apexart :: Resident Talk :: Luis Sagasti



Poetry and Innocence

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 pm

Poetry is compared to childhood games as a means to dissolve the distance between subject and object. Join current apexart resident LUIS SAGASTI in conversation with New York based poet and art critic RAPHAEL RUBINSTEIN.

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Luis Sagasti, a writer, lecturer and art critic, was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in 1963. He is a lecturer of History in High School and at the Universidad Nacional del Sur. From 1992 to 1995 he broadcasted the Radio program “Shit, Summer's come” (¡Maldición! llegó el verano). He was Curator in charge of Education and Cultural Outreach at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahía Blanca (1995 to 2003), and authored numerous art catalogues for exhibitions. He published the novels El Canon de Leipzig (“The Canon of Leipzig”, Editorial Simurg, 1999) and Los mares de la Luna (“The Seas of the Moon”, Editorial Sudamericana, 2006). His essay Perdidos en el espacio (“Lost in Space”), and the novel Lenguas muertas (“Dead Tongues”) will be published by Editorial Sudamericana in 2009. He is currently working on a novel entitled Fine Arts. Mr. Sagasti was recommended by Guillermo Martínez, a novelist and short story writer based in Argentina.

Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions) and The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (Make Now). In 2006 he put together the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (Hard Press Editions), and is the editor of a series of collections of art criticism published by Hard Press Editions. His book of micro-narratives In Search of the Miraculous: 50 Episodes from the Annals of Contemporary Art has been translated into French and Swedish. From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America; he continues to be a contributing editor to the magazine. Since 2007 he has been a professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston and is also on the faculty of the Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

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