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Be Rich  
2/3/16 Posted 2/3/16

My teacher sent me a blog today which completely made me understood the whole dilemma we humans face. She stated; ’Your Soul is never going to think to itself: “Life is good. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing for the next forty years or so. I don’t want to experience myself any differently than this’ This is the whole point about life I want to understand. I always want to move forward, I have great ideas and I just cannot wait to get them impl... [more]

Portraits of Girlhood Today: Sameness and Difference in Rania Matar's New Project   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/5/15

Embody, disembody, co-embody, somebody, nobody: today, we are continually confronted with the complexities that result from attempts to prescribe and describe "the body." Race, age, politics, economy, sexuality, and gender all affect our physical form so individually that “there is no generic body, no such thing as 'the body'; bodies are raced, gendered, and assisted differently in the world”—as artist and writer Hannah Black says. How do we find a balance between expressing differen... [more]

The Very Last of Youth Subcultures   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ryan McGinley at Kunsthal KAdE May 30th, 2015 - August 30th, 2015
Posted 6/2/15

In early 2012 Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós challenged filmmakers to create videos for their album Valtari. Photographer Ryan McGinley chose the song “Varúð,” an eight-minute dream narrated by a raspy head voice over an unsteady piano and transparent strings. In his video a barefoot girl in a glittery gold wig and a washed-out blue nightie skips through the streets of New York City in slow motion. She passes trucks, taxicabs, construction workers, and business men, m... [more]

Pablo Bartholomew: Time Regained   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Pablo Bartholomew at Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) April 5th, 2014 - May 2nd, 2014
Posted 4/18/14

Pablo Bartholomew’s The Calcutta Diaries at Sakshi Gallery takes you back in time: literally, through photographs taken in the city in the ‘70s, and artistically, from a time when photojournalism was a hallmark of magazines like LIFE and National Geographic. Its transition today into the gallery space elicits two stories, one of a lost Calcutta—its very name has changed—and one of the place for contemporary photojournalistic photography itself. In an age of pre-digital d... [more]

Dogs to Diplomats: President Bush Reveals His Series of Portraits of World Leaders.  
4/4/14 Posted 4/4/14

When we joked about Putin becoming a painter for April Fools, we considered photoshopping his face onto a photo of President George W. Bush standing next to one of his paintings. Then we decided it was too easy. Well, Bush is still a bush-league painter and it looks like the joke is still on Putin. Today on the Today Show, the former president unveiled his latest series of paintings. If you thought he may have peaked early with first exhibition of dogs, you were wrong. Bush’s series of p... [more]

"Girl From Benin"  
4/3/14 Posted 4/3/14

The Girl From Benin This painting is the first of 20 paintings I hope to finish this year. A good friend of mine is a missionary in Nigeria and she has been sharing amazing photos with me. I asked if I could work off her photos and start a series of portraits of people from Nigeria and she gracefully gave her approval. Lisa has been in Nigeria for a long time and has some very good stories and experiences. To start this little girl is from Benin, Nigeria and Lisa explained to me….”Th... [more]

THE UN-OFFICIALS | art before 85   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Zhao Gang, Feng Guodong, Zhu Jinshi, Ma Kelu, Yan Li, Wang Luyan, Zhou Maiyou, Tang Pinggang, Huang Rui, Li Shan, Li Shuang, Kang Wanhua, Guan Wei, Zhang Wei at Boers-Li Gallery March 1st, 2014 - April 12th, 2014
Posted 3/28/14

In 2014 Beijing's 798 Art District has transformed from its genesis as a haven for artist studios. The district is not only a showcase for star artists churning out work for an eager market, but also less recognized work of widely varying quality, and even kitsch souvenirs. With THE UN-OFFICIALS | art before 85, showing until April 12 at Boers-Li Gallery, visitors are treated to an idiosyncratic treasure of a recent Beijing past that in these environs seems far more distant. Dozens of works from... [more]

A Pleasant, Unriveting Daydream   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Kyle Chapman, Sebastian Duncan Portuondo, Reno Reeves at Space Mountain March 6th, 2014 - March 20th, 2014
Posted 3/26/14

Space Mountain, a fresh art space in Miami brandishing the motto “no brands, no grants,” recently hosted Certain Sensitivity, a show of work by Kyle Chapman, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, and Reno Reeves. Delicate yet sensuous, the exhibition was a subtle display of youthful maleness, and had the quality of a pleasant, unriveting daydream. Chapman showed a series of violently cartoony figures drafted from chest-prints, for which the artist’s nipples served as visual anchors. One... [more]

