Interviews

Post image for Making It, and Not, in Montreal’s Street Art Scene

Few North American cities wear their street art so prominently on their sleeve as Montreal. This exceptionally vibrant community is the focus of the documentary Bienvenue / Welcome, for which director Maxime Charron is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign.

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Post image for Considering Brazil’s Racial Heritage

The 18th-century Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho was the mixed-race son of a black slave and one of his country’s most legendary artists. In the gold-rich state of Minas Gerais, where millions lost their lives in the mines, tourists still pay to visit the immaculate baroque churches he embellished.

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Post image for Meet Moiety, North Williamsburg’s Newest Gallery

Has Williamsburg’s supercharged gentrification cycle come full circle and spurred a new influx of galleries? How else to explain the opening of two new art galleries in the neighborhood in the last two months?

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Interviews

The Art of Being Contemporary in Rome

by Francesco Dama on December 11, 2014

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ROME — The best way to get to Monitor gallery is to avoid the crowded road that runs by it and venture instead into the maze of alleyways of the city center. Passing by the myriad of columns, Renaissance plazas, and Baroque churches, you’ll arrive at the immaculate space with almost a sense of relief.

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Beer with a Painter: Judy Rifka

by Jennifer Samet on December 6, 2014

Judy Rifka in her studio, Gowanus, Brooklyn

Judy Rifka and I met 10 years ago, when I was selecting a work of hers for an exhibition. Her studio was dense with paintings, a testament to how prolific and energetic she is.

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Post image for Preserving the Lifework of a Cross-Dressing Queer Legend

Earlier this year, as part of the Whitney Biennial, I had my Tarot cards read by Flawless Sabrina.

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Post image for With Tech, Satisfying a Need for Artistic Speed

BRIGHTON, UK — Attempting an interview with Chicks on Speed is a logistical challenge, as members of the art and music collective are dispersed around the world.

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Post image for A Paul McCarthy Parody to Plug the Hole in Your Holiday Decorations

The art world’s favorite dirty joke of 2014 — Paul McCarthy’s suggestive “Tree” inflatable that caused Paris’s prudes to perk up back in October — is coming home for the holidays.

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Post image for “Joyfully Defiant”: A Photographic Introduction to the Kurds

Robert Leutheuser is an independent cultural photographer who has dedicated himself to documenting community life in the Middle East, focusing on Kurdish peoples. Perhaps most notably, his work has helped the international community to understand who the Yezidis are.

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Post image for Painting “Peaceful” Rather Than “Perfect”

LONDON — Regarding the use of photographs in painting, it’s no shortcut, at least not in the work of Ben Johnson.

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