James Fuentes Los Angeles featured in Artsy
"The gallery’s expansion to Los Angeles represents more than geographic growth; it signifies Fuentes’s ambition to embed the gallery within the cultural fabric of another major U.S. art capital, fostering a bicoastal dialogue that enriches both communities."—Maxwell Rabb
Dalton Paula in the Venice Biennale
The 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia: Foreigners Everywhere is curated by Adriano Pedrosa and will be on view April 20–November 24, 2024.
Didier William in Prospect New Orleans
Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home continues its legacy as the longest-running, citywide contemporary art triennial. On view November 2, 2024—February 2, 2025
Cynthia Lahti in Hyperallergic
This gallery of ceramic figures is most interesting when the imagery starts to bleed and morph into something less recognizable. Some images feel like snapshots of moments, while others seem to wander through an art museum and its familiar poses.
Dalton Paula on Culture Type's 13 Best Black Art Books of 2023
Brazilian artist Dalton Paula works in a variety of mediums and formats, but is best known for his portraits, a tradition in Western painting where the enslaved and colonized have largely been absent. Paula researches significant figures in Brazilian history whose lives are documented, but for whom there is no visual record and creates imagined portraits, giving them visibility and recognition.
Juanita McNeely in ARTnews
Perhaps most known for a painting that depicted her own harrowing abortion, her work has seen a resurgence over the past few years in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States. McNeely never shied away from painting the experiences of women, including the difficulty of childbirth, monthly menstruation, and raw sexuality.
Cynthia Lahti in Sculpture Magazine
The 13 ceramic figures in Cynthia Lahti’s Little Storms—many of them missing a head or limb—strike various poses on their white plinths, each animated female form elevated to meet the viewer’s eye.
Cynthia Lahti in The New York Times
There’s a contrary beauty to Cynthia Lahti’s gloopy ceramic figures, like some romantic ideal chewed on and emerging gnarled, but more emotionally recognizable for it. Her figures appear like dazed Meissen porcelains, jolted from their lives of leisure into messier, more honest ones.
Dalton Paula in Culture Type
Paula's multidisciplinary conceptual practice is a powerful nexus of visual representation, historical preservation, and racial justice. His central concern is the African Diaspora in Brazil and understanding its history through the lens of its people.
Juanita McNeely in The New York Times
How Artists Are Breaking the Taboos Around Depicting Birth: For centuries, labor was deemed too messy a subject for gallery walls. A growing canon of feminist work is challenging that perception.
Vanessa Gully Santiago in Nylon
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Juanita McNeely in Artforum
Fifteen artists reflect on 2023: "In Moving Through, 1975, the exhibition’s central piece, McNeely uses elements of German Expressionism to portray violent scenes of female mutilation and physical confinement. The images are graphic, disturbing, yet the show is also dense with beauty. In the two paintings that flank that central work, she flings bodies through voided backgrounds with richly applied pigment and deliberate brushwork. Though austere in composition and color, these canvases give the exhibition important balance. The show will haunt me for a long time."—Adam Alessi
Anna Calleja in Artsy
In Breakthrough, a recent group exhibition at James Fuentes in New York, a trio of Calleja’s paintings was featured alongside works by other artists who examine interiors, whether of the mind or the home. In Calleja’s work, the former is tied up in the latter: There is a psychological undercurrent to her subjects, often giving off hints of anxiety, anticipation, or listlessness.
Oscar yi Hou featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 List 2024
Oscar yi Hou showed a yearlong solo exhibition of figurative paintings at the Brooklyn Museum, making him one of the youngest artists to ever have a solo show at a major New York museum. A graduate of Columbia University, yi Hou won the annual UOVO Prize and was named an Artsy Vanguard in 2022. Earlier this year, he received the Philip Pearlstein Painter Distinction at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.
Oscar yi Hou in Artsy
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Cynthia Lahti in Cultured
Little Storms marks the artist’s debut solo exhibition in New York. Straying from her work across metal, glass, plaster, and collage, Lahti here sculpts out of clay, which provides greater opportunity for spontaneity, a theme present throughout the show. Also apparent is the push and pull between perfection and imperfection, intentionality and organic creation.
