Otherness as a Wall (exhibition essay)

Exhibition essay for “New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Parts 1 & 2,” to be presented at the Kunstraum LLC and The Assembly Room collaborative exhibition project in January and in March 2020.   Otherness as a Wall 1  A positive affirmation of local values later turned into contempt for outsiders. Mario Vargas Llosa   Otherness […]

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Symbology of Anna Valdez

It was my pleasure to meet wonderful Bay-area based artist Anna Valdez and work on the essay for this book as well as to be part of the artist talk and exhibition opening at Hashimoto Contemporary, New York on October 5, 2019. The second essay from this book was authored by Chad Alligood. The book […]

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Q & A with Renée Stout: Private Spaces, Spiritual Advisors, and Resistance

Many contemporary African-American artists have explored the psychological effects of the arduous road they had to endure in the American history. But fewer of these artists have incorporated spiritual underpinnings of the various forces that have shaped this journey. Renee Stout (b.1968), the first African-American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, is asking these very spiritual questions. Stout explores the issues surrounding […]

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Bold Women of Elvira Bach

  *Originally published on ArtSpiel.org website April 26,2019 In the context of the global feminist art of today there are a few trailblazers who continue to work and dazzle with their exuberance. Immediacy and mastery of visual resolution signal such fast-paced and intuitive artists. German-born Elvira Bach is one of them. Bach has created a […]

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Dana Schutz: Artist of Controversy

*Originally written in 2017   From antiquity right up to the end of the twentieth century the world of art, similar to other fields of human life, was considered a gentleman’s club. Men were serious artists and professionals, while women were allowed ‘to dabble’ in watercolor or harmless landscapes. Based on women’s stereotypical role as […]

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Natela Iankoshvili – Feminist Hero

Exhibition Essay from Natela Iankoshvili Centennial exhibition at MoMa Tbilisi, June 2018 Image credit: Natela Iankoshvili, Autumn at Kiziki, 1976, oil on canvas   Natela Iankoshvili (1918-2007) is the crown jewel of Georgian painting, bringing with her vibrancy and authenticity of the Eastern Europe. Iankoshvili was the greatest Georgian woman artist who refused to conform […]

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