Articles by Julia Steinmetz

Once more, with feeling

Once more, with feeling

Imagine the evening news meets Flight of the Conchords in a project mapping an effusion of feeling onto the flattened affect of reporters and politicians. YouTube video art sensation “Auto-Tune …

Adrian Piper, Mythic Being Doing Yoga, 1975

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The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

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The Power of Now: Adrian Piper’s Indexical Present

Everyone has heard about the value of “being in the moment,” letting thoughts of the past and worries about the future drip away while focusing on the here and now. …

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991

Catching Feelings

Catching Feelings

I’ve been trying to ignore all of the panic and mania surrounding swine flu, since as far as I know anxiety has not yet been proven to afford protection against …

"Mom and Pop Art" The Simpsons Season 10 Episode 19

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The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

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The Simpsons Family (Art) Values

It seems The Simpsons has something to say about everything, including the value of art. In “Mom and Pop Art,” a treasure of an episode from 1999, Homer is discovered …

Tony Smith, Die 1962

Feline Theatricality

Feline Theatricality

I stumbled on this YouTube video today, and immediately stopped to think about how much Michael Fried has given me. Sometimes a critic’s description of a phenomenon can be truly …

Damien Hirst, "For the Love of God," 2007. Platinum, diamonds, and human teeth.

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For the Love of God: The Artist as Capitalist

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For the Love of God: The Artist as Capitalist

In 2007, artist Damien Hirst exhibited a work at the White Cube gallery in London which is reputed to be the most expensive contemporary artwork ever made. Entitled For the …