Form (Composition Concepts)

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One Piece: Untitled by Johnny Abrahams
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The artist talks about the genesis, composition, and execution of a recently completed work.

Iman Issa by Andrew Weiner
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A New York- and Cairo-based artist unpacks her understanding of heritage and how it can operate in contemporary art.

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Juan Uslé by Shirley Kaneda
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“I begin listening and recognizing silence, meditating until I hear the blood circulating, and then start following the beats, making marks, one by one, line by line, emptying myself until the entire surface of the canvas is covered.”

Toni Ross by Jean Pagliuso
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Toni Ross is a lithe, compact, and quiet storm of activity. 

Mixtape: Oneohtrix Point Never by Tauni Malmgren
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Combining art, ’80s music clichés, advertising strategies and analog synthesizers, Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, creates experimental ambient music.

Shirley Jaffe by Shirley Kaneda
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Shirley Jaffe’s distinctive and eccentric work is difficult to pin down, both in time and style. When I first came across her paintings at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York in 1988, I had an immediate response to their idiosyncratic quality. 

Ivelisse Jiménez by Saul Ostrow & Shirley Kaneda
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Aesthetically informed by an awareness of the limits of language and the doubt that this instills, Jiménez investigates the way language orders experience and how concepts are formed, the irreconcilability between the logic of articulation and sentience.

Robert Mangold by Shirley Kaneda
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To look at any painting by Robert Mangold is to see exactly what is there. For over 30 years, his work has been clear and direct. 

Matthew Bliss by George Lewis
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These miniature sculptures have the look of prehistoric plumbing devices, they’re so low technology.

Lucie Brock-Broido by Carole Maso
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Novelist Carole Maso unearths the darkness in the dizzying poems of Lucie Brock-Broido, collected in her 1995 book, a seven year project inspired by Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters.

Billy Sullivan by Saul Ostrow
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Painter Billy Sullivan recalls the wisdom of Warhol, Woodstock wiles and the downside of mail-order boots.

Roy Lichtenstein by April Bernard & Mimi Thompson
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April Bernard and Mimi Thompson speak with the legendary American painter on the eve of a Fall 1986 exhibition of his work, getting to the bottom of Lichtenstein’s brushstrokes and revealing his true feelings about comics.

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