On an Island, Hypothetically: Robert Smithson’s First UK Exhibition

January 5, 2021

Displayed in Robert Smithson’s current exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery is the artist’s unrealized Forking Island (1971), rendered in paint on a mirror. With its searching projections reaching outward from a central point, the island looks less like a landmass and more like a network, its form presenting a problem to the hypothetical cartographer. We […]

London Diary: Art After Lockdown

October 26, 2020

Visiting the Whitechapel Gallery after lockdown was the first time, to my knowledge, that I had my temperature read in public. I can tell you that I saw Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium on Sunday, July 26 at 4:30, because I had to book in advance and I still have the confirmation email. […]

As Monuments to the Mighty Fall, Museums Confront Their Legacies

July 16, 2020

If history is written by the victors, then Bristol is yet to declare a winner. In fact, it’s precisely this one-sided view of history that is on trial throughout Europe and the US. The port city in Southwest England was built on the transatlantic slave trade, and sustained by the beneficence of Edward Colston of […]

David Zwirner Takes Younger Galleries Under Wing During CV Crisis

May 1, 2020

To confront the new reality of social distancing under COVID-19, galleries are engaging in a virtual arms race. Whether experimenting with virtual and augmented reality, or building more basic digital platforms to keep connected with clients, dealers and auction houses are fast-tracking their digital strategies. On a superficial level, these efforts appear to be paying […]

Report from London

March 27, 2020

Over the past several weeks Londoners have been living in a time warp. On Friday, March 12, I visited White Cube Bermondsey where, as my phone convulsed with push notifications and emails of museum closures in the United States, a gloved gallery attendant stood by the entrance to open the door for me. As each […]