Aicon Gallery in downtown Manhattan currently has an excellent exhibition up, Readymade: Contemporary Art from Bangladesh. It’s the obscure object of my art desire: a summer show offering a take on materials and craft that ranges from the familiar to the utopian-exotic.
Faheem Haider is an artist, writer, art critic, and political analyst. He studied at SUNY New Paltz, the London School of Economics, and New York University. Through the journey of his life, living in London, New York, Paris, and Dhaka, he picked up good habits and bad ones. Faheem publishes his work at blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com and his writing at anartism.wordpress.com.
The Veteran Experience, Before and Behind the Lens
BEACON, New York — War & Memory is drawn from the archives of The Homecoming Project, a photo-based storytelling outfit interested in fostering conversations about the experience of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
Picturing Public and Private in Mali
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York — Malian photographer Malick Sidibé’s career-run of work, Malick Sidibé: Chemises, now on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, is an intimate and inviting affair.
The Nuclei of a Material World
NEWBURGH, New York — There’s a new year out, and might it not turn on new ways of looking at questions, problems, and their solutions? Or so we’d like to think, about art as much as life.
Art Makes the Medicine Go Down
KINGSTON, N.Y. — The O+ Festival in the Hudson Valley town of Kingston, now in its fourth year, trades art and music for health and well-being.
Fishing for Flotsam in a Polluted River
STONE RIDGE, N. Y. — Michael Asbill, a socially engaged installation and public artist working in the Hudson Valley, has built “RAFT,” a shanty-like shipwrecked vessel of last resort made entirely of flood debris foraged from the local banks of the Hudson River watershed.