Zoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2014. She is also researching a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the subject of romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists. She has appeared on BBC's The Review Show and Sky News
19 November 2012 01:26 PM
This exhibition borrows its title from a 2001 installation by RCA alumna Tracey Emin, which, unsurprisingly, is categorized in the Personal Expression section.
17 November 2012 12:00 AM
This exhibition is exceptional for many reasons. To collect so many wonderful works in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake is a feat. Moreover, the artists do not belong to the Haitian elite, trained in European art schools, but to the country's urban and rural poor.
06 November 2012 10:18 AM
A photograph of Matisse working in his studio as an elderly man inspired the young American conceptual artist Mel Bochner to create Theory of Painting (1970). It was not the woman that Matisse was painting on the canvas that caught Bochner’s attention, however, but the newspapers spread under his feet.
22 October 2012 09:54 AM
"The history of colonialism is that of a process of generalised zombification of mankind," wrote Haitian intellectual and poet René Depestre.
17 October 2012 04:06 PM
A woman exhales a cloud of faint colour. Her expression is caught in profile, one feeble hand propping up her chin. She stares into the cloud as though she could divine her future there. While the colours are chimeric – pink, and yellow, and lilac – her face is impassive, even hard. She seems almost bored by her own magical power.
11 October 2012 12:34 PM
"This is my art," Mark Humphrey announces in a film that accompanies his new exhibition of fashion, furniture, sculpture, architecture, and interior design.
10 October 2012 12:00 AM
The Pony Express is a luxuriant painting by Kermit Oliver, the Texan postal worker who has been quietly designing scarves for Hermès since 1980.
08 October 2012 11:37 AM
Phil Collins was working in Jessops and studying for his MFA when he came upon the idea of turning customers' photos into art. These common-place images - of people getting married or getting drunk - possessed an unguarded intimacy, at once posed and trusting.
02 October 2012 12:00 AM
From a holy puppet to a Malibu palace, and contemporary or not, this year's crop of Turner Prize hopefuls get Zoe Pilger's approval
22 September 2012 07:22 PM
A white vulture called The Critic (2012) is perched on a branch. The sculpture is part of a “choreographed environment” by Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen, 51, and Ingar Dragset, 43. The vulture/critic feasts mostly on carrion, but may also pounce on sick or wounded animals. It is known to wait.
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