Representation

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Titus Kaphar by Jason Stanley
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The artist’s works amend the white supremacist mythology contained in American monuments and historical paintings: “Democracy requires a clear understanding of the past, including its mistakes.”

To Celebrate What’s Wonderful: Beowulf Sheehan Interviewed by Maria Dahvana Headley
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The portrait photographer on how he captures the spirit and power of a writer’s work.

Migrant World: On Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow by T. J. Demos
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Examining the politics of representation. 

Letters to Lina Iris Viktor by Emmanuel Iduma
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Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi
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From Super PAC to supernova, two artists view photographs through the lens of time, and time through the lens of colonialism.

Alice Neel’s Uptown by Zack Hatfield
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Portraits of Harlem before gentrification

Njideka Akunyili Crosby by Erica Ando
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From Lagos to LA, a young painter’s images resonate with meaning, both personal and political.

Gerald Jackson by Stanley Whitney
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“It turns out making art was the best idea [for me]. My mother’s idea was good because it got me started. She said, ‘Look, you are skinny; you are little. You can’t hang out with your daddy and them big guys.’”

Deana Lawson & Henry Taylor
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Amid recollections of a joint trip to Haiti, photographer Deana Lawson and painter Henry Taylor parse the art of portraiture in each of their different mediums.

Tonya Foster & John Keene
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Foster and Keene discuss the strategies for black resistance in their respective new books—the poetry volume A Swarm of Bees in High Court and Counternarratives, a collection of short fictions.

Nicole Eisenman and David Humphrey
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The painters discuss facial symmetry and mirror neurons, the interplay between image and texture, and their shared interest in storytelling through figuration.

Toyin Odutola by Ashley Stull
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On race, representation, and inspiration.

Kara Walker & Larry Walker
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“I would like to do more of that kind of thing: travel, spend some time in a place and really work from a different vantage point. I don’t know what will happen in my work from that, but I trust my ability to find the tools to find my way into my work. I think I will sit out in the woods more.”

Taylor Mac by Katherine Cooper
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On being an outsider, the nature of authenticity, and the depths of pop-culture.

Great Smile, Warm Personality: Clunie Reid by Ashley McNelis
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Clunie Reid plays with representation, multi-media, and the process of (re)production.

Louise Belcourt by Joanne Greenbaum
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Deana Lawson by Carmen Winant
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Deana Lawson’s photographs are now featured in MoMA’s New Photography exhibition. Carmen Winant sits down with Lawson to discuss the visual vernacular of her background, large and small format photography, and Audre Lorde’s definition of the erotic.

Mickalene Thomas by Sean Landers
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I met Mickalene Thomas a decade ago at the Yale University School of Art and liked her instantly. She was a standout for her energy, drive, open–mindedness, and raw talent. For this interview I visited her in her Brooklyn studio where we were surrounded by a half dozen or so of her new paintings in various stages of development.

Adam Pendleton by Thom Donovan
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Pendleton, whose new work is on view now at Pace Gallery, discusses the connection between civil protest and live art with poet Thom Donovan.

Dread Scott by Nick Stillman
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Scott’s provocative work challenges pedestrians in Philadelphia’s bustling Logan Square to consider the fate of local high schoolers will be on view through November.

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