"Ruptured Histories: Chinn Wang at The Print Center," Art in Print (featured on cover)
Wang, an artist and professor at the University of Denver, works at the intersection of print and digital media, distorting and altering images to examine the malleability and truthfulness of personal, political and historical narratives.
Review of Penny Slinger's 50% The Visible Woman, The Brooklyn Rail (April 2019)
Penny Slinger was studying at Chelsea College of Art when she discovered Max Ernst's collage books. While she was inspired by his techniques of visual narrative and exciting juxtapositions, she was also struck by his poor representations of women, shared by most of the male-dominated Surrealist milieu.
Review of Sarah Charlesworth at Paula Cooper Gallery, ArtReview (April 2019) (print only)
The exhibition focuses on the series In-Photography (1981-82) – named in reference to Susan Sontag’s On Photography (1977) – and Red Collages (1983-84), smaller works named for their bright-coloured backgrounds.
"Humanizing the Headlines: On Olivier Kugler’s 'Escaping Wars and Waves,'" Los Angeles Review of Books
Olivier Kugler’s Escaping Wars and Waves tells the stories of some of refugees. Kugler, a German reportage illustrator, was commissioned by Doctors Without Borders to give life to the extravagant number.
Critic's Pick: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Artforum.com
Informal, intimate scenes of black life—often tender—dominate Brown’s first solo exhibition, “a simple song,” the title of which is based on I Wrote a Simple Song, soul artist Billy Preston’s 1972 record that talks about the disappointment of making deeply private music for public consumption.
"Collaging Together Scraps of Trauma: Karen Green’s Frail Sister," Los Angeles Review of Books
Karen Green’s Frail Sister documents the life of 1940s woman Constance Gale, a fictional character modeled on Green’s own aunt who went missing. Her story is told visually, with fragments pieced together from her life’s detritus.
"Anna Atkins & Photography’s Blue Beginnings," New York Review of Books Daily
In 1843, Anna Atkins began work on her book of photograms documenting specimens of British algae, what is now considered the first book to be fully illustrated with photography and the first use of photography for scientific documentation.
"Richard McGuire’s Art For The Street 1978 – 1982," The Brooklyn Rail (Nov 2018)
Richard McGuire: Art For The Street 1978 – 1982, published to accompany the show of the same title at Alden Projects, NY, adds a new layer to this impressive body of work, detailing his early years enmeshed in the performance and street art scene.
"Sonel Breslav in conversation with Megan N. Liberty," The Brooklyn Rail (Sept 2018)
On the occasion of Printed Matter’s thirteenth Annual NY Art Book Fair (NYABF), I talked with Sonel Breslav about the rising interest in art books and fairs, the challenges of exhibiting books, and how to balance programming, display, and commerce at the fair.