Stop Calling the Whitney Biennial “Safe”
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by Hakim Bishara
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I keep hearing people call the 2024 Whitney Biennial “safe.” It’s usually art-world people and critics, who tend to say it every two years, as if the museum has ever intentionally sought controversy or embraced radical politics. That’s never been the case. For that reason, there’s nothing safer than calling the Whitney Biennial “safe.” This year especially, the moniker is ill-fitting and glib. The 2024 Biennial places a striking emphasis on video work, vastly distinguishing itself from previous iterations. I found this fundamental difference refreshing. And as a curatorial decision, I dare sa ..read more
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Required Reading
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by Lakshmi Rivera Amin and Elaine Velie
1d ago
‣ Elsa Delmas and the investigative team at Le Monde visualized the physical impact of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, detailing the schools, hospitals, and places of worship that have been destroyed through photos, videos, and statistical maps. The results are gut-wrenching: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Le Monde in English (@lemonde_en) ‣ Muslims across the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday. In Gaza, the day passed without the normally joyous festivities. In a story for BBC, David Gritten and Rushdi Abu Alouf speak to Palestinians there, many of them children, about ..read more
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Incredibly Preserved Frescoes of Trojan War Figures Unearthed in Pompeii
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by Rhea Nayyar
1d ago
Archaeologists in Pompeii have uncovered exceptionally preserved frescoes depicting legendary subjects of the Trojan War myth in a banquet hall on a known residential and commercial block in the ancient city. One painting depicts the god Apollo, equipped with his symbolic lyre, attempting to seduce Cassandra. According to myth, Apollo gave Cassandra the power of foresight in an effort to win her affection. When he failed and was unable to revoke the divine gift, he applied a curse so that no one would believe her prophecies. Thus, Cassandra couldn’t prevent the Trojan War, which began when he ..read more
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A Palestinian Poet’s Fragmented Grief
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by Mirene Arsanios
1d ago
A sketch by Almallah in Border Wisdom (2023) (all images © Ahmad Almallah, 2024; courtesy Winter Editions) In his second book of poems, Palestinian scholar Ahmad Almallah seeks a language that captures the afterlives of the mother tongue. The 2023 collection, his second to date following Bitter English (2019), blurs the borders between languages, the living and the dead, presence and absence. “What does not getting used to it do for me?” he asks in the book’s eponymous poem, “Border Wisdom.” By which he means not getting used to the violence that Palestinians — in this case, those living in t ..read more
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Lex Brown’s Mythical Characters Confront Earthly Problems
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by Maya Pontone
1d ago
TULSA, Okla. — What would you do if you thought it was your last day? Philadelphia-based artist Lex Brown asks this question time and time again in her hour-long science-fiction musical Carnelian (2023), a film following three mythical characters —Necyria, Orachrysops, and Bicyclus — over the course of one day as they anxiously prepare for an impending unknown catastrophe they refer to as “the Boom.” Through eight songs written by Brown and co-composed by Samuel Beebe, the trio grapples with the complexities of institutional power structures embedded in politics, the environment, social dynam ..read more
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The Horrors of Being a Middle Age Woman in a Capitalist Society
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by Sarah Hromack
1d ago
Much as one might visit a prospective apartment at various hours of the day to gauge the quality of light, I staked out Shana Moulton’s solo exhibition Meta/Physical Therapy at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to understand its audience.  I first encountered Moulton’s semi-autobiographical protagonist, Cynthia, about 15 years ago via her cult-hit video series Whispering Pines (2002–ongoing), of which this work is part. The first instantiations were characterized by a mystical, psychedelic flair that counters its heavier existential themes. Moulton’s career has only moved upwards and ..read more
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Nora Turato Makes Collective Angst Creative
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by Claudia Ross
1d ago
LOS ANGELES — “What’s your more?” asked Nora Turato throughout “pool 6,” her LA Frieze Week performance at Sprüth Magers gallery, her voice adopting the resonant tone of a motivational speaker. Different characters soon emerged in the artist’s theatrical monologue: a woman obsessed with affirmations, a macho health nut afraid to consume seed oils. Performance is one result of Turato’s unconventional practice: The artist collects found text for year-long periods to form what she calls “pools,” accumulations that she reconfigures into artwork. For her solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers, it’s not ..read more
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A View From the Easel
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by Lakshmi Rivera Amin
1d ago
Welcome to the 229th installment of A View From the Easel, a series in which artists reflect on their workspace. This week, artists kick off their day with a morning perreo, take their work to the streets of their working-class neighborhood, and devise ways to escape the “too much thinking” phase. Want to take part? Check out our new submission guidelines and share a bit about your studio with us through this form! All mediums and workspaces are welcome, including your home studio. Yali Romagoza, Manhattan, New York Describe an average day in your studio. I like to wake up ear ..read more
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Lorraine O’Grady and Nicholas Galanin Named Guggenheim Fellows
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by Rhea Nayyar
1d ago
Nicholas Galanin and Lorraine O’Grady are among 28 visual artists to receive the 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship. In its 99th year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has tapped 188 individuals for this year’s cohort, 68 of whom are visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, architects, or fine arts and new media researchers. The fellows were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants whose submissions were peer-reviewed. The fellowships come with cash prizes usually ranging between $40,000 and $55,000. Born in Boston and based in New York, 89-year-old artist, writer, and critic O ..read more
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Derrick Adams, Peter Burr, and More Artists Project Works Onto Historic Hangars in Brooklyn
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by Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
1d ago
The Floyd Bennett Field! Public Arts Festival features 24 established and emerging artists whose dynamic works span generations and disciplines. The festival is an immersive celebration of Southeast Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field through a playful reimagining of space, architecture, and visual storytelling. Original works from renowned artists Derrick Adams, Peter Burr, Eto Otitigbe, and Ryan Hartley Smith will be video mapped to the 11,000-square-foot façade of two monumental historic airplane hangars, creating an unforgettable visual experience. Focusing on themes of adaptive reuse and ..read more
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