Jan Verwoert is a writer and contributing editor of frieze. He is based in Oslo, Norway. Cookie! (2014), a selection of his writings, is published by Sternberg Press.
‘The people from whom I learn most are enthusiasts, who take my soul to places I never knew existed.’
Jan Verwoert considers the history of Manifesta, European politics and whether an art exhibition can unlock the historical potential of a place
Jan Verwoert pays homage to Robert Linsley – a brilliant thinker, passionate painter and, moreover, a generous person
Jan Verwoert on friction between the creative worker and the local boardroom
On mimesis, art and alchemy
Calling capital’s bluff
The artist’s studio as a clue to decoding her work? Four decades of Hanne Darboven’s conceptual art and artefacts from her house in Hamburg are exhibited together for the first time
Do we live in an age of panicky materialism?
On the occasion of his retrospective in Karlsruhe, Werner Büttner talks to Jan Verwoert and Jörg Heiser about polemics and punchlines in more than three decades of work
Meaning, memory and mockery
How does Édouard Glissant’s demand for opacity translate into art? Jan Verwoert explores opacity as a model for open communication – and outlines a history, which runs from Lygia Clark’s sculptures to Trisha Donnelly’s enigmatic films
Is the art world too exclusive?
On soft facts, hard eggs and sweet lies
Spirits, objecthood and the ‘Black Forest voodoo’ of Geoffrey Farmer’s mirages and micro-events
On the value of nursing, education and culture
Mixing poetry with pop songs, Karl Holmqvist has created a brand-new medium: the drag-performance
Advocate or Informer? Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
Someone who cared
On the power of metaphors to bring about change
The strange persistence of class difference in art