The Bauhaus tends to be presented through the lens of its creative and intellectual diaspora.
Overlooked modernisms on display.
Photographs and textiles that materialize community.
Portraiture as a form of mapping.
The artist talks about the genesis, composition, and execution of a recently completed work.
The artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial discuss their new Menil Drawing Institute and the role of history in contemporary architecture.
Benjamin as hollow window dressing
“I started making this work because I was sick of seeing everything.”
“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.”
“She wasn’t loved, so she didn’t know how to give love.”
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.
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.
Deep language, the “silver” figures of literature, and reader as pit canary.
Greenbaum on the fundamentally personal and private process of creating art, and how modernism, rage and rebellion fuel her creativity.
There are many artistic modernisms. There are alternative modernisms, alternatives to modernism, and antimodernisms.
“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?”
“The beauty of São Paulo is in its ugliness, and this ugliness forces you to find beauty.” Humberto Campana
“I have diversity in my work, but I also have control of it. I rarely paint things that I like.”
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.