The Brooklyn Rail February 2012 out now

The Brooklyn Rail

February 7, 2012

The Brooklyn Rail February 2012 out now

February 2012: now online and on the streets.

In 2012, the ARTSEEN section of the Brooklyn Rail commences a rotating guest editorship; in doing so, the journal hopes to disrupt received notions of lineage and hierarchy. The Rail is pleased to announce critic, curator, translator, and poet Vincent Katz as its inaugural guest editor. For this issue, Vincent has chosen to focus on two divergent forms of criticism to examine in the current state of painting in New York City. Critics, including Lilly Wei on Doug Wada, Mira Schor on the Met portrait show, and Susan Bee on Kandinsky, here investigate in particular the issue of the short-form review, in tandem with the senses of verbal and connective spontaneity we associate with poet-critics like James Schuyler who were masters of this quicksilver art.

This month’s section also aims to bring back direct interaction between critic and artists by accessing a classic but currently lacking form—the studio visit, in particular, the “So-and-so Paints a Picture” documentation of the creative process made famous by ARTnews under the editorship of Thomas Hess. ARTSEEN here seeks to apply direct approaches to writing to an art form that relies on direct application of medium.

Upcoming guest editors include Robert Storr, Raphael Rubinstein, Yve-Alain Bois, and Bill Berkson.

Also featuring:

—Yve-Alain Bois in conversation with Rosalind Krauss

—Phong Bui and Michèle Gerber Klein in conversation with Carl Andre

—William Corwin in conversation with David Hockney

—Charles Duncan in conversation with Linda Montano

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The Brooklyn Rail gratefully acknowledges Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Agnes Gund, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Al Held Foundation, Viola Foundation, Greenwich Collection, Alex Katz Foundation, mediaThe Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Golden Rule Foundation, Arcadia Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Fund for Poetry, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Joseph P. Donahue Charitable Trust, Brooklyn Arts Council, and many individuals and in-kind contributors for their generous support.