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Art In Conversation

Kamrooz Aram with William Corwin

“When you're identified as an Arab long enough, maybe you become kind of arabesque.” It’s a pun that embraces the many double entendres in the artist’s practice. Kamrooz Aram plays with and debunks notions and structures that we think we know—we being victims of received wisdom.

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Michael Brenson with Douglas Dreishpoon

Michael Brenson’s biography on David Smith, more than twenty years in the making and exceeding eight hundred pages, now stands as the definitive portrait of this American sculptor. There were times when close friends feared that the book would remain unfinished because its subject was just too daunting. But its author persisted—a Herculean undertaking requiring endless hours of research, extensive interviews, and an informed sculptural imagination. The fruits of his inquiry shine as a biography honoring the breadth and complexity of Smith's life and art.

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Laddie John Dill with Michael Straus

Laddie John Dill is an LA based artist who was at the forefront of the “Light and Space” movement in the late sixties. In 1971 he had his first solo show at Ileana Sonnabend’s gallery in New York City. Since then Dill’s work has been shown and celebrated internationally. Early in the fall Michael Straus spoke with Dill on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at Malin Gallery. The conversation that follows touches upon Dill’s early artistic development, his work as an educator, and his careful consideration of how architecture functions in the context of his sculptures.

Art In Conversation

Emily Mae Smith with Amanda Gluibizzi

The possibilities of painting are on full display at Emily Mae Smith’s current exhibition, Heretic Lace, installed at Petzel’s new Chelsea space. This concise show of eleven paintings demonstrates Smith’s command of her medium in strategies such as bravura brushwork, naturalism verging on trompe-l’œil, seamlessly liquid gradients, and backlit contre-jour effects.

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Dear Friends and Readers,

In our perpetual mind/body predicament and our philosophical, and even ontological inquiries, we constantly pose countless distinctions: What are our mental states? What are our physical states? We similarly ask ourselves: How do we define our consciousness, or our intentionality, and how do both relate to our mind and body? Additionally, we tend to ask ourselves, especially when no one is near, what is the self? How is it related to our mind and body?

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Balance of Stories

I asked the writers gathered in this section to choose a photograph and write a narrative based on it. How they defined “narrative” was up to them; they could borrow from any genre, including biography, history, memoir, and the news. I wanted to bring to fore the idea that a critic is, in the best sense, also a storyteller.

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