Category Archives: Art Writing

Art & Shadows Update

Art & Shadows was made possible by the support of a generous one-year Art Writers grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by Creative Capital. Writing the blog was a wonderfully generative period that seeded several projects now coming to … Continue reading

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Who is Your Gail Wight?

The Abandon Videos This is an odd time to be thinking about a dead leaf. Our songbird neighbors are turning up the volume and, in his impatience for love, our local skunk, normally a nocturnal fellow, has been scrambling up … Continue reading

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Dark Skies and Slow Thinking

Almost a year ago, I walked into an evening in the Canadian Rockies, disguised as a small installation space at UCLA’s Art|Sci Center gallery. It was a peculiar experience—how could it be that this windowless room held a mountain evening? … Continue reading

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I predict…

A couple of posts ago I wrote something snarky about Freud, which he himself did not deserve. A great thinker, he’s entitled to his museums. But while clambering over the heaps of theory built on his work one might be forgiven … Continue reading

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Truth, Beauty, and the Digital Way

Once upon a time I saw the art critic Dave Hickey defend beauty. At the time, mid-1990s, he was both famous and notorious for The Invisible Dragon, a book of essays in which he attacked the art world for neglecting … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Machine, III

Pre-amble If we were to catalog our age by its temptations, surely it would be called “The Age of Dreams”—and not because we’re sleeping well. Our big vice is the small screen, or so it seems to me when I … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Machine II

Remote Viewing Living in this “global” art world, I think quite a lot about exhibitions that I will never see. I read catalogs, and look at websites, and talk to people who made it to Kassel, or Havana, or Gwangju. … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Machine

The Elaborately Signaled Landscape of Desire You don’t have to be human very long to know that there are desires that are explicable and then there are the other kind. Sometimes we are indifferent to “good things” and intensely drawn … Continue reading

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Arranging Ideas

As I prepare to present art to audiences who may or may not care for my comments (sometimes referred to as “teaching art history”), I occasionally play with thinking of the lecture as a flower arrangement. The key works, the … Continue reading

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Electrified Air and Fuchsia Skies

In the country, highway sounds can make you feel insignificant. The speed with which vehicles pass you by insists that the life worth paying attention to is somewhere else. It was that distant zoom that I heard on entering Christina … Continue reading

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