top of the tops: anamnesis in 2010

Anamnesis means remembrance or reminiscence, the collection and recollection of what has been lost, forgotten, or effaced.  But anamnesis also produces action; it transforms its subject, always producing something new.  To recollect the old, to produce the new: that’s the task of Anamnesis.

The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, edited by Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek, and Graham Harman

Tatiana Trouve at Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, March 25 – July 30, 2010

The most affecting, thoughtful, mysterious, and overall best exhibition I saw in 2010 was the first large-scale exhibition in the United States by the Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouve. Anamnesis was everywhere in the artworld this past year and Trouve’s vague spaces of reverie, loss, and confrontation were the most intriguing that I had the chance to encounter during my numerous visits to galleries, museums, basements, alleyways, apartments, and other spaces that exhibited contemporary art.


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