The Sochi Project: Interview with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rob Hornstra at DePaul Art Museum January 9th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
Posted 2/1/14

The Sochi Project has come to America and now, concurrent with an exhibition in Antwerp, is on view at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum. (Golden Years: Rob Hornstra's Russia is also concurrently on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; read Edo Dijksterhuis' review here.) In the project, Dutch documentarians Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra tell the story of Sochi, the Russian city chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and its surrounding regions. Since 2009, van Bruggen and Hornstra have built the story in a variety... [more]

In the shadow of Putin’s prestige project   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rob Hornstra at Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie December 14th, 2013 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 1/29/14

Making waves early on as the first Dutch photography student to graduate with a limited edition artist’s book and being recognized as a prodigy by the likes of Martin Parr, Rob Hornstra has always received his fair share of attention. But these last couple of weeks the spotlight has been considerably brighter. The reason: the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. For over five years Hornstra, together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, has traveled throughout the Caucasus to document the “reality on the g... [more]

Precarious Space: Angela Dufresne + Bradley Rubenstein  
10/27/13 Posted 10/27/13

New York, Oct. 2013: Following her double gallery show at CRG and Monya Rowe Gallery last fall [see Aldrin Valdez's review], and a residency at Yaddo over the summer, Bradley Rubenstein catches up with the painter Angela Dufresne. Dufresne's work is a kaleidoscope of image references to films, literature, and art history; Rubenstein and Dufresne discuss her large-scale, theatrical images, and the sources and inspirations for them. Angela Dufresne, DJ Augustine, 2012, Oil on canvas, 84 x 132 i... [more]

Sex and Death: Interview with Marlene McCarty  
9/1/13 Posted 9/1/13

London, Aug. 2013: The slippery separation between loving and killing is the theme linking Marlene McCarty’s rich and varied work. As a member of Grand Fury, the AIDS activist collective, McCarty challenged prevailing apathy, misinformation and homophobia by combining text and images for consciousness-raising public art projects. Following Grand Fury’s disbanding in the early 1990s, McCarty began producing a series of ballpoint pen drawings depicting girls who kill their mothers. Both pr... [more]

Portraying the Power of the Persona   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Dawoud Bey at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) June 7th, 2013 - September 8th, 2013
Posted 8/31/13

Photographer Dawoud Bey's impressive retrospective at MoCA surveys more than three decades of work created after his breakthrough project, Harlem U.S.A. Bey's bold images combine authenticity with aesthetics, grappling with the question of how photography can convey the "least untrue self." The seven distinct series on view represent the diversity within specific communities—especially African Americans and youth. As a Black artist, Bey has always been acutely aware of the need for images th... [more]

My Favorite Portraits at National Portrait Gallery, London  
8/10/12 Posted 8/19/12

Whenever I think of the National Portrait Gallery in London, I remember those fantastic characters from the Tudor Dynasty.  The Tudor portraits, some of them copies of paintings by more famous artists, such as Holbein, were definitely the crown jewels of the esteemed institution; however, their artistic merits were overshadowed or overwhelmed by historical values and societal trappings - stiff fabrics and ornate jewels, etc.  Though the characters did emerge under these heavy armors, they were often a... [more]  
8/2/12 Posted 8/2/12

  Portraits July 16 - October 15, 2012   The Seattle Municipal Tower's Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery is proud to present "Portraits". The show features Latino artists from the Northwest and the curator is Seattle based Peruvian artist Blanca Santander. The exhibit runs from July 16 through October 15, 2012. There are two opening receptions August 2 from 11:30am to 1:00pm and again from  4:30pm to 7:00pm. There will be a special presentation from well known Cuban author Jorge Enrique Gonzalez-Pa... [more]

Laura Levine Photographer and More  
4/25/11 Posted 4/25/11

Laura Levine Prolific Photographer Proprietor Artist and Renaissance Woman Bjork, Woodstock, NY, 1991 © Laura Levine - All Rights Reserved Dr. John, NYC, 1992 © Laura Levine - All Rights ReservedCaptain Beefheart, NYC 1980 © Laura Levine - All Rights ReservedHenry Rollins, NYC 1993 © Laura Levine - All Rights ReservedMadonna, NYC, 1982 © Laura Levine - All Rights ReservedTina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash, NY, 1981 © Laura Levine - All Rights ReservedI was all set to profile my friend Laura Levine a few months ago, but the Museum of Modern Art selected... [more]

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