Oscar yi Hou on Cultured's Young Artists List 2023
In Oscar yi Hou's poem paintings, a private lexicon of hieroglyphs—cranes, the yin and yang symbol, Western spurs—serve as stand-ins for the artist. “It’s the universe of the paintings, and it’s up to the viewer if they want to decipher it or not,” the New York-based, Liverpool-born painter says of the works, which have served as a means to document his relationships with loved ones over the years.
Didier William interviewed in MoMA Magazine
The Haitian American artist reflects on his recent work and MoMA’s collection of Haitian art.
Natalie Ball reflects on Young Elder in Avenue Magazine
When curating the exhibition, Ball considered her own archive of artists whose work has inspired her over the years. “Co-curating Young Elder was my opportunity to pull from this archive and bring forward artists who are making exciting work and are specifically tied to their communities and contributing to their living cultures,” says Ball. “These artists are culture carriers, and I believe they are important in framing how we understand Indigenous art.”
Juanita McNeely in The New York Times
Ms. McNeely’s interest, from beginning to end, was in the body, particularly the female body and what it could do. If it was suppressed, mistreated or callously acted upon, her canvases filled with rage and the color of blood; when it moved freely under the direction of its inhabitant, however, her depictions captured a winsome, evasive pleasure.
Juanita McNeely in ARTnews
Through it all, McNeely never faltered in her dedication to painting the world as she saw it—the world as many women see it—full of a range of experiences, including ones that polite society would rather they not talk about. As she once said, “Many times, life’s forces are more powerful than we are, and yet we can face them if we have a standing ground that is our own, that we’ve set for ourselves.”
Juanita McNeely in The Art Newspaper
“When we presented Juanita's work for the first time in 2020, I don't think there had ever been a show that we'd done that had such a visibly visceral impact on everyone who came into the gallery to see it,” says James Fuentes. “Rarely are there artists who can visually articulate psychology, trauma and other intangible aspects of life.”
Aryana Minai in Autre
Pulped paper bricks chart a haptic course between Aryana Minai’s eight Life Forms (all 2023) on view at James Fuentes’ lower-level project space. This rather soft, somewhat squishy pathway opens onto the wall under each Life Form for a reflective pause...
Juan Pablo Echeverri in Artforum
Years before the first iPhone hit the market, Echeverri wittily predicted the pervasiveness of our current era of digital self-representation, filled with artificial images of ourselves captured “casually” or “on the go.” Echeverri never seemed to take himself too seriously—but he was an obsessively maniacal worker, and once described his diaristic practice as being “like an addiction, I guess,” blithely adding that “if I smoke, I smoke.”
Young Elder in Forbes
The gallery nods to an episode of Reservation Dogs, a TV series about the lives of Native American teenagers in rural Oklahoma, for its “Young Elder” show. When two self-righteous influencers are invited to a community center for a Native American Reclamation and Decolonization Symposium, one of the speakers refers to himself as a “young elder”—an oxymoron that inspires a communal eye roll from the audience. The gallery’s exhibition of four emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists borrows the scene’s satire inviting the question: what does it mean to express the wisdom of millennia through a contemporary practice?
Young Elder in Hyperallergic
A group show of contemporary Native and Indigenous artists is not something you see every day in New York City. That’s a bitter truth, sweetened for just a few weeks by this show, curated by Natalie Ball (Klamath/Modoc) and Zach Feuer.
Young Elder in Native News Online
“I think that [the artists in the exhibition] are rooted in community, and they’re rooted in ancestral knowledge. And that was my preface for wanting them to be in this show. It’s a lot of work to stay rooted in your community and to maintain that connection to community and to maintain ancestral knowledge. I really respect those artists who maintain that sort of connection.”—co-curator Natalie Ball
Young Elder in Testudo
Young Elder showcases four emerging and mid-career artists who reference Indigenous materials and traditions as they are carried on in the current day.
Ed Baynard in Artnet News
A booth brimming with buoyant watercolors by the late Ed Baynard evoked still lifes by Matisse and Cézanne, though the artist is best known as a designer who worked closely with musicians like the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
Ed Baynard in ARTnews
American artist Ed Baynard (1940-2016) is experiencing a market resurgence, and a quick glance at the decades-spanning group of acrylics and watercolors gathered here makes the why obvious.
