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Otobong Nkanga and Mikhail Karikis at Tate St Ives

My heart sinks as I walk into the preview. It’s a big room and the work doesn’t really visually dominate it. It reminds me of a town planning exhibit. Lots of photos, information, diagrams. The themes are very worthy, mining, colonialism, exploitation. There are some impressive tapestries in glowing colours with some glitter woven in and bold patterns. I have …

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The Comic Abyss

I was invited to the live screening of Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ one woman show, ‘Fleabag’ (loosely based on her series). I knew nothing of Waller-Bridges, except that she wrote the brilliant script for the first series of ‘Killing Eve’. So I knew she could write…. I kept telling myself this through the virtual monologue, delivered in the first person, apart from …

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Aliens in our Own World

Alienations or the Fire Next Time, Zacheta National Gallery of Art Walking inside the casual maze of rooms, each hosting an individual sound and video work, separated by a double layer of plastic noise-reduction curtains and heavy, black velvet fabric; the body becomes fiercely present. The works here are framed thematically by the concept of alienation—contemporary discord between the body and …

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Flower Power is the Push to Procreate Beauty

“This exhibition was organized by the Archives of American Art in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. The labels were written by archivists, horticulturalists, artists, curators, educators and gardeners to articulate the many facets of flora and adds to the richness of interpretation found here. The exhibition is in a small room by comparison to the rest of SAM’s (Smithsonian American Museum …

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The Adaptive Artist – Lee Krasner

“At seventy-five, Krasner is finally getting her due.” These words were written by art critic Robert Hughes in his 1990 Times article about Krasner’s first retrospective at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Krasner had been a practising artist since the 1930s, so why weren’t more art institutions jumping at the opportunity to display the work of a pioneering American …

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EXCLUSIVE DISASTERS – A Website

Author’s note for EXCLUSIVE DISASTERS My late husband remarked, already decades ago, that you can no longer write satire as humanity satirizes itself. Still, the temptation remains to comment on our increasingly degenerate and chaotic culture in that particular form, and though nothing could top the truth of Pendery Weekes’ article on embryo jewellery I cannot resist adding some persiflage …

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Reale Light, Milan

From July 29th to September 29th, the Palazzo Reale has been hosting the “Light Project” exhibition, which is the very first retrospective dedicated to Nanda Vigo, a multifaceted artist and architect from Milan, who was involved in multiple projects ranging from design to architecture and art. She has exhibited her work across the world, from New York, Berlin and Shanghai …

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Trash People in Matera

  In the evening, Matera is like a Christmas creche; when the sun sets and many small lights come on in the “Sassi”, cave dwellings that have existed since the Paleolithic period. The effect is striking. Matera, in the Basilicata region (proclaimed European Capital of Culture for 2019) has been renewed today. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage …

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Honeyland – Documentary

It’s rare for me to leave a cinema in stunned silence. But “Honeyland”, a documentary by two Macedonian film-makers that has garnered multiple Sundance awards left me muted by a cocktail of overwhelming emotions – crippling melancholy at the stark hardship of some people’s lives: profound awe at the sheer beauty of the images, and immeasurable gratitude for the comfort …

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