Interviews

Post image for The Unbearable Lightness of Frances Stark

LONDON — In a 21st-century take on the artist and his model, Frances Stark has performed a gender swap and had her wicked way with up to ten male muses.

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Post image for Glitch Expectations: A Conversation with Jon Cates

Describing the world of new media/glitch artist Jon Cates is a labyrinthine task. You might begin with his spontaneous and inventive word-language actions reminiscent of William Burroughs cut-ups; or the hypnotic .gif animations made from seemingly incongruous, discarded fragments of media; or perhaps his “dirty new media” aesthetic that brings to the surface the aberrations and raw imperfections that are typically verboten in “high-end” digital circles.

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Post image for MoMA’s Postconceptual Curators

Ever since 2009, when the Museum of Modern Art expanded its Department of Media to include performance art (it is now the Department of Media and Performance Art), it has been both praised and criticized for its focus on acquiring transdisciplinary and postconceptual work that is often ephemeral, like sets of instructions passed on by word of mouth — things that belong to everyone.

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Post image for Crafting Community, Caressing Form: An Interview with Lisi Raskin

For more than a decade artist Lisi Raskin has been making works that investigate sites of foreign and domestic conflict, particularly those associated with the Cold War. Her projects have included handmade reimaginings of military structures and paraphernalia, an itinerant exploration of America’s atomic laboratories and missile silos, and a photojournalistic inquiry into the elaborate underground bunker of former Yugoslav leader, Josip Broz Tito.

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Post image for Meet the Syrian Artist Painting on Mortar Shells

With canvas in short supply, Akram Abou al-Fouz paints on the shells scattered around his neighborhood in Douma. “We had shelling showers, so to speak,” he says.

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Post image for Computers Watching Movies

Ben Grosser’s work is all about how software permeates and affects much of our lives. As we begin to realize the extent to which we rely on algorithms for major societal functions such as search engine results, stock trading, mass surveillance, and more, our focus remains on what the machines are doing for us humans.

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Post image for Beer with a Painter: Mark Greenwold

I was surprised when Mark Greenwold gave me his address, because it was, like my own apartment, in “upstate Manhattan,” a far remove from the center of the art world.

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Post image for 8th Berlin Biennale Curator on Berlin, Contemporary Art, and Gentrification

BERLIN — Juan A. Gaitán is a typical hyphenated global art professional. The Canadian-Colombian independent writer and curator is based in Mexico City and Berlin, and he was chosen to curate the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which opens today.

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Post image for Artists Pick Artists: Serban Savu

Serban Savu lives in Cluj, Romania and makes his paintings in a former paintbrush factory. His subjects are his surroundings, his people and places, sometimes painted directly or other times invented.

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Post image for Masks for the Surveillance State

SAN FRANCISCO — It seems like everyone is making artistic reactions to our increasingly surveilled world.

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