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Worlds Colliding: a conversation with Michael Kimmelman
18:00 Wednesday 29 October
"Vilnius - European Culture Capital 2009" event

In conversation with Simon Rees, the curator of the CAC’s talk programs, Michael Kimmelman will discuss various clashes-of-culture he has been writing about in the since his relocation to Europe. Prominent amongst these are: the divergence of American and European sensibilities towards culture and the arts; cycles of competition between European and American metropolis for the art mantle; the rise-and-rise of the art market and its impact upon the production and circulation of art works as well as the reputation and reception of artists (and the ramifications of the current economic crisis); and the socio-political implications of the return of Russia to the international cultural realm.

Michael Kimmelman is an author and the chief art critic and a columnist for the New York Times. As of autumn 2007 he is based in Berlin writing the “Abroad” column for the Times on culture and society across Europe. He was born and raised in Greenwich Village, the son of a physician and civil rights activist. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and received his graduate degree in art history from Harvard University. A classical pianist, who still performs, he started as a music critic at the paper, and later moved into visual art.

He has written at length about, among others, the artists Richard Serra, Michael Heizer, Lucian Freud, Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Barney along with the architects Shigeru Ban and Oscar Niemeyer (a short book by Kimmelman on Niemeyer is to be published in spring, 2009). He has hosted various television features and appeared prominently in the 2007 documentary film My Kid Could Paint That. Among other subjects, he has covered the crackdown on cultural freedom in Putin‘s Russia, the rise of the far-right in Hungary, Négritude in France, bullfighting in contemporary Spain, Czech humor in the context of political protest, and Holocaust education for a new generation of Germans. He also contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books.
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