Marlene Dumas, Lips, 2018. Oil on canvas, 11 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Border Crossings
Vol. 37 No.3, isssue 147

Border Crossings

September 11, 2018
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The Border Crossings "Painting" issue is our largest and most anticipated issue of the year. In this issue we look primarily at artists who explore the elasticity and complexity of paint as a medium.

We interview South African-born, Amsterdam-based artist Marlene Dumas. Dumas is largely recognized as one of the most influential painters working today. She has exhibited internationally over the past four decades. Dumas’ work investigates the complexities of identity and power. Working with gestural brush strokes and thin washes of paint, her works have a distinctly transparent appearance that emphasize their materiality and intimate subject matter. 

In the issue, contemporary filmmaker and artist David Lynch discusses his struggles as a painter “to keep chasing the thing[s] [he] hasn’t found.” His works are visceral and dark, a product of what he calls the mind’s “beautiful pitch-darkness.” His various art practices move in the shadows of this ever-present sub-current.

In this issue, we also interview three distinctive artists: London-based artist, Sky Glabush; American painter Laura Owens; and German born, Winnipeg-based painter and educator, Holger Kalberg.

In our articles section, John Kissick looks at the polychromed body in the recent sculptural survey at New York’s Met Breuer in Like Life: Colouring the Body of Sculpture; Mariianne Mays Wiebe discusses the work of Laure Prouvost in "Waiting for Prouvost: Close Encounters of a Poetic Kind"; and Paris-based Canadian writer Stephen Horne discusses the various personalities of abstraction in The "Personality of Abstraction."

Also in this issue, Erica Mendritzki’s personal essay, "Mothering Resistance: Reflections from the Borders of Art," is a chilling picture of crossing the border today, as well there is a trio of poems by Sylvia Legris inspired by the paintings of Agnes Martin.

The section titled Crossovers include reviews on Joan Mitchell and Jean-Paul Riopelle, Tim Zuck, Donigan Cumming, Yoko Ono, Dan Brault, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Beau Dick, Karla Black, Dagmara Genda, Benjamin Klein, Vikky Alexander, book reviews on Men and Apparitions by Lynne Tillman, and Oscar Cahén edited by Rosemary Shipton and Marianne Gerlinger, a review of The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and “What Flies Above” exhibited at Gallery 1C03 in Winnipeg + more…

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Border Crossings is a quarterly cultural magazine published in Winnipeg, Canada. Its subject is contemporary Canadian and international art and culture, which the magazine investigates through articles, columns, reviews, profiles, interviews and portfolios.

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