"It is the duty of artists to connect [themselves] to social change" — Ai Weiwei on "Trace at Hirshhorn." Not everyone is a fan of this installation which is manifestly political and, maybe worse for lovers of "true" art, unapologetically didactic. But I'm a fan because good looks and easy themes don't cut it these days — at least not for me. #aiwwhirshhorn #aiweiwei #hirshhorn #contemporaryart #activist #art #activistart #washingtondc #museum #artmuseum #museumlover @aiww @hirshhorn
Yale dean, being put on leave because of certain Yelp reviews in which she used the terms, “white people” and “white trash”. I’m dumbfounded and upset that she’s been publicly censured and suspended because, honest to God, when I read the reviews, that could have been me writing them, literally; can’t believe it: Zverev beats Djokovic. He’s the first player born in the 1990s to win an ATP1000 tournament. WOO HOO — because he’s my fave!
to create a corpus of work which defies easy classification, except for the cornerstone of keyboard instruments; on the necessity, today, of being a jack-of-all-trades, a new graduate who seeks to make a living as a writer can’t just write brilliantly. They must be able to promote themselves effectively on social media, create and continuously update their own website and, these days, make video content to accompany their written work. For that matter, it’s hard to stand out in a crowd unless you know how to aggressively promote and distinguish yourself from your peers; if you’re still ensconced in a cushy corporate job, these prescriptions don’t apply to you. But keep in mind that your species is now officially instinct and, therefore, hold on very tight to that job! My first outing of the day is to the Saatchi Gallery and the exhibition, From Selfie to Self-Expression, which turns out to be much more thought-provoking than I ever would have expected; first, the display of Old Master paintings in the format of continuously moving slideshows projected on video monitors means that viewers must pay much closer attention than usual to the artworks in order to ensure that they don’t miss anything on display, no doubt a paradoxical result for viewers unaccustomed to paying more than a few nano-seconds of attention to anything; next, there’s no original artwork on the ground floor at all. Such a presentation asks the question: without any presentation of real artwork or consideration of its materiality, isn’t this “art exhibition” really a conceptual exercise which could have taken place outside of a museum? Not having to consider materiality means I can blow through the exhibition FAST; just met with the executive director and communications director of fantastic London-based, art non-profit, Studio Voltaire. Studio Voltaire promotes and brings attention to emerging and, sometimes, ignored, artists, like Phyllida Barlow who represented Great Britain at this year’s Venice Biennale; can’t believe Fabio Fognini beat Andy Murray at this year’s Rome Open! It’s Murray’s worst match in FOUR YEARS; my fave Indian restaurants in London aren’t Gymkhana or Trishna. But non-trendy Zayna. And my absolute fave, Chutney Mary.