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Cut, Copy, and Print: Magalie Guérin on Replicating Her Own Paintings

by Bradley Rubenstein
I first met Magalie Guérin in the early 2000s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn—long before Greenpoint was made famous by the TV show . She ran a small gallery called GV/AS, and curated shows that fused serious painting with something personal and quirky (Rodney Dickson's exhibition of paintings of Tanya Roberts still stands out as one of his most interesting exhibitions). One could always find Magalie sitting the gallery and working on drawings—in retrospect, combining elements of art making,... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 8/31/16
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RADIOACTIVE: An Interview with Maria Gaspar

by Tempestt Hazel
I spoke with artist Maria Gaspar about her upcoming project RADIOACTIVE: Stories from Beyond the Wall on the Fourth of July. We talked about mass incarceration, a central subject of Gaspar’s work, on a day that asks people in the US to reflect on freedom. Days after Gaspar shared her thoughts on art and disruption, names like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile started to break open the stitches of old and new wounds and raise questions about freedom. I couldn’t ignore the timing.  In The... [more]
Posted by Tempestt Hazel on 7/11/16
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The Matter of Molecular Practice: An Interview with Sean Raspet

by Joel Kuennen
We live at a time when an astounding amount of information is available to us at a shocking degree of immediacy. A netizen will regularly take deep-dives down wiki wormholes, eagerly grazing on masses of hyper-specific information related to a singular topic, all the while rhizomatically connected to and through a world of greater knowledge. No longer limited to a vocabulary of the phenomenological, we can pastiche together descriptions, criticisms, and comments that pull from the sciences,... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 6/22/16
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Louise Fishman: Subverting the Patriarchy with 2-inch Paintings

by Olivia B. Murphy
On a Friday evening in Philadelphia, the ICA teems with people bending down, squinting, and getting up close and personal with the works on view in Louise Fishman’s latest exhibition Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock. The one-room show is filled with Fishman’s small-scale work, along with her better known large-scale works, plus collected objects and ephemera from throughout the artist’s impressive, decades-long career. The main grouping of works in the show is installed in the center of the room... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 5/10/16
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Beyond Beauty: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz On How to Truly Perceive a Place

by Ionit Behar
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is interested in questions of place: what do people make of places? How can we represent that? In the San Juan-based artist’s work the sense of place—and the embodied experience of social, ecological, and political histories—asserts itself in powerful ways. Her films and videos have an attachment to a sensorial reality and materiality, as well the imagining of possible futures, elements intrinsic to perceiving places in a new and different way. This March Santiago... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 4/29/16
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Angela Washko: Talking Feminism in the Spaces Most Hostile to It

by Christian Petersen
We have discussed the rapidly growing intersection between new media art and feminism with a number of artists in previous columns. This week we take a deeper look at that phenomenon in an interview with artist, writer and facilitator Angela Washko who is at the forefront of the movement. She famously interviewed the notorious pick-up-artist Roosh V for her project which resulted in an overload of attention for her, both positive and horribly negative. Washko’s work consistently tackles vital... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 4/20/16
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The Ecology of Maya Lin: A Memorial for the Planet

by Philip Barash
Her mother taught Literature and Maya Lin often finds inspiration in poetry, the cadences of her childhood echoing throughout an enviable career that has spanned genres and generations. It seems only fitting, then, that a hefty Rizzoli retrospective of Lin’s work, out last October, unfolds less like a picture book and more like a literary text, with sketches, marginal notes, hand-written narratives, and critical essays coiling into a complex narrative.  It is hard to overstate Lin’s cultural... [more]
Posted by Philip Barash on 4/4/16
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Brenda Goodman Talks 50 Years of Fearless, Introspective Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
Brenda Goodman’s work has seen a resurgence in the past two years, with shows at Brooklyn’s Life on Mars Gallery and a retrospective at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, her alma mater. Goodman was part of Detroit’s Cass Corridor movement in the 70s and I first encountered her work and influence while living in Detroit in the 80s. I have followed the morphing styles of her paintings ever since. Continuing an ongoing conversation, held over multiple lunches, I recently sat down with Goodman... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 4/4/16
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Unpacking the Gift: Armory Commissioned Artist Kapwani Kiwanga in Conversation

by Sharon Obuobi
Visitors to The Armory Show this week will notice the image of a bouquet of yellow flowers stacked and repeated on catalogue covers throughout the fair. The golden, tasselled bouquet is more than a decorative flourish: it’s the work of Kapwani Kiwanga, from her ongoing series , and it references the floral assemblages that played witness to the independence ceremonies of many African nations. Appointed as The Armory Show’s 2016 Commissioned Artist by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, curators... [more]
Posted by Sharon Obuobi on 2/29/16
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Bringing Self-Defense Performance Art into the Community: An Interview with Shaun Leonardo

by Joel Kuennen
Back in October of 2015, I wrote a review of Shaun Leonardo’s performance, , 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 stuck with me. I Can't... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 2/23/16