Is Architecture Art?
The Met Breuer: From Sculpture to Art Museum and Back Again
In April 2016, the Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened architect Marcel Breuer’s iconic ziggurat building on Madison Avenue, leased for eight years from its former occupant, the Whitney Museum of American Art. Rebranded the Met Breuer, the building has undergone a $15 million renovation restoring it as close as possible to Breuer’s original design, and […]
Yoyoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden 1966/2002
Yayoi Kusama is everywhere right now. By this I mean she is the subject of large retrospective exhibitions worldwide and her work is captured, circulated, and seen by millions of people every day on social media. So why choose a work from the Collection that has most likely been ‘liked’ by everyone? For three years […]
Review: Frieze Art and Architecture Conference
For the first time since its founding in 1991, Frieze, the magazine and art fair, brought together renowned architects in conversation with their clients – including museums, collectors and artists – to discuss their sometimes fickle relationship. Within the auditorium of the Royal College of Physicians, one of London’s most treasured brutalist buildings, the discussion tackled issues faced by architects designing galleries […]
Practice vs Research
This morning I started a PhD. Yes. Unlike many students who, by this stage, would have a fairly decent proposal for a thesis topic, I am yet to focus my broad, yet related interests: art, architecture and technology. This post and those that follow are part of an experiment to share the things I’m thinking […]
Museums and the Web Asia 2015
Like so many conferences, a number of really interesting ideas and concerns took shape during Museums and the Web Asia in Melbourne and this post is an attempt to tease out and test those I found most pertinent. The highlights for me were learning about the Singaporean context from Angelita Teo, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, the […]
What can art institutions do?
(Notes from a talk by Anne Barlow, Director of Art in General, New York)
Intellectual (Agency) Property
Agency: Assembly (Showroom) 2011, Installation view, Photo: Daniel Brooke I attended a curious talk at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) last Thursday: a teaser for their upcoming exhibition ‘Imaginary Accord’ by Brussels-based artist Kobe Matthys who, in 1992, founded an institution called Agency. Curious because I didn’t realise just how relevant this talk was going to be for my […]
Sounds of Silents
Is it just me or is there some uncertainty about silent films with live accompaniment? I say this based on a conversation I overheard in the queue for tickets to The Passion of Joan of Arc at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA. The ladies behind me were speculating where the band would be set-up, suggesting that they might be playing outside, […]
Can we please play the internet?
Can we please play the internet? 11 April – 11 May 2014 at Melbourne based gallery West Space is an exhibition of new work by artists from Italy, Australia, the US and the UK who engage with the internet as a ubiquitous presence in projects unfolding both online and in the gallery. Andrea Buran and Eleonora […]
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