Lygia Clark: The Geography of Hagiography

Lygia Clark at MoMA

                    Is Lygia Clark’s oeuvre another case of the oeuvre with a caesura? If so, Clark (1920-1988) got it backwards. You are supposed to start out avant-garde, like some artists I dare not name, and then end up producing Almost Art. It look like art, it smells like art, but something is missing. At least it is saleable. Clark, a goddess of the avant-garde, started out with decades of Almost Art. … [Read more...]

Chelsea Walk: How to Succeed in Art Criticism Without Really Trying.

Joseph Nechvatal: asstrOnOmnical affected autOmata, 2011

                      1. NEVER USE THE FIRST PERSON. In in the late ‘60s, art critic Lawrence Alloway said that, like the poet Apollinaire, I was of the peripatetic school of art criticism. When, in ancient times, I was writing for the Village Voice I walked around looking at art and made it seem part of ordinary life. He did not mean I was Aristotelian, for the same term is used for Aristotle’s … [Read more...]