London : Franz West

I was in London a few weeks back specifically to attend a lecture on Phyllida Barlow's Cul de Sac - a show at the Royal Academy which I will post about next - but my first stop was Franz West's retrospective at the Tate Modern. I didn't know much about West's work which is possibly …

Week 8 – One Here Now : Brian O’Doherty Murals at The Sirius Art Centre in Cobh.

Twenty years ago Brian O' Doherty, the artist, writer, theorist and author of the collection of seminal essays Inside the White Cube, thoughts on the gallery space and its role in the development of twentieth century art, created a series of murals in a square gallery space in the then young and under funded Sirius …

Week 6 : Situations-Work Ethic-Helen Molesworth & more thoughts on the socially-engaged artist.

Helen Molesworth's curatorial essay for Work Ethic at the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art in 2004 was an interesting read for me in that it threw a different light on the movements of the 1960s. While I had seen those movements-Art Povera, Performance, Conceptual Art, Land Art and so forth- as the artists failed attempt to …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork): Conclusion & References

As painting shifted from its role as a window of illusion in the late nineteenth century to questioning its own nature, the gilt-edged frame broke down, the sculpture came down from its plinth and the surrounding space was implicated in the work. The walls, acting as an extension of the frame, became the church of …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork) Part 4

Chapter 4 :The Joker in Space:~Maurizio Cattelan, All, the artwork, the artists role and the cube. The ramps in the Guggenheim spiral upwards on their prescribed path but the art is not on the walls. Instead, suspended from the central atrium is almost every work created in Maurizio Cattelan's twenty year career. Among the more …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork) Part 3

CHAPTER THREE Into The Space: Andrea Fraser, Down the River (2016), Mondrian, Lissitsky, Schwitters, Klein and Institutional Critique. The gallery is empty but the air is full of sound. Footsteps, cell doors closing, instructions over an intercom, keys rattling, a clang, the hiss of a shower, someone yelling reverberates in a roar of commotion that …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork) Part 2

CHAPTER TWO Tearing Down the Walls: Urs Fischer- You, the Avant Garde, Land Art In 2007 Urs Fischer excavated the floor of Gavin Brown's Enterprise, a commercial gallery in New York. Beneath the pristine walls an 8ft hole gaped at the visitor’s feet. A careful viewer could navigate the gallery along a narrow precarious walkway …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork) Part I

This week on the MAAP course we are starting to read Brian O'Doherty's collection of essays on the White Cube. Fortunately enough I did my dissertation on that very subject...or at least the relationship of space to the art object so all I need to do is brush up. Here is the abstract and introduction …