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Re'al Christian

Re’al Christian is a writer, editor, and art historian based in Queens, NY. She is a contributing editor at ART PAPERS, and the Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Art in Print, BOMB Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. She has written catalogue and exhibition texts for CUE Art Foundation, DC Moore, the Hunter College Art Galleries, Performa, and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. She is an MA candidate in Art History at Hunter College and holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Media, Culture, & Communication from New York University.

Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

This photobook reproduces more than 50 of approximately 300 photographs Parks took during his Life magazine assignment, revealing both the humanity of those who have been convicted of crimes and how race and class determine the extent to which criminals are prosecuted.

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

With a signature “blurriness,” Smith’s subjects are often difficult to make out or identify, effectively denying the gaze. In doing so, her photographs act as sites of complicated indexicality, in which Black individuals are able to escape the confines of their own visibility.

dispersed holdings’s Speed of Resin

For their recent publication, Speed of Resin, the artist-run space dispersed holdings engaged with the idea of truncated time while documenting their final days of programming in Eva Hesse’s former Bowery apartment before being forced to find a new location.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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