Monthly Archives: September 2010

Spitting in the soup

You walk through the exhibition.

You see a series of beautiful photographs.

You read the corresponding, somewhat didactic texts.

You engage with the work.

To your surprise, you enjoy the work.

The beauty of the images.


Then you see this:

Pity. I was enjoying the work until then.

As the old adage goes: a picture is worth a 1,000 words.

Didacticism is worth 1: yawn.


Some, Not All Of…

The works that I liked at the 29th São Paulo Bienal.

Yael Bartana.

David Claerbout

Tatiana Trouvé.

Sue Tompkins.

Claudia Joskowicz

Pixação SP.

Kendell Geers.

Douglas Gordon

Francis Alys.

Cildo Meireles.

Amongst others.

Lunch Break

Inside. On the opening day of the 29th Bienal de São Paulo and artists, curators, gallerists, and critics are manically hopping about from work to work.


Outside, in the shade of Oscar Niemeyer’s Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, construction workers take a lunch time nap. Or is this a performance?