James Beck, Gadfly
(1930-2007)

Art

James Beck, the art historian and longtime Columbia University professor, died at the age of 77 over the Memorial Day weekend.

Letter from London

Art

Unlike Ireland, where there seems to be a sympathy towards both the painterly and the abstract, Britain has long maintained a figurative tradition and held abstraction at arm’s length.

INCONVERSATION

Letter from Germany:It's Not About Representation, It’s About Production Interview with Roger Buergel and Ruth Noack

Art

Documenta is widely regarded as the most important international exhibition of contemporary art, and its twelfth edition opens in Kassel this June.

Letter from Iran

Art

Having recently traveled to Iran to jury an “international” sculpture symposium, it was difficult to match what I saw and felt with the kinds of reports being generated by the corporate “entertainment” media back home.

INCONVERSATION

Robert Ryman with Phong Bui

Art

After his last show, No Title Required, at Pace Gallery uptown, painter Robert Ryman welcomed Rail Publisher Phong Bui to his West Village studio to talk about his recent paintings and other related work.

INCONVERSATION

Brian O’ Doherty with Phong Bui

Art

On the occasion of his retrospective, Beyond the White Cube at Grey Art Gallery, which will be on view till July 14th, the artist Brian O’Doherty—also known as Patrick Ireland—came to visit the Rail’s Headquarters to discuss his life and work.

Letter from China

Art

“In Beijing they shit ice cream and piss lemonade,” says Robert Bernell, one of the founders of the Dashanzi Art District, also known as the 798 Art Zone, and of Timezone 8, a bookstore and publishing company.

Brooklyn Dispatches

Art

At a jam-packed lecture delivered at the New School in 2000, Dave Hickey, the bad boy of contemporary criticism, presented an idea, profound in its breadth, that it’s memory—not taste, not fashion, not even aesthetics—that determines the “staying power” of a work of art.

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