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The Sunday Poem : Joan Murray

By |09.15.12|

 

 

Today’s Sunday Poem is a special excerpt from poet Joan Murray’s project The Visitor: Poems from the Eastman House. The last time I saw Joan she was working on this series of poems at The MacDowell Colony. I asked Joan […]

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Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12|

 

 
The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and […]

The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

By |09.12.12|

 

 

When Gwarlingo readers give me feedback, I listen. You’ve been telling me that you’d like to see more articles about process and the challenges of being an artist. I’ve appreciated your emails and comments.

Today, I’m excited to launch a new […]

An Exclusive Peek Inside Keith Haring’s New York City Studio

By |09.05.12|

 

 

On a recent trip to New York City, I had a chance to visit the studio of the late Keith Haring. The fifth-floor space, located on Broadway between Bleeker and Great Jones Street, is now home to the […]

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Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

By |08.31.12|

 

Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented contemporary artists working today. Each August the famed MacDowell Colony opens its doors to […]

Samein Priester on Fatherhood, Film, & Loss of His Wife, Artist Denyse Thomasos

By |08.17.12|

 

How do you learn to be a father, particularly when there are no fathers around to be an example?

This is the question at the heart of Samein Priester’s personal documentary 1st&4ever. The dilemma of fatherhood has taken on new significance […]

Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

By |08.08.12|

 

 

We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’ fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over the Hudson River. On the […]

Christian Marclay’s The Clock: Does the 24-Hour Artwork Live Up to the Hype?

By |07.27.12|

 

 

(NOTE: This review is from the summer of 2012. Marclay’s The Clock is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City through January 21, 2013, with a special 24-hour screening on New Year’s Eve. For more […]

Receipts, Email, Bread Tags, Styrofoam : Rachel Perry Welty Transforms Life’s Daily Clutter into Art

By |07.12.12|

 

 

 

(Note: All photographs can be viewed in a larger size by clicking on the image)

Every artist must work within certain limitations, and these limitations come in a variety of forms. It could be financial restraints, a lack of free time, […]

Ruin & Repetition: Margaret Lanzetta & Susan Briante’s Utopia Minus Project

By |07.07.12|

 

I’m excited to share this special expanded edition of Gwarlingo’s Sunday Poem series with you. The Utopia Minus Project is an art and poetry collaboration that has been in the works for nearly twelve months now.

Poet Susan Briante […]

Learning to Look : Whistler, Fireworks, and a New Way of Seeing

By |07.04.12|

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold. I was still in high school when I stumbled across the painting in an art history book and was immediately stunned. I […]

Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

By |06.22.12|

 

 
When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, do you ever think about where the water pouring out of your faucet comes from? Do you ever consider the fact that a simple thing like clean drinking water requires an […]

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Re-Branding the Barnes: Has a 25-Billion-Dollar Art Collection Been Disneyfied?

By |06.13.12|

 

 
A New Museum Mile?
Rush hour is still two hours away, but a swarm of cars is buzzing by me on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. As I parallel park in front of the new Barnes Foundation museum and feed […]

The Thing in the Spring Festival Returns with Nina Nastasia, Jem Cohen & More

By |05.28.12|

 

If you’re in the New England area on June 8th, 9th, or 10th, you’ll want to check out the Thing in the Spring art and music festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Gwarlingo is proud to be the media sponsor for this […]

A Sunday Poem Exclusive : The Debut of Mary Ruefle’s Erasure “Melody”

By |05.20.12|

 

 

When Mary Ruefle’s book Melody: The Story of a Child arrived in the mail several weeks ago, I could smell the musty, antique pages and the faint whiff of stale cigarette smoke before I even opened the package. The beige […]

What’s the Future of Dance? Ivy Baldwin’s “Ambient Cowboy” Provides a Clue

By |05.10.12|

 

If you want to catch a glimpse of where dance and performance are headed, look no further than Ivy Baldwin’s Ambient Cowboy, on view last week at New York Live Arts.

It is fitting that a dance piece inspired […]

The Art of Taking Risks : 13 Years, 3500 Artists, 7 Memorable Lessons

By |05.06.12|

 

When I was a girl, I was fearless. I was always falling out of trees, off of speeding bicycles, into muddy creeks. Once, I was bitten by an angry goose. I was knocked on the head accidentally with a baseball. […]

Writer Lewis Hyde : All Creative and Inventive Minds Are Not Simply Solitary

By |04.24.12|

 

 

Lewis Hyde is a rare breed of writer—a contemporary poet, philosopher, and essayist in the tradition of Thoreau, Emerson, and Czeslaw Milosz.

Hyde’s first book, The Gift, which attempts to reconcile the value of creative work with the demands of the […]

The Illusionist: The Mind-Bending Installations of Artist Felice Varini

By |04.10.12|

 

 

 

Note: This is a guest post by Riley MacPhee, a regular contributor to the Johnston Architects Blog. Johnston Architects PLLC is a small architectural firm focusing on creative, innovative, and sustainable design throughout the […]

The Sunday Poem : Gennady Aygi, Translated by Sarah Valentine

By |04.07.12|

 

 

Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) is widely considered to be one of the great avant-garde poets from the former Soviet Union. He was born in Chuvashia, a territory located in the western part of Russia. In 1958 he was expelled from the Literary […]

Flimmaker Peter Hutton : It’s Not About the Pyrotechnics, It’s About Limitations

By |04.06.12|

 

The first time I saw a Peter Hutton film was at a screening at The MacDowell Colony several years ago when Peter was in residence. A small group of us gathered in the Colony library to watch Study of a […]

Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topel Transform a Chain-Link Fence into Art

By |03.30.12|

 

On my recent visit to the deCordova Museum, one of the artworks I found most compelling was “Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.

Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives […]

New England Artists Finally Get Their Due at the deCordova’s 2012 Biennial

By |03.14.12|

 

A few weeks ago I attended the opening for the 2012 deCordova Biennial, which is on view in Lincoln, Massachusetts, through April 22nd. This year curators Dina Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman have created a regional […]

Ai Weiwei : Creativity Is the Power to Act

By |03.11.12|

 

 

 

Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 has been good company the past few days. Between 2006 and 2009, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used his blog as a daily notebook where he posted thousands of photos, documented his […]

The Spectacular Snow Drawings of Simon Beck

By |02.29.12|

 

 

Winter has finally arrived in New Hampshire. We’re expecting about a foot of snow here in the Monadnock region by the time the storm ends Thursday evening. There hasn’t been a single opportunity for snowshoeing this year, which […]