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Episode 178: Hallgrímur Helgason

  Iceland is a paradise for writers, with its highly literate population, generous government grants and total absence of cockroaches. Unfortunately there are only 330,000 Icelanders, so even if they all buy your book your horizons are limited. Fortunately that’s why the novelist (and print-maker, and translator and more) Hallgrímur Helgason visited America. A conversation at the … Continue reading »

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Episode 174: Benjamin Swett

  Diane Arbus’s old contact sheets include images she never meant us to see, so would perusing them violate her rights as an artist? Photographer Benjamin Swett says he’d look at them with pleasure, and he makes a persuasive case that he’s not going to hell. Plus, the invention of the circular saw and celibacy reconsidered: surprisingly … Continue reading »

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Episode 151: Renee Cox

  Do happy artists produce better work than gloomy artists? Renee Cox contemplates her own work and says yes. I say: Beethoven. We considered the matter at the Interntional Print Center in conjunction with their exhibition Black Pulp. The featured musical performer was Norris Bennett of the Ebony Hillbillies, whose work made me so joyful … Continue reading »

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Episode 120: Gregory Crewdson

  Photographer Gregory Crewdson takes pictures much the way a director makes movies: working with a crew, including a DP, and never touching a camera. The results are haunting and beautiful. We convened at Planthouse Gallery with musical guest Paul Grimstad.  PERSON: his father, Frank Crewdson  PLACE: Upper Goose Pond  THING: a Fender Stratocaster guitar … Continue reading »

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Episode 97: Barbara Bloom

  Internationally known for her installations – at MOCA, MOMA, the Venice Biennale, The Stedelijk in Amsterdam – she does work that often has a kind of implied narrative: you get the previews, the posters, the ads, but not the movie itself. This was the first in a series of shows at Glenn Horowitz Booksellers. … Continue reading »

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Episode 77: Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl came to fame in the New York art world of the nineteen-eighties (well yeah, not the eighteen-eighties) – in every era a cultural ecosystem inhabited by artists, art lovers, galleries, museums, and critics. This remixed episode includes a bonus segment from art-critic power couple Roberta Smith (New York Times) and Jerry Saltz (New York … Continue reading »

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Episode 76: Robert Mankoff

He is the former cartoon editor of the New Yorker, whose own cartoon, captioned, “How about never – is never good for you?” is the magazine’s most frequently reprinted. He might be tired of talking about his greatest hit, but I think it places him among the immortals Photo: Davina Pardo PERSON: his mother, Mollie … Continue reading »