Imagine a high-end supermarket: you stroll by with your trolley whilst enjoying a cup of fair trade espresso, examining the goods, checking expiry dates, ingredient composition and place of origin and production. Your enjoyment of your shopping experience is partly derived from ‘being on the right end of things’, a moral sense of wellbeing. This is a useful imaginary exercise and the analogy with the art world (or art market) is not entirely far-fetched.
The Happy Hypocrite is a curious biannual journal edited by Maria Fusco, a London based Belfast born writer and lecturer. One could have said a curious little journal but that might unnecessarily demean its calm yet resounding potency. Slightly larger than an A5, smaller than the magazine you now hold in your hands, The Happy Hypocrite radiates an assured tone not of conceit nor of pride but of tranquil promise. With such underground publications such as Documents, The Fox, Merlin and Bananas as its inspiration, The Happy Hypocrite (a journal not a magazine) promises, indeed guarantees, the urgency for a different kind of (art) writing.
The tone and character of the discourse on art is increasingly being determined by museums and institutes that have taken the discussion of their activities into their own hands. What is happening to art criticism?
The Status of Contemporary Art Criticism
A Conversation with Rosalind Krauss
01/05/08 Sjoukje van der Meulen
As editor of the American art magazine Artforum and then the theoretical art journal October, Rosalind Krauss has followed the development of art criticism for over thirty years from very close by, contributing in no small measure herself to the direction it has taken. On the basis of her experience, how does she define the task of the art critic, now that her position is being criticized from various quarters?
Living with Censorship
20/04/08 Keiko Sei
In some parts of the world, writing about art is a risky business. Like in Thailand and Burma, where critics must reckson with the rules of the censor.
Contemporary Art in Tehran
20/02/07 Nasrin Tabatabai
At the invitation of artist Nasrin Tabatabai, architects Niloufar Niksar, Kianoosh Vahabi and film maker Poutia Jahanshad from Tehran discuss the state of artistic production in their country. In Iran, visual art is still seen as opponent of the system unless it conforms to the gevernment's ideological principles.