Installation art: Who cares?

Installation art: Who cares?

More artists choose for new, volatile materials as wax, tape, foam and pixels. How do museums deals with the conservaton of such art works, or non-material art? Tracy Metz presents this documentary of Maarten Tromp for Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst.

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Dale Chihuly: glass on steroids

Dale Chihuly: glass on steroids

I arrived in Boston just in time to tag along with my friends Matthew Kiefer and Nan Porter to a high-style opening for sponsors of the exhibition Dale Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chihuly), of which they are patrons. The whole event had a slightly surreal tinge to it. No doubt in part because I was jetlagged, but also because of the nature of Chihuly’s work, with its orgiastic colors and woozy swirling underwater shapes.  Read the article…

‘Simulating Iraq’ in America

‘Simulating Iraq’ in America

The exhibition ‘Reality Check’ staged by Fotodok shows work by photographers who mix documentary and fiction. One of them is the American Claire Beckett (32), who photographed at various military installations where army and marine corps personnel are trained for their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year work of hers was include in the Noorderlicht show ‘War Zone’. Read the article…

The new town in the polder

The new town in the polder

New towns are a bit like pop stars: They age more publicly, and more painfully, than the rest of us. After all, how long can you keep up with the moniker “new”? When the first blush of youth passes, what then? The Dutch new town of Almere is an interesting case in point. Read the article…