Appropriation and transformation (in and out of the courts)

The Cariou vs Prince case is discussed here and here and here at Hyperallergic. But street art by Mr Brainwash was judged (elsewhere) to be insufficiently “transformative”. And then there’s Barbara Kruger… And then there are those images that are declared to be “orphans”.

on interpreting the 9/11 memorial carpets

Lendon War Rugs

This flamboyant example will mean I have to update my account at Rugs of War here.


exhibition slideshow here at Milani Gallery.

Minimal \ Conceptual is the first in a two part exhibition exploring the transition from minimal to conceptual practice in Australian art. Part one includes the work of Ian Burn, Peter Cripps, Robert Hunter, Peter Kennedy, Nigel Lendon, Mel Ramsden and Normana Wight.  Part two will focus on the dematerialisation of the art object into other forms of practice, and will take place in 2014.

Artspeak Outed, and the ensuing debate with the Guggenheim

by Mostafa Heddaya at Hyperallergic. And here, the Guggenheim’s response, and then Heddaya again (same link). Deadly.

Automatism and/or involition

are nicely reviewed here on Hyperallergic by Albert Mobillo.

read (and see) Ai Weiwei reviewed

by Allison Meier, at Hyperallergic, on Ai Weiwei: According to What? which was at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, October 7, 2012–February 24, 2013.

Ai Weiwei’s prescience: an account of an arrest foretold

Followers of Ai Weiwei may have already read these blogposts (translated to English) from the mid- and late-2000s, here reprinted at The China Story, within a chapter on China and the blogosphere. TCS is published by the Australian Center on China in the World at the Australian National University. The reprinting of these texts, in the context of the publication of the Center’s annual Yearbook, may have contributed to the censorious approaches to the Australian Government, and the Center directly, made by representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Australia. The Center has now published its correspondence on these events here.

Moral Rights update permits artists to update

And it’s Richard Serra making the running. The Art Newspaper.

Australian Synchromists made paintings you could whistle…

… so writes Daniel Thomas in his ADB entry on Roi de Maistre, whose 1919 abstract paintings seem to have been overlooked by the current MoMA survey of the origins of abstract art. What a surprise. Read Peter Schjeldahl’s review in The New Yorker here.

outsourcing is all the rage

and Bob Dylan’s doin’ it. Read Greg Allen’s forensic analysis here at greg.org