Tag: The Brooklyn Rail

Ideas about Painting

The New Casualists

Contributed by Sharon Butler / The pioneers of abstraction — the Cubists, the Abstract Expressionists, the Minimalists — emerged from firm and identifiable aesthetic roots and developed their own philosophies. In the competitive maelstrom of 20th century art, those philosophies became dogmas, and the dogmas outright manifestos. In the new […]


The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle

In the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail I look at Jonathan Schipper’s installation at The Boiler. What a great idea. Artist Jonathan Schipper, with vital help from engineer Karl Biewald, manages to transform a car-crash into an observable work of art by slowing it way, way down. Two bygone […]


Growing up Wright

For the June issue of The Brooklyn Rail, my review of the Frank Lloyd Wright show at the Guggenheim veers into a personal essay about how individuals (specifically me) have been affected by Wright’s groundbreaking notions about design and space. Here’s an excerpt. “…Wright is justifiably considered a visionary. Yet […]


Alex Katz on supersizing

In The Brooklyn Rail, Phong Bui talks with Alex Katz about his paintings and process. In this excerpt, Katz explains his early decision to scale up. “When I started to paint directly from nature, the paintings were focused behind my head. Somehow I understood how to put paint in focus […]


Matvey Levenstein and Phong Bui

While preparing for his one-person exhibition at Larissa Goldston Gallery, on view from through May 9th, Matvey Levenstein stopped by Brooklyn Rail HQ to talk to publisher Phong Bui about his life and work. Here’s an excerpt from their conversation.Rail: When did photography come into your process? Levenstein: It was […]


Rail Review: The Mood Back Home

I wrote about The Mood Back Home, an exhibition at Momenta Art for the April issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Here’s an excerpt. “Immediately confronting visitors to The Mood Back Home, a thoughtful and evocative group exhibition organized by Suzy Spence and Leslie Brack at Momenta Art, is Jessica Jackson […]