Juanita McNeely in Vogue Magazine
Her whole approach to art speaks to the idea that these were things that she—and other women—experienced, and that visualizing life’s discomforts and anguish is powerful, and necessary.
Ed Baynard in The New York Times
Will Heinrich reviews an expansive art history at the Independent Art Fair.
Juanita McNeely in Cultured Magazine
5 Art Exhibitions You Can't Miss in Los Angeles This September
Juanita McNeely in the Los Angeles Times
Juanita McNeely bares it all in her debut L.A. solo show.
Evan Moffitt on Oscar yi Hou in T Magazine
The raw sexual power of yi Hou's subjects refutes stereotypes of Asian masculinity while offering a fantasy about how the Chinese men who literally built the West might have explored their own desires.
Ed Baynard in Whitewall
Independent 20th Century gives a space for overlooked artists.
Juanita McNeely in Hyperallergic
Moving Through, the 87-year-old artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles, features three multi-panel works from the mid-1970s, offering Angelenos a long-overdue introduction to her captivating intensity.
Juanita McNeely in "Looking Like Fire" group show at Sim Smith, London
Opening reception Wednesday 20 September, 6:30 - 9 pm. There will be a performance by Florence Peake. All welcome.
Stipan Tadić in Hyperallergic
Tadić rode the D train back and forth for a year, retracing the route countless times in search of scenes for his series of New York cityscapes.
Juanita McNeely in LA Weekly
The monumental multi-panel piece Moving Through (1975) will span the full length of the gallery’s longest wall, enjoying the regal presence that this pioneer of feminist art and thought deserves.
Ed Baynard in Artnet News
Independent 20th Century Returns to New York This September With an Eye-Opening Focus on Self-Taught Artists
James Fuentes Los Angeles featured in Artnet News profile on architects Dominic and Christopher Leong
Earlier this summer, Leong Leong unveiled James Fuentes gallery’s long-awaited new location in Los Angeles. The space occupies a 1920s-era commercial building on Melrose Avenue; the 3,700-square-foot interior is organized by a series of 14-foot walls that meet the exposed wood of its bow-truss ceiling.
Stipan Tadić in Office Magazine
The Croatian born artist is taking a fresh, and critical, approach to the changes impacting New York City's infrastructure across the last few years.
Juan Pablo Echeverri feature in Artnet
Is the world ready for the chameleonic, virtuosic legacy of artist Juan Pablo Echeverri?
John McAllister in group exhibition at Analog Diary
Chromazones is on view July 21-September 10, 2023 at 1154 North Ave, Beacon, NY 12508
Julia Jo mention in Los Angeles Times
The show features a series of large-scale paintings inspired by relatable memories from Jo’s personal life — from love triangles and family tensions to pressures of gender performance. Her expressive brushstrokes craft a mesmerizing portrait of dark hues.
Arden Wohl on a Study in Form in Interview Magazine
Wohl recently embarked on perhaps her most significant project yet, curating a two-part exhibition of art and poetry, A Study in Form, at downtown gallery James Fuentes. “Though predominantly a collection of visual art,” she writes, “this exhibition beats with the heart of a poet.”
Oscar yi Hou interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail
"To understand Oscar yi Hou’s practice, you have to see it through its rhythm of language—the edges that are formed by words, and the way that they are able to perpetuate the invisible but real architectures of alterity."—Andrew Woolbright
Oscar yi You on NPR
Oscar yi Hou joins curator Eugenie Tsai on NPR to discuss the artist's Brooklyn Museum show which is on display until September 17.
Curator Jane Panetta on Juanita McNeely's 9-panel work on view at the Whitney Museum
Artist Juanita McNeely and curator Jane Panetta reflect on the artist's 1969 painting Is it Real? Yes, It Is!, one of the first works regarding her abortion experience. In her work, McNeely has been driven by the need to “make the ugly and the terrible beautiful for myself.”
