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Art In Conversation

Esteban Cabeza de Baca with Colin Edgington

Esteban Cabeza de Baca is an artist born out of liminality and rhizomatic hybridity, whose history can be expressed as histories and existence as existences. His Mexican and Native lineage can be traced back to the pre-Columbian era as well as the Coronado Expedition, particularly to the Spanish conquistador Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca.

Art In Conversation

Louis Osmosis with Jason Rosenfeld

Louis Osmosis, born in Brooklyn in 1996, is a sculptor and multimedia artist. His first solo exhibition, “PLEASE IT IS MAKING THEM THANKS :)” opened at Kapp Kapp at 86 Walker Street, Tribeca, on April 30. I spoke to Mr. Osmosis twice in early April amidst his recent work in his 7th floor studio in Dumbo where he is working during a one-year residency at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, as the B, D, N, and Q trains rumbled along the Manhattan Bridge.

Art In Conversation

Charles Ray with Toby Kamps

In the middle of the pandemic Toby Kamps interviewed me in a live broadcast for the Brooklyn Rail. And now a year and a half later, the Brooklyn Rail asked if they could publish the interview. I’m not sure why, but I felt that interview should be left in the lockdown. We couldn’t go out, we were all at our screens, so perhaps it would be better to begin it again.

Art In Conversation

Gary Simmons with Natasha Becker

I first came to New York City in 2003 and remember seeing the work of Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures. It was a formative experience. There were so many incredible artists exhibiting in the early aughts; it felt special to have been part of that moment. It’s been many years between that moment and seeing Simmons’s newest exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles, but the artwork had the same impact, the same mesmerizing immediacy. In the conversation that follows, we discuss the artist’s educational formation, the way collective memory forms around certain images, and the importance of artwork that poses questions.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

As Russian president Vladimir Putin continues to deploy the language of misinformation against the West while claiming the right to mobilize his so-called “denazification” of Ukraine, many of us came to realize he plagiarized language that was created in Germany to justify all of the atrocious events that occurred between 1938 and 1939, including the escalation of German expansionism, the acceleration of domestic preparations for war, and above all the crackdown on Jewish people, which was seen as part of Adolf Hitler’s overall political and ideological warfare.

Editor's Message

Wildness in Art

Following staggering and traumatizing recent events—George Floyd, COVID-19, voter suppression, storming of the Capitol, #StopAsianHate, abortion bans, the war in Ukraine, Will Smith at the Oscars—combined with the avalanche of microplastics, landfills, deforestation, billionaires in space, mass species extinction, and industrial agriculture, it seems to me that the destruction of freedom goes hand in hand with the destruction of nature. In 2022, it feels like all the earth, democracy, and wildness itself is endangered.


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