Are you experienced? The relentless rise of experience art

My column for the April issue of ArtReview. "There’s a poster on the platform at Barbican underground station, my stop now when I head to ArtReview’s fancy new offices. The poster is for the Hayward Gallery’s current exhibition, Light Show, with an upbeat, punning quote from The Independent newspaper: ‘Hayward Gallery trips the light switch… Continue reading Are you experienced? The relentless rise of experience art

Critical value and market value way out of whack? So what?

My column for the January-February issue of ArtReview. Read the whole issue for free here The extreme mix of art and money that makes up a large part of the artworld has few defenders at the moment. After all, how can the values of art – which is supposed to be something good, exemplary or… Continue reading Critical value and market value way out of whack? So what?

Natascha Sadr Haghighian at Carroll/Fletcher, London

My latest review for Art-Agenda Berlin-based Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher might appear visually spare, but with each work, Haghighian draws you further into a game of institutional hide-and-seek, in which visibility and invisibility, the act of remaining hidden and being revealed, are played out as Machiavellian manipulations of the conventions of spectatorship… Continue reading Natascha Sadr Haghighian at Carroll/Fletcher, London

Fear of things

My column in September's ArtReview magazine. Read the entire issue for free at www.artreviewdigital.com "Do you remember things? Actual things? And you could touch them, couldn't you, remember? The physical world, I'm talking about -- remember it, older people? Matter? The older people, they remember… actual matter. Remember? Things? And it was all real and it all existed, yeah? Not like now." I'm watching… Continue reading Fear of things

Yto Barrada’s ‘Mobilier Urbain’ at Pace Gallery London

"There are artworks that work on the viewer’s apprehension of an implied absence, and then there are artworks that simply stand there waiting for that apparent lack to be filled in by contextualizing talk. The former has something to do with aesthetic experience, the latter with a loss of interest in it, and standing among… Continue reading Yto Barrada’s ‘Mobilier Urbain’ at Pace Gallery London

We are the droids we’re looking for: the New Aesthetic and its friendly critics

Bruce Sterling’s recent essay on the New Aesthetic has pushed into motion a public discussion about what was, up until now, only a cluster of loose propositions and speculations by an energetic group of enthusiasts. For those not in the loop, the New Aesthetic is a term coined by digital artist James Bridle, to throw… Continue reading We are the droids we’re looking for: the New Aesthetic and its friendly critics