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present-day Hashima, Japan

Memories of buildings at NYU’s 80 WSE Gallery and Orhan Pamuk’s book The Innocence of Objects

Four Houses, Some Buildings and Other Spaces, an exhibition curated by Berta Sichel at NYU’s 80 WSE Gallery  through March 16 brings together ten artists (or artists-collaborations) around the ideals and memories invested in buildings, other man-made structures, and their remains. They investigate the subjects of who determines the built environment, who establishes its meaning, who tells its history, and which of multiple histories are preserved. The story they tell is complex, nuanced and provocative, without being tendentious. The artists, from Europe, North and South America, are primarily interested in buildings as bearers of ideas – either those of their ... More » »

detail of light box, Magdalena Pederin’s ‘The Name is an Anagram’ (2006); all photos by Aram Jibilian

‘Resonance; Looking for Mr. McLuhan’ at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

2011 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan and to mark the occasion, Pratt held an exhibition, Resonance; Looking for Mr. McLuhan, curated by Berta Sichel, director of the department of audiovisuals and chief-curator of film and video at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Mariano Salvador, also of the Reina Sophia; it ran Oct. 21-Dec. 21, 2011. In the 1960s McLuhan was widely derided by fellow academics for his extremely popular books that dealt with the implications of changing technology upon human relations.   Forty-five years after the publication of Understanding Media (1962) and ... More » »

Art Basel Miami Beach and Associated Art in Miami

This was the fifth time I’d gone to ABMB (Art Basel Miami Beach) and the multi-ring circus that includes the peripheral art fairs, local museums, collectors who run private museum spaces, temporary public projects and various lectures, performances, film showings and parties. I decided to take it easy and be guided by the interests of several friends who were also in Miami for the events, spending two days with tv news producer, Jake Haselkorn, who’s spent the past 20 years covering Asia and my good friend, Berta Sichel, Director of the Film Department at the Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid, as ... More » »