in print

Ved å la det grusomme og det vakre gå hånd i hånd, setter Richard Mosse betrakterens etikk og moral på prøve. REVIEW – IN NORWEGIAN

Art Criticism: “A Term I’ve Always Kind of Disliked”

“…[M]y 50 years of art writing have often been motivated by a desire to escape the art world. I’m … pleased that the award is for art writing and not art criticism, a term I’ve always kind of disliked, since most of what I know about art I learned from artists, and artists from pretty…

This is how it works

– or at least how I work Some notes on writing a review   My preconceptions about an exhibition – what I expect to see, feel and think – rarely turn out to be in accordance with how I actually experience a certain show when in it. When I exit an exhibition I have to…

here I am –

– trying to get teenagers interested in literature … me presenting books Trying to get them to want to read books (instead of going online :)), and encouraging them to reflect upon what they have read. A very interesting and challenging task. students talking about funny books These 17-years-old are part of a national jury called Ungdommens…

“Don’t talk. I can’t hear myself see!”

a post inspired by Slow Muse As an art critic I have for a very long time been concerned about all kinds of written statements accompanying art exhibitions. In our post-conceptual area written descriptions and declarations more often than not dominate the art arena, at the expense of visual sensibility. As a critic I expect an art…

– to muddy pure and sacred waters

Last week I wrote 4 art reviews. Which meant little or no time for reading. Hopefully this week will give me some time to catch up. As stated before, I am as a critic (by the definition Alain de Botton and many others operates with) a part of the art establishment. I agree with this…

… art as therapy?!

What is art for? It’s a difficult question, a question we tend to ignore in the sphere of contemporary art and theory. We, the establishment, find it rather naïve to ask such a blunt question. We are sometimes very unsure of ourselves as artist (why am I doing this? Am I good enough?? etc.), but…

writing ambitiously –

If you are a student or a scholar (- or a critic), writing is what you do. It can only make sense to do it absolutely as well as you are able – James Elkins *    Axel Antas © Obstructed view (Horizon), 2010