Juan Pablo Echeverri in artnet news
The show’s apt title translates as “Lost Identity,” and the Colombian artist specialized in consciously losing his, gleefully hopscotching between personas. The centerpiece is a portion of miss fotojapon, Echeverri’s 24-years-in-the-making opus, a daily self-portrait series that began in a photo booth and later segued to digital camera documentation.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in i-D
“Superficiality, for him, was not a flaw but a quality, a human characteristic to be dissected and harvested for joy and transcultural understanding.” For Juan, our chameleonic tendencies are cause for humour as well as introspection, and he balances both with an unmistakable lust for life.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in The Guardian
Starting in 1998, the Colombian artist photographed himself every day for 24 years, using first a photobooth, then a phone. He planned each snap meticulously, considering composition and costume, as well as how the image would work in a grid.
Oscar yi Hou for The Brooklyn Rail's New Social Environment conversation series
The artist joins Rail Editor-at-Large Andrew Woolbright, concluding with a poetry reading by Morgan Võ.
Didier William reviewed in the Los Angeles Times
"Each time I’ve run into William’s paintings, I’ve been floored — not only by the ways he uses imagery but also by the careful crafting of his pieces. The exhibition at James Fuentes, which inaugurated the New York-based gallerist’s L.A. space early last month and is now in its final days, provides an opportunity to soak up a number of his works in a single setting on the West Coast."—Carolina A. Miranda
Juan Pablo Echeverri exhibition reception in Cultured
Friends and family of the late Colombian visual artist to toast his legacy and the opening of Identidad Perdida at James Fuentes.
James Fuentes and Wolfgang Tillmans remember Juan Pablo Echeverri in Interview Magazine
“He certainly had no idea to what extent the production of the self for the camera lens would be the dominating activity of hundreds of millions of youth around the planet today,” says Tillmans.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in AnOther Magazine
The anthropologist Marcela Echeverri has been working alongside some of her late brother’s friends and former collaborators, including the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, to curate a posthumous survey of his work. “I think of Juan Pablo as the anthropologist of the modern world,” she tells me. “He liked observing, analysing and capturing people in our society.”
Juan Pablo Echeverri reviewed in Frieze
"What I love about Echeverri’s work is its exuberance, its embrace of imprecision and indecision. These two latter qualities open the work to the left-field possibility that the prism of the self might explode the governing norms of identity – something drag once promised before reality television stole its thunderous adventurism."—Andrew Durbin
Darin Cooper in Artsy
Cooper’s work centers around themes drawn from his upbringing. “I want to show a more modern version of Black Southern culture,” he has said. At James Fuentes, Cooper presented lyrically abstract works that alluded to themes of spirituality, sports, cookouts, hip-hop, and more.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in Cultured
James Fuentes is presenting Juan Pablo Echeverri's Identidad Perdida, a solo exhibition in two parts that displays the Colombian artist's prolific body of work, often read as a continuous self-portrait that began in adolescence.
Arden Wohl on A Study in Form in Cultured
The show brings together work by an eclectic mix of artists, from postwar figures like Robert Rauschenberg, Rosemary Mayer, and Marcel Broodthaers to emerging stars such as Martine Syms and Melissa Joseph. Wohl has also published a zine of poetry to be paired with the works in the exhibition; contributors include David Rimanelli, Kyle Dacuyan, Patricia Spears Jones, and more.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in The New York Times Style Magazine
When the artist Juan Pablo Echeverri died at the age of 43 last year, he left behind more than 8,000 self-portraits taken in passport photo booths around the world. What had started as a diary of hair styles and piercings grew into a conceptual art project as Echeverri evolved as an artist.
Didier William in Artillery
Up close, the tactile, intricate quality of William’s works add movement to his scenes, and the overall effect is an alluring inaugural exhibition for the gallery’s new LA space.
A Study in Form in Artsy
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James Fuentes Los Angeles in Artnet's Wet Paint
Gallerist James Fuentes sets up shop in L.A. and takes us behind the scenes of painter Didier William’s opening show
ektor garcia in ARTnews
In his art, garcia aims to channel, rather than control, that sense of divinity as a way to tap into the mysterious and automatic that undergirds so much of human experience.
ektor garcia in Autre
Highlights from Frieze New York celebrate politically and historically centered artworks
ektor garcia in Surface Magazine
The roving artist’s wondrous new installation combines materials old and new to embody circularity and teardrops from the haunting tale of “la llorona.”
Didier William in Widewalls
Didier William's new body of work combining personal narratives and mythology take over James Fuentes
Geoffrey Holder in The New York Times
Dancers’ Voices Across Time, in the Things Left Behind: In an art form that leaves few tangible traces, performers often become collectors of mementos from their careers. A lucky few find an archival home for their treasures.
