Tabish Khan

Art Critic | Writer | Speaker


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This interview was recorded on the 20th of March 2020 and released on the 1st of June 2020


Being an Art Critic is a relatively recent profession, linked primarily to the worlds of journalism and written communication. For generations it has been considered almost a literary genre in itself, but thanks to the democratisation of the art market and the rise of digital communication it is no longer enough to be a prolific author in order to become an influential art critic. In our opinion, Tabish Khan is the perfect example of what it means to be an art critic today, with an important voice and dynamic presence within the media, generating information for the consumption of not only the specialised sectors but for the general public as well.

They say that curiosity kills the cat, but it is curiosity that has allowed Tabish to open up to the art world, discovering in the process an inexhaustible source of knowledge and stimulating experiences that have allowed him to not only nourish himself, but to also share them with the public. Tabish has, over the years, established himself as an efficient, accessible and effective art critic. He is a pragmatic, open and clear communicator who has, almost accidentally, become embedded within an ecosystem of exhibitions that take place within London galleries and museums and which isn’t necessarily always that inclusive.

Writer, speaker and art critic, Tabish Khan religiously shares his monthly and weekly recommendations in publications such as Londonist and FAD, while in the latter he also publishes his column ‘What’s wrong with Art?’. With his perseverance and passion for the world of contemporary and historical exhibitions, Tabish has become an important voice on the London scene. And this is undoubtedly because he does not address the public from a Mount Olympus of the Fine Arts world: The language he uses is not overly technical or hermetic – on the contrary, his texts exude to the point, entertaining and useful information, allowing him to connect with his audience in an extremely organic and intimate way. He shares news about the most relevant art exhibitions in London, allowing the same perplexity that these exhibitions could arouse in any of his readers to be seen in his own gaze. Thanks to his constant, genuine and inexhaustible interest in both the established and emerging art scenes, Tabish’s articles are a guide and a map with which to navigate the complex and ultra prolific cultural offerings of the city to which he was born.

It is because of all this that we wanted to talk to Tabish, in order to discover the personal stories, experiences and visions behind his public persona. This episode is full of anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, so listen to it and discover the sensible, lucid and transparent man that Carla had the pleasure of unveiling layer by layer.

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Tabish Khan: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Organisations: ArtCan
Publications: Londonist | FAD magazine

References during the interview
Art Critic 00:46 | Londonist 00:53 | FAD magazine 00:54 | The Other Art Fair 01:03 | ArtCan 01:07 | GCSEs 01:39 | ‘A’ Levels 01:41 | Biomedical Science 01:47 | The Arts 02:02 | The London Underground 02:15 | Tate 02:31 | The Royal Academy 02:32 | The National Portrait Gallery 02:35 | Blog 03:23 | Editor 04:49 | Long-Form Journalism 06:19 | Avant-garde 08:41 | Andy Warhol 09:28 | Damien Hirst 13:30 | Private View 16:18 | Mayfair 16:24 | Robert De Niro 18:39 | Courtauld Institute of Art 21:55 | Press Release 28:30 | Elevator Pitch 29:33 | ‘Picasso and Paper’ at the Royal Academy 30:30 | ‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ at Tate Modern 30:44 | Pablo Picasso 30:52 | ‘Among the Trees’ at the Hayward Gallery 31:01 | Hayward Gallery 31:07 | The Guardian 32:33 | Carbon Footprint 36:33 | Virtual Reality 36:55 | COVID-19 37:43 | The Other Art Fair 38:02 | The Affordable Art Fair 38:04 | Bob and Roberta Smith 40:02 | Tracey Emin 40:04 | Instagram 40:27 | Amnesty UK Photojournalism Award 44:06 | Ebola Outbreaks 44:15 | Afghanistan Conflict 44:17 | Kate Enters 49:26 | Mixed Media 49:59 | Performance Art 50:02 | Conceptual Art 50:30 | Frieze Art Fair 50:42 | Installation Art 51:15 | Salon Hang 52:10 | Antony Gormley 54:11 | Anish Kapoor 54:12 | #ArtistSupportPledge 54:47 | ‘Big Bang Data’ at Somerset House 56:06 | Somerset House 56:10 | Fran Giffard 56:27 | David Wightman 56:36 | Roy’s Art Fair 57:55 | The Curious Duke Gallery 59:28 | Victoria and Albert Museum 01:00:35 | European Cast Court 01:01:18 | Michelangelo’s David 01:01:25 | Raphael’s The School of Athens 01:01:30 | ‘The Gates of Paradise’ by Lorenzo Ghiberti in The Florence Baptistery 01:01:31 | Hashtag # 01:02:42 | Brick Lane 01:03:52 | London Bangladeshi Community 01:03:57 | The British Museum 01:04:14 | British Museum Islamic Galleries 01:04:17 | ‘Soul of a Nation’ at Tate Modern 01:04:35

