What is it like to make art the way the world is today? What is it to write about art? Every review you read in 2022 will attempt to answer these questions, whether it knows it or not. You can see it if you look hard enough. And in thinking about this we perhaps hold a candle to the darkness, or perhaps these questions are the light that allows us to see the darkness around us. Thank you for reading Memo lit by the world’s candlelight.
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Memo Review 04: 2020
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There is no getting around it: 2020 was the year of COVID. It was something that all kinds of cultural activities tried to make sense of. We could quote, to show it has all apparently happened before, Daniel Defoe’s *A Journal of the Plague Year* at you. Or, like everybody else, you could read some prominent philosopher or cultural theorist try to make sense of it. Slavoj Žižek wrote no fewer than two books on the subject during the year, which made us realise that at least he was doing what he usually does during lockdown.
And we for our part at *Memo Review* also did what we usually do. Here are the forty-seven reviews we published during the year—a year when virtually every show we reviewed was only available online.
12 Mar - 12 Jun 2022 National Art School Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
, 19 Mar 2022
Atong Atem, Everything in Remission, 12 Feb - 27 Mar 2022 Gertrude Contemporary Vittoria di Stefano, The Palace at 4pm, 12 Feb - 27 Mar 2022 Gertrude Contemporary
By Giles Fielke, 19 Feb 2022
If a Manhattan is made from whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters, a Melbourne might be natural wine, Glenfiddich and craft beer, all served in a wine cooler purchased yesterday at Myer. I repeatedly see the same man dressed impeccably in a tux and drinking one while picking at a cheese platter at the tables set up adjacent to the expo-centre’s lavatories. Shaken, not stirred. Clearly.