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Babel’s Bricks: The Power of Play

Remember, as a kid, when you played with wooden blocks, Erector sets, Lincoln Logs, and Legos? Artists have continued to nurture the impulse of putting parts together to make a more wonderful whole. At Gallery 51's latest show, Babel's Bricks, twenty artists playfully interpret the idea of artwork as building block.

By | 2017-06-24T10:58:31+00:00 06.23.17|Images|0 Comments

John Stezaker & the Not-So-Perfect Marriage

John Stezaker’s surreal, handmade collages—comprised of film stills, publicity portraits, and postcards collected from thrift stores and bookshops—are masterful studies in contradiction. They are familiar and nostalgic, but also unexpected and strange. Like a Coen Brothers film or Flannery O’Connor short story, they walk that compelling line between comedy and tragedy.

By | 2017-02-03T20:52:08+00:00 06.22.16|Books Worth Reading, Images|0 Comments

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

  The 1819 Edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales (Photo: Andreas Berthel © Stadt Kassel / Kulturamt)   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. [...]

By | 2016-11-16T16:42:10+00:00 10.19.14|Events, Images, News, Words|Comments Off on Art Meets the Monsters: Grimm’s Tales Through the Looking Glass

The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

  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 Howe is specifically referring to are the envelopes left [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:44+00:00 07.18.14|Books Worth Reading, Images, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

Kill Me Now Abs & Conversation Lashes with Artist Rachelle Beaudoin

An installation view of Rachelle Beaudoin's Conversation Lashes. Laser cut paper, digital photographs, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:16+00:00 02.02.14|Images|Comments Off on Kill Me Now Abs & Conversation Lashes with Artist Rachelle Beaudoin

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

Lewis Wickes Hine, A construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)   Books Worth Reading Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages   (Photo © Black [...]

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

Doug + Mike Starn, from the series alleverythingthatisyou, 2006-2007. (Photograph Doug + Mike Starn courtesy dmstarn.com)   Doug + Mike Starn, Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop, 2010. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images North America via [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:20+00:00 12.21.13|Images|Comments Off on Crystal Bliss: What the Snow Photos of Doug + Mike Starn Teach Us about Originality

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

The chefs of Sherry's restaurant at luncheon in 1902 (Photo courtesy the Museum of the City of New York, the Byron Company Collection. Click to Enlarge)   Wisconsin Death Trip My first introduction to the work of Michael Lesy was a chance encounter many years ago with his classic [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:25+00:00 12.01.13|Books Worth Reading, Images, Words|Comments Off on Chop-Suey, Automats, & Diamondback Terrapin: Michael Lesy & Lisa Stoffer on Dining in America

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

Photographer Thomas Neff took this photo of Caroline Koch on Mandeville Street after Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Thomas Neff courtesy Lumiere Gallery)   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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:31+00:00 11.04.13|Books Worth Reading, Images, News, Words|Comments Off on A New Orleans Hospital Becomes Hell: Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial

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

Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum (detail), 1982–86. Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (Photo by Louis Vest, 2011 via Flickr Commons)   Frank Lloyd Wright in his study at Taliesin in Wisconsin. According to the WMF, "the forces of nature...have put the complex at risk." The World Monuments [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:36+00:00 10.09.13|Images, News, Spaces|1 Comment

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

A detail of Olive Ayhens's hand-tinted etching, Moorish Architecture. This 30" by 22" artwork is available to only one Gwarlingo donor for $800, less than a third of the cost of the gallery price. A Membership Profile is also included with your donation. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   "I [...]

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

"In my personal life, if I don't have a project, I don't have any discipline," says performance artist Marina Abramovic. Discipline and daily ritual were one of the subjects of her 2002 piece The House with the Ocean View. Abramovic spent 12 straight days living on three open platforms in [...]

James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

James TurrellAten Reign, 2013Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable© James TurrellPhoto: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York   "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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:48+00:00 09.05.13|Design, Events, Images, Spaces|4 Comments

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

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

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:57+00:00 07.01.13|Events, Images, News, Performance, Sounds|Comments Off on Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

Found : A Poetic License

    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 created the item at the request of a friend who [...]

By | 2017-03-05T10:19:51+00:00 06.29.13|Found, Images|3 Comments

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

  Wang Quingsong, Beggar, 2001. (Photo courtesy of AW Asia, New York. Click to Enlarge)   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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:01+00:00 06.20.13|Events, Images|Comments Off on Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

I Never Knew How Blue Blueness Could Be: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

  Helena Almeida, Inhabited Painting, 1975.© Helena Almeida, courtesy Serralves Foundation Collection, Oporto, Portugal   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 [...]

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