Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, by Nick Stillman

Early critical returns on the Brooklyn Museum’s Open House: Working in Brooklyn have been middling to scathing, with most negative reviews questioning the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink curatorial strategy. Open House is gleefully and maybe willfully disorganized, reflecting the vast ethnic, social, economic, and artistic diversity of the borough. But (and I’m not the first to say it) by positioning the show as the ultimate exercise in inclusiveness, curators Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka weatherproof it from critical […]

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McKendree Key, Half Spaces: 207 Franklin Street #1, by Nick Stillman

The initial intention of Minimalism, as outlined by a young Donald Judd in his early essays, was not only to take art off the walls, but also to completely alter the viewer’s perception of it. Minimalism began as a type of body art, in the sense that you’re forced into a physical experience that disrupts if not eclipses the aesthetic one. Then the aesthetic experience is further muddled (or undermined) by the Minimalist insistence on […]

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Interview with Laura Sue Phillips, by Matthew Deleget

The following interview was published on MINUS SPACE in May 2004 in conjunction with Laura Sue Phillip’s spotlight exhibition.   Matthew Deleget: Let’s start at the beginning of your career. You grew up in California and did your undergraduate work at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. A few years later, in the early 1990s, you earned your MFA at Hunter College in New York. What kind of work were you making […]

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