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Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art
 
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Issue 24: October
 

ASSISTED // KAVI GUPTA GALLERY
by Stephanie Cristello

Curated by and including work of artist Jessica Stockholder, whose exhibition Door Hinges is concurrently on view in the lower galleries of Kavi Gupta’s Elizabeth Street location, ASSISTED features sixteen artists, and could easily be a visual essay on form and object-hood. Here, the group exhibition format is approached as a work in and of itself, with all of the included pieces echoing Stockholder’s idiosyncratic method, and in many cases approximating her work.
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CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES: IN A WORD // INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART PHILADELPHIA
by Joshua Demaree

For its fall exhibition, co-curators Anthony Elms and Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker and author of White Girls, present at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania a retrospective of Knowles’s work. Known as a poet and a painter, his adherence to mid-century multimedia artistry is clear, making any clear medium designation a futile exercise. Like his collaborators for Einstein, Knowles work fluidly muddles the lines between the visual, aural, and performative arts. Spanning nearly forty years, the show provides not only a comprehensive study of one of contemporary art’s most fascinating players, but also a much needed exhibition of the meeting between fine arts and disability.
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KATHY CLARK: BEARS; TRUTH // REYKJAVIK MUSEUM OF ART
by Kate Pollasch

Preciousness is not to be trusted in Kathy Clark: bears; truth at the Reykjavik Museum of Art. The canonical childhood “Teddy bear" â€”named in part from the story of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s compassion during a hunting trip—is reimagined in a small exhibition room on the upper floor of the institution, where the fate of hundreds proves to be far less merciful.
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MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN // INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON STRATTON
In Conversation with Tara Plath

Tara Plath sits down with Shannon Stratton, the new William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, to discuss her new role, the similarities and differences between working in Chicago and New York, and her goals for the future of the museum.
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CARLOS BUNGA // STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK
by Anastasia Karpova Tinari

In Carlos Bunga’s Under the Skin, a colonnade of cardboard scaffolding fills and divides the high vaulted interior architecture of Theaster Gates’ newly-renovated Stony Island Arts Bank building. The Spain-based artist uses humble materials like cardboard and tape to create architectonic installations, in which the construction and deconstruction of the work often becomes a performative part of the installation. In the Bank, Bunga responds to the building’s classical columns and its time-weathered interior aesthetic, the cardboard’s impermanence and temporality contrasting the structure’s solidity and grandiosity.
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Next Edition in Print
 

After a successful launch of the first print edition, we are happy to announce that Issue 02 will be publishing in Spring / Summer 2016. The free full-color journal will continue to feature exclusive pieces and new commissions on the best in international contemporary art. 


Image up top: ASSISTED, Installation view. Courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery, 2015.

               
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