Paul McCarthy Spin; Eliasson Falls; Bourgeois Fails

      Paul McCarthy: Bang Bang Room, 1992. Collection Fondazione Sandreto Rebaudengo, Turin. Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Hauser & Wirth Photo: Sheldan Collins     Disorientations   Who is Paul McCarthy? Not having the good grace to simmer down like a few other once-sensational artists I will not deign to name, McCarthy has never gone away, never graduated to the curious art Valhalla comprising those who are still here but gone. Or, alternatively, … [Read more...]

BUCKMINSTER FULLER: MINISTER OF MIST

       Debunking Uncle Bucky   Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) invented the geodesic dome, sort of. He was not the first to use the icosahedron for construction. Walter Bauersfield in 1922 in Jena, Germany built a planetarium that had suspiciously geodesic aspects.   Moral: Whatever it is, if you do not give it a name and publicize it, it is not yours.   Artist Kenneth Snelson, a student of Fuller's at Black Mountain College, made the first "tensegrity" … [Read more...]