Postcards from Detroit
Ed.’s note: The following are photographs of some of the 19th century mansions in Brush Park, in downtown Detroit. In recent years, the area has undergone some revitalization. But with the American auto industry nearing complete collapse, such images may again suggest the future of Detroit and its environs.
They are taken from a series called “Bambis and Dollhouses,” by Cibele Vieira, a Brazilian-born photographer now living in Bushwick.
Vieira graduated from the International Center of Photography and The New School.
PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson PhotographsBy Jean Dykstra
JUL-AUG 2022 | ArtSeen
The photographs he made in his last three years, which have the muted color particular to disposable-camera snapshots, convey a kind of restless energy and a bottomless curiosity about framing the world through a camera lens, evenor especiallythrough the small fixed lens on a throwaway plastic camera.
Motor City Underground: Leni Sinclair Photographs 19631978By Nolan Kelly
SEPT 2021 | Art Books
Unlike so many other exhibition monographswhich are often treated as something between a program guide and show souvenirMotor City Underground presents detailed reproductions of Sinclairs photographs, often blown up to full-page, alongside a wide variety of testimony. The range of dates and sources across which these statements are culled suggests years of research combing through a decades worth of underground missivesthe type of ephemera that does not often make it into digital archives.
Tobi Kahn: Formation: Images of the BodyBy Douglas Dreishpoon
JUNE 2022 | ArtSeen
Kahn has painted in the fertile gap between representation and abstraction for more than forty years: landscapes, seascapes, flowers, cells, and human bodies distilled into evocative images. An ethos unites Kahn with kindred modernistsHilma af Klint, Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, Arthur Dove and Albert Pinkham Ryder, Rothko and Barnett Newmanwho courted ambiguity as a pictorial language of equivalence.
Past and Present for a Creative FutureBy Charlotte Kent
MARCH 2023 | Art and Technology
Two museum shows opened in February about art and technology that, combined, span the last seventy years and present some of the different discourses surrounding the convergence of these two fields. Ill Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen, curated by Alison Hearst at The Modern Museum of Fort Worth presents nearly every contemporary medium from paintings and installations to games and face filters in an expansive exhibition of fifty artists across twelve sections touching on some of the major psycho-social outcomes of our mediated landscape. Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age 1952-1982, curated by Leslie Jones at LACMA includes prints, video, textiles and sculptural objects that admirably present a historical trajectory of artists experimentations with the possibilities of computational devices across those early years, when design limitations foregrounded composition and structure. Those constraints also contributed, occasionally, to a kind of didacticism, for which the field remains frequently derided.