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Art In Conversation


Sylvia Plimack Mangold met up with Alex Bacon in New York City to speak about the threads that link together various periods of her career. A survey of works on paper by both Syliva and her husband, fellow artist Robert Mangold, is being presented at Annemarie Verna Galerie in Zurich, through May 24.

The Gold Standard

What do we see when we look at a painting? Is it the eye of the artist, his or her milieu, or the process that we follow like Ariadne’s thread to some promised destination? Or is it, perhaps, some fragment of affection that its creator felt for the object of making?

Society as Cosmos

Ariane Lopez-Huici is a photographer. Alain Kirili is a sculptor. Whether he makes them from solid chunks of iron or airy swirls of wire, his works are volumetric. Hers, of course, are flat. His are abstract, hers are figurative. As artists, then, they have nothing in common—nothing but their subject, which is the human body, and that gives them everything in common.

Art In Conversation

All Our Perverse Pleasures
TREVOR WINKFIELD with Jarrett Earnest

Trevor Winkfield’s idiosyncratic and widely roaming intelligence is evident throughout his career, including publishing projects like Juillard (1968 – 72) and The Sienese Shredder (2006 – 2010), across his distinctive paintings, and within his many art essays.


We remember a person most acutely in the sharp period after we learn of their passing. After reading about Robert Ashley’s death on Kyle Gann’s blog Postclassic, I went scouring music and book sites to see what recordings and writings of his I might be missing.

Boring but Totally Fantastic: A Conversation with RAGNAR KJARTANSSON

Born and raised into a family of actors and theater professionals in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ragnar Kjartansson has been tightrope-walking between reality and performance for most of his life. It is therefore not by chance that many of his durational performances and video installations often explore and question the edge between fact and fiction.

Books In Conversation

LANCE OLSEN with John Domini

In Theories of Forgetting, Lance Olsen’s 12th novel and 25th book, he may have brought off the boldest departure of a career dedicated to such takeoffs. The formatting allows the text to be read in either direction, each featuring different fonts.

Film In Conversation

Structures of Feeling

Produced under the auspices of Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, Manakamana follows a set of assorted Nepalese pilgrims and sightseers—couples, kids, a metal band, a tribe of goats—on their journeys via cable car to and from the titular mountaintop temple.

396 Words on Trisha Brown

(10) When’s the last time you tried to spell “hypotenuse”? If you like lines, you can’t not like this dancing. The tyranny of description, of accurate description. You don’t know any words. (9) Everything is a pendulum. Everything is a propeller.

Queer Zines Box Set, Volumes 1 & 2

In the wake of postmodernism, the rubric and practice of history seem, if not worse for wear, then perhaps passé and definitively something to be critical of. Surely, with the availability of a whole trove of the alternative practices, it would seem as if traditional historical analysis is becoming increasingly expendable as a necessary framework for interacting with and understanding the past; that it itself, as a colloquial saying goes, might be history.

EDUCATION REFORM Beneath the Surface
PART I: Motives and Methods

In this multi-part article, I will describe the motivations and methods of the dominant forces in education reform circles, assess the consequences of those reforms, and sketch out an alternative to the complaints and demands of the major opponents of the dominant forces.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

We all remember the famous opening lines from the first section of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, entitled “The Burial of the Dead”: April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.

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MAY 2014

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