Modernism

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Forms of History: Andrea Geyer Interviewed by Matthew J. Abrams
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Photographs and textiles that materialize community.

Modernism and Dystopia: Catherine Opie Interviewed by William J. Simmons
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Portraiture as a form of mapping.

One Piece: The Old Bars (after M.H.) by David Salle
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The artist talks about the genesis, composition, and execution of a recently completed work.

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee by Frank Gesualdi
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The artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial discuss their new Menil Drawing Institute and the role of history in contemporary architecture.

The Arcades: Contemporary Art & Walter Benjamin by Claire Barliant
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Benjamin as hollow window dressing

Portfolio by Strauss Bourque-LaFrance
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“I started making this work because I was sick of seeing everything.”

SO – IL by Troy Conrad Therrien
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“The idea of misunderstanding is very much part of our time. In our firm, we are from all these different backgrounds, working in this Babylonian city, so we are also interested in process and the unintentional things emerging from that. It acknowledges our contemporary chaos.”

Lisa Immordino Vreeland by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“She wasn’t loved, so she didn’t know how to give love.”

Josiah McElheny’s The Light Club and A Prism by Sabine Russ
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The artist Josiah McElheny has published two books that display his collaboration with artists, scholars, scientists and creative writers, offering a multitude of voices, speculations, fictions, and facts.

David Diao by Matthew Deleget
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Diao’s first comprehensive retrospective, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art—fittingly, in the painter’s native China—is the occasion for a conversation that looks back at fifty years of artistic production.

Michael Hofmann by Keenan McCracken
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Deep language, the “silver” figures of literature, and reader as pit canary.

Joanne Greenbaum by Jeremy Sigler
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Greenbaum on the fundamentally personal and private process of creating art, and how modernism, rage and rebellion fuel her creativity.

Jed Rasula and Tim Conley’s Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity by Alan Gilbert
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There are many artistic modernisms. There are alternative modernisms, alternatives to modernism, and antimodernisms.

Josiah McElheny by Gregg Bordowitz
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“History has shown that universalism is a step away from totalitarianism—a deadly kind of erasure that I find horrifying. The fear of fascism undermines my sensuous relationship to those things. I often wonder, are there any other alternative aesthetics?”

Campana Brothers by Vik Muniz
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“The beauty of São Paulo is in its ugliness, and this ugliness forces you to find beauty.” Humberto Campana

Joe Zucker by Chuck Close
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“I have diversity in my work, but I also have control of it. I rarely paint things that I like.”

Amid Amidi’s Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation by Duncan Teater
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In Chicago, where I live, I can eat a cup of decent pea soup at a bakery across the street from the Richard J. Daley Center, a sharp steel and glass courthouse tower. 

Pedro Reyes by Tatiana Cuevas
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Pedro Reyes works within a complex system of associations that defies our assumptions about the ways in which knowledge is categorized and legitimized. 

Cannon Hudson by Rachel Kushner
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Cannon Hudson paints architectural interiors. On first glance, many of his paintings look like pictorial space populated by shapes resembling Sol LeWitt sculptures.

Arturo Herrera by Josiah McElheny​
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Herrera’s use of profane materials—familiar, commonplace images—“contaminate” the carefully circumscribed world of the abstract.

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