“Pink Sneakers and Pussy Hats: The Performative and the Political” Article published in Performance Philosophy’s 5th Birthday compilation: It is impossible to consider the future of performance art without wondering how it fits into a larger political world. We have seen, through works by artists like Suzanne Lacy, that performance has the possibility to ignite […]Read more "“Pink Sneakers and Pussy Hats: The Performative and the Political” featured in Performance Philosophy"
Robert E. Lee statue, Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, Virginia Theoretically, I believe that historical artifacts – representing our most profound and cruel moments – should remain in public view so we can learn from the past, but I am in favor of the removal of Confederate statues because they are inciting violence – not dialogue – […]Read more "Curating Robert E. Lee"
The viability of the spoken word has been reconsidered since the campaign tactics of the 2016 US presidential election have changed the nature of political speech, the platforms by which it is expressed and the means in which its content is corroborated. Leaders name call. Twitter is social communication turned rogue political. Facts and alternate […]Read more "“Participating in Text as Dissent and Distraction” featured in Ryall Contemporary"
On the Winter/Spring edition of Gulf Coast Journal, we see a black and white Southern Belle coiffed, painted, and dressed for the evening. What we find out later is that Sisyphus, the protagonist of Mary Reid Kelley‘s writing/video/art piece “The Syphilis of Sisyphus,” is a prostitute ready to pick up customers and desperately trying to […]Read more "Beauty, decadence and decay: “The Syphilis of Sisyphus” by Mary Reid Kelley"
Check out this review of Joanna Black’s “Black Teeth White Heart” on Beautifuldecay.com. Joanna Black, a photographer, entrepreneur and collector in Edinburgh, UK, uses surrealist images to show us what ugly doesn’t look like. Her “Black Teeth White Heart” series is a compilation of Black’s nose, eyes, lips, and even toe nails in a style […]Read more "Joanna Black Tells us What Ugly Doesn’t Look Like | Beautiful Decay"
There are times when I look at a piece of art and wonder – what the hell is this? And more often than not, when I am looking at art with my friends, we have this moment of befuddlement and frustration where we have to stop and really question it. Lindsay, Jessica, and I call this our […]Read more "What the hell is this? In praise of funky art"
I was watching Alexander the Great with Colin Farrell this weekend and during one of his battles in Asia, there was a clip of him attacking the local king riding on elephant back. Farrell’s eyes are frightening and other worldly, reminding me of Goya’s classic “Saturn Devouring His Son.”Read more "The eyes of Saturn and Alexander: Headed for infamy"
In my early 20’s a very close friend of mine tried to open my eyes to the beauty of Mark Rothko. Unfortunately, while he was trying to teach me about color field theory and the phenomenology of looking, I was caught up in the drama of Modigliani. To be fair, Rothko is not for everyone […]Read more "The Power of Patience: Mark Rothko Chapel"
Each day as I sit at my desk, my space becomes more and more a reflection of who I am, how I work, and what keeps me moving. When folks walk into my office, they immediately see a visual montage of artists who inspire me and the endless stacks of legal pads that help me […]Read more "Looking at Artist Studios can teach us about our own workspace"
I love these seemingly mute objects of Enrico David’s shown at Michael Werner Gallery this past fall. Here are some of the pieces that were shown. (all photos from Contemporary Art Daily).Read more "ArtCandy: Enrico David"
Polling 100 of the most prestigious artists and art experts, in their December issue, Vanity Fair compiled a list of the top living artists. Here are some images from the top 6. #1 Gerhard Richter. #2 Jasper Johns #3 Richard Serra #4 Bruce Nauman #5 Cindy Sherman #6 Ellsworth KellyRead more "6 Top Living Artists (Vanity Fair)"
Running into art in the midst of a normal stroll is pretty fantastic and so it was for folks in the Morissania section of the Bronx this summer. Thomas Hirschhorn’s interactive sculpture “Gramsci Monument” sat on Tinton Avenue between 163rd and 165th Streets. “Gramsci Monument” is an ode to Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci who was […]Read more "ArtCandy: Thomas Hirschhorn"
When Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In hit the shelves this spring, it started a national dialogue about women in the workplace. In her work, Sandberg, current chief operating officer at Facebook and previously the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and Chief of Staff at the United States Treasury Department, discusses […]Read more "Do all women need to “Lean In?” Texas artists Weigh in"
If I had to choose a favorite photographer right now, it would be Alex Prager. Why? This self-taught LA photographer understands how to create ambiguous narrative. Ambiguous narrative is a structure where an artist sets up a scene with enough detail so an observer can begin pulling together a story but not enough information for […]Read more "Airport Watching with Alex Prager"
Living in Texas makes me primarily a Texan and secondarily a Southerner. We Texans are oftentimes snubbed by our more genteel neighbors to the East like Virginia or Alabama, because we were more cowboy than cotton but the truth remains that Texas was a proud member of the Confederacy. While living with the Yankees in […]Read more "Django Unchained and the work of Kara Walker"