Lovely Daze: Issue 7, Good Intentions Lead to Hell?
"I have lived before and after the conquest of space (man on the moon). Before, I remember looking at a village with the sensation of my thoughts being drawn up toward the heavens. Afterwards, viewing the same place, it was as though I saw it from above, from out of this world. Before doing the mirror-paintings I looked at art and wondered how to progress, now I look back and go ahead without problems. I used to feel that there was something, somewhere that had to 'come out' - it was the mirror. (…) Conceptual art is the highest secular endeavor of an antique spiritual gaze towards the heavens. But art reached this goal and when we are already returning from the moon. Capsized by the mirrored-dome we returned upside down to see the great monuments and tiny villages on the face of the earth. What I really want to say is that the only thing has changed in art, with respect to the past, is that now the 'sacred' is produced via a descent instead of an ascent." —Michelangelo Pistoletto. "Soul", 1983.
Issue 7: Good Intentions Lead to Hell? is an exploration on how artists intend to engage their artistic practice with broader social and political issues.
In this issue:
Cover work and essay by: Michelangelo Pistoletto
Introduction by publisher: Charwei Tsai
Introduction by guest editor / independent curator: Alessandra Sandrolini
Original writings by: Marnie Weber and Dora Garcia
Other artists featured in this issue: Alfredo Jaar, Francis Alys, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Harun Farocki, Johan Grimonprez, Jean-Michel Alberola, NS Harsha, Mike Parr, Renata Poljak, Paola Anziche, Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Icaro Zorbar and Joaquin Sarmiento.
Lovely Daze is a curatorial journal of artists' writings and artworks published twice a year by Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai since 2005. In addition to publishing, Lovely Daze has produced and organized artists' performances and talks at institutions including: Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007, 2009); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); and New Museum, New York (2006); and participated in international exhibitions and fairs: "Longe Daqui, Aqui Mesmo" library project at the 29th Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil (2010); Tokyo Art Book Fair at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan (2010); London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Art Gallery, UK (2010); "On Publications, Portraits, Public Art & Performance" at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK (2010); Forum Biennale at Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan (2010); "Booked Up!" at New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland (2009); "Artist's Magazines" at Art Basel, Switzerland, curated by AA Bronson and Lionel Bovier (2008); and "MEGAZINES" at Visionnaire, New York, USA (2006).