceiling and the sound & [...]
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Jeu d'échecs avec Marcel Duchamp (1963)

This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America after fleeing France in [...]
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"Hopeful" – a solo exhibition by David Levine

Cabinet is pleased to present “Hopeful,” a solo exhibition by Berlin- and New York-based artist David Levine. “Hopeful” explores headshots—photographs of actors looking for work rather than publicity portraits of stars—both as genre and as material artifact. First appearing in the 1950s, these peculiar images routinely disregard conventions of portraiture: the intended viewer, who is [...]
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Art For The Millions: 100 Sculptures from the Mao era

In conjunction with the Frankfurt Book Fair’s focus on China, the SCHIRN will be showing, for the first time ever in the West, the spectacular Chinese sculptural group “Rent Collection Courtyard”. This ensemble of more than one hundred life-size figures is among the most important works in modern Chinese art history and is firmly fixed [...]
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