The New Social Environment#530

Fragments: Siobhan Liddell and Linda Matalon

Featuring Siobhan Liddell, Linda Matalon, Ksenia M. Soboleva, and William Corwin


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Siobhan Liddell, Linda Matalon, and art critic Ksenia M. Soboleva join Rail contributor William Corwin for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading.

In this talk

Visit Fragments: Siobhan Liddell and Linda Matalon, on view at Candice Madey through April 16, 2022 →

Siobhan Liddell

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The work of painter and sculptor Siobhan Liddell deals with the space between knowing and unknowing, the mystery in the everyday, history, and the continuum of desire to record and create our unique worlds. Siobhan’s work has always found a means through subtlety, engaging spaces with a delicate awareness, using ambient light and the reflective color of materials that, in their faintly glowing hues, hold a quiet power beside her intermittent and poetic use of text. Liddell’s work has been shown in renowned institutions around the world, including the 1995 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the recipient of the Rome Prize: Vera List Fellowship 2011-12. She is represented by Gordon Robichaux.

Linda Matalon

A photo of [Linda Matalon] looking at the camera leaning on her studio desk, near a hammer.
Photo of Linda Matalon, by Eli Burak.
Artist Linda Matalon’s drawings and sculpture have been featured in exhibitions including The Drawing Center, The New Museum in New York and Centre Pompidou. Art in America described Matalon’s post-minimalist work as an “unflagging effort, by turns dogged, tender, angry and amused, to wrestle pure vision into tangible form.” Her art has been in international shows including “Risk” at Turner Contemporary, UK “The Circle Walked Casually” at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Deutsche Kunsthalle Berlin, “Linda Matalon, Agnes Martin, Joyce Hinterding” at National Art School, Australia, the 11th Biennale de Lyon, and the 7th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil. Matalon has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Art Matters. She is represented by Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

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Writer, art historian, and curator Ksenia M. Soboleva is based in New York City and specializes in queer art and culture. She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts. Soboleva has curated exhibitions at La MaMa Galleria, Assembly Room, and 80WSE. She has taught at NYU, the Cooper Union, and presented her research at various institutions in the United States and abroad. She was the 2020–2021 Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she co-organized the Gillian Wearing retrospective on view through June 2022. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow at the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

William Corwin

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Sculptor and journalist William Corwin is from New York. He has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Hamburg, Beijing and Taipei. He has written regularly for The Brooklyn Rail, Artpapers, Bomb, Artcritical, Raintaxi and Canvas. Most recently he curated and wrote the catalog for Postwar Women at The Art Students League in New York, an exhibition of the school’s alumnae active between 1945-65, and 9th Street Club, and exhibitions of Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Mercedes Matter, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner and Elaine Dekooning at Gazelli Art House in Mayfair. He is the editor of Formalism; Collected Essays of Saul Ostrow, (2020).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Tyhe Cooper reading.

Tyhe Cooper

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Brooklyn-based writer Tyhe Cooper works in experimental prose, poetry, and digitality. They maintain a focus in the treacheries of autonomous hands, outer space, and AI. They graduated from Pratt Institute in 2021 with a BFA in writing, and are currently working on a hybrid novel.