Art is not an end, art is only the beginning

I went to London to see art. You all know my involvement with Agnes Martin. But I actually planned my visit so that it coincided with the  grand opening of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts.  From the exhibition at RA: Straight, (2008-12), steel reinforcing bars In the background:  Names of the Student…

Falling into art

The French artist Yves Klein is perhaps most famous for his invention of the color International Klein Blue (IKB), IKB was developed by Yves Klein in collaboration with Edouard Adam, a Parisian art paint supplier whose shop is still in business on the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet in Paris. The uniqueness of IKB does not derive from the…

The sound of the language is where it all begins

It’s Monday, it’s the beginning of a new week in pursuit of the gorgeous sound of language. I’ll be starting my day by reading a few pages in Ursula K. Le Guin’s excellent book Steering the Craft This is how it starts: The sound of the language is where it all begins. The test of a sentence…

How creativity works

The way of an artist is an entirely different way. It is a way of surrender. He must surrender to his own mind — Agnes Martin As many artists, Agnes Martin underlined the necessity of having a strict schedule, she went to her studio at least three hours every morning, whether she felt like it or not, where…

A beautiful mind

How does one write beyond words? AGNES MARTIN: Untitled from the “On a Clear Day” portfolio (1973). Screenprint on Japanese rag paper. My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.  – Agnes Martin Agnes…

Paying attention

Insight? Philosophy from Plato up into our time has been trying to “save” art from emotions. But one has to remember: The mind is not floating in space but connected to a body. Is the process of theorization nothing but the old trick of masculinity trying to trump femininity – order to repress chaos, logic to…

Reviews in Norweigian

My reviews in Norwegian are posted over at KRITISK Peter Doig: Pelican, Stag (2003)

Art instigate art

Lately Edward Hirsch has been influencing my way of thinking about art. Hirsch says things like “the purpose of poetry is not first and foremost to inspire the writer, but to inspire the reader”, and “there is not enough talk about emotions in contemporary criticism”. He is preoccupied by – and gives great importance to – the reader’s experience….