Monthly Archives: July 2012

Scholarship or Spectacle? MOCA Shake-up raises questions on the goals of the Contemporary Museum

A little more than a week ago, the American art world was left reeling from the messy dismissal of LA MOCA’s esteemed curator, Paul Schimmel. Schimmel’s resonance is indisputable: for many, exhibitions like “Helter Skelter” helped to give form to a … Continue reading

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Passing Time at Lincoln Center: Christian Marclay’s Clock returns to New York

This week, Lincoln Center will kick off the triumphant return of Christian Marclay‘s much-lauded “The Clock” to New York. The 24 hour marvel uses a cleverly-edited montage of film clips to act as a real-time clock within the exhibition space. In … Continue reading

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Pussy Riot to remain behind bars

According to the interview with Kommersant which we just translated, Moscow Biennale of Young Art curator Kathrin Becker has voiced her doubts as to whether an exhibition is the proper context for political activism (for more on this, see her … Continue reading

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“Under a Tinsel Sun”: More on this week’s Moscow Biennale of Young Art

This week, Moscow will see the openings of the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Young Art and its parallel programs. In years past, the Biennale was known as “Qui Vive?” or “Halt! Who Goes There?” to connote some kind of youth … Continue reading

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Russian Culture Today: The Ministry of Culture and Irina Prokhorova weigh in

On July 3, Russia’s newly-minted Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky met for the first time with his Council. The same day, Artguide published a list of this Council, which includes a lively mix of publicists, owners of television stations and even … Continue reading

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Pussy Riot member given until July 9 to prepare her defense

After international outpourings of support (from a presentation at the Palais de Tokyo and “in solidarity” party at Le Baron, to an onstage appearance with Faith No More – who apparently still exists) in the wake of yet another extended sentence, on June … Continue reading

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Format, AA’s live magazine, takes on Modern Talking

Today, you can catch the launch of the second issue of Format, a live magazine, as it unfolds from London’s Architectural Association. Conceived by the marvelous and multi-talented Shumon Basar, Format looks “at the shape that discourse takes,” turning the … Continue reading

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