Beautiful Eccentrics

Pablo Helguera
non-art thoughts about art
Created 06 Dec 2020
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  • The Small Inconveniences of Art Theft
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    [To our readers: We are happy to report that Beautiful Eccentrics will be offering two live radio programs as part of Performa 2021 Biennial on October 27 and 28th. More details on this soon. Hope you...
  • Duchamp in Colonia Nápoles
    15 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 10 0
    The following excerpt is from the Performance A Journal of the Year of the Pharmacy, presented in conjunction with an exhibition at the Shirley Fitterman Art Center in New York, opening on Friday, Oct...
  • Artoon Interlude
    08 Oct 2021 8 1
  • The Complete Art Business Letter Writer
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 15 0
    It is hard to understate the amount of time that those who work in art administration spend crafting and drafting emails. “It’s exhausting” —I remember a museum colleague saying once in regards of hav...
  • Tell Me Everything
    23 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 12 1
    Lygia Clark, Dialogue Googles, 1968 A few years back I was part of an art therapy conference. I was interested in how it was different from most art conferences I usually attend. Art therapists exist ...
  • National Geographic
    16 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 8 0
    Puerto Williams, Chile Today is September 16, Mexican Independence Day. On the night of September 16, 2006, exactly 15 years ago to the day, I was sitting by myself at another Independence Day celebra...
  • Participation Anxiety
    09 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 5 1
    A decade or so ago I organized a conference about performance and participatory practices. The gathering brought together around 150 individuals — scholars, educators, curators, artists and more— who ...
  • Making Art While Wealthy
    02 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 10 7
    Dorothy Comingore playing the role of Susan Alexander Kane in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) When we think of wealthy artists, we normally think about those who eventually encountered critical and ...
  • Madmen and Astronomers
    26 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Hochi Lau, Emergency Exit, 2021, video, 19 min. Back in 2003, when I was an educator at the Guggenheim Museum, I gave guided tours of Matthew Barneys’ The Cremaster Cycle— one of the most dizzyingly h...
  • The Switchman's Explanation
    19 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Adian Paci, still from Centro di Permanenza Temporanea, 2007. video, color, sound, 4'32'' A hurried traveler arrives at a deserted train station, trying to catch a train that is scheduled to depart at...
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