The first piece I saw of Tracey Emins was Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, a tent with names appliquéd inside. I remember noticing the dates and figuring there was something more to this than shagging, though shagging and being shagged was the primary tone.
After returning from London where he opened his first solo show, Everything Leads to Another, at Hauser and Wirth (May 20 July 30), Matthew Day Jackson came by the Rails headquarters to talk about his work, creative process, and drag racing plans with Artseen contributor Charles Schultz.
Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective is the first retrospective of Richard Serras drawings. On the occasion of the retrospective, Richard Serra welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui to his TriBeCa loft to discuss his work and more.
Shortly after attending the opening of Dorothea Rockburne: In My Minds Eye at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton (June 19 August 14, 2011), Rail Consulting Editor David Levi Strauss and Christopher Bamford went to Dorothea Rockburnes studio in SoHo to discuss the show.
On the two occasions of her second installation of the monumental work Rhapsody in the Atrium of MoMA and the recent exhibit The Studio Inside Out (May 18 June 30, 2011) at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Rail publisher Phong Bui paid a visit to the painter Jennifer Bartletts home/studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn to discuss her life and work.
Several years ago, the late art historian Robert Rosenblum paid a visit to Wolf Kahns studio and, after a lengthy and attentive stay, turned to him and said: There is nothing here that Monet hasnt done already.
After a long stretch of years, I found myself drawn to re-visit the Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston this past spring. It felt like a homecoming. I stood in the room containing the polyptych in five parts, Analysis of the Rose as Sentimental Despair (1985), for hours, observing the subtle shifts of light and shadow with tears streaming down my cheeks.
Readings from the Vast Unread may not be such a bright idea, but it is historically unprecedented.