Robert Katz’ book ‘Naked by the Window: The Fatal Marriage of Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta’ is evocative and horrifying, and thirty years after its publication, the death of Ana Mendieta is still a very contested narrative. I offer a response here.
There’s been several conversations I’ve had with various artists and cultural workers over the past year, regarding ‘the problem of performance art.’ I gather some of these ideas – and opinions – here, to proffer some praise and dismissal of the often controversial platform of performance art.
Your intrepid #artcriticfromhell delves into film criticism (not a new space for me, but one I revisit now and again) for two films that offer different attractions. One lampoons – or realizes – the contemporary art world, and another indicates that realism is not so much a genre, as an attitude.