Venice Biennale 2013

With ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ (The Encyclopedic Palace) curator Massimiliano Gioni has expanded the customary roll-call of established and emerging artists to embrace more liminal figures, adroitly evading any binding definition of Outsider Art through a generalised notion of the ‘inner image’. An intriguing side-effect is that it casts its eye over the modernist period through…

Ciclo: ¡Vampiros!

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires January-February 2013 The cinematic spirit of the Scala lives on in Buenos Aires, fittingly similar to the undead celebrated in the recent season at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Malba). Combining élan with opportunism, Ciclo: ¡Vampiros! is programmed to catch a little heat off the…

Cine-Excess VI Film Festival

Italian Cultural Institute, London, 24-26 May 2012 B is for B-movie, and ‘basterds’, of course – the ‘Inglourious’ kind. B is also for ‘balletic violence’ and ‘bodies launched from trampolines to a symphony of explosions’ – both specialities of Enzo G. Castellari, who, together with Sergio Martino, was honoured at this year’s Cine-Excess festival. The…

Long Live the New Flesh

The YBAs always seemed to be in a hurry, as if bound to a gaining clock, and so it’s fitting that the two most significant artists associated with the movement both have major long term exhibitions in London one year shy of the 25th anniversary of Freeze. Hirst has his oft-delayed Tate retrospective, timed to…