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Art In Conversation

Sheila Pepe with Amanda Millet-Sorsa

Sheila Pepe lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and inaugurated her first major public sculpture for the exhibition My Neighbor’s Garden at Madison Square Park, curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport. We sat down for a conversation at ArtBuilt, which holds studios for artists at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and where Pepe has had a studio for a number of years.

Art In Conversation

Jack Pierson with Lyle Rexer

Jack Pierson is one of the artists who has turned photography back to its roots and made it personal. Even as his work has celebrated mass media and the icons of popular culture and gay life—images in widespread circulation—it has awakened a poignancy and nostalgia at the heart of even the most commercial images.

Art In Conversation

Tariku Shiferaw with Charles M. Schultz

On the occasion of his exhibition at Galerie LeLong Charles Schultz visited Tariku Shiferaw’s studio in the Bronx. Their conversation ranges from the night sky as a site where different civilizations have inscribed their visions of the world to the influence of mythologies on the order of social codes, and what it means when boundaries become porous.

Art In Conversation

Henry Threadgill with David Hershkovits

Henry Threadgill’s Easily Slip Into Another World: A Life in Music (co-written with Brent Hayes Edwards) is the biography we didn’t know we needed. Threadgill’s musical achievements as a saxophonist, flutist, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer are well-documented. Oh, but the stories he can tell.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers

At home, former president Donald J. Trump is facing multiple criminal cases for his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the violent riot by his supporters at the US Capitol, in an unprecedented effort to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power, posing a great threat to American democracy.

Editor's Message

Art Law & Art and the Law: A Dialogue Across Disciplines

The practice of art law has continued to develop rapidly in recent years, as stakeholders in the art world have come to realize that the innovative practice of law can support and protect artistic creativity. In developing the Critics Page for this issue, I wanted to highlight the importance of, and the challenges posed by, legal structures and frameworks in artistic practice. This Critics Page highlights many of these innovative art law issues that sustain (or contest) contemporary art practice today, bringing together several of the leading lawyers in the field alongside groundbreaking artists who use legal frameworks as their medium.


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Art Books

Special Report

Field Notes

The Miraculous

Art and Technology


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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