Essays

Ready for the Ready-Laid?

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by Theodore Tucker

TJ Khayatan. 2016. Image from Twitter.

In a recent visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, TJ Khayatan and a group of friends apparently decided to test the limits of what contemporary art viewers will take seriously. The teenager laid down a pair of glasses in one of the galleries and walked away. When people began to gather and photograph the ‘work of art,’ he … Continue reading »

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Jackson Pollock: A Critique of His Achievement

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by Jonathan Goodman

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956). The Flame. c. 1934-38. Oil on canvas, mounted on fiberboard, 20 1/2” x 30” (51.1 x 76.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Enid A. Haupt Fund, 1980 © 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

It seems as if the Museum of Modern Art in New York organizes a show of Pollock about every two years or … Continue reading »

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The State of Comics: They’ve Become Time

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by Joseph Cotsirilos

Joe Sacco. Palestine.  1996-2001. 400 x 228 pixels. Comics / Graphic Art. Image Courtesy of The Comics Grid.

Comics have fully merged into mainstream culture. Since the rise of underground comics in the late 1960’s (Robert Crumb’s work and RAW Magazine) and the widely-used term Graphic Novel (originally popularized with Will Eisner’s iconic work, “A Contract With God”), almost every piece of modern media from The Walking … Continue reading »

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Oliver Herring: The Art of the Party

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by Jacob Kiernan

Oliver Herring. Areas for Action – Houston: Glitter Group. John head and face covered in Angeli’s hair, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX. 2015. Digital C-print, ink stamp. 43 x 66 inches. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

A party is a wonderland. It’s covered in glitter and adorned in gold. You’ll probably spill something. Hopefully, you’ll spill more than one thing. A good party has music that intoxicates and company … Continue reading »

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Hayoon Jay Lee: A Life in Art

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by Jonathan Goodman

Hayoon Jay Lee. Bursting! 2013. Performance in Long Island City.  Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Hayoon Jay Lee came to America from Korea in 1989. She was not trained in art in Korea, where she studied accounting. Settling in Maryland, Lee went to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), earning a BFA in 2007 and an MFA in 2009. While at MICA, she studied a broad … Continue reading »

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An Ecology of Philadelphia’s Art Scene

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by Daniel Gerwin

Photo depicts a public discussion scheduled as part of a series of programs developed in conjunction with “Francis Cape: Utopian Benches” (November 10, 2011 – January 2, 2012). The theme of this particular discussion, which occurred on Dec 14, 2011, was “Crafting Ideal America: Material Culture and American Utopianism”. The conversation was led by Lynsey Graeff (student enrolled in Temple University course entitled “Ideal America: Reform, Revolution,… Continue reading »
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Nola Zirin at Simon Gallery in Morristown, New Jersey

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by Jonathan Goodman

 Nola Zirin. Duality, 2015  oil on canvas  72 x 60 inches.

 

The work of Nola Zirin is both subtle and complex. Her art, thoroughly nonobjective, suggests the influence of the Russian constructivists, but she is committed to a complicated array of imagery that can at times feel nearly Bosch-like in its teeming activity. This is art that does in fact look to the past, but it … Continue reading »

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