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Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and a law professor who lives in Los Angeles. Her novel, Art Is Everything, is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books in February, and her book of short fiction, The World Doesn't Work That Way, but It Could, is now out from University of Nevada Press.

Scott Benzel: Mindless Pleasures

Scott Benzel's new show at LA's Bel Ami gallery, Mindless Pleasures, gives viewers an important opportunity to contemplate the mysteries of deterministic chaos during this period of human history.

Rodney McMillian: Body Politic

In an age that sees allegations of forced sterilizations of immigrant women at a Georgia detention center, and a de facto medical experimentation being visited upon essential workers who are forced to work in this pandemic without adequate safety gear, McMillian offers us a devastating message and reminder.


Mier’s retreat to the consolations of scrolling, a kind of peripateticism or journeying, led him to devise an exhibition dedicated to the “gest,” that is, a “tale of adventure” or a knightly exploit—from the Anglo-French geste, which means, among other things, “romance.”

Ferrari Sheppard: Heroines of Innocence

Having attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ferrari Sheppard brings his formidable intellect and passionate engagement to this series of acrylic, charcoal, and gold-leaf portraits of Black girls and women spending time together and offering themselves moments of contemplation or repose. Sheppard constructs these figures out of kinetic bursts of color, scrabbles of charcoal stick, and weeping drips of paint.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2021

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