A Conversation with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

Her diaristic approach to personal history such as a failed marriage or the death of a loved one are what Olivieri called, “emotional hurricanes that are fodder for my work.”

The Expressive Edge of Paper

Recently, the New York Times featured an article about the convergence of big dollars and art fairs. It questioned the reality of a collector—of modest means—finding first-rate works.

A Conversation with Dudley Charles

“Once you are involved in making art, everything seems secondary.”

New York City Exhibit Features Artists of Guyanese Heritage

In this exhibit of artists of Guyanese heritage, almost forty works of photography, painting, welded steel, works on paper, and sculpture provided the foundation for expression that covered a continuum from abstraction to political subtext.

A Conversation with Kendall Shaw

While his father’s side of the family inspired a progressive path for Shaw, his mother was aghast at his choice—at age 26—to travel to New York City to study with Stuart Davis.

Emma Thompson, Featured in “Fatal Promises, Speaks Out on Human Trafficking

Prominently featured in Fatal Promises is actress and activist Emma Thompson. In addition to making powerful public service announcements, Thompson is the co-curator (with Elena, a trafficking survivor), of the interactive art installation Journey. The work puts the viewer directly into the experience of a sexually trafficked woman.

Who Owns Feminist Art?

Art movements, like their political siblings, are messy. People don’t agree, groups splinter, and history is up for grabs.

Obama Reaches Out to the Art World

The gathering was billed as “The New York Art World Votes.”  My e-vite outlined a forum on why New York artists, curators, critics and dealers believed that Barack Obama was the best choice for the Democratic nomination.  Lucy Mitchell-Innes, who told me she had been introduced to the Obama message through her 20-year-old daughter, hosted […]

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at Von Lintel Gallery: Examines Cultural Issues

The co-opting of “minority cultures” and “outsider” groups is an entrenched element of the American pop culture machine.

The Other Side of the Art World

There is an established art machine that isn’t going to change. But there is plenty of room for artists, operating as individuals or in groups, to strive to make a difference.