Author Archive

Moving the Middle

“Caravans of Gold,” a traveling exhibition currently at the Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois, places West Africa and the Sahara Desert trade routes at the center of cultural interaction during the medieval period.

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Portfolio

Curator Miguel A. López introduces a selection of seldom seen early paintings, photographs, and sculptures by Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, reflecting her dual fascination with the ephemeral aspects of nature and the iconography of political activism in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Learning from Fascism

Embracing many aesthetic currents, from pseudo-Classical to cutting-edge modernist, Mussolini used whatever worked—including the financial backing of amoral industrial capitalists—to promote his maniacal dream of making Italy great again.

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In the Studio: Pia Camil

With a solo exhibition about to open at the Tramway in Glasgow, Mexican artist Pia Camil discusses her admiration for predecessors like Brazil’s Lygia Pape, her own imaginative use of stitched-together T-shirts and other secondhand materials, and the sporadic transformation of her studio into a queer-friendly nightclub.

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Issues & Commentary: Organizing the Museum

A growing wave of unionization has recently hit art museums across the US, laying bare massive inequities between board, staff, and support personnel, and exposing a huge gap between “inclusive” institutional rhetoric and exploitative labor practices.

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Criticism: A Feminist Reckoning

From 1972 to ’77, Brooklyn–based critic Cindy Nemser more or less singlehandedly produced the Feminist Art Journal, a pioneering quarterly that campaigned for equal treatment of women in the visual art industry.

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Books

Qianfan Gu on Barbara Pollack’s Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise; plus related titles in brief.

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First Look: Sadie Barnette

The sweet colors and glittering surfaces of Oakland artist Sadie Barnette’s assemblages offset their underlying concern with racial persecution and violence.

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The Brief

The Shed opens in New York; Art Cologne; “Illuminating the Wilderness” explores human neurodiversity at Tate Liverpool; “Art After Stonewall, 1969–1989” at the Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; Setouchi Triennale on multiple Japanese islands; Havana Biennale

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Artworld

People, Awards, Obituaries

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