Didier William in Juxtapoz
In conjunction with his solo show, Things Like This Don’t Happen Here, at the new James Fuentes space in Los Angeles, Didier William is the subject of today's A Portfolio.
Didier William in Surface Magazine
For the debut exhibition of the gallery’s West Coast outpost, Didier William merges painting and printmaking in one ethereal body of work. Scenic underwater tableaus depict a world unconstrained by gravity.
Didier William interviewed by i-D
The artist Didier William carves out memories from his youth growing up in an immigrant household—albeit not exactly as they happened.
Didier William in Cultured
We see an ensemble of mythological characters cast by Didier William to portray scenes from personal and familial histories, with all the gaps and mysteries inherent to recollection. Looking back, he's seeking to be surprised, or reminded, of forgotten details. "That is the fairest role of the artwork," he says. "To expect it to heal me is unfair."
Didier William in Flaunt
James Fuentes is opening the doors of his new LA-based gallery on May 6, a revamped 1920s-era building on Melrose Avenue, for its inaugural exhibition showcasing new work by Didier William.
Wolfgang Tillmans on Juan Pablo Echeverri in Aperture
"For twenty-two years, every day, wherever he was in the world, Juan Pablo Echeverri took a self-portrait. A moment of action, followed by five minutes of waiting. His life was active, restless, multifarious—but the daily ritual of facing himself in a photo booth, this constant thread, was never skipped."
Didier William in LA Weekly
James Fuentes inaugurates the gallery’s new Los Angeles location with a solo exhibition of new work by Didier William.
Didier William in the Los Angeles Times
James Fuentes’ new gallery in Melrose Hill will be presenting Didier William’s Things Like This Don’t Happen Here, a solo exhibition that combines personal narratives with mythology through works that utilize painting, printmaking, and collage techniques.
Juan Pablo Echeverri in British Journal of Photography
Curated by Wolfgang Tillmans with some of Echeverri’s closest friends and family, it’s now open at Tillmans’ Between Bridges gallery in Berlin and is coming soon to the James Fuentes gallery in New York. The two-site exhibition gathers work made by Echeverri over the last three decades, and is both a tribute to the artist and a chance to get his work more widely seen – work that, says Tillmans, still hasn’t received its due.
A Study in Form in The Lo-Down
A two-part exhibition curated by Arden Wohl that touches upon various intersections, relationships, dialogues, and companionships between poetry and art; poets and artists, is opening at James Fuentes
Didier William in Hyperallergic
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ektor garcia in Hyperallergic
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Didier William in the New York Times
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ektor garcia in Cultbytes
Sensibility and care are the coating on all the variety of raw materials brought together in the space, tied together in small clever knots. garcia not only creates objects made to be incredibly touching, but also uses the space in its entirety leaving no element untouched or unexamined.
ektor garcia in V Man
In this exhibition, ektor cedes control of his medium, an act of vulnerability yet one that establishes his collaborative relationship with the universe around him. It is in this relationship that his work shines, encouraging curiosity in the viewer and humility within himself.
Didier William in Artforum
"It is worth noting that William is queer, but his art is closer in spirit to the word’s use as a verb rather than a noun. The artist’s works destabilize, rather than reinforce, a singular identity and function in the interstices between race, sexuality, and nationality as both objects of fantastical narrative and documents of Black life."—Alpesh Kantilal Patel
Jakub Julian Ziółkowski at MOCAK
One of the most important contemporary Polish artists, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski's exhibition at MOCAK is the first comprehensive presentation of his work—with 100 works on display including large-format paintings, elaborate installations, precise drawings and monotypes, small sculptures, and ceramic objects
Oscar yi Hou in Gayletter
Yi Hou's illuminations contextualize their sitters as much as they obfuscate them, pointing to the rich complexity of the painter’s relationship with each subject and the ways in which constructed, long-standing identities may be adopted and rebuffed.
