Showdown at the Tate Modern Gallery.
My friend, Charles and I are in the habit of strolling along the Victoria Embankment some evenings. Tonight he said, “Damn it, Alex? Aren’t you walking rather quickly? I’m getting winded just trying to keep up with you!” I stopped and said, “So sorry! I’m a bit out of sorts tonight, thinking about another artist—perhaps […]
Venice Biennale~Beauty and Violence.
Yesterday at the Venice Biennale, I happened upon an exhibition by The Propeller Group. Two artists from Vietnam [the group is based in Ho Chi Min City] spoke about their project called AK-47 vs. M-16. They were inspired by a story of two bullets which had collided when fired by the opposing sides on a […]
Alexander Wainwright. Venice holds a most cherished place in my heart. If I, Alexander Wainwright, try to tell you why that is, I will sound like thousands of otherwise normal human beings stammering and stuttering to express the ineffable. And so, I will only say that many of the most significant happenings in my […]
Basquiat and Charlie Parker
It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you. I am Rinaldo, the conceptual artist, who appears in The Trilogy of Remembrance in the role of “thorn in the side” [I use the polite term] of Alexander Wainwright. An immense gulf lies between the two of us on the question […]
Banksy and Rinaldo
I approach visual art neither as a painter nor an art critic. My perspective is that of a novelist. What’s the connection? I “create” artists as characters for some of my books [The Remembrance Trilogy, The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde and Night Crossing]. To do that, I try to imagine what […]