Where plants grow well, humans usually do well, / Rome, Paris, London, San Francisco. It must have / Something to do with the light. There is a small intaglio / Of Agrippa in Augustus in a glass-clear mineral, / Which creates an image in light, of light, by light.
Because of this year’s World Cup, cities that had once been footnotes in our consciousness have suddenly gained in solidity and weight. Porto Alegre, in particular, one of the World Cup host cities alongside Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, has skyrocketed into the international consciousness.
The fur coat she was wearing hung as heavy as a child on her shoulders, and she looked stunned, arrived somehow by taxi, livery cab? Fleeced? Mrs. DePours large alligator bag was open.
Lucio Fontana is amongst those latter-day European modernists whose post-WWII reputation was made by a signature autographic gesture.
Charlie Haden, who passed away this year after a storied career as one of jazzs most deeply valued bassists, titled his first recording as a bandleader Liberation Music Orchestra. The choices he made on the record were both deeply political and personally intuitive; Liberation Music Orchestra is bolted to its moment in history both as a response to the fog of war and an expression of the spontaneous self.
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Sharon Louden’s collection of essays by contemporary artists, chronicles how these men and women have sustained themselves, both financially and intellectually, throughout their artistic careers.
Marx once wrote that it is essential to educate the educator. Of late, educators have done quite well all on their own.
From the Publisher & Artistic Director
One thing is certain: the longer I live here the greater appreciation I gain for this ever-complex and lively city.
Editor's Message Guest Critic
In April of this year, I had the opportunity to interview artist Kara Walker on the subject of her project at the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our discussion, printed in the May edition of the Brooklyn Rail, covered issues of race and class, the subjugation of the labor force, and the economic and political complexities that engender and sustain such division, none of which can be considered without a discussion of feminism.