Critico d’arte | Scrittore | Speaker


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Questa intervista è stata registrata il 20 marzo 2020 e rilasciata il 1 giugno 2020


La critica artistica è una professione relativamente recente, di solito legata al giornalismo e alla pratica della comunicazione scritta. Per generazioni è stata considerata quasi un genere letterario, ma grazie alla democratizzazione del mercato dell’arte e all’incremento della comunicazione digitale, oggi non basta essere un autore prolifico per essere un critico d’arte influente. Dal nostro punto di vista, Tabish Khan è infatti un ottimo esempio di cosa significhi essere un critico d’arte oggi, con la sua importante voce mediatica e la sua dinamica presenza nei media, dove genera informazioni a beneficio del grande pubblico e non solo ai settori super specializzati.

Dicono che la curiosità uccida il gatto, ma è stata la curiosità a permettere il nostro intervistato per l’occasione di aprirsi al mondo dell’arte e scoprire in esso una fonte inesauribile di esperienze stimolanti e di conoscenze di enorme rilievo di cui nutrirsi personalmente, e da condividere in ambito pubblico. Tabish non aveva grandi pretese o aspettative, eppure si è affermato negli anni come critico d’arte disponibile, accessibile ed efficace. È un comunicatore pragmatico, aperto e diafano, quasi casualmente assorbito dall’ecosistema di solito non esattamente inclusivo delle mostre che periodicamente si svolgono nelle gallerie e nei musei londinesi.

Scrittore, oratore e critico d’arte, Tabish Khan condivide religiosamente le sue raccomandazioni mensili e settimanali in pubblicazioni come Londonist e FAD, e in quest’ultimo spazio online pubblica anche la sua rubrica “What’s wrong with Art?” (Cosa c’è che non va con l’Arte?). Con coerenza e passione per il mondo delle mostre contemporanee e storiche, Tabish è diventata una voce di grande rilievo sulla scena londinese. Probabilmente perché non si rivolge al pubblico dell’Olimpo delle Belle Arti: non usa un linguaggio troppo tecnico o ermetico nei suoi appunti, anzi, i suoi testi trasudano informazioni puntuali, divertenti e utili. Tabish si relaziona con il suo pubblico in modo organico e ravvicinato. Condivide le notizie sulle mostre d’arte più importanti di Londra e il suo sguardo su alcune mostre rispecchia la stessa perplessità che sentirebbero i suoi lettori. Grazie al suo costante, genuino e inesauribile interesse per la scena artistica londinese – sia affermata che emergente – le pubblicazioni periodiche di Tabish offrono una guida, una mappa per districarsi attraverso la complessa e prolifica offerta culturale della città in cui è nato.

Per questo abbiamo voluto parlare con Tabish e scoprire le storie personali, le esperienze e la visione che si celano dietro il suo personaggio pubblico. Ascoltate questo episodio pieno di aneddoti e storie dietro le quinte, e scoprite l’uomo sensibile, lucido e trasparente che Carla ha avuto il piacere di svelare a poco a poco.

E ora, godetevi l’intervista!


