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Letter From Italy
“It’s as quiet in our street as it was a year ago.”
April 12, 2021
Philip Guston’s Peculiar History Lesson
On the painter’s politics of self-questioning.
April 9, 2021
Why Do We Believe in Photographs?
David Levi Strauss’s new book looks at the ancient roots of photography to understand how the medium became so distorted in the present.
February 20, 2021
The Communist Designer, the Fascist Furniture Dealer, and the Politics of Design
A tale of two bookcases.
February 17, 2021
‘What Does It Mean to Be Black and Alive Right Now?’
, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham preserve an archive and envision new worlds.
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February 15, 2021
The Unknown Radicals of Black Photography
A recent exhibition on the Kamoinge Workshop tells the story of a group of photographers who explored the artistic and political potential of the medium to its fullest.
January 22, 2021
America is left with a taste of fascism.
January 21, 2021
Black Trans Liberation as History and Prophecy: The Art of Tourmaline
The artist's first solo show, is a reminder that pleasure is inseparable from the joint projects of abolition and freedom.
January 19, 2021
When the Painting Has Really Begun
On the mid-career work of Cecily Brown and Inka Essenhigh.
December 28, 2020
The Groundbreaking Honesty of Joe Sacco’s Comics Journalism
His decades-long project of reportage in graphic form works like oral history—bearing witness to the historical traumas of his subjects.