Over at Mousse magazine, Lauren Cornell, a curator at the New Museum, talked to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who, along with The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, helped break the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Interestingly, the interview discusses Ms. Poitras’s work from a visual-art angle.
The New Yorker‘s Evan Osnos has a nice interview with Howard French about his recent project photographing Shanghai, documented in a new book, Disappearing Shanghai. An excerpt:
“If one embraces the slowness, it really favors the distillation of a moment, which is the opposite of a great deal of digital photography done today, in which Read More
The more you read interviews with the late Franz West, the more there is to love about him. Today we have this excerpt from an interview conducted by MoMA photographer curator Roxana Marcoci on the occasion of the museum’s “Comic Abstraction” exhibition in 2007. Ms. Marcoci asks about the theatrical element of his Adaptives, plaster sculptures that people could pick up and manipulate, and that sets him off on a pretty interesting tangent. Read More
Today, we call your attention to an interview over at The Awl with early so-called “Net Art” pioneers the Jodi Art Collective (a k a Jodi.org a k a Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans). The Jodi.org folks do not give any straight answers about their work, opting instead for HTML code and links. Maybe there’s some kind of secret message? Read More
Over at Interview, there’s a nice long talk between the painter Rita Ackermann and Angus Cook: Read More
In this month’s issue of the sporty Milan–based Kaleidoscope magazine, architecture curator and writer Carson Chan interviews New York gallerist Gavin Brown about the state of contemporary art, his gallery website’s charming little blog, capital, the Occupy movement, paying the rent and a variety of other topics. It’s a pretty candid, even sobering talk. Read More
Jackson Pollock layered his canvases with skeins of house paint. Willem de Kooning supported himself through painting houses. Now, Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez, in an interview with The Believer (by Ross Simonini), reveals he follows in their grand Ab-Ex footsteps in that he too has dabbled in house paint. Read More
The Brooklyn Rail has an amazing interview between art historians Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois on the topic of Ms. Krauss’s new book, Under Blue Cup, which we wrote about back in October. It’s a big time for the art historian: her work is also the subject of a distinguished scholar session at the upcoming College Art Association conference in Los Angeles.
It’s a long interview, and the whole thing is worth reading, especially because it provides a glimpse at how the two thinkers and colleagues—they have worked together on the journal October, which Ms. Krauss helped found in the 1970s—have evolved over the years. (Full disclosure: this writer took a class with Ms. Krauss many years back.) Read More