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Back to the Future, Future to the Back Cristian Neagoe | review | 01.01.2008
BACK TO THE FUTURE, FUTURE TO THE BACK
Picture this. There’s a guy walking around in the gallery, snubbing everyone, looking at the walls as if they were painted with shit. He is not looking at the works, just at the empty spaces between them. The works get the snub too. He’s wearing this black t-shirt and it says “M-am plictisit” on it. That’s “I’m bored” in Romanian. Phosphorescent green, with a clear designish touch, as the letters…
Classic Works Of Aesthetic Theory Karin Rolle | review | 01.01.2008
CLASSIC WORKS OF AESTHETIC THEORY
The French philosopher Alain Badiou, born in 1937, has written a manifesto of art. After half a century of post-modernist arbitrariness, he calls for new alignment: art has to articulate a specific truth; it has to have a liberating effect. “We are tired of the end of art. […] Let us proclaim the artistic rights […] to inhuman truth once again. Let us accept once more that we are permeated by…
A CHARMING EXHIBITION, OR KASSEL OF 2007 Marek Pokorný | review | 01.03.2007
A CHARMING EXHIBITION, OR KASSEL OF 2007
As a world exhibition of contemporary art, the documenta of Kassel has two great advantages, at least as compared with other periodically organized exhibitions of a similar scope and impact. First, a five-year period, which elapses before the next exhibition is held, provides enough time to catch one’s breath, to perform research and to think; and second, the attention of the audience,…
OIL ON CANVAS Edith Jeřábková | review | 01.03.2007
OIL ON CANVAS
The exhibition, Fire in the Librar y, Demonstration, the Earth and Elsewhere, can, without hesitation, be presented by the subtitle of one of the exhibited works, The Axe. It deals with a quote from a scientific publication of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, published in Berlin in 1922, within which the artists have found key idealistic passages underlined by someone. “There is a…
Marek Pokorný | review | 01.03.2007
EVEN NOW, MY NECK IS SORE, AND SO WILL BE YOURS.
The final two volumes of The History of Czech Art, published this summer by the Czech Academia publishing house, have been celebrated as the culmination of years of work. For a great deal of those interested in Czech art from the last fifty years, these last two volumes will serve as a primary (and, considering they are under the aegis of the editors’ academic credibility, also respected) source…
Mexican ( and Mexican) Artist in Prague - RIFAMOS! or Multicultural Lesson No.1 Tony Ozuna | review | 01.02.2007
MEXICAN ( AND MEXICAN) ARTIST IN PRAGUE - RIFAMOS! OR MULTICULTURAL LESSON NO.1
Mexican (and Mexican-American) artists seldom have exhibits in Prague, but recently there has been a surge due to some group shows. At the abcd exhibition, “Art Brut,” there was the stunning work of Martin Ramirez (1895-1963), who was born in Jalisco, Mexico but lost his mind in America and died in a mental institution in northern California, and the overlooked Consuelo “Chelo” Gonazalez…
Gabriel Orozco in Bellas Artes Alfredo Flores Richaud | review | 01.02.2007
GABRIEL OROZCO IN BELLAS ARTES
To the glory of the most famous, the shortsightedness of their admirers is always attributed -Georg C. Lichtenberg Shoot at contemporary art: there’s a growing sport Ivan de la Nuez, Cuban writer, in Babelia, the cultural supplement of El Pais. ... I attribute to this state of the soul my repugnance of museums. The museum, for me, is all of life. Fernando Pessoa, El Libro del Desasosiego. …
Of Meese and the Germans Spunk Seipel | review | 01.01.2007
OF MEESE AND THE GERMANS
Jonathan Meese is currently Germany’s most controversial artist. His exhibition Mama Johnny, held in the Deichtorhallen gallery in Hamburg, was the exhibition event of the year. An artist of just 36 years of age, he was given the chance to fill more than a hundred square meters of space. He sold piles of junk to the interested public, labelling them as part of a new, intellectual world system:…
About White and Black: About White Alena Boika | review | 01.01.2007
ABOUT WHITE AND BLACK: ABOUT WHITE
The man I love once said, "I‘m walking now through a foggy park, it‘s dark and warm." I answered, "A year ago, there was a woman with a black dog there. Is she still there?" He answered, "No, but, there are a lot of camels now." I said, "They must be white." He answered, "Yes, in the darkness they seem white," and asked me, "Do you know how to count these midnight camels?" I answered, "As a rule,…
A Somnambulist Paparazzo Pavel Vančát | review | 01.01.2007
A SOMNAMBULIST PAPARAZZO
A poem with this ending was once published by Markéta Othová in the forerunner to Umělec, a more warped and chaotic publication that she had helped to found and create. From this point of view, Markéta Othová is, in her mid- to -late thirties, a matador. At the same time, we can find an indication of how the graceful elegance of her photos is grounded in cunningly naive roots, how it is necessary…
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