tagged: self-portrait

Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco

by Ana Finel Honigman
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. Presenting his subjects’ faded, slack... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 7/7/14

Supreme Modern Feminist or Covert Misogynist?

by Philippa Snow
If pressed, I maintain that the reason I keep up with news about popular culture is that, for me, it adds all-important context to the various forms of "legitimate" art that I take in as a job. Visiting Richard Saltoun’s show of Viennese feminist art (that, specifically speaking, of VALIE EXPORT and Friedl Kubelka) for instance, the phrase "proto-selfies" played continuously in my mind: not a phrase of my own design, but one coined for the exhibition by a writer at . Women these days—famous... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 4/17/14

“Infinite Personality”

by Charlie Schultz
Maria Lassnig’s brushy oil paintings could work as an antidote to the malady of self-consciousness. They are so potently focused on the body—particularly Lassnig’s body—that they pull you completely out of your own head and take you straight into her’s, which is not often a comfortable place to be. The tremendous exhibition of her work at MoMA P.S. 1 spans her seven-decade career and includes a quartet of films and a room of watercolors in addition to the spread of oil paintings. The first... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 3/18/14

A new and sympathetic masculine mythology

by Aldrin Valdez
It’s clear from looking at Robin F. Williams’s recent work at PPOW that the painter has been busy. “Sons of the Pioneers,” her second solo show at the gallery since 2011, consists of ten oil paintings and one drawing (all created between 2012 and 2014). It’s an ambitious exhibition that builds from her last series of portraits, which featured teenagers hiding behind tough looks and couture armor. The textures and the overly elaborate details of their outfits were thrilling. They pulled you in... [more]
Posted by Aldrin Valdez on 3/12/14

Figure + Landscape: An Interview with Elina Brotherus

by James Loks
It's quite strange meeting someone for the first time via Skype; I think it's something to do with the intimacy of being suddenly projected into a stranger's kitchen and they into your living room. This was how I met Elina Brotherus: we sat in Paris/Helsinki and shared a cup of tea. My intention was obviously for this to be an interview, however it seems like a conversation broke out, the outcome of which being that the questions aren't particularly well phrased. I'm sure you'll find the... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 2/16/14

Evasive and quiet as a Sunday street.

by Georgia Phillips-Amos
aims to promote the encounter between contemporary fine art and street art. In a small storefront space, on the second floor of the Cassino Atlântico shopping center in Copacabana, the gallery curates exhibitions by a heterogeneous roster of 12 artists from across Brazil. Paulo Vieira’s solo exhibition, “Depois de Hoje” (After Today), was the Minas Gerais-born artist’s second solo show in Rio in the last three years. The exhibition catalogue with introduction by curator, Mauro Trindade,... [more]
Posted by Georgia Phillips-Amos on 2/2/14

My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola

by Alexandra Giniger
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 works in... [more]
Posted by Alexandra Giniger on 7/14/13