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Holly Gavin

HOLLY GAVIN is currently a Painting and Printmaking student at Glasgow School of Art. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in June with a focus in History of Art and Painting. She is originally Scottish and Belgian, but grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and also studied at SUNY Purchase.

Show Me Something New

On my first trip to the Turner Prize I did not know what to expect other than greatness, and the show’s own heavily advertised intentions, to “Show me Something New” and “Take me Somewhere New.

Regards Sur Beyrouth: 160 Ans D’images 1800 – 1960

The exhibition Regards sur Beyrouth 160 ans d’Images 1800 – 1960, curated by Sylvia Agémian, is one of the inaugural temporary exhibitions at the newly renovated Sursock Museum in Beirut.


Agnes Martin’s retrospective at Tate Modern, curated by Frances Morris, Tiffany Bell, and Lena Fritsch, is the first exhibition of its breadth and scale displaying Martin’s work on our side of the pond. A highly esteemed artist in America bridging Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Martin remains little known in Europe.

Nick Cave: Epitome

As the title suggests, Nick Cave: Epitome is a carefully selected array of works showcased as exemplary pieces of his oeuvre. The book is heavy with a hardcover and thick, glossy pages—by volume alone, it may seem intimidating.

LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Notion of Family

LaToya Ruby Frazier tackles contested territory in her first book The Notion of Family. Frazier’s beautifully confrontational photographs, and factual and descriptive texts expose her family’s struggle with disease and destitution.

Nato Thompson, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century

Nato Thompson’s Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century is, though acutely titled, a confusing piece of writing.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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