Art in Print
Liverpool Biennial Review – Litterbugs, Light Shows and Left Luggage
Adrian Searle on this year’s Liverpool Biennial: “Rather than a single curator, the current biennial has a ‘curatorial faculty’, which makes the whole thing sound like an academic symposium. A brainstorming exercise run amok, the biennial’s themes are played out through a series of entangled episodes and heavily flagged curatorial rubrics, including Monuments from the Future, Flashbacks, Ancient Greece, Children’s Episodes, Software, and Chinatown.”
“Showing the same artists in multiple venues does give the show a kind of continuity, but also makes it enervating. Oh no, you say, not this again. You have to fight to find the good stuff.”
Liverpool Biennial is at venues across the city until 16 October.
New Evidence on van Gogh’s Ear Sheds Light on Painter’s Mental State
For the modern age, Vincent Van Gogh embodies the dark romantic association of genius and insanity. Yet, the new exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam questions what it sees as a romantic myth about the Dutch artist, who lethally shot himself in a cornfield at Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890.
Using a combination of art, written documents and a severely rusted revolver that was found by a farmer in 1960 in that same cornfield, On the Verge of Insanity argues that far from inspiring his art, Van Gogh’s illness was an impediment to his talent. It stopped him working for long periods, and he heroically defied its totally uncreative effects to create some of the most powerful art in history.
On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness is at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, from 15 July to 25 September.
Thousands of people stripped naked for art
On Saturday, about 3,200 people stripped and slathered on one of four shades of blue paint in Kingston upon Hull, England, as part of the “Sea of Hull” art project, which celebrates the city’s maritime culture.
The project was dreamed up by US photographer Spencer Tunick, who told The Daily Mail how overwhelmed he was by the locals’ support, “I can’t believe it. It was cold, it was chilly, people had to put lotion like paint all over their bodies — every part.”
“It’s beautiful,” Tunick, 49, said. “We are little strokes of paint. Everybody is equal.” His photographs from the art installation will be displayed next year.