Ulteriori informazioni:

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Tabish Khan: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Organisations: ArtCan
Publications: Londonist | FAD magazine

Riferimenti durante l’intervista
Art Critic 00:46 | Londonist 00:53 | FAD magazine 00:54 | The Other Art Fair 01:03 | ArtCan 01:07 | GCSEs 01:39 | ‘A’ Levels 01:41 | Biomedical Science 01:47 | The Arts 02:02 | The London Underground 02:15 | Tate 02:31 | The Royal Academy 02:32 | The National Portrait Gallery 02:35 | Blog 03:23 | Editor 04:49 | Long-Form Journalism 06:19 | Avant-garde 08:41 | Andy Warhol 09:28 | Damien Hirst 13:30 | Private View 16:18 | Mayfair 16:24 | Robert De Niro 18:39 | Courtauld Institute of Art 21:55 | Press Release 28:30 | Elevator Pitch 29:33 | ‘Picasso and Paper’ at the Royal Academy 30:30 | ‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ at Tate Modern 30:44 | Pablo Picasso 30:52 | ‘Among the Trees’ at the Hayward Gallery 31:01 | Hayward Gallery 31:07 | The Guardian 32:33 | Carbon Footprint 36:33 | Virtual Reality 36:55 | COVID-19 37:43 | The Other Art Fair 38:02 | The Affordable Art Fair 38:04 | Bob and Roberta Smith 40:02 | Tracey Emin 40:04 | Instagram 40:27 | Amnesty UK Photojournalism Award 44:06 | Ebola Outbreaks 44:15 | Afghanistan Conflict 44:17 | Kate Enters 49:26 | Mixed Media 49:59 | Performance Art 50:02 | Conceptual Art 50:30 | Frieze Art Fair 50:42 | Installation Art 51:15 | Salon Hang 52:10 | Antony Gormley 54:11 | Anish Kapoor 54:12 | #ArtistSupportPledge 54:47 | ‘Big Bang Data’ at Somerset House 56:06 | Somerset House 56:10 | Fran Giffard 56:27 | David Wightman 56:36 | Roy’s Art Fair 57:55 | The Curious Duke Gallery 59:28 | Victoria and Albert Museum 01:00:35 | European Cast Court 01:01:18 | Michelangelo’s David 01:01:25 | Raphael’s The School of Athens 01:01:30 | ‘The Gates of Paradise’ by Lorenzo Ghiberti in The Florence Baptistery 01:01:31 | Hashtag # 01:02:42 | Brick Lane 01:03:52 | London Bangladeshi Community 01:03:57 | The British Museum 01:04:14 | British Museum Islamic Galleries 01:04:17 | ‘Soul of a Nation’ at Tate Modern 01:04:35

Crítico de arte | Escritor | Conferencista


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Esta entrevista se grabó el 20 de marzo de 2020 y publicada el 1 de junio de 2020


La critica de arte es un oficio relativamente reciente, que ha estado generalmente vinculado al periodismo, y al ejercicio de la comunicación escrita. Considerada casi un genero literario por generaciones, gracias a la democratización del mercado del arte y al auge de la comunicación digital, hoy por no basta con ser un prolífico autor para ser un crítico de arte influyente. Desde nuestro punto de vista, Tabish Khan es de hecho un ejemplo perfecto de lo que en la actualidad significa ser un critico de arte con una voz mediática importante y una dinámica presencia en los medios que generan información para el consumo del público general, y no solo para el consumo de sectores super especializados.

Dicen que la curiosidad mata al gato, pero es la curiosidad lo que le ha permitido a nuestro entrevistado de ocasión abrirse al mundo del arte y descubrir en este una fuente inagotable de experiencias estimulantes y conocimientos inmensamente relevantes para nutrirse en lo personal, y para compartir en la palestra pública. Sin mayores pretensiones ni expectativas, Tabish se ha ido consolidado con los años como un critico de arte diligente, accesible y eficaz. Un comunicador pragmático, abierto y diáfano, que casi por accidente se ha visto absolutamente imbuido, en el no necesariamente super inclusivo, ecosistema de las exhibiciones que periódicamente tienen lugar en las galerías y los museos de Londres.

