Artist Thomas Schütte joins Rail Artseen Editor Amanda Gluibizzi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by S.J. Ghaus.
In this talk
Artist Thomas Schütte was born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1954 and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he received instruction from Gerhard Richter and Daniel Buren. Since the mid-1980s, figuration has been a central concern for the artist; his use of figure and representation of the body coincided with a general return to the themes of narrative and allegory in art in the 1980s—a period in which theatricality was a prevalent political, social, and cultural mode. Schütte’s works present what the artist has referred to as “the grammar of character,” as opposed to a mere representation of the psychological. His current exhibition at Peter Freeman, Inc. is on view through November 6, 2021.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have S.J. Ghaus reading.
Pakistani American poet and nonfiction writer S.J. Ghaus studies how anticolonial memory, language, and abolitionist imagination co-create the possibility of re-earthing for diasporic peoples, inviting us into a belonging that resists the violence of settler colonialism. They are a VONA/Voices of Our Nation fellow, a Tin House workshop graduate, and the winner of the 2020 Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize. Their work is featured on poets.org, Poetry Daily, poiesis, and elsewhere. They are an MFA candidate at Indiana University, where they currently serve as Poetry Editor for Indiana Review.