Andrew Tosiello

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Need Not Be Made

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1 I don’t recall when I realized just how weirdly powerful the first sentence of the Gospel according to John is, but I remember that it was a thrilling experience. That short phrase contained a startling revelation: God was language.  It seems unnecessary to unpack this phrase[…..]

Everything You Need to Know

Marcel Broodthaers, DVD movie still, GRT Archive. I remember the first time I saw a work by Marcel Broodthaers. It was also the first time I had heard of him. I had just begun working as an exhibitions installer at the Harvard University Art Museums and we were installing Extreme Connoisseurship, a show curated by Linda Norden from, if I recall correctly, the Fogg’s collection[…..]

A Shovel, A Roulette Wheel and a Check Walk into A Bar

I have a really hard time living in the present. I’m at odds, generally, to be here, now and that fucks me up pretty much all of the time. When I write, especially for public consumption, I anticipate the criticisms and counter-arguments that will prove me a fool and it becomes hard to start working. When I’m at my desk, trying to schedule trucks, I[…..]

A Gentle Art of Disappearing

True story: A student goes to his teacher for instruction. The guru, having observed him, says, “You are charming. This is an obstacle to your growth. From now on, when you are in a room of people do nothing, do not seduce them and do not charm them, but leave behind only a scent.” “What scent is that, teacher?” “Love.” I’ve heard this story a[…..]

Yes, but: Rebellion after Guston and Clemenza

Rise of Rebellion: DailyServing’s latest week-long series As we continue our week long series Rise of Rebellion, we take a look at the cyclical nature of conflict and growth through the work of Philip Guston and the wisdom of Peter Clemenza in our latest article by Andrew Tosiello. To be perfectly honest, I’m probably the last person who should be writing about rebellion. Not only[…..]