Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. –Alice Walker
I am not asking who I am. I’m a Black woman and expansive in my Blackness and my queerness as Blackness and queerness are always already expansive. –E. Jane
I first encountered Alice Walker’s womanist theory as a sophomore in college. I was wide eyed and enrolled in a bunch of Africana Studies courses trying to “find” myself as they say. It was a glorious journey which, in hindsight, was capsto... [more]
This week Art Dubai will be the first international fair to give contemporary art from the Philippines pride of place, as Ringo Bunoan (an artist, writer, researcher, and curator) curates Marker, the fair’s annual geographically-focused presentation. Under Bunoan’s direction Marker’s 100-square-meter area will concentrate on four artist-run spaces in metro Manila: 98-B, Post Gallery, Project 20, and Thousandfold. Installations by the late Roberto Chabet, widely recognized as the Ph... [more]
The artist’s desk: enchanted playground or torturous wrestling mat? The home of inspiration—or perspiration?
The ubiquitous marker of the workspace holds different meaning for each artist. What they bring to the table tells us something about their process, and perhaps even their artwork. Beyond voyeuristic satisfaction, we think there’s something to learn from getting a glimpse of the artist’s desk, and in this ongoing series we ask artists to share their space with u... [more]
“Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?”
The Guerrilla Girls have famously been asking the same question since 1989, when the feminist group first pointed out that “Less than 5% of the modern art section [at the museum] are women.” That was in New York, but does the same hold true for the representation and visibility of modern women artists in non-western regions? While the West is quick to slap a “suppressed” sticker on Middle Eastern women... [more]
Philadelphia-based artist Alexandra Gorczynski was one of the early stars of the new wave of digital art. Her work bridged the gap between “Tumblr” culture and fine art and helped set a precedent for the aesthetic obsessions of the scene that are still being mined today. Her education in fine art painting is clearly evident in the construction of her pieces. There is a subtle and precise attention to detail as well as a distinct subversive wit that elevates her compositions to disti... [more]
Usually, art world press conferences avoid politics, but for the opening of the 6th Marrakech Biennale, events like the Syrian refugee crisis were used as a starting point to introduce the exhibition, which kicked off February 23 featuring 50 artists across several venues of the ancient city.
“Art brings together people, not tears them apart,” said the Palestinian curator Reem Fadda, who is the Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim. In her selection of artis... [more]
Table of Contents:
The Problem of Art's Morality | Joel Kuennen
Body as Material in the Surveillance State | Tara Plath
Queering Film Production | Lauren McQuade
Bringing Self-Defense Performance into the Community | Joel Kuennen
If resistance hasn’t been on your mind lately, you haven’t been paying attention.
In an explosive presidential primary season, the loudest voices on both sides of the aisle flaunt their outsider statuses, reacting against the mainstream. While app... [more]
Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist currently based in California. Her work subverts the often self-absorbed and ephemeral themes of new media art to create art that is overtly political and meaningful. Iran itself often serves as a primary inspiration and she is enthusiastic to dispel assumptions about her home country.
Priest with Eagle
“It's not what (people) think,” she says, “It's much more complex and awesome than their knowledge of it from the media. I wish my... [more]
While studying in Paris following WWII, Ellsworth Kelly, recognized internationally by scholars, artists, and museums as one of the most influential artists at the turn of the millennium, unlocked a new kind of abstraction through his isolation of the discreet forms he observed in the world around him. It was during this period that Kelly made the seminal 1949 painting, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, in which he eliminated brushwork and transitioning values, leaving four white and gray rectangula... [more]
VOLTA NY is the Armory Arts Week fair for emerging international talents. With 100 galleries presenting solo or duo projects this year, the fair's unique format offers the chance for visitors to get deeper into a single artist's work than the average art fair presentation allows.
In that spirit, in partnership with VOLTA NY and GalleryLOG, we're sharing this glimpse into the process and inspirations of five featured artists you should watch out for at the fair this year.
ROBIN KAN... [more]
Actions do not often speak louder than words: words are actions. They are the most devastating weaponry and the most powerful tools that humans possess, having delivered more damage—and greater understanding—than anything else known to us. Words have built states, empires, and civilizations, and they have written the destruction of the same. Our archives of treaties, artifacts, and agreements are among the most revered treasures in museums the world over. They include the visual arra... [more]
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sundance Institute's influential artistic program, New Frontier, a milestone which is being feted with the most extensive programming yet. Described as “a revolution a decade in the making,” the 2016 celebrations began at the Sundance Film Festival (January 21–31) with an exhibition of over 30 virtual reality pieces alongside 11 artwork installations, a performance work, and three feature films, and continues later this year with events at MoMA in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Recognizing that film... [more]
On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in nearly a quarter century. The justices will weigh the legality of an underhanded and medically unnecessary 2013 Texas law that would shut down 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving just 10, or fewer, women’s health clinics providing abortion services. The requirements of the law, known as HB2, are partially in effect today, and only 19 of the 42 clinics open in 2013 are currentl... [more]
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss.
The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collecti... [more]
Rough Guides recently released their best destinations to visit in 2016, with some old favorites and some surprises (hello, City of Culture 2017, Hull!). We're gearing up for our year ahead by taking a closer look at some of our top cities to visit for art, where some of the most exciting galleries, museums, artists, and curators are converging. Our first stop is beloved Buenos Aires, long established as an arts hub, still on the rise as one of Latin America's key capitals of culture for the futur... [more]
There is perennial tension between the line of “progress” and infinite irretrievability and the circle (cycle) of repeating patterns; humans, in ongoing rebellion against the forward arrow, use all available tools to create and preserve the always-receding past. Closing on January 10, two exhibitions at Montreal's Musée d'art contemporain (MAC) work together to acutely frame their own dialogue about time, materiality, and the role of the museum in protecting and destroying it.