Thursday, 3 September 2015

Beautiful Boxes: Food for Your Eyes, 1

Things discussed: Triennale; Arts&Foods; Expo 2015; Impractical Furniture; 3-D Encyclopedias; Dioramas; Liver Cleavers; Houses of Better Days.

Special/Expo 2015
written by f

In the course its three "acts", Arts&Foods lets you see atomic shelters and space pods, avant-garde kitchens and bourgeois dining rooms, cocktail bars and wildly impractical furniture; a fully built temporary house; model cargo ships from a bygone era; tiny people buying tiny groceries and even tinier people tormented in a McDonald's hell; huts made of bread, and couches made of bread, and igloos, also made of bread. And giant hot dogs having a nap by the campfire. 

While We Lay Awake

Things discussed: Reboots; Art Biennale; Expo 2015; Enthusiasm; Vast Oceans Unspoken.

Special/Expo 2015Special/Biennale 2015
written by e&f

It's been a very long hiatus. But how long can a hiatus be before ushering a reboot?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

At a Glance: Art Before Christmas @ Art Kitchen Superground

Things discussed: Art Before Christmas; Art Kitchen; Superground; Amends; Delays; other things.

written by e&f

We've been distracted. We've been sluggish. And we've been busy on other things. But we haven't abandoned Bishops&Queens.

Things are about to change. Not just change back to the old routine, but, starting 2015, the blog will be snappier, buzzing with news and diagonal takes and fresh cuts. 

We'll be all over the place. In a good way. We'll be in, out, on and around the box. Literally.

Talking of promise: a very long time ago we had two interviews with the gorgeous people running Art Kitchen in Milan. We never got to post them. We will. First thing next year.

It may not be enough to make up for the delay, but we invite all of you who live, pass by or gravitate around Milan in these days to go and visit their great space Superground and take part to their new feat: Art Before Christmas.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Expansion: Cildo Meireles

Things discussed: HangarBicocca; Cildo Meireles; installations; Milan; stench; radios; glass; synaesthesia; Popes; bones; eggs; bullets; ice-cubes.

HangarBicocca is never a disappointment. (I am always more convinced it is truly one of the best art venues in Milan.) It wasn’t again when I went to see Installations by Cildo Meireles


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Out of Space: Many Happy Returns

Things discussed: The Kiss; Constantin Brâncuși; John Berger; Everything that Rises; Lawrence Weschler; Convergences; Perfumes and Shampoos; Early Christian Art; Jorge Luis Borges; Love, eternal.


The Kiss (Le baiser), the haunting sculpture by Constantin Brâncuși, is possibly one of the greatest works of art of all time. To me, it's up there with three or four others at most. 

And it's been part of my life for so long now it's impossible to imagine it without: it stuck in my mind when I saw a picture of it as a child, and, as I grew up, its power over my aesthetic sense, emotions, expectations, and fears, has never faded.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Cura Te Ipsum: The Rest of the Words

Things discussed: Gravestones; Patches of Sunlight; Retirement; Inner Light; Shaven Lawn.

written by f

Constantin Brancusi, Le Baiser

Following up on e's obsession with captionsyou may find examples of it here, here, and herehere's another curatorial speculation: an exhibition of captions.