Loneliness Studies

There is a fine and at times undetectable line between reading affect into artwork and diagnosing it with the inflections of biography. In The Lonely City,  Olivia Laing manages to posthumously pathologize the loneliness of four canonical artists, despite criticizing that exact impulse, underscoring the ease with which we do so.

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Worst Fear, Best Fantasy

In the realm of politics, a one-person protest is a failure. Shifted to a different context, Sharon Hayes's solo demonstrations open up possibilities a large-scale protest never could. If art is to continue to hold a space for itself within the arena of politics, it needs to make room for indeterminate speech acts like those of Hayes. 

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