Articles of ‘Stephen Knudsen’

Summer Wheat: Deferral of a Vanguard

Summer Wheat: Deferral of a Vanguard

By Stephen Knudsen
Through analysis of Summer Wheat‘s painting and installations I will argue for the relevance of a refreshed figural expressionism that has both postmodern intertextuality and genuine selfhood. But let’s unpack some baggage first.
There’s been a black cloud over figural expressionist painters ever since Expressionism’s last heyday in the 1980s. [...]



Nicole Eisenman: The Relevance of 21st-Century Expressionism

Nicole Eisenman: The Relevance of 21st-Century Expressionism

By Stephen Knudsen
Anyone following the long career of New Yorker Nicole Eisenman is familiar with the artist’s sociological paintings cast with farmers, fools, fantasizers, clowns, coaches, zoomorphs, oglers, artists, bohemians, beer drinkers, sloggers, swimmers, gropers, tea-partiers, sailors, girls, superheroes, birds, friends, mothers, monkeys, asses, nudes, fantasizers, cats, friends, paranormals, fanatics and stripped-bare maidens. [...]



PhD in Philosophy for Artists: A Conversation with George Smith

PhD in Philosophy for Artists: A Conversation with George Smith

George Smith has long been a leader and innovator in North American education.  Dr. Smith is the founder and president of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). Founded in 2007, IDSVA is the first and only school in the world to offer a PhD in philosophy for visual artists, [...]



The Acoustic Terrain of a Sound Artist: An Interview with Brandon LaBelle

The Acoustic Terrain of a Sound Artist: An Interview with Brandon LaBelle

Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer living in Berlin. His work explores questions of social life and agency, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. He also develops platforms for publishing and collaboration through Errant Bodies Press. His recent work has been presented at the Whitney Museum in New York (2012), Image [...]



Cory Arcangel: Masters

Cory Arcangel: Masters

Carnegie Museum of Art - Pittsburgh
Curated by Tina Kukielski
By Stephen Knudsen
No longer do most of us give a second thought to the invasion of lowbrow [pop]ulism in the elitist white cube. Warhol’s Marilyns and Elvises have begotten Koon’s puppies, Hirst’s sharks, Murakami’s superflats, and much more. The ubiquity of such work asks a simple question: [...]



Alexandre Arrechea: No Limits

Alexandre Arrechea: No Limits

Park Avenue - New York
By Stephen Knudsen
Alexandre Arrechea’s No Limits1 is so good that I am going to skip the dance drill and stake out a conclusion right from the beginning. The 10 sculptures are unpardonably smart, humorous and beautiful-with Kantian flourishes of spirit.2

With art history’s grand narrative annulled (thanks, Arthur Danto), [...]



Beyond Postmodernism. Putting a Face on Metamodernism Without the Easy Clichés

Beyond Postmodernism. Putting a Face on Metamodernism Without the Easy Clichés

By Stephen Knudsen
I will admit, as academia clamors to find some term for “whatever-we-call-coming-after” postmodernism, I long for the days of yore when the nomenclature took little effort. Often, names came as easy as quips: Malevich meant no compliment when he easily coined “construction art” to describe the work of Alexander Rodchenko. Then [...]



Robert Hughes. The Death of a Legendary Art Critic

Robert Hughes. The Death of a Legendary Art Critic

By Stephen Knudsen
I was at Lois Dodd’s 60-year retrospective at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art the August day I got the news that critic Robert Hughes had passed away at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York. To get this news amidst paintings in a museum was like being in the sanctum [...]



Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks

By Stephen Knudsen
The first museum retrospective for artist Rashid Johnson-an exhibition originating at MCA Chicago this summer and now at the Miami Art Museum-is refreshing the concept of post-black art, a term that has been mulled over by academics for two decades.1
Johnson lectured on his retrospective, “Message to Our Folks,” for a gathering [...]



Prying Religion, Sexuality, Self-Identity and Forensics. A Conversation with Angela Strassheim

Prying Religion, Sexuality, Self-Identity and Forensics. A Conversation with Angela Strassheim

Since 2002, Angela Strassheim’s photographs have probed female identity, family, religion, and memory with unflinching grit. Her inclusion in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day For Night was a break-out moment that launched her career and a media buzz about her work. Her photographic prints have been featured in half a dozen other museum [...]