States of the Art of Painting 2017
Asking painters about painting is like following Alice down the rabbit hole into her particular Wonderland: you never know what you’re going to encounter there. Of course, Alice fell into her condition, while we might be more deliberate in our choice.
Close Encounter of a Biographical Kind
Chris Kraus has written her seventh book, called ‘After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography’, which Semiotext(e) will publish this month. Readers can’t help but be engaged by subject and writer. It is an indispensable book. Keep Reading
For Picasso, the bombing of the Basque city of Guernica in April 1937 marked a new terrifying industrial and anonymous warfare, a warfare of the modern period. Keep Reading
The Green Fog, directed by Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, and Guy Maddin
In Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece, and arguably the greatest film ever made, John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, played by James Stewart, visits his old friend, the shipbuilding magnate and wife-murderer-in-waiting, Gavin Elster, and they talk about San Franciso, the city in which they both live.
Shirin Neshat and the Art of Tragic Euphoria
A sense of mysticism pervades all of Shirin Neshat’s work, in the gentlest but most persistent manner. It’s evident in her person—this small, delicate as a bird, formidable individual who enchants and engages an audience by making her ethical rigour very clear.
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