There’s starting to be scientific language to talk about the kind of experiences with art that have often been referred to as “ineffable.” In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Steven Winn approaches the subject from a personal point of http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/29/DDG81Q1THL1.DTL">view, but also includes references to more thorough discussions such as Timothy D. Wilson’s Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. An even more approachable reading, which relates research directly to responses to an artwork, is the introduction to Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. If you haven’t yet encountered Gladwell’s bestseller, it’s a worthy candidate for your summer reading list.
We will miss you, Roy DeForest.
A note from Adrian Searle I liked his piece about Tracey Emin as chosen artist for the British Pavilion & this quote is how it ends: “Personally I care neither more nor less about the British Pavilion than I do about any other. Tracey Emin should be seen, first and last, as an artist amongst artists, and thought about in those terms. The rest is bullshit.”
Emily Prince, who was included in Bay Area Now 4 at YBCA, will be in the Venice Biennale. Interestingly, according to Artforum, she is the only young person in the exhibit and this is the first Biennale to be organized by an artistic director from the United States.