Interview with Si On in Art Currently
"I think in a way it doesn’t matter where you live; it matters where you look or who you involve, how you awaken yourself even in the same environment. Artists are very flexible..."—Si On
Lizzi Bougatsos in Frieze
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Didier William in the Financial Times
"William makes intensely layered and detailed work that pairs the precise crafts of printmaking and carving into wood, with painting in richly hued acrylics and oils. It mingles the legacies of western art movements, from romanticism to Post-Impressionism, with his own jagged, restless aesthetic. No one and nothing is at rest here. It really packs a punch."
Lizzi Bougatsos in the New York Times
"The sculptures in her Tramps exhibition, Idolize the Burn, an Ode to Performance, refer to her recovery after she self-immolated during a 2001 show. Trailing assemblages of chains and undergarments and burn suits set a romantic, gothic mood. There’s been violence, but the aftermath is poised, inert, a little nostalgic."—Travis Diehl
Oscar yi Hou and Eugenie Tsai in conversation at IFA Contemporary Asia
Presented on the occasion of the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Oscar yi Hou: East of sun, west of moon, yi Hou joins curator Eugenie Tsai in a conversation moderated by Catherine Quan Damman.
Didier William in the Los Angeles Times
New York gallerist James Fuentes is opening a location in Los Angeles this spring. The 3,700-square-foot space will host a solo show of Didier William‘s mesmerizing and mystical paintings of figures submerged in water, caught in forests and lifted by clouds.
James Fuentes Los Angeles in the Financial Times
Several gallerists are adding to their square footage with new spaces in Los Angeles this season, but New York’s James Fuentes is of a different mould to the international set. With only one space on the Lower East Side since 2007, his expansion into 3,700 sq ft in Los Angeles’ Melrose Hill area this spring (and to Tribeca later in the year) marks a step change.
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Didier William presented with key to the City of North Miami
The Honorable Alix Desulmé, Mayor of North Miami, presents Didier William with a key to the City of North Miami, the very city where the artist grew up, in recognition of William’s outstanding contribution to the world of the arts.
The Aesthetic Languages of Haiti in Diaspora: Where is Haiti?
"Haiti is a hyperreal, physical, geographic and historical place, a memoried place for immigrants, a conceptual idea and part of a global diasporic re-imaginary all at the very same time." In tandem with Didier William's solo exhibition at MOCA North Miami, Jerry Philogene moderates a conversation with three notable diasporic Haitians whose work draws on their complex relationship to the place of their birth from the perspective of diaspora, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Mark Fleuridor, and Morel Doucet.
Alison Knowles in "Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982" at LACMA
On view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February 12–July 2, 2023
Didier William interviewed by Charles M. Schultz for the Brooklyn Rail
“I wanted a discrete object to do the temporal work of reading a body in space. And I trusted that painting could do that work.”
James Fuentes Los Angeles in Artnet News
Melrose Hill is the city's latest hot neighborhood for galleries as the local art ecosystem continues to stretch and strengthen.
Didier William in Frieze
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Lizzi Bougatsos on view at Tramps, New York
Idolize the Burn, An Ode to Performance is on view January 13–March 22, 2023 at 39 1/2 Washington Square South, lower ground floor
Didier William for The Brooklyn Rail's New Social Environment conversation series
The artist joins Rail Managing Editor Charles Schultz for a conversation, concluding with a poetry reading by Ugochi Egonu.
Lizzi Bougatsos in Vogue
Bougatsos, an international experimental musician, lyricist, and visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, is an artist not afraid to play with fire.
Alison Knowles on the Brooklyn Rail's Ten Best Art Books of 2022
By Alison Knowles smartly pushes the exhibition catalogue towards the form of artists’ book, a fitting push for the work of such a seminal figure in the field.
Oscar yi Hou and Russell Tovey in Interview Magazine
"I would feel uncomfortable painting a stranger. I don’t have any kind of relationship to them. What kind of mandate do I have to represent and depict this person?"—Oscar yi Hou speaks to Russell Tovey about his exhibition East of Sun, West of Moon at the Brooklyn Museum, featuring 11 original portraits by yi Hou of lovers, friends, and himself.
Didier William in Frieze
Curated by Erica Moiah James, the exhibition features new paintings among the more than forty mixed media pieces, some of which refer with great sensitivity to William’s personal experiences in the last few years.
Didier William in The New York Times
Embedded in a largely immigrant community and a longtime anchor for contemporary art backed by hefty scholarship, MOCA North Miami now is giving its spotlight to an artist from the museum's own backyard.
