Sunday, Jan 17, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Arthur Lubow
The New York Times Magazine (15 January 2010)

“I first encountered Tino Sehgal’s work under ideal conditions: total ignorance. Happening to be in Berlin in 2006 at the time of the city’s art biennial, I heard from an art-dealer friend that there was one exhibition not to miss. “I won’t tell you anything more,” he said, as he walked me to the site and bid me farewell. I trod up a creaking staircase in a building from the turn of the last century and entered a decayed ballroom, its ornate moldings and gilt mirrors testifying to a more glorious past. Lying on the floor, a man and a woman, fully dressed, were embracing languidly. There was no one else in the room. My presence went unacknowledged. In a state of mounting confusion and embarrassment, I stayed until I could stand it no longer, and then I retreated down the staircase. Out on the street, I sighed with relief, because I once again knew where I was.”

Latest in Visual Arts

Everyone’s a Critic: Babies Prefer Picasso
— Tom Jacobs (Miller-McCune, 14 June 2011)
Osama bin Laden's Body: The World's Most Incendiary Image
— Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian, 6 May 2011)
What Is Totalitarian Art? Cultural Kitsch From Stalin to Saddam
— Kanan Makiya (Foreign Affairs, May 2011)
Picasso’s Erotic Code
— John Richardson (Vanity Fair, May 2011)
1848 Daguerreotypes Bring Middle America's Past to Life
— Julie Rehmeyer (Wired, 9 July 2010)
Ars Homo Erotica: ‘Bring the Toilet to Warsaw National Museum’
— Emilie Prattico (Cafebabel, 16 July 2010)
Bravo's 'Work of Art' (audio)
— KCRW (KCRW, 22 June 2010)
The Missing Critical History of Illustration
— Rick Poynor (Print, June 2010)

//Mixed media


Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

READ the article