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2002 Painting Report, Plane: The Essential of Painting

In P.S.1 curator Alanna Heiss’s unilluminating introduction to Plane: The Essential of Painting, she misleadingly conflates the physical surface on which paint is brushed or sprayed or thrown, and the more elusive notion of the picture plane.

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party
Brooklyn Museum of Art

Twenty-two years after its blockbuster opening at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1979, Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” has been donated and permanently installed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

In Conversation

Mira Schor with Joan Waltemath

Mira Schor is a painter and writer. She is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, and the co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism.

In Conversation

Ultra Violet with John Merchant

“Well I guess it was my own revolution— internal revolution. You know I disagreed with the hypocrisy of society and I disagreed with my Catholic upbringing and I disagreed with everyone. . . . It was sort of natural that I met Warhol— you know in the ’60s you met everybody, so I was doomed to meet Warhol.”

William Phillips 1907-2002

Anyone who is remotely familiar with the history of New York intellectual life, especially from the 1930’s onward, will associate the name William Phillips with the legendary Partisan Review, otherwise known to some as P.R.

A Tribute: Andrew Forge 1923-2002

What he saw— and how eloquently he spoke of what he saw— in art, in literature, in modern history— helped me to see in his work the dynamic and dialectical structures which gave the paintings their unprecedented kind of unity.

ARTBEAT: The Brooklyn Public Library Looks to the South

Just like with an apartment house project of Norten’s in Mexico City, the new building will occupy an uncommon triangular plot at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Hanson Place, and Ashland Place.

ARTBEAT: An Artist's Workshop for the World

The corner of Front and Washington Street in DUMBO was buzzing with a surprising amount of activity when I met with John Bjerklie, one of the directors of the Triangle Artists Workshop, which will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary at a new location.

ARTBEAT Column: Living & Thriving in Brooklyn

“Living and Thriving in Brooklyn” is a series of stories about people who live and work from their homes and/or neighborhoods in Brooklyn. As part of this series the Rail introduces Esa Nichols, creator and maintainer of, a website for artists work and also to be used as job/creative reference source by anyone who wants to log on!


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