Browsing Category: literature

  • Literary pictures: two art world novels and their authors

    When it comes to the world of contemporary art, it can be difficult for a journalist to paint the people and the parties in their true colours. So perhaps it is unsurprising, given the suspension of disbelief required by the market and the legal protection afforded by fiction, that the most convincing picture of the …

    June 7, 2017
  • Interview: Karelle Ménine

    The technical challenges of poetry have usually to do with meter, rhyme and form. In Mons this year, the greatest poetic achievements have all been around measuring buildings and tracking down their owners. By the end of December, the results will be 10km of verse painted onto the city’s stony grey facades. This single, sinuous …

    December 3, 2015
  • Bedwyr Williams, Stevenson Screen (2012)

    Whether you call it a weatherbox or, more correctly a Stevenson Screen, this object provokes even more curiosity than usual. It doesn’t belong in a gallery. It doesn’t often exude a blue light. The light comes from a speaker wired up in there to make this sculpture appear sentient twice over. It glows and it …

    June 7, 2012
  • Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard

    As a novel set in an art gallery, Old Masters might be of some interest to readers of this blog. Viennese readers especially, since it is set in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Thomas Bernhard narrows things down even further by setting the entire thing in the vicinity of a single painting: White-bearded Man by Tintoretto. But …

    October 28, 2011
  • Liverpool Biennial/Manchester Weekender

    Two long-ish previews written this week for Culture24 and I’m looking forward to both: Preview: Liverpool Biennial 2010 Preview: Manchester Weekender 2010

    August 27, 2010