September 6th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MISCHA KUBALL
Wolfsburg and Utopias

August 30th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND II
A new expedition on the CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
Bright blue and white ceramics fill the dining room with warmth and visual appeal

August 23rd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IDE TO POLAND I
A new expedition on the CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
Starts today in Warsaw through 3 October

August 2nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ
SUMMER IN PARIS

July 30th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 26th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ARCO MADRID,
1st Art Fair in 2 years

July 23rd 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

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July 19th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 16th 2021

UNAPOLOGETIC CONTENT.

July 12th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
IN THE ARTIST'S STUDIO
JASON BUTLER "THE COLLAGES"
Pop-Up Exhibition, Jersey

July 5th 2021

STILL BEHIND THE SCENES:
NINA NOWAK'S EXHIBITION
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen

June 28th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
PER KIRKEBY UNREALISED BRICK PROJECTS
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen

June 21st 2021

NEW ARRIVALS:
MISCHA KUBALL

June 18th 2021

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
HELMUT FEDERLE NIETZSCHE-HAUS SILS-MARIA
Schwabe AG Basel, 2004 Peter André Bloch & Jan Thorn-Prikker
on the occasion of Helmut Federle's "Edelweiss im Nietzsche-Haus, Sils-Maria" exhibition in Nietzsche's Haus, Sept 2004 to July 2005

June 14th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
L'INTERSTICE ARLES OPENING
JOSETTE SAYERS AND GUILLAUME ZUILI'S PHOTOGRAPHS
Brave and fearless

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June 4th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
THE LAUNCH OF REAL TIME AND THE 3BS

May 24th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
MATHILDE BRETILLOT DESIGNS NEW MUSEUM FOR LA MANUFACTURE DE GIEN

May 17th 2021

THIS TIME TWO YEARS AGO:
DRAW ART FAIR, LONDON, 2019, DESIGNER MATHILDE BRETILLOT AND ARCHITECT MISKA MILLER-LOVEGROVE

May 10th 2021

NEW ARRIVALS:
WETTERLING, STOCKHOLM

April 25th 2021

A WALK IN MY LIBRARY:
HELMUT FEDERLE
ABSTRACT PAINTING OF AMERICA AND EUROPE
Ritter Verlag, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, 1988

April 11th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LUKAS HOFFMANN, CNAP ACQUISITION AND TWO EXHIBITIONS

April 9th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ, WEFRAC 2021

February 22nd 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
RICHARD MILAZZO OBSZINE #3
The Sadness of Bad Thinking

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February 15th 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES:
RICHARD MILAZZO OBSZINE #3, ART, POETRY, AND THE PATHOS OF COMMUNICATION,
The Art of Impeachment

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BEHIND THE SCENES:
LUKAS HOFFMANN, CNAP ACQUISITION AND TWO EXHIBITIONS

April 11th 2021

PART I

Coming up on the one year anniversary of Covid; I am mindful of things that have escaped notice, small things, light against the wall in my new office. Very cold weather again in Paris, the sun unrelenting wants to say, spring is near. Temperatures falling. Small fires light vineyards and orchards across France, ominous as if even here, in the most basic of activities, wine making and fruit cultivation nature will not let us rest in this dark year.

Enough you want to say, isn’t this enough. To lose an entire year of wine or olives or fruit feels like a slap at the end of a long argument with nature; after premature spring and almost summer heat last month, hail, sleet, freezing temperatures again. Time and light, cold and heat. Relentless nature again.

Things do not look the same even if we think they are the same. Today a colleague will for the first time in a year have friends in the back garden of his London home for drinks. Paris is still confined. I walk daily as if I am my own pet, going out for air and to feel my legs taking quick steps again. Everything looks different. Is different. I have had the vaccine.

We are all changed. Even the most anarchistic among us — brazen in the face of this. Sneaking out to private gatherings, private bars, underground dancing and indiscriminate travels. I do not judge. Trying to outsmart this by staying in my shell like a turtle. Nose popping out from time to time. Catching light against the side of a building, or the turn of a man on the street near me, a car speeding at the light near the Hotel Bristol.

This is how seeing the patience in a black and white photograph by Lukas Hoffmann feels like art for this time. Of course these works were made earlier, but in their austerity I find comfort now more than ever.

PART II

These works he shows now in a gallery exhibition in Zurich* and a group show in Biel** reference moments in time when we thought life was there for the taking, a second lost as it presents itself in the blink of an eye, which is after all what we have when his shutter closes. In street scenes where he hides the small camera (not like the large box camera we recall from the pictorial landscapes redolent with detail).

I know this work; I have known this artist before and after he creates these works but I want to say that he has been making these works to show us now, in this spring of 2021, that these very moments are the best of all. The most important moment. Now. As all the wisdom traditions have been telling us, this expansive beautiful present moment is what artists fight to catch. Hoffmann is no exception. Like all good artists, he makes this fight disappear from our eyes. The photographs appear with a certainty of someone older than he is.

This old or timeless eye in his young body gives the tension to the forms that cry out for a wind or sing to us of time spent generating folds in a linen jacket hanging just so down the back of a man crossing the street. Or the light on a white tee-shirt becomes classical armour against ebony arms and neck of someone just there who becomes, in a split second, heroic, a god. Hoffmann’s subject is never what shows us, it is time itself, this moment. In this his work is conceptual not image based.

He has been lauded by CNAP in their acquisitions of two kinds of walls, one divined by mother nature, the other man made; again thinking of the fires between the repetitive rows of vines and olive trees, the regularity of nature belies her chaos. Hoffmann understands this and sees it as a given, with its complexity and its urgent now-ness. It is not that he uses the camera to stop time; it is that he can slow it down to us as light and shadow. A trauma inside appears, a crack, slowly opens into a pause, like a breath.

*(Passages (solo show) Galerie annex14, April 10 – May 22 2021)

**(Aeschlimann-Corti-Stipendium 2021 (group show) Centre d’Art Pasquart, Biel, April 18 – June 13 2021. Opening April 17, 11 am – 6 pm)