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John Stezaker & the Not-So-Perfect Marriage

By |06.14.16|

John Stezaker may be the most accomplished collage artist you've never heard of. Explore the haunting, humorous, and surreal work of this remix master.
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DJ Spooky Launches Gwarlingo Salon with The Imaginary App

By |04.09.15|


On August 5, 2008 a new app called I Am Rich appeared in Apple’s App Store. The app, created by Armin Heinrich, cost $999.99 and was a “work of art with no hidden function at all.” Instead, the app’s icon, […]

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Art Meets the Monsters: Grimm’s Tales Through the Looking Glass

By |10.19.14|



Murder. Infanticide. Mutilation. Incest. While true love intermittently raises its pretty head, Grimm’s fairy tales are far darker than the Disneyfied versions so many of us know. And yet these folk tales, collected by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm […]

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On Home Turf: A Creative Spaces Interview with Artist Angus McCullough

By |07.25.14|


Sometimes you have to leave home to discover surprises right in your own back yard. Such was the case with artist Angus McCullough, a Vermont-based artist I met this spring at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

The town of […]

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The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

By |07.18.14|


For Proust,” Susan Howe writes in her Preface to The Gorgeous Nothings, “a fragment is a morsel of time in its pure state; it hovers between a present that is immediate and a past that once had been present.”

The fragments […]

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A Quest for the Quiet Mind: Can the Art World Make Room for Sincerity?

By |03.09.14|

In 2013 the online magazine 2Paragraphs asked a group of visual artists to write about the image that had “affected them most profoundly.” The question elicited some fascinating stories, from Goya’s influence on video and conceptual artist Karen Ostrom, to […]

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Kill Me Now Abs & Conversation Lashes with Artist Rachelle Beaudoin

By |02.02.14|


On Thursday I attended the opening for Rachelle Beaudoin’s new show, Let’s Work it Out, at the Carroll House Gallery in Keene, New Hampshire. Rachelle investigates feminine iconography and identity in popular culture using humorous video, performance, and wearable art. The […]

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  • Lewis Wickes Hine, a construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. Gelatin Silver Print 7 1/2 X 9 1/2 in. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)

Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

By |01.09.14|

Books Worth Reading
Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings
By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages

Architecture is the art form we spend the most time with in our daily lives, and yet it’s a medium that […]

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Crystal Bliss: What the Snow Photos of Doug + Mike Starn Teach Us about Originality

By |12.21.13|


How can something as seemingly straightforward as a snowflake be interpreted so differently? What do photographs of snow have to teach us about artistic originality?

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and snowflakes have been on […]

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Gwarlingo’s 26 Favorite Art, Photography, Film & Design Books of 2013

By |12.12.13|


As an ex-librarian and book collector, one of my favorite things to do is to ferret out new publications and share them with readers. Whenever I’m traveling, I scour local bookstores and museum shops for interesting books. (Carting heavy art […]

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Chop-Suey, Automats, & Diamondback Terrapin: Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer on Dining in America

By |12.01.13|

Wisconsin Death Trip
My first introduction to the work of Michael Lesy was a chance encounter many years ago with his classic photography book Wisconsin Death Trip. Flipping through the images of children in coffins and grim-faced Midwesterners, I wasn’t entirely sure […]

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  • Photographer Thomas Neff took this photo of Caroline Koch on Mandeville Street after Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Thomas Neff courtesy Lumiere Fine Art Photography Gallery)

A New Orleans Hospital Becomes Hell: Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial

By |11.04.13|


How do we cope with a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina? Do we learn the necessary lessons and adjust accordingly, or do we simply slip back into a state of denial? How prepared are we for the next […]

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  • Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, South London. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Cloisters, Donald Judd Museum in Marfa, & Wrights’ Taliesin on List of Endangered Cultural Sites

By |10.09.13|


The World Monuments Fund has just issued a new list of 67 endangered cultural sites around the globe.

U.S. sites on the watch list include woodworker George Nakashima’s house and workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Frank Lloyd Wrights’ home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where […]

  • Eva Hesse at work in her studio in Kettwig an der Ruhr, Germany, 1964 / 1965
(Photo by Nathan Kernan © The Estate of Eva Hesse courtesy Hauser & Wirth)

How To Be An Artist

By |10.08.13|

If there is one piece of advice I could give to artists of all disciplines, in all stages of their careers, it would be this: make art. Period.

Writer and art critic Sigrun Hodne posted this simple, but brilliant drawing on […]

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Olive Ayhens Creates “For the Love of the Paint Itself”

By |10.04.13|


“I have fun with personification as well as improbabilities of scale,” says artist Olive Ayhens. “I’m constantly renewed visually by everything around me, a feeling of the uniqueness of each environment in which I find myself.”

I’ve been a long-time admirer […]

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Create (And Avoid Creating) Their Art

By |09.25.13|


One Sunday in 2007 Mason Currey was sitting alone in the office of his employer—an architecture magazine—trying (and failing) to finish an article that was due the next day. Instead of getting down to business, he compulsively tidied his cubicle, […]

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Minka: How a Japanese Farmhouse Changed the Lives of Two Men

By |09.17.13|


It is rare to find a film that is pitch-perfect in its cinematography, story, pacing, and length, but Davina Pardo’s short film Minka is such a gem. (I owe writer Craig Mod a thank you for turning me onto this quiet masterpiece.)

Based […]

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Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable
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Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013
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James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

By |09.05.13|


“My art deals with light itself,” says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. “It’s not the bearer of the revelation—it is the revelation.”

While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin in the art-history canon, Turrell has not had a major […]

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Gwarlingo Gets A Makeover: 10 Reasons A New Design Will Be Better For You

By |07.21.13|

All good things can benefit from an occasional makeover. Penguin Classics are the perfect example. The publishing imprint is highly regarded in design circles for their book jacket designs. Starting in the late 40s, German typographer Jan Tschichold created the […]

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Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours: A Film With Big Ideas and Small Details

By |07.18.13|


There are times when art criticism can illuminate a specific art work—expand on it, put it into context, or communicate details too easily overlooked. But there are other cases when a given art work, film, book, or piece of music […]

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Joseph Bernard on Super 8, Collage, and Combining the Common & Uncommon

By |07.09.13|

Artist Joseph Bernard in Conversation with Mary McNichols
(Note: This is a guest post by curator and art historian Mary McNichols)

Detroit-based artist, Joseph Bernard, once described a toy he had made as a child. Having filled an empty mayonnaise jar with […]

  • Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performing at the 2013 Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

By |07.01.13|


Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco’s sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come from 43 states and 18 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, […]

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Found : A Poetic License

By |06.29.13|



Yesterday, I stopped by the Montague Bookmill (“Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find”) and came across this little number: a Poetic License. The license is the brainchild of Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota, which […]

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Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

By |06.20.13|



A few weeks ago I had a chance to see Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. It was photographer Liu Bolin’s The Invisible Man series that compelled me to […]

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  • Helena Almeida, Inhabited Painting, 1975.
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I Never Knew How Blue Blueness Could Be: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

By |06.12.13|



One of the joys of Gwarlingo is meeting art lovers from around the world. Sigrun Hodne and I found each other early in Gwarlingo’s short history, and though she lives in Norway, and I in New Hampshire, I’m constantly amazed […]