A profound experience of the absence of profundity

The protagonist in Ben Lerner’s first novel: Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), starts every morning with a visit to the Prado in Madrid: I arrived one morning at the Van der Weyden to find someone had taken my place. He was standing exactly where I normally stood and for a moment I was startled, as if… More A profound experience of the absence of profundity

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… More Paying attention

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.… More Art instigate art

on art writing

Recently I have found writings on poetry to be much more relevant for visual art, than specialized visual art writing, such as reviews, catalogue texts or research papers. Writings on poetry, and especially texts on poetry written by poets, seem to grasp art more directly, even if the poet’s language are poetic -and by definition… More on art writing

Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life

I write and underline in every interesting book I read. Making notes in beautiful art-books is obviously rather foolish, but if I’m to engage with what I read, I need to have a pen in hand, to scribble. This is also why I much prefer paper to digital books.  The text above is an excerpt… More Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life

Agnes Martin

I am about to start working on an essay on the painter Agnes Martin. Agnes Martin is currently (3 June – 11 October 2015) on show at Tate Modern, London. Following the presentation at Tate Modern, the retrospective will travel to Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim… More Agnes Martin

On-going reading list

plans for a never-ending summer Author Title 1. Julian Barnes Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art 2. Heidi Julavits The Folded Clock: A Diary 3.  Sarah Manguso Ongoingness: The End of a Diary 4. Frances Morris, etc Agnes Martin 5. Nancy Princenthal Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art 6. Sally Mann Hold Still: A… More On-going reading list