In celebration of the upcoming International Women’s Day edit-a-thon events, I compiled a list of some of the remarkable female artists who have been added to Wikipedia or whose entries have been improved in previous edit-a-thons. I would have selected 10, but in the spirit of unity (unbiased male volunteers are wholly encouraged, by the way) and in reference to what “male” popular culture has taught me, I have turned it up to 11:
By Plautilla Nelli - Advancing Women Artists F... [more]
Should art have a morality? This is a question that has plagued me the past few months, egged on by a resurgence in the use of “politically correct” or PC as a pejorative in American culture.
The term PC first came to political prominence in a speech given by George H.W. Bush during a commencement speech at the University of Michigan in 1991. In it, he was quick to align “political correctness” with intolerance, claiming it to be a force for the abuse of individuals based on t... [more]
Back in October of 2015, I wrote a review of Shaun Leonardo’s performance, I Can’t Breathe, at The Eighth Floor (video below). Leonardo conducted "a public-participatory workshop and performance that takes the form of a self-defense class" in the pristine gallery space, combining poetry and movement to deliver a stark message about the reality many people of color face when confronted with “Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect” (a euphemism for the NYPD). The performance st... [more]
In a world moving at increasing speeds toward virtual realities and encroaching technologies, it can be difficult to remember the body. It is not until we are sick, do we understand our sense of heath; not until injured or arthritic can we visualize the joint or tendon; not until hair falls out do we wonder how it ever stayed in. It is the decay of the material of our body that makes us human and remember that we are. It is the body that I think about when considering the work of documentary fi... [more]
This interview was originally published on ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives.
Naima Green is a Brooklyn-based photographer and educator whose work addresses the intersections of blackness, urban design, and the environment. I first met Naima as a participant in her series, Jewels from the Hinterland, last June. While I awkwardly posed for her camera in Prospect Park, it became immediately evident to me that Naima's scholarship and practice offered new opportunities for th... [more]
We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. This week Petersen profiles Faith Holland, who has curated a selection of her work for ArtSlant.
New York-based Faith Holland only started making work within the medium about five years ago, but has quickl... [more]
New York-based Carla Gannis’ reputation as an dynamic force in international New Media art was sealed with her 2014 piece The Garden of Emoji Delights. It is one of the few pieces of work of this kind that has has universal appeal beyond the rarefied borders of the Net Art scene. Gannis embraces all of the familiar themes of the discipline, but also avoids its many tired aesthetic clichés. She produces work that is instantly recognizable as her own—the mark of a truly special... [more]
A.I.R. Gallery launches a new series of shows on January 7, 2016, including the group show Generation X: Razzle Dazzle featuring the work of two hundred female artists. As a pioneering New York City gallery, A.I.R's mission and alternative model has been setting precedents for the art world for decades. Also forthcoming are concurrent solo shows by the artists Nancy Azara and Fanny Allié.
Founded in 1972, in New York City, A.I.R. Gallery began as the brainchild of artists Barbara Zucker... [more]
New Photography at MoMA: Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink by Taylor Dafoe Ilit Azoulay, Zbynek Baladran, Lucas Blalock, Edson Chagas, Natalie Czech, DIS, Katharina Gaenssler, David Hartt, Mishka Henner, David Horvitz, John Houck, Yuki Kimura, Anouk Kruithof, Basim Magdy, Katja Novitskova, Marina Pinsky, Lele Saveri, Indre Serpytyte, Lieko Shiga at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
November 7th, 2015 - March 20th
The language of visual information in the digital age has a surprising connection to water: video streams, .wav files, image pools, torrents. All this leads up to the biggest metaphoric aquatic body yet: what the MoMA Department of Photography calls the “Ocean of Images.”
Ocean of Images marks the 30th anniversary of MoMA’s New Photography series. It also signals a few changes to the show. Previously an annual event featuring the work of a handful of artists, in its new guise the sho... [more]
We cannot begin any assessment of the work of Frank Stella without the obligatory quote that has followed his career for over fifty years. “What you see is what you see” was Stella’s painterly philosophy distilled down to seven words. If there is a definition of Minimalism that is more succinct, it has yet to replace Stella’s as a key to understanding a certain type of particularly American painting in mid-century art history.
At the Whitney Museum we have a chance to ca... [more]
Jared Madere’s untitled installation, currently on view at the Whitney, is versatile. It might rest equally comfortably in an abandoned lot in Bushwick or on top of a mountain in Nepal. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the work is happy in its current environment, the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the first floor. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew, who was recently named co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial with Mia Locks, this is Madere’s first solo exhibition as well a... [more]
When I was younger, my parents spent an exorbitant amount of time shopping at the department store Sears. It was one of the kid-in-tow errands I most detested. As a child, I considered this habitat overwhelming and exhausting: the overzealous salespeople, the crowds, the smells of new products and open boxes, the corny advertisements, the endless special offers. From entrance to exit, accompanying my parents on their routine department store escapade was a first-hand lesson in what I now know to be... [more]
[Please be advised. This article contains imagery of 9/11 that may be upsetting to some readers.]
Another ISIL attack in the West, a threat on Washington D.C. and New York City, and the false sense of security that allows for the prosperity of the West to continue is shaken. The combination is just enough to entice xenophobic trolls to get the people’s blood boiling, again. These tragic moments of terror recur with a frequency that has become divorced from, yet prescriptive of our current state of reality. The regime of safety, th... [more]
People wandered into the Colony, a designer co-op in Chinatown, in pairs and groups. We positioned ourselves in the middle of a minimal showroom of contemporary case goods and textiles, facing the cloth backdrop and cardboard props that set the stage for Duets, a performance by David Gilbert and Paul Pescador presented on November 8 as part of Performa 15. The set was crafty but well crafted, with a cardboard cityscape lit from inside and paper stars on the night-sky black background.
In Duets, Gilber... [more]
Jérôme Bel’s oft-controversial repertoire found a new tone, precious and heartwarming, in his new Performa 15 commission, Ballet (New York). As the audience poured in, sunlight filled the Martha Graham Studio Theatre with long blocks of gold. At 3:30, an ensemble filed in, a line-up whose attire was as varied as their bodies, which comprised all ages, abilities, and races. The group also had performances at Marian Goodman Gallery, and the finale will be at El Museo del Barrio (on N... [more]
We live in a digitally manipulated world where Photoshop and Instagram filters are essential everyday tools in public image making. In movies, CGI tricks the audience into believing the impossible by making it visually plausible. In art, we're used to seeing similar qualities: digital tools and graphic design resources have leaked into other creative mediums, achieving through aesthetics what the naked eye fails to see. Yet there are artists who embrace the digital realm, paradoxically, by avoid... [more]