Mark Sheerin

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BEXHILL-ON-SEA, England — Liveness is a difficult quality to prescribe in a work of art. But to borrow a phrase from an obscenity trial, you will know it when you see it. This is especially true when the medium is painting. It is alive, yes, but it is not always so vital as in the current show, I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart, at De La Warr Pavilion.

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Museums

Counting Up With Martin Creed

by Mark Sheerin on March 21, 2014

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LONDON — The fact he gives each work a number is the first thing anyone learns about Martin Creed. His website lists “Work No. 3″ up to “Work No. 1674″ and counting. Pointing out the UK artist likes seriality is like pointing out that Pollock liked drips or that Duchamp liked plumbing or even the fact that Michelangelo could paint upside down.

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MARRAKESH, Morocco — A coach full of journalists and Biennale folk gets lost, but it is not yet cause for panic. All we know is we are somewhere between Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains.

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Museums

Mean Green Performance Machine

by Mark Sheerin on February 24, 2014

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NOTTINGHAM, U.K. — Seeing both notebook and pen, a fellow spectator says with some disbelief: “Are you reviewing this? Well, good luck!” My challenges are well apparent, thanks to the inexplicable outbreaks of dance, song and puppetry.

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BEXHILL-ON-SEA, England — Structural plans, both manmade and cosmic, are brought to light by the paintings of Alison Turnbull. The meticulous results are abstracted if not complete abstracts.

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Articles

Exploring the Aesthetic Ear

by Mark Sheerin on December 24, 2013

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BRIGHTON, UK — Earsthetic is a new event series at the Brighton Dome focusing on artists who conceive of their projects in both the visual and sonic realms. What you see is what you hear, and vice versa.

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LONDON — At a press view on the Southbank, Dayanita Singh warned the assembled crowd that she gets a twinge whenever referred to as a photographer. And yet her photographs proliferate throughout the Hayward Gallery, where her exhibition Go Away Closer is installed, with many more on display than a conventional show of the form.

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Articles

Tips on Starting an Art Fair

by Mark Sheerin on December 3, 2013

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LONDON — There are plenty of ways to respond to a major art fair: excitement, dread, awe, disgust. What not many people come away thinking is, ‘I could do that.’ But if you have a hankering to build a roster of galleries and drum up a swarm of visitors, the three-year-old Sluice Art Fair may offer a few lessons.

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Museums

Ana Mendieta’s Many Elements

by Mark Sheerin on November 19, 2013

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LONDON — If an artist rejects a label, must we respect that? In her short lifetime, Ana Mendieta took pains to point out that she was not a land artist, not a performance artist, not a body artist, not even a feminist as that term might be understood in the United States.

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Interviews

The Moon in a Box

by Mark Sheerin on November 18, 2013

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BRIGHTON, U.K. — Not one but two Moons are currently in orbit ’round this planet of ours. There’s the homely satellite we landed on, over Mexico at the time of this writing. But there’s another which has been sped on its way by British artist Katie Paterson, hers a piece of meteoric Moon rock in air freight transit, currently over the English town of Bath in Somerset.

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