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Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Henry Taylor at Untitled New York March 1st - April 4th
Posted 3/24/15

Near the entrance of Untitled Gallery on the Lower East Side is a slab of concrete with a shovel stuck into it. Chair legs and wire sprout off the shovel, as do branches wrapped in stretched pantyhose like wings on an urban angel. The shovel’s handle fits into the mouth of a plastic bottle shaped like a fuel container, painted black to resemble an African mask. On the adjacent wall hangs an antique wooden mirror frame, which now holds a hand-drawn Confederate flag found by the artist. Two to... [more]

Kehinde Wiley's Empire of Vulnerability   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum of Art February 20th - May 24th
Posted 2/20/15

“Kehinde Wiley is everywhere right now,” said Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, as the small press tour began. This was not an exaggeration by any means; Wiley garnered recent attention when his paintings appeared as backdrops in Fox's Empire, a highly stylized melodrama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong that collages black stereotypes while positioning black bodies into a King Lear-like drama, and for his fashion week photoshoot with New York Magazine. Wiley has been an art star since the mid 2000s when his masterf... [more]

Morning Star: Marshall Scheuttle Photographs Las Vegas in a New Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/15

Las Vegas-based photographer Marshall Scheuttle explores the American landscape, documenting archetypes of American youth and the narratives which develop around them—exploring our place and identity within the world. Borderland, his first body of work, focused on the individual and their surroundings; his latest project, Morning Star, turns its attention to the specific dynamic of Las Vegas, in response to the stories he uncovered in his earlier series. Scheuttle shoots analogue using a large-format 8 x 1... [more]

Ryan McGinley to Host UNTITLED Vernissage in Miami  
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11/5/14 Posted 11/5/14

UNTITLED art fair announced today that famed photographer Ryan McGinley will host its vernissage in Miami Beach this December honoring ACRIA, a leading research and education organization working to help people with HIV and AIDS. To raise support for ACRIA, McGinley will offer three limited edition photographs of his 2014 Pairie (Pond) from his ongoing road trip series. Since 2005, McGinley has been traveling across the United States with a mass of models and assistants to capture stunningly raw portr... [more]

A Mythology of Memory  
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11/4/14 Posted 4/4/15

Originally published in the Immigrant Issue | OF NOTE Magazine and then republished in the World Policy Journal (Arts Policy Nexus) 2014: "Though I will be a stranger in my land of origin, the importance of this journey is to bridge the gaps in my identity and my parents’ painful sabotage of identity. I want to know them in the historical and current political context of Sierra Leone; I want to know our story stripped of myth." Aunt Gertrud Kretzchmar (Tante Trude). Beskyden, Cze... [more]

Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs: The Unforgivable Passage of Time   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Allen Ginsberg at University of Toronto Art Centre September 2nd, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Posted 10/24/14

An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s r... [more]

@richardprince4: Who are the other Richard Princes?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/2/14

Update October 6, 2014: In a further twist to the RP4 tale, Instagram has started to dump previous images posted by the artist (including the ones we had linked to here, now obsolete). The reasons behind these mysterious recent movements on the (at the time of writing) still active account are unclear: a warning from the Instagram authorities? Or a classic Prince joke? In his latest post, two women are captured mid-conversation on a sofa. Above them hangs the infamous Untitled (Cowboy), the artist's... [more]

Nostalgia and Gratitude, Brokenness and Redemption   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Henry Diltz, Walden S. Fabry, Henry Horenstein, Les Leverett, David McClister, Raeanne Rubenstein, Ethan Russell, Leigh Wiener, Elmer Williams, Michael Wilson at Annenberg Space for Photography May 31st, 2014 - September 28th, 2014
Posted 7/20/14

I only need one song to explain how I feel about country music: George Strait’s So Much Like My Dad. A modest hit in 1992, the tune’s not nearly as recognizable as Strait’s other classics. You’ll likely run into All My Exes Live in Texas, but probably not So Much Like My Dad. A few keys of the piano walk you into the song’s weather: the first few drops of an icy rain, a first snowfall. A brush hits the drumhead and somehow it’s cold. It hits a few more times and it’s... [more]

Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco  
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7/7/14 Posted 7/7/14

Berlin, Jul. 2014: Matthew Morrocco’s “Berlin Series” depicts no-strings-attached encounters tied to the fabric of our most intimate human emotions. This tender photographic self-portrait series evokes the pleasure and pathos that can be embedded in online hook-ups. As a young New York artist studying in Berlin, Morrocco met older men and photographed them either alone or interacting with his nude body. He respectfully represents these men’s aged bodies and evident desires.... [more]

Portrait Relief   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Katie Lyle at Erin Stump Projects (ESP) May 15th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Posted 5/23/14

Katie Lyle's first solo show at Erin Stump Projects is both promising and relieving. They are paintings that will make your eyes and brain feel satisfied, as well as happy to see something, albeit traditional, that has been suspiciously absent from much contemporary painting: small-scale portraits. In a debut solo exhibition you typically are aware of which artists the artist likes. Of the seven paintings in this show, one nods fairly directly to Picasso (something a painter is almost required t... [more]

Mapplethorpe: Very Eighties   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Robert Mapplethorpe at Grand Palais March 26th, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 4/21/14

At a certain point as I was walking around the Mapplethorpe exhibition I thought, “You know something? I really don’t like Robert Mapplethorpe.” This was during the first half of the show where most of the work was in his "nude portraiture" mode. I mean, I can appreciate the formality of it all—the lines and triangles, neat, original compositions, the sculptural references. But there’s just something in the gelatin-silver-shininess of it; it all seems too slick, t... [more]

Pernot’s Nomads   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mathieu Pernot at Jeu de Paume February 11th, 2014 - May 18th, 2014
Posted 4/9/14

Mathieu Pernot’s new show at Jeu de Paume follows twenty years of his career but it also follows the tragic downhill path some of modern society's marginal groups have taken since the twentieth century. While examining the nation state's mechanisms of supervision, control, and depression he also lingers on the historical role of photography as a collaborative practice. The curatorial orbit of his exhibition The Crossing was designed to create both spacious and conceptual "vis-à-vis" encounters betw... [more]

Welcome to the Dollerhouse: Laurie Simmons' Kigurumi Portraits   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Laurie Simmons at Salon 94 Bowery March 7th, 2014 - April 26th, 2014
Posted 4/9/14

It would be ridiculous to discuss gender issues, stereotyping, objectification, fetish, or fantasy in contemporary art without Laurie Simmons. For nearly four decades, using a variety of subjects and settings that include toys, costumes, collage, puppets, and people, Simmons’ photographs have created an indelible interpretation of how perception is formed. The current exhibition at Salon 94, Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See*, features Simmons' latest series of pigment prints. The bulk of... [more]

Here, There, and Everywhere.  
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JR at Lazarides Rathbone Place 10/31/13 Posted 10/31/13

You might easily have missed JR’s latest cityscape takeover of London—surprising, given that the French photographer seems to have been a continual feature on press releases in the last few years —but rather than out in the open, JR presents his work this time within the guarded walls of Lazarides Gallery. Actions—up until the 13th November—pieces together the various accomplishments that have defined JR’s work throughout the last decade, collating his internat... [more]

My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola  
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7/14/13 Posted 7/14/13

New York, Jul. 2013: Since receiving her MFA from California College of the Arts one year ago, Toyin Odutola has garnered much buzz as a young artist on the rise who maintains a fresh perspective on the flexible natures of race, identity, and nationality. Her process and progress are readily visible through her many social media outlets, which display her painstakingly prolific self-portraits. But who is the woman behind the work? From where has she sprung? Born in Nigeria, Odutola currently lives and wo... [more]

Art Classes  
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1/12/12 Posted 8/12/09

I live in Pacheco, California and I teach in Walnut Creek at Byron Park Senior Residence at this time. I have the option to teach at a large gallery in Oakland, California. The 57th Street Gallery has hosted my classes in the summer of 2009.                                                                                           There are many artists showing in the gallery. Now there is nightly jazz hosted                                                                                  which makes it very i... [more]


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