Kamrooz Aram with William Corwin
When you're identified as an Arab long enough, maybe you become kind of arabesque. Its a pun that embraces the many double entendres in the artists practice. Kamrooz Aram plays with and debunks notions and structures that we think we knowwe being victims of received wisdom.
Michael Brenson with Douglas Dreishpoon
Michael Brensons biography on David Smith, more than twenty years in the making and exceeding eight hundred pages, now stands as the definitive portrait of this American sculptor. There were times when close friends feared that the book would remain unfinished because its subject was just too daunting. But its author persisteda Herculean undertaking requiring endless hours of research, extensive interviews, and an informed sculptural imagination. The fruits of his inquiry shine as a biography honoring the breadth and complexity of Smith's life and art.
Laddie John Dill with Michael Straus
Laddie John Dill is an LA based artist who was at the forefront of the Light and Space movement in the late sixties. In 1971 he had his first solo show at Ileana Sonnabends gallery in New York City. Since then Dills work has been shown and celebrated internationally. Early in the fall Michael Straus spoke with Dill on the occasion of the artists exhibition at Malin Gallery. The conversation that follows touches upon Dills early artistic development, his work as an educator, and his careful consideration of how architecture functions in the context of his sculptures.
Emily Mae Smith with Amanda Gluibizzi
The possibilities of painting are on full display at Emily Mae Smiths current exhibition, Heretic Lace, installed at Petzels new Chelsea space. This concise show of eleven paintings demonstrates Smiths command of her medium in strategies such as bravura brushwork, naturalism verging on trompe-lil, seamlessly liquid gradients, and backlit contre-jour effects.