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Jesper Just by RoseLee Goldberg

PERFORMA05 founder RoseLee Goldberg talks with Danish artist Jesper Just about his first-ever opera, True Love Is Yet to Come, which premiered this past spring in New York.

Liz Larner by Jane Dickson
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“Art encompasses philosophy, psychology, humor, politics, physics—a way of being able to talk about anything, while at the same time involving this thrill of perception.” Liz Larner

Bernard Piffaretti by Joe Fyfe
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“History always starts twice.” Bernard Piffaretti

Tony Oursler by Alan Licht

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Anthony Coleman by Michael Goldberg
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“Many people who study composition start out as improvisers in jazz or rock, working in bands on music that is not particularly notated. They hear some crazy and wild music and they want to figure out how it works; they hear a piece by Charles Ives or Cage or whatever, and then they want to be able to do that, but it comes out of a visceral impulse.” Anthony Coleman

Chris Abani by Colm Tóibín
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“I was writing 16-hour days. The real difficulty was writing the fractured language. My tendency is to make everything beautiful.”

Kimiko Hahn by Laurie Sheck
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“You don’t have to understand something for it to be a pleasure.” Kimiko Hahn

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge by Michèle Gerber Klein
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“I’m trying not to be separated. I like trying to be a medium.” Mei—Mei Berssenbrugge

William Forsythe by Gabriella De Ferrari
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“There’s so much talk in America about families, and it’s a tragedy if it’s American families, but if it’s families in other countries, it’s not as tragic. Perhaps it’s compassion fatigue.” William Forsythe

Park Chanwook by Esther K. Chae
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“Even though my films don’t deal with any specific political agenda, the reason I have this through-line of violence is due to the events I witnessed as a college student, and the fear and pain I felt during those times.” Park Chanwook

A. R. Gurney by Romulus Linney
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“Because when you’re in love, you’re not just one person, you’re several people.” Romulus Linney

First Proof

Feelings are Facts by Yvonne Rainer

In December 1964 Dick Higgins produced an opera, Hruslk, at the Cafe au Go Go. 

A Measure of Respect by Kelvin Christopher James

In the slave yard, it sets a standard. Desperate folks demonstrating who is hardier, or more foolish. 

Three Poems by Dana Caspersen
Six Poems by Dennis Cooper
Gifts from Nola by Guy Gallo

HOMECOMING. There’s something so elegiac about this trip to New Orleans. Traveling alone, to my childhood home, a home recently shattered and in ruins. I’ve been feeling ill and out of sorts. I am underslept. My head and back hurt. My stomach is sour. I cannot stop the thought, morbid, that I am returning home to die.

The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner

The blue lights flippes on. Smoky haze drifted above the tables.

“Introducing, from Paris, zazou dancer Rachel K!”

Artists On Artists

Nicolás Guagnini by John Miller

John Miller on how Nicolás Guagnini’s photography explores the repression and monotony implicit in everyday life.

Steven Charles by Dona Nelson
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Dona Nelson on how Steven Charles’s nearsightedness aids and inspires the creation of his swarming, colorful, jam-packed abstracts.

Lluis Lleó by Mimi Thompson & Keith Sonnier
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Mimi Thompson and Keith Sonnier on how Lluis Lleó’s family lineage and his interest in cooking inspire him, as well as how his paintings dare to extend out into space.


Portfolio by Tony Fitzpatrick

Portfolio by Jason Langer
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Editor's Choice

William Christenberry by Lucy Raven

The 1966 evening William Christenberry borrowed a 35mm camera from his friend William Eggleston was warm enough for Christenberry to keep his jacket open.

Trevor Paglen by Aaron Gach
Trevor Paglen

Whether sneaking into maximum-security prisons or leading unauthorized expeditions to secret military bases, Trevor Paglen combines rigorous research with aesthetic savvy. 

Math Counts by Olu Oguibe
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I begin my drawing classes by reminding my students that all art is mathematics. 

William Basinski by Alexander Provan
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Ruins fit William Basinski well—in his compositions, grand melodies, and classical structures are reduced to ghosts. 

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Chris Conti
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Last year, it became clear that the new crop of boy bands had quit harmonizing on stools in fedoras and line dancing in their videos, and had started picking up guitars.

Jennifer Montgomery’s Notes on the Death of Kodachrome by Jason Munson
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On April 30th Jennifer Montgomery screened Threads of Belonging, her 2003 feature-length experimental video on the anti-psychiatry movement embodied in a fictive therapeutic community, at Orchard Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side. Montgomery’s first feature, Art for Teachers of Children, chronicled a boarding-school student’s affair with her photography teacher that bore a stark resemblance in spirit and history to Jock Sturges and Montgomery herself. 

The Impulse to Preserve: Reflections of a Filmmaker by Brian L. Frye
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Robert Flaherty invented ethnographic filmmaking, and Jean Rouch transformed it into sociology. 

Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image by Saul Ostrow

When viewing the 11 DVDs that make up Point of View, it is important to remember that this is only the most recent chapter in a century of artists’ engagement in experimental filmmaking. 

Letters to a Young Artist by Stuart Horodner
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Dear Young Artist,

Twenty-three diversely established artists have responded to your letter seeking advice about art and life in Nuevo York. 

Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight by Lucy Raven
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In his new collection of critical essays, writer Alan Gilbert leads a probing, borderless investigation into countless contemporary moments in aesthetics that recognize, inhabit, resist, essentially interact with the realm of the social. 

Ben Ehrenreich’s The Suitors by Frederic Tuten
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There is something inexhaustible in Homer’s Odyssey that makes us want to go back to it, to the archetype of a hero’s going forth and arduous return, of bravery and cunning, and, finally, of the test of a wife’s fidelity. 

Epigramititis: 118 Living American Poets by Ammiel Alcalay

At the height of the war in Vietnam, Robert Duncan, and Denise Levertov articulated the best of radically different political practices.