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Summer Reading – Notes to Self

Miguel Gutierrez. Age & Beauty Part 2, 2015; Performance view, January 14, 2015, Abrons Arts Center, New York. Photo: Ian Douglas.

As we near the end of our Summer Reading series, we bring you Claudia La Rocco’s meditations on the American Realness Festival. The author asks, “Playing to the intelligentsia for cheap laughs while the world burns: Does anybody still need to own this in 2015?” This article was originally published in Artforum on January 29, 2015. I’ve just deleted the three hundred words I’d written to start[…..]

Summer Reading – Has the Internet Changed Art Criticism? On Service Criticism and a Possible Future

(L-R) Christopher Knight, Ryan Schreiber, Isaac Fitzgerald and Orit Gat. (Superscript 2015. Photographer: Gene Pittman. Courtesy the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)

Today we continue our Summer Reading series with a provocative essay on “service criticism” by author Orit Gat. She offers, “It may be discouraging to close on an optimistic note that basically means, ‘You’re gonna have to pull out your credit card/sign in with your Paypal/Apple Pay/whatever digital wallet we’ll all be using use at some point in order to get the kind of criticism[…..]

Summer Reading – On Informality and Nomadism


From our friends at Art Papers, today we bring you an essay on conservation, colonialism, and the “black market archive” of Pakistani film. Author Timothy P.A. Cooper explains, “The case filed by Iqbal Geoffrey, DesiTorrents, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum are haunted by traces of Pakistan’s visual cultural archive—nomadic ghosts of empire that evade the exoteric movements of decolonization in favor of fluid, informal[…..]

Summer Reading – Finding Value in a Flattened Field

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen. 100 Posterworks, 2009–2013; printed poster; 11 x 17 in. Courtesy of the Artists.

Today for our Summer Reading series we bring you Patricia Maloney’s recent op-ed from our partners at Art Practical. The author notes, “The commitment to paying contributors must be acknowledged as only the most visible link in a long chain of interlocking, concrete exchanges distributed throughout the ecosystem. Paying a writer or artist is not a unidirectional transaction; it is part of a public health policy.” This[…..]

Summer Reading – Closed Circuits: A Look Back at LACMA’s First Art and Technology Initiative

"A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971."

From our friends at East of Borneo, today we continue our Summer Reading series with an essay on LACMA’s Art and Technology initiative. Author Catherine Wagley notes: ’[…] the nostalgia for Art and Technology has much to do with the way the report suggests a moment when institutions were less careful about protecting their sponsors, when conflicts of interest could be openly discussed, and when a curator[…..]

From the Archives: Prospect.3 New Orleans

Camille Henrot. Grosse Fatigue, 2013 (film still). Video installation (color, sound) Courtesy of the artist, Silex Films and kamel mennour, Paris.

As President Obama visits New Orleans this week on the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we bring you a look back at last year’s Prospect.3 New Orleans. Tori Bush contextualizes her review of the rocky history of this biennial in a city “suspended in time in space.” This article was originally published on November 11, 2014. Honoré de Balzac wrote: “Ideas are a complete[…..]

Summer Reading – MN Original: Mohamud Mumin

Today we’re taking a break from the “reading” portion of our Summer Reading series to bring you a video produced by our friends at MN Original. Artist Mohamud Mumin walks us through his practice in portrait photography:  “[…] It’s not just work to me—it’s stories, it’s lives, it’s trust that I’m given by the subjects. It’s not always, ‘This is a great shot.’ It’s always[…..]