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JOAN WALTEMATH: The Dinwoodies, 2005-8: graphite drawings on mylar

The Dinwoodies, a series of Joan Waltemath's mylar drawings made between 2005 and 2008, is currently on view at Schema Projects in Bushwick. This is the first time the work has been shown, and it is Waltemath’s first New York solo exhibition in over a decade.

Barclays Center: Brooklyn’s “Community Arena”?

After one year, the arena is a marquee venue, but not the promised home for civic events.

The Political Education of Young Wilhelm

What radical ideas were in circulation during Bill de Blasio's Sandinista days?

How to Spot a Junkie

I recognize this smile: it’s that of the abuser, the fiend, or the crack addict.

Art Books In Conversation

BEN DAVIS with Wendy Vogel

Brooklyn-based writer Ben Davis sat down with Art Books contributor Wendy Vogel on a Sunday morning at the Rail Headquarters to discuss his book 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013)

Skeletal Improvisations and Thrilling Crescendos of Madness: Spy Music Fest 2013

The third annual Spy Fest, organized by Brooklyn’s intrepid Northern Spy record label, took place over the weekend of September 6–8. Northern Spy was founded in 2010 by Tom Abbs and Adam Downey, each of whom spent years working at ESP-Disk.

Musical Realism: Matt Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker

The best narrative fiction films have at their center the war between two necessary and contradictory impulses: the impulse to observe and the impulse to declaim.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Readers

Over three months ago, the Dedalus Foundation invited me to curate a two-month show (October 20 – December 15) at Industry City—its new satellite space in Sunset Park—to commemorate Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary.

Editor's Message Guest Critic

Vulnerability and its Vicissitudes

I am interested in experiences with art that have made you fragile, made you question fundamental beliefs about your self, the world, or art in general; moments when the art before you made you question the very discourse you have learned in order to evaluate art in the first place.

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The Brooklyn Rail

OCT 2013

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