Didier William in Artnet News
William makes work that sits at the boundary of abstraction and figuration, delving into Afro-Caribbean history to retell stories of the Black diaspora through a potent mix of myth and memory. A common motif is the mango leaf, in a nod to Haiti’s native tropical fruits. The MOCA North Miami show will feature 40 paintings as well as William’s first monumental sculpture, a 12-foot-tall wooden form inspired by columns used in traditional Haitian religious rituals.
Oscar yi Hou in Document Journal
Replete with Chinese motifs and symbols of Americana, the portraits in ‘East of sun, west of moon’ [on view at the Brooklyn Museum] examine the performance of ethnicity and race in art.
Didier William in Art Basel magazine
The Haitian American artist returns to Miami for his first museum solo exhibition at MOCA North Miami, painting a watchful gaze on Black queer life.
Geoffrey Holder in ARTnews
At first glance, the frames that hold these works might appear to belong to another era. That, however, was Holder’s point. He was fascinated with gold borders, and even collaborated with a local Downtown New York framer to make them specially for his pieces. The portraits on view here, not of actual sitters but subjects culled from his imagination, envision elegant Black women, New Yorkers with impeccable fashion and glamorous accessories.
Geoffrey Holder in The New York Times
Geoffrey Holder at James Fuentes, curated by Hilton Als, offers a look at a Trinidadian-American dancer, actor and designer (among other things), who also painted sultry portraits.
Juanita McNeely in ARTnews
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Oscar yi Hou in The New York Times
Oscar yi Hou’s Paintings Lend New Frames to Queer, Asian Identity: “I think by creating symbolic densities, you’re able to invite the viewer to pay more attention to the works,” said Mr. yi Hou. “I try to honor the opacity of the subject.”
Kikuo Saito in Mousse
Often overlooked in canonical art historical discourses during his lifetime, Saito’s work is rooted in the tradition of American Color Field Painting after Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland, as well as Abstract Expressionism and Lyrical Abstraction. Significantly informed by his personal experience with experimental theater and his own inter and intracultural biography, Saito’s gestural works reflect the dialogic relationship between painting and performance while exploring ways in which painting, similar to theater, can solidify action and emotion.
Keegan Monaghan interviewed for Document Journal
“Instead of painting a person, I painted the button on their shirt. This also became the functioning metaphor of the work: the idea of focusing on details, looking at something closely until it gives way to abstraction.”
Juanita McNeely in The New York Times
For 90 years of its existence, the Whitney Museum of American Art did not own a single painting that explicitly deals with abortion. But that has changed. The museum recently purchased Juanita McNeely’s “Is it Real? Yes It Is!” (1969), a mural-sized painting that recounts, in a fragmented narrative spanning nine separate panels, her harrowing experience of having an abortion in the early ’60s, when the procedure was illegal. The painting will make its museum debut on Sept. 20, when the Whitney rehangs its permanent collection.
James Fuentes in ARTnews
A veteran gallery of New York’s Lower East Side is joining the exodus to Tribeca. James Fuentes Gallery will soon open at 52 White Street, in a column-free, ground-floor space that measures around 3,000 square feet.
James Fuentes in Artnet News
New York Dealer James Fuentes Has Big Plans for L.A.
Alison Knowles in Forbes
A founder of Fluxus, and one of the few Fluxus artists still alive today, Knowles has only recently begun to receive attention for her work at a level that collaborators such as George Brecht have enjoyed for decades. This month the recognition reaches a climax with an expansive retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).
Alison Knowles interviewed by The New York Times
Ahead of her retrospective in Berkeley, Calif., the artist Alison Knowles talks about her Fluxus roots, the appeal of
beans and the power of interactive artworks.
Alison Knowles in Artforum
Few titles encapsulate an exhibition’s argument as succinctly as “by Alison Knowles: A Retrospective (1960–2022).” [...] The preposition’s pliability is the point. Most obviously, “by” denotes authorship, as in a corpus of texts written by Alison Knowles, yet it also suggests facilitation, a process brought about by means of Alison Knowles, or proximity, i.e., close by Alison Knowles. In a work by Alison Knowles, agency is more a function of adjacency, attachment, or intimacy than of ownership.