The Melancholy of Remembering

The Melancholy of Remembering

In the years following my grandmother’s death from a debilitating mental illness, what I remembered most were her eyes. I wanted to know what was going on behind the glassy absence, what she was thinking about, and whether she recognized her visitors even if unable to utter her son’s name.

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Museum of Ruins

Museum of Ruins

Thomas Struth’s work reflects that the transcendent sensation often confused with religious experience is little more than a byproduct of the interplay between the chaos of life, and the stoic organization of space.

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Stanley Whitney, “Dance the Orange”

Stanley Whitney, “Dance the Orange”

A common misconception about jazz is that it is pure, unbridled expression. This isn’t necessarily true. Much jazz actually riffs and improvises within the bounds of a relatively rhythmic meter, creating a sort of syncopation against classical structure. Of course, there are many approaches to jazz, but this seems the most apt comparison for Stanley Whitney.

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Tools for Redress: A Century of Political Art

Tools for Redress: A Century of Political Art

In the fall of 1929, the same month as the collapse of the American stock market, editors from the leftist magazine New Masses met in New York City to form a federation of artists, writers, and intellectuals. Initially unaffiliated with any political party, the magazine and its newly established federation, the John Reeds Club, aligned themselves with the American Communist Party barely a year later. The JRC expanded outside of New York and immediately began exhibiting the works of its artists, drafting in 1932 a manifesto in which they called upon “all honest writers and artists to abandon decisively the treacherous illusion that art can exist for art’s sake, or that the artist can remain remote from the historic conflicts.”

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Come Inside, We Have Coffee

Come Inside, We Have Coffee

The Outsider Art Fair comes to Manhattan's Center 548 in late January, a time when few have any desire to be out in the cold. Inside, though, it’s comfortingly familiar to anyone who’s been to just about any art fair in New York City, really, which immediately raises the dominant question of the whole ordeal: What exactly are we outside of?

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Old Indian Road

Old Indian Road

"Old Indian Road" was most recently appeared in plain china, a best of anthology published by Bennington University. The accompanying photograph is by Ally Christofferson.

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