Martha Schwendener


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  • 4 years ago

    A year ago this week, I published an article in the Voice about art and Occupy Wall Street. Having written for years about art and resistance played out mostly as a theoretical or formal exercise, the occupation in Zuccotti Park felt like a miracl...

  • 5 years ago

    Like any seafaring classic, from The Odyssey to Patrick O'Brian's 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, the best-known contemporary artwork involving a boat is both epic and heroic. In 1975, Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader set out to cross the Atlantic alone ...

  • 5 years ago

    Radical gardening might sound like an odd topic to discuss in the context of art. Are we talking about artists who garden, or gardening as art? Either way, landscape and gardening are ancient aesthetic pursuits but also central to American art, da...

  • 5 years ago

    Sherrie Levine's "Mayhem," a survey of her work since 1980 at the Whitney Museum, might have read differently a year ago. The nihilism of her postmodern ethos was appropriate in a world where the economy had crashed, and there was nothing you coul...

  • 5 years ago

    What can art learn from Occupy Wall Street? I speak only for myself, but I'll tell you what I've learned. Several days into the occupation, I went to a panel discussion on the Lower East Side titled "Manifestations of Resistance." Shortly into the...

  • 5 years ago

    Even after the carnage of World War II, Europe still looked down on their boisterous American savior as culturally backward. But Abstract Expressionism demolished that notion, and even in today's fragmented art world, New York remains a painter's ...


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