Sam Thorne

Sam Thorne is the director general and CEO of Japan House London.

A new book by Bruce Altshuler explores the history of postwar exhibitions

BY Sam Thorne | 01 OCT 13

The 55th Venice Biennale

BY Sam Thorne | 14 SEP 13

The title for Massimiliano Gioni’s Venice Biennale – an exhibition which is mostly wonderful, often magisterial and elegantly provocative – comes from a work by Marino Auriti, Enciclopedico Palazzo del Mondo (c.1950s). A model of this skyscraper is installed in the first room of the Arsenale. The Italian-American artist’s quixotic aim was for the building to house all the knowledge in the world; he estimated that it would cost about $2.5 billion to realize. Unsurprisingly, Auriti never found a backer, though he wrote plenty of letters, and even patented his design. For decades it languished in his garage. In 2003, 23 years after Auriti died, his granddaughters donated the model to the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

BY Sam Thorne | 29 MAY 13

How do you define jargon?

BY Sam Thorne | 14 MAR 13

Three new publications about globalization and contemporary curating

BY Sam Thorne | 01 JAN 13

The Director of Nottingham Contemporary shares his notes on the nature and evolution of the artist's studio

BY Sam Thorne | 30 SEP 12

A survey of recently founded artist-run art academies and education programmes

BY Sam Thorne | 01 SEP 12

Community organizing and AIDS activism; ‘Full Body Quotation’ and party hosting

BY Sam Thorne | 01 FEB 12

Inspired by Peter Schjeldahl and John Kelsey, Sam Thorne delves into art criticism's tradition of untidiness

BY Sam Thorne | 01 FEB 12

Jennifer Higgie and Sam Thorne talk to the new director of Tate Modern about the museum’s plans for the future

BY Jennifer Higgie AND Sam Thorne | 01 JAN 12