Escritor, orador y critico de arte, Tabish Khan comparte religiosamente sus recomendaciones mensuales y semanales en publicaciones como Londonist y FAD, y en este ultimo espacio online además publica su columna ‘What’s wrong with Art?‘. Con constancia y pasión por el mundo de las exhibiciones contemporáneas e históricas, Tabish se ha convertido en una voz de gran relevancia en la escena londinense. Seguramente porque no se dirige al público desde el Olimpo de las Bellas Artes: no utiliza un lenguaje extremadamente técnico o hermético en sus notas, por el contrario, sus textos exhudan información puntual, entretenida y útil, Tabish conecta con su audiencia de un modo muy orgánico y cercano. Comparte información noticiosa acerca de exhibiciones de arte más relevantes de Londres y en su mirada puede intuirse la misma perplejidad que estas exhibiciones despertarían en cualquiera de sus lectores. Gracias a su constante, genuino e inagotable interés por la escena artística de Londres – la establecida y la emergente – Tabish ofrece con sus periódicas publicaciones una guía, un mapa para transitar la compleja y ultra prolífica oferta cultural de la ciudad en la que nació.

Por todo esto, queríamos conversar con Tabish y descubrir las historias personales, las vivencias y las visiones detrás de su persona pública. Escucha este episodio lleno de anécdotas e historias tras bastidores, y descubre al hombre sensato, lúcido y transparente que Carla tuvo el placer de ir develando de a poco.

¡Y ahora, disfruta la entrevista!


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Tabish Khan: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Organisations: ArtCan
Publications: Londonist | FAD magazine

Menciones durante la entrevista
Art Critic 00:46 | Londonist 00:53 | FAD magazine 00:54 | The Other Art Fair 01:03 | ArtCan 01:07 | GCSEs 01:39 | ‘A’ Levels 01:41 | Biomedical Science 01:47 | The Arts 02:02 | The London Underground 02:15 | Tate 02:31 | The Royal Academy 02:32 | The National Portrait Gallery 02:35 | Blog 03:23 | Editor 04:49 | Long-Form Journalism 06:19 | Avant-garde 08:41 | Andy Warhol 09:28 | Damien Hirst 13:30 | Private View 16:18 | Mayfair 16:24 | Robert De Niro 18:39 | Courtauld Institute of Art 21:55 | Press Release 28:30 | Elevator Pitch 29:33 | ‘Picasso and Paper’ at the Royal Academy 30:30 | ‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ at Tate Modern 30:44 | Pablo Picasso 30:52 | ‘Among the Trees’ at the Hayward Gallery 31:01 | Hayward Gallery 31:07 | The Guardian 32:33 | Carbon Footprint 36:33 | Virtual Reality 36:55 | COVID-19 37:43 | The Other Art Fair 38:02 | The Affordable Art Fair 38:04 | Bob and Roberta Smith 40:02 | Tracey Emin 40:04 | Instagram 40:27 | Amnesty UK Photojournalism Award 44:06 | Ebola Outbreaks 44:15 | Afghanistan Conflict 44:17 | Kate Enters 49:26 | Mixed Media 49:59 | Performance Art 50:02 | Conceptual Art 50:30 | Frieze Art Fair 50:42 | Installation Art 51:15 | Salon Hang 52:10 | Antony Gormley 54:11 | Anish Kapoor 54:12 | #ArtistSupportPledge 54:47 | ‘Big Bang Data’ at Somerset House 56:06 | Somerset House 56:10 | Fran Giffard 56:27 | David Wightman 56:36 | Roy’s Art Fair 57:55 | The Curious Duke Gallery 59:28 | Victoria and Albert Museum 01:00:35 | European Cast Court 01:01:18 | Michelangelo’s David 01:01:25 | Raphael’s The School of Athens 01:01:30 | ‘The Gates of Paradise’ by Lorenzo Ghiberti in The Florence Baptistery 01:01:31 | Hashtag # 01:02:42 | Brick Lane 01:03:52 | London Bangladeshi Community 01:03:57 | The British Museum 01:04:14 | British Museum Islamic Galleries 01:04:17 | ‘Soul of a Nation’ at Tate Modern 01:04:35


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