Claire Bishop

Making Art Global

BOOKS

March 2014

AROUND THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM, books dealing with the relatively new art-historical subgenre of exhibition history were few and far between. The category pretty much comprised the anthology Thinking About Exhibitions (Bruce W. Ferguson … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2014 [TOC]

the Manchester International Festival

PERFORMANCE

October 2013

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2007, the Manchester Inter­national Festival has leaned heavily on curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for advice on the portion of its programming devoted to visual art, which the biennial always features alongside big-name … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2013 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

September 2013

DEPENDING ON WHOM YOU SPEAK TO, the Lithuania/Cyprus pavilion is either an unforgettably atmospheric nonpavilion that sets new standards for post-national, site-specific representation in Venice, or an obfuscating haze of fictions without … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2013 [TOC]

Sharjah Biennial 11

May 2013

IT’S MY FIRST RESEARCH TRIP to the Middle East, and I am woefully underprepared. What do I know about Sharjah? Only that it’s a “dry” emirate (in both climate and alcohol consumption) that has invested seriously in culture and heritage… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

December 2012

ONE OF THE FEW HIGHLIGHTS of this past summer’s Cultural Olympiad, the UK government’s austerity-busting spending spree, was the July opening of the Tanks, Tate Modern’s new gallery spaces. Back in the days when Tate Modern was a power… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2012 [TOC]

DIGITAL DIVIDE: CONTEMPORARY ART AND NEW MEDIA

September 2012

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DIGITAL ART? Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when we got our first e-mail accounts. Wasn’t there a pervasive sense that visual art was going to get digital, too, harnessing the new technologies that were just … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]

CLAIRE BISHOP

September 2011

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, eight years ago, that the biennial as an exhibition format had peaked? In hindsight, it appears that Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta 11 in 2002 and Francesco Bonami’s “Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2011 [TOC]

Rooms for Improvement

The Manchester International Festival

July 2011 MANCHESTER

UNLIKE ITS NORTHERN NEIGHBOR LIVERPOOL, Manchester has long eschewed the biennial in favor of a cross-disciplinary, celebrity-laced International Festival. Its first edition, held in 2007, premiered “Il Tempo del Postino” (Philippe Parreno… READ ON

DIARY

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: THE ART OF PAWEŁ ALTHAMER

February 2011

MOST PEOPLE KNOW Paweł Althamer’s art only on the basis of his sculpture: densely worked, life-size figures, often depicting himself or his immediate family, that combine organic materials with found objects such as clothing or glasses. … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2011 [TOC]

RATE OF RETURN: THE ARTIST PLACEMENT GROUP

October 2010

IN ITS FORTY-YEAR HISTORY, London’s Hayward gallery, like any art institution, has had its fair share of exhibitions that failed to pull in the masses. One of the standard-bearers in this category was “Inno₇0,” which, according to … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2010 [TOC]