Articles of ‘Stephen Knudsen’

Perspective. A Conversation with Anton Ginzburg

Perspective. A Conversation with Anton Ginzburg

By Stephen Knudsen

Anton Ginzburg is a New York-based artist and filmmaker. Born in 1974 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ginzburg received a classical arts education before immigrating to the United States in 1990. His art has been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Palais de [...]



Silver. A Conversation with Jon Field

Silver. A Conversation with Jon Field

Artist Jon Field pushes hundreds of thousands of dress pins into yards of black velvet to translate imagery from popular culture into surprising pictures. These reincarnated images of prejudiced materials detach into space, they shimmer, almost radiant, as light plays off pins, as the viewer moves and as the perception shifts from the [...]



For the Love of Painting. A Conversation with Julie Heffernan

For the Love of Painting. A Conversation with Julie Heffernan

Julie Heffernan’s “image streaming” paintings show that intelligent, relevant and critically aware iconography is alive and well despite the fact that iconography, sadly, has long been a bête noire of postmodern semiotics. Her very personal, even grand paintings deliver Bonnardian multitudes of color and objects while they also recall Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque [...]



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 [...]