Through regional music and dance Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca affirm as well as explore and subvert Brazilian identity.
Ela Bittencourt is a critic and cultural journalist, currently based in São Paulo. She writes on art, film and literature, often in the context of social issues and politics.
An Artist’s Illness Inspires a Meditation on the Power of Pain
Guadalupe Maravilla’s first New York museum show resolutely harnesses the otherness of illness, while never surrendering to the notion of suffering as a totalizing narrative.
Building an Art Community From the Ashes of Destructivism
Ortiz’s radical approach to art led from unleashing of aggression through ritualistic performances to political engagement and the founding of El Museo del Barrio.
Lorraine O’Grady Still Won’t Play It Safe
Much like her writing, O’Grady’s photomontages pressure binaries until something other, something “both/and” emerges.
Mary Beth Edelson Celebrated the Goddess Within
Edelson followed the hunch that if women artists didn’t create this history for themselves, no one would.
A Spirit of Confident Feminism at Salon Zürcher
The small New York art fair celebrated its 26th edition with the works of 11 women artists.
Cosmos and Earth Collide in Pier Paolo Calzolari’s Alchemical Art
In Calzolari’s recent paintings, organic and metaphysical forces are one: vapors are rudimentary atmospheric gas particles, but they also signify wonder and bliss.
Marina Abramović Is Suspended Between Self-Sacrifice and Spectacle
Abramović’s art embodies a dark, personal truth: one overcomes punishment through self-sacrifice, denial, turning the hurt into a weapon of liberation, at times literally bought in blood.
Betsy Kaufman Puts Pressure on Geometric Abstraction
Kaufman’s sculptures can go from orderly to helter-skelter, making them seem like willful renegades from an industrial assembly line.
Art as an Exercise in Moving Through Grief
What’s clear in These Conditions is artist Adelita Husni Bey’s ambition to push art to be more than an exercise in spectatorship.
“Women’s Work” as an Aesthetic Provocation
While I cheered at the idea that a largely forgotten woman Dadaist was finally getting her due, I couldn’t help but wonder why the art world’s recognition of Sophie Taeuber-Arp has been so spotty.
The Edgy and Lucid Video Art of Rafael França
Video art was something you watched “with the lights on,” as França insisted, without pretenses of high art.