Dear loyal readers, the days of couch potatoing are over. This blog has been around since Easter, and now is the time for stocktaking. I thank you all for bearing with me and—those who did—for sharing your comments.


When I started this blog half a year ago, I promised you that I had plenty of stories to tell, information to impart, and topics to discuss. But what is the sense of this blog if we don’t have conversations and controversies that are exciting and inspiring to both you and me? I am aiming for an active, involved and curious audience—to enter into a true dialog with you! In order to avoid boring you, I need your input on which topics you find relevant.

What do you want to know more about? Where are we heading? I appreciate your feedback on where you would like to linger and which regions interest you most!

Clearly, I have quite a bit on offer:

  • Assessment on the artists and their works, which can be given in summary or detail, according to your wishes;
  • a couple of travel logs;
  • posts on certain cities, countries, or special locations of art in Latin America;
  • more about Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro;
  • attempts at discussing the different mentalities in the various regions and countries;
  • introducing you to some of the celebrities in the art life of the continent;

ideas and impressions on special issues, such as:

  • Exactly what makes up Latin America?
  • The curator’s job.
  • Organizing exhibitions.
  • Contemporary art criticism.
  • Art & its market.
  • Conditions of living and working of an artist today.

We can also initiate discussions or open up forums together on particularly burning topics. What do you think? Well, count me in! Come on, we are free to do as we please—and that is great! Let’s go for it!

Now is your turn. Your opinion please:

  1. What do you think about this blog so far?
  2. What was particularly useful / interesting / intriguing for you?
  3. What was redundant / dull / boring?
  4. Which topics are you interested in most?
  5. What else do you need to be happy?



  1. Dear Hans! Warmest thanks for your thoughtful and informative postings so far!! Personally I’d be very much interested to read more about and to discuss 1) contemporary art criticism 2) art & its market as well as 3) art education. Huge topics, I’m aware…. For instance information about art education and how it may differ from one continent or country to another would make fascinating reading. I’m sure you’ve observed and experienced many concrete examples of what art education can be and what it can do. I’d love to know about that. I’m also very much interested in the role of the art critic today. If you want to share your thoughts on art criticism today I’d be delighted. Perhaps it’s just me being a bit disillusioned with it’s current state….? Art & its market, well yes of course, we need to discuss that too 🙂 Looking forward!

    1. Thank you, dear Cecilia, for responding to my questions! Great, I will take them all into account for future posts! Hans

  2. Dear Hans,
    A note from the humble translator: I do not really need to repeat that I thoroughly enjoy working on your blog with all information being fresh and new to me and offering such great perspectives! What I would like more of? Travel logs, definitely. I love their cheekiness! I am also interested in your views of the art market and artists’ conditions of living and working. But I will translate everything else as well…! Thanks for this brilliant opportunity and all the insights, Andrea

  3. Dear Hans,

    I really like your blog … the insights you give not only in Latin American art, but also your (sometimes critical) view of the art world.

    The article “The automatic early detection system for art“ was great, especially the sections “Assessing of artworks“ and “… and those who change their minds“. Topics that I am constantly occupied with!

    I would like to learn more about the artists, their living conditions and the producing and reflecting of their art.
    Where are the differences for you compared to other regions in the world, for example europe?
    What is the power relationship between curators, gallerists and artists?

    Greetings from Cologne

    1. Thank you, Roland, it is also good to hear an artists voice! I think the power relation between curator – galerist – artist is like everywhere: the same like the relation client (curator, adding the collector) – pimp – whore. Hans

  4. Dear Hans, up to now, I’m really happy with your blog! It’s both entertaining and instructive, you do Madame de Staël credit 😉 Regarding your request my spontaneous answer would be: a) more about the artists, their «living conditions», especially the females artists. b) more about «productions realities» in some Latin American countries. c) more about exhibitions, events & programs @ Casa Daros
    That’s for now, I’m sure I will come up with other feedbacks and comments (as soon as I’ve updated my internet browser it will be quite easier …)

      1. Regarding point a, I remember very well how you talked at the Video@Löwenbräu screening about Teresa Serrano, Letizia Parente and Priscilla Monge. The information about their career, when they started to work as an artist, was really important for the understanding of some of their works …

  5. Okay lieber Michael, jetzt heißt es also “Butter bei die Fische…” Aber das ist nicht so einfach. Viele Leute rufen aus allen Richtungen in den Wald und der Wald kommt kaum nach mit dem Zurückrufen, wenn er sich nicht gerade faul dem “Waldsein” überlässt. Die Zielgruppe muss stimmen, manchmal reicht schon eine Allee und es braucht keinen Wald, wenn es denn die richtige Allee ist. Ich wünsche ab sofort viele nützliche Feedbacks, Qualität setzt sich durch, auch wenn´s dauern kann….
    Gruß aus Ulm von Günter

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