Volume 38, Number 3: Painting

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Painting / September 2019

The Border Crossings’ annual “Painting” issue is always our largest and most eagerly anticipated. In the current issue we look at artists who explore the elasticity and complexity of paint as medium, practice, and subject.

In her recent series “Dreamline”, Wanda Koop responds to the imperilled natural world. She describes the paintings as lamentations for the planet. Throughout her career she has been documenting environmental decline. Border Crossings took the occasion of her upcoming exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art to discuss this new series with her.

Border Crossings interviewed Nairobi and New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu on the occasion of our most recent MATTER Lecture. In her collages, sculptures, drawings and videos she strives to imagine a better, more generous and inclusive future. With wit and relentless beauty she persuades us to consider an expansive state.

American painter Ross Bleckner and German artist Neo Rauch are also interviewed. Bleckner’s work is focused on beauty, time and mortality, while Rauch—who is perhaps the best known of the New Leipzig School—is open to “the desire for risky encounters”. His work is at once suggestive, timeless and highly idiosyncratic.

Also in this issue we talk with three distinctive Canadian painters; this country’s senior Indigenous artist Alex Janvier, of Cold Lake First Nations, Saskatoon-based Tammi Campbell and Chicago-based Magalie Guérin.

There is a revelatory article by Barry Schwabsky on Tracy Emin’s new paintings. Emin’s work has always been outwardly emotional but in her new paintings we begin to see a more interior side to the prolific artist. Stephen Horne writes about Elaine Stocki’s photographs and her more recent and particular paintings on exhibition at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. There is also an article by Robin Laurence on Ihalmiut and Padlermiut artist Janet Nungnik’s richly narrative textile works. And there is more.

In our Crossover section there are reviews on the exhibitions of; Joseph Tisiga, Georg Baselitz, Vic Cicansky, Helen Escobedo, Matt Schust, Trevor Kiernander, Mira Schor, Laura Findlay, Helen Marten, and others.

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