Maddie Hampton is a writer based in New York and a '22-23 Critical Studies fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program.
Nora Turato: govern me harderBy Maddie Hampton
Precision meets the edge of nonsense in govern me harder, Nora Turato’s solo presentation at 52 Walker. Vibrant murals painted from floor to ceiling are punctuated by seven enamel panels each emblazoned with graphic lettering, the font bolded and stretched and still just legible.
Lorna Simpson: 198592By Maddie Hampton
Lorna Simpson executes photography with elegant restraint and a delicate but steady refusal to meet expectations. Combining text with imagery, her early photographs set up an elusive narrative only to deny catharsis.
Felix Gonzalez-TorresBy Maddie Hampton
In formal fluidity, Felix Gonzalez-Torres captured resilience. Forever rearticulated, the physicality of his art is itself ancillary, representing a finely tuned and unique symbolic language that Gonzalez-Torres developed to harbor the political, the personal, and the sometimes-violent intersection of the two.