The New Social Environment#385

Mattress World: Guy Goodwin and David Reed

Featuring Goodwin, Reed, and Charlotte Kent


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Guy Goodwin and David Reed join Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Andrea Abi-Karam.

In this talk

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Guy Goodwin

A portrait of Guy Goodwin by Phong H. Bui
Portrait drawing of Guy Goodwin by Phong H. Bui
Artist Guy Goodwin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois in 1965. Recent exhibitions include Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s, Lisson Gallery, New York, NY (2019), Looking Back / The Ninth White Columns Annual - Selected by Cleopatra’s, White Columns, New York, NY (2015), High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975 (2006–07, traveling), Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (1987), Bykert Gallery, New York, NY (1974), Whitney Annual Exhibition of American Painting, Whitney Museum, New York, NY (1972). Guy Goodwin: Mattress World, curated by David Reed, is on view at the Milton Resnick & Pat Passlof Foundation through October 23, 2021.

David Reed

A portrait of David Reed by Phong H. Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Artist David Reed attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture before receiving his BA from Reed College in Portland, OR. He studied at the New York Studio School and later attended a seminar there led by Philip Guston. Reed is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Select recent exhibitions include David Reed: New Paintings at Gagosian Gallery (2020), David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2016), and Two by Two: Mary Heilmann & David Reed, Museum für Gegenwart, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2015).

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Assistant professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for The Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Andrea Abi-Karam reading.

Andrea Abi-Karam

Andrea Abi-Karam by @catsphotoshoot
Photo by @catsphotoshoot
Trans, arab-american punk poet-performer cyborg Andrea Abi-Karam writes on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, and trauma and delayed healing. Selected by Bhanu Khapil, Andrea’s debut EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019) is a poetic critique of the U.S. military’s role in the War on Terror. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy, for publication in September 2021 at Nightboat Books. With Kay Gabriel, they co-edited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). They are a leo currently obsessed with queer terror and convertibles.