And now Blackness…

A few weeks ago, the artist Cauleen Smith asked why art historians had not responded to a recent revelation about Malevich’s famous painting, Black Square. It would appear that a rather embarrassing inscription has been found under its top layer of black paint: “Battle of negroes in a dark cave.” This iconic painting (and I […]

Will I Remember the Freedom?

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, until December 8 Chicago is very fortunate to have the Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s exhibition of video work, The Serenity of Madness (curated by Bangkok-based, likewise SAIC-trained curator Gridthiya Gaweewong) up for another month at the Sullivan Galleries of […]

There is nothing beautiful in this

(reposted from Among other things, I teach and write about public art. It’s strangely difficult to define “public art.” It may be understood as art found in public space and freely accessible to all, but it typically also refers to art that’s funded by public money—which is to say taxpayer money. Less often, it refers […]