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6th June 2015

We’ve scrubbed Dennis Nona’s art from our galleries to our cost

A prominent Australian artist has been jailed for serious crimes and, in response, some public galleries have removed his art from their walls. ” I am all in favour of historical reassessments … but the moment we start to read our contemporary moral values into an artist’s biography, no matter how justified, and use this as a yardstick in the assessment of their art, I suspect we are on a very slippery path.”

On Kawara – Silence at the Guggenheim

Conceptual art is sometimes challenging because it prioritises the “idea” over the intrinsic artistic qualities of the work. Kawara was a Japanese – American conceptual artist who died last year. This essay does a nice job of drawing out the narrative thread of his career.