Rachel Schragis, Artist and Activist, Part II

by Avram Finkelstein, December 2011 In Part II, Rachel Schragis examines the ramifications of class vis-à-vis art and the conflicts that arise when one offers an individual perspective to serve the group. Audio + transcript below. Artwrit: I think that something that I’ve discovered in researching and speaking to you, and doing some thinking about it,… Continue reading Rachel Schragis, Artist and Activist, Part II

Our Art and Its Texts (or Our Text and Its Art)

by Michael Pepi, December 2012 All around us, criticism is coming to terms with technology. While such a transition invites endless pontification and analysis, the facile narrative that new technology dehumanizes art has long been exhausted. Socrates himself was skeptical of the deleterious effects that a popular innovation—writing—would have on the polis. Instead of resurrecting bromides… Continue reading Our Art and Its Texts (or Our Text and Its Art)

This is Not a Trend Piece: The Evolution of a Brooklyn Church

by Steven Thomson, December 2012 The German Evangelical Lutheran St. Mark’s Church at 626 Bushwick Avenue is not a church. Although constructed between 1885 and 1892 in a Victorian Gothic style by the local immigrant population, the edifice of Nova Scotia sandstone, granite and terra cotta has become the hub of a one-time underground visual… Continue reading This is Not a Trend Piece: The Evolution of a Brooklyn Church

“Tweet” Pieces: Semiotic Validation #TypographyAsArt

by Stavros Pavlides, December 2012 If the Miami Art week is to serve as a barometer by which one assesses the art world’s climate, then undeniably there has been a glacial thawing of fonts, type and disembodied statements into the tide of visual arts this year. Naturally, all forms of fine art made their appearance,… Continue reading “Tweet” Pieces: Semiotic Validation #TypographyAsArt

ACT UP 25: Of and on the Political Act in Art

by Anthony Romero, December 2012 For 25 years ACT UP has been working as a direct action advocacy group to improve the lives of those living with AIDS. Like many organizations working against predominant power dynamics and systemic prejudices around what some have perceived to be a minorities’ disease, language that Susan Sontag identified as… Continue reading ACT UP 25: Of and on the Political Act in Art

Point and Shoot: Photography as a Survival Strategy in the Work of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin

by Anna Khachiyan, December 2012 There’s a point in Larry Clark’s Tulsa (1971), about midway through, where the pictures stop abruptly, giving way to a page that’s blank save for an inscription: “Death is more perfect than life.” It’s a quote that I can conjure straight from memory without looking at a citation, partly because it’s shocking,… Continue reading Point and Shoot: Photography as a Survival Strategy in the Work of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin

Dennis Cooper

by Matthew Steinbrecher, November 2012. This month’s Oral History Initiative features Matthew Steinbrecher’s conversation with novelist and performance artist Dennis Cooper. Cooper discusses the impact of his life on his work, his long standing fascination with music, and the importance of supporting emerging artists. Audio + transcript below. Artwrit: Today is Monday, October 29th. This is… Continue reading Dennis Cooper