When Is It Time?: A Case For the Death of Art

Sentimental. Adjective. “Having or arousing feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way.” We feel this way about art sometimes. But why? Maybe it’s time we reconsider the value of art, and stop clinging onto the past… Words by Alexander Stubbs. First published 13th March, 2021, at The Mackayan. WalkContinue reading “When Is It Time?: A Case For the Death of Art”

What happens when history is kept behind closed doors?

Christie’s, the world famous auction house, has closed public access to their public archives. Exclusivity, it seems, is paramount for the elite… Words by Alexander Stubbs. First published February 27th, 2021 at The Mackayan. When we talk about a place like Christie’s, we imbue a certain sentimentality upon it. Sentimentality is our way of placing importanceContinue reading “What happens when history is kept behind closed doors?”

Capturing Multiplicity: The Conceptual Work of Charles Gaines

Charles Gaines, perhaps America’s most preeminent conceptual artist that has flown under the radar, has his first UK solo show in 2021. So why has it taken so long?… Words by Alexander Stubbs. First published February 13th, 2021 at The Mackayan. When we overlay an image or a thing onto something else, it’s ostensibly anContinue reading “Capturing Multiplicity: The Conceptual Work of Charles Gaines”

A Figure of Liberation: Robert Legorreta’s Cyclona

Often overlooked, Robert Legorreta’s subversive performance art of the late 1960s gained him notoriety amongst L.A.’s artistic circles. Legorreta’s drag persona, Cyclona, stands as a somewhat misunderstood demonstration of gender, style, and sexuality, blurring the boundaries between masculinity and femininity and calling into question his own Chicano identity… Words by Katja Fjeld By the 1970s,Continue reading “A Figure of Liberation: Robert Legorreta’s Cyclona”

Chila Kumari Singh Burman: From Radical to Sentimental, and Beyond

Chila Burman’s latest multimedia installation, remembering a brave new world, is currently on display as part of the Tate Britain Winter Commission. Here, we take a look at Burman’s career, and how radical politics has informed personal memory… Words by Alexander Stubbs Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s (1957-) work over the past thirty years has addressedContinue reading “Chila Kumari Singh Burman: From Radical to Sentimental, and Beyond”