Criticism

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I won a Rabkin Prize for Visual Arts Journalism!

I am agog with wonder and honor for being one of 8 winners of the first Rabkin Prize in Visual Arts Journalism from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, which is based in Portland, Maine. The foundation is awarding each of us $50,000–a total of $400,000 to art writers. The other writers are: Phong Bui […]
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Victor Ekpuk at the NCMA (Indy Week)

“Ekpuk describes the composition as a divine embrace, but the arms could be read as a crowded space of containment, like a refugee camp or border wall. The empty zeros might exude the banal homogeneity of power.” Read the review of Ekpuk’s mural in the new African galleries at the North Carolina Museum of Art, […]
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Nina Chanel Abney at the Nasher (Delicious Line)

“In a moment of heated activist art, Nina Chanel Abney handles the politics of race and gender with a cool head and a long view.” Read the review of Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush at the Nasher Museum of Art in Delicious Line.
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Interview: Nina Chanel Abney

“I just try to create dualities and mix the races and genders of the figures. That’s my way of giving myself the freedom of being able to paint whatever I want without it being for a specific reason.” I had a great conversation with Nina Chanel Abney before her Royal Flush show opened at the […]
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Justin Tornow and Heather Gordon collaborate at 21c (Indy Week)

“Tornow and Gordon have explored mapping life data onto image, form, and movement in prior collaborations at The Carrack and elsewhere. In Echo, they ask where that data analysis has gotten them, and express the contradictions that haunt their answers.” Read the preview of Echo, a collaborative performance at 21c Durham between artist Heather Gordon […]
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2016 was rough, but local artists and spaces stepped up

While this year or Trump’s ascension felt like one long punch in the mouth, lots of great local art hit back. I look back at 2016 in galleries, museums, and unconventional spaces, in Indy Week.  
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