The Political Resonance of Contemporary Sculpture

  The Political Resonance of Contemporary Sculpture  at Luhring Augustine posits contemporary sculpture as a corrective to politically regressive monuments in the United States. Installation view, Sculpture, Luhring Augustine Bushwick (courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York, photo by Farzad Owrang) Monuments can be dangerous. They can wake the dead. At a time when Confederate and colonialist monuments are being debated and removed, contemporary sculpture has the... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 4/16

Judith Bernstein Shines a Blacklight on Trump’s Crimes

    Judith Bernstein, “President” (2017), acrylic and oil on canvas, 90 x 89 1/2 inches (all images courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery) Published by Hyperallergic, 02.17.18   People pay to watch a real fuck. In the heyday of Times Square porn the “money shot” was developed to prove that the sex-on-film was real and not simulated. The proof? Cum. The (male) ejaculation onto the body... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 2/28

You’re Kitsch but You’re Beautiful

  You’re Kitsch but You’re Beautiful THE NEW ART DEALERS ALLIANCE, MIAMI, 2017 Published by Art511 Magazine  “The walls were covered with a pink-flowered Lucca damask, patterned with birds and dotted with dainty blossoms of silver…” (Oscar Wilde, “The Birthday of the Infanta,” ) After throttling myself through the Miami Beach Convention Center, I entered NADA at the inappropriate speed of 1,000 mph, stinking of sulfur. My pace quickly rectified. NADA called for something softer.... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 1/4


    Gia (1998) Angelina Jolie occupies a special place in my heart. Meaning that at one point, I believed she had my whole heart. I had given it to her when I was twelve. Obsessive screenings of consummated a forever-pact: to be willfully blind for the reward of being consistently mesmerized. Gia did not break this pattern. This is all a lesbian cliche, which the real life Gia Carangi stylistically influenced, more than most Angelina-obsessed-girls will probably ever... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 11/25/17

Toxicity through Proximity: The Wonderful Filth of a Queer Group Show

Published by ART511 MAGAZINE  The elevator opened to a gothic horror set: costuming, glossy black, sound stage, decadent weapons. “I’m here alone.” The voice of Werner Hirsch, a drag queen from the video Toxic, fills the painted black room populated with sculpture. She’s fed up. She’s not having it at all. Pointing behind the camera she observes, “…there are 1,2,3,4 people over there …” My first moment with “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” — and... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 10/20/17