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Art In Conversation

Vera Lutter with Jean Dykstra

The German-born artist Vera Lutter is known for her ghostly, immersive camera-obscura photographs made in pinhole cameras that are sometimes the size of small rooms. Rather than printing positive images from a negative, she keeps the tonal values reversed, so that a bright daytime sky is impenetrably black, and solid structures appear to glow.

Art In Conversation

Takesada Matsutani with Charles M. Schultz

On the top floor of Hauser & Wirth’s Chelsea building Takesada Matsutani and his friend Olivier Renaud-Clément stand beside a massive paper scroll, thirteen meters long, that extends from the ceiling to their feet. It is from the early nineties and is covered in graphite that softly reflects the light coming in the gallery windows.

Art In Conversation

Joan Semmel with Amelia Jones

Joan Semmel’s work activates what painting can do to produce different ways of seeing, and thus different ways of thinking, that shift the position of certain bodies in the social sphere. I get the conversation started by asking Semmel some questions about her earliest work, her experience as an artist, and her turn to painting, before weaving in more complex questions about the relationship of her work to specific experiences she’s had in the world.

Art In Conversation

On Joseph E. Yoakum

This conversation for the Brooklyn Rail’s New Social Environment series brings together several people connected to the recent exhibition of drawings by the self-taught artist Joseph Yoakum at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition represents a landmark in contemporary efforts to bring to a wider public the work of this remarkable American artist.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Oral History in Seven Voices

Nina Mdivani speaks to those recently displaced by the invasion of Ukraine.

A Tribute to Sylvère Lotringer

Anyone who has met Sylvère knows he held authority. He had clear, bold ideas, thoughts, strongly-held opinions. He had remarkable charisma. Even in his ailing days, over the last few years, any appearance of him kept everyone still—whether people knew him or knew who he was, or whether they did not. However authority he could manifest, he stood against the very notion of authority: in his theoretical work, he embraced Deleuze’s rhizome.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

This issue is dedicated to the acts of heroism in the face of tremendous adversity by the Ukrainian people and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. As the Putin regime’s invasion of Ukraine escalates, while knowing the current circumstances in the region may drastically change hour by hour, day by day, we send our boundless admiration and unyielding solidarity to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and the courageous protesters across Russia and the world.

Editor's Message

Hong Kong’s Contemporary Cultural Scene—public protests and beyond

For the best part of the last decade, Hong Kong has been a major focus for the international news media because of continuing public protests there against the authority of Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed legislature and, more recently, the imposition by China’s central government of the so-called National Security Law (NSL) aimed at suppressing political dissent in the region.


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The Miraculous


The Brooklyn Rail

MARCH 2022

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