Curator, writer and historian, working across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art.

Work

To the Manner Reborn

Originally commissioned by Rago Auctions, January 2018.

Albert Paley's formal maneuvers replicate themselves in breathtakingly extended series, each a riff on all the others, like a physically manifested Coltrane solo.

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Vanishing Point

Previously unpublished.

Nasreen Mohamedi photographs an Indian loom. If this was indeed a found composition, as appears to be the case, then the finding itself was an act of genius.

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Anissa Mack at the Aldrich

Originally published with Hyperallergic, December 2017.

In 1996, at the age of 26, Anissa Mack entered every single category in the Durham Agriculture Fair. But there was a big difference between her and the other entrants, and it was not just the volume of her craftwork. Mack was making art.

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Curating the Super Normal

 

 

Originally published in Art in America magazine in December 2017.

Paola Antonelli has described the MoMA exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” as a show of the “super normal.” Nearly every visitor will be wearing variations on the very objects that are on display. It is a risky project—and what it risks is being boring.

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Banners Unfurled

 

 

Originally published in Disegno in December 2017.

It’s early days yet, but it looks as though the sheer awfulness of recent events is ushering in another vital age of protest design.

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Tiffany's Everyday Objects

 

 

Originally published in frieze online, December 2017.

The website Scary Mommy remarks that the Everyday Objects collection “is here to confuse you and make you feel poor.” Well, yes – but no more so than a lot of contemporary art is.

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