In this book we are taken by all three: language, plot, character. ...more
Tags: 1980s, adolescence, alcohol, book review, Cape Cod, Catherine Gammon, child abuse, child molestation, China Blue, daughters, drinking, Geri Lipschultz, molestation, mothers and daughters, New York City, painter, painting, Provincetown, review, secret, sexual abuse, Vietnam War, women's bodies, Wordsworth, wuthering heights
Pik-Shuen Fung discusses her debut novel, GHOST FOREST.
Tags: absent fathers, Annie Liontas, astronaut family, book covers, book design, canada, China, Chinese, cover design, debut novel, Donna Cheng, Families, family, family dynamics, family novel, fathers, fathers and daughters, Ghost Forest, grief, hong kong, immigrants, immigration, ink painting, memory, mothers, mothers and daughters, painting, Pik-Shuen Fung, vignette, visual art, Xiěyì
Clifford Thompson discusses his work and art-making.
Tags: activism, anger, Big Man and the Little Men, big novels, biracial, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, Clifford Thompson, Comics, COVID, COVID-19, election 2020, essay writing, essays, family, fiction, Hemingway, Joan Didion, Julie Marie Wade, Love for Sale, memoir, novels, painting, pandemic, Racism, Signifying Nothing, stan lee, The Catcher in the Rye, The Sun Also Rises, Twin of Blackness, visual art, What It Is
I wanted to stop withholding from them, but withholding was like a drug. ...more
Tags: abortion, addiction, Art, brothels, cheating, control, desire, divorce, drugs, Erin Khar, France, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Heroin, infidelity, Intimacy, love, marriage, motherhood, Musee d'Orsay, painting, parenting, paris, pregnancy, recovery, relationships, Sex Workers, sobriety, Strung Out, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, Toulouse Lautrec
For starters, it’s not magic. You still have your regular life to lead. ...more
Long after O’Hara died, O’Hara was still influencing, shaping, editing, Berkson. ...more
Tags: A Frank O’Hara Notebook, art world, Bill Berkson, book review, Constance M. Lewallen, Dean Rader, Frank O'Hara, Geoff Kaplan, Jackson Pollock, Jane Freilicher, Jordan Kantor, lunch poems, mentors, mentorship, MIT Press, new york school, no place press, painting, poetry, Rachel Churner, Ron Padgett
Everything is political. To believe otherwise is a form of willful ignorance. ...more
Tags: Amsterdam, Art, capitalism, class inequality, dollhouse, Dutch Golden Age, Hieronymus Francken the Younger, influencers, instagram, Jan Davidsz de Heem, jessie burton, lemons, Lindsay Lynch, Mark Doty, money, painting, paintings, Petronella Oortman, photography, Rijksmuseum, Social Media, Still Life, still life painting, the miniaturist, visual art, wealth, Willem Claesz Heda, Wyoming
Actor and painter Burt Young talks filmmaking, art, and the years he spent living on a sixty-three-foot yacht.
Tags: 9/11, A Rumpus Interview, Art, Burt Young, Chinatown, elon green, Goodbyes are Hard to Do, Guy LaMotta, Joan Didion, Law & Order, Lee Strasberg, Long Beach, Long Island, Manhattan, Mohammed Ali, painting, Port Washington, Ride the High Country, Robert Aldrich, Robert Chartoff, Rocky, Sam Peckinpah, Sylvester Stallone
Though some readers of The Rumpus may not have heard of Nicky Nodjoumi, in his native Iran he has achieved the status of a rock star.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Art, inspiration, Iran, Iranian poetry, Nicky Nodjoumi, painting, poetry, Politics, Roger Sedarat, Tehran, The Accident, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, visual art, writer's block
[H]ere comes this white boy, Asher Mains. Red-haired too, and bearded, like the pirates that once rummaged Grenada’s coves. ...more
Tags: agriculture, Art, Artist, Asher Mains, caribbean, Celeste Mohammed, cocoa, Cocoa Farmers Project, Donald Trump, farming, Grenada, Mains Gallery, painting, prejudice, Racism, Sea Lungs, slavery, visual art, West Indies
When you’re a kid no one expects you to know what you’re doing. No one is judging you. The advantage is you can be all in. ...more
Tags: Allyson McCabe, Esme Blegvad, Eva Moolchan, fathers, fathers and daughters, gymnastics, Haim Steinbach, It's a Myth, Jonah Takagi, kindergarten, Mary Timony, Merge Records, MICA, Music, painting, Sister Polygon, Sneaks, Wanted/Needed/Loved
This painter’s enduring popularity goes beyond surface-level soothing and pop culture camp. Ross is far more than a happy little frizzy-haired hippy. ...more
Tags: Advertisements, Art, Bob Ross, Christopher Dale, commercialism, commercials, Donald Trump, election 2016, huffington post, insomnia, lymphoma, painting, PBS, relax, relaxing, stress, television, The Joy of Painting, visual art
Jean Conner was married to Bruce Conner from 1957 until his death in 2008. As a result, she tends to be overshadowed by her husband’s larger than life reputation as an artist, filmmaker, light show pioneer, and all-around conceptual provocateur. But Jean is a major artist in her own right, continuously pursuing her work as […]
Tags: Alan Gallery, Art, Bruce Conner, Bruce Conner: It’s All True, collage, Destroyed Works, Fragle, Garret Caples, Geldof Gallery, Great Expectations, identity, Inkblots, Jean Conner, Marcel Duchamp, moma, museums, painter, painting, Peter Boswell, Philip Lamantia, richard brautigan, San Francisco, sclerosing cholangitis, Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle, SFMOMA, Something Akin to Dada, Spatsa Gallery, The Rat Bastard Protective Association, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Untitled, visual art, YES! Glue
Clarence Major discusses his new collection
Chicago Heat and Other Stories, the artist’s role in politics, Donald Trump and race relations, and Paris in the good old days. ...more
Tags: Air Force, All-Night Visitors, Anagogic and Paideumic Review, Archibald Motley, Art Institute of Chicago, Baudelaire, Charles Shaw, Chester Himes, Chicago, chicago heat, chicago heat and other stories, clarence major, Claude McKay, Coercion Review, Curtis Zahn, D. V. Smith, david breithaupt, David Cornell De Jong, David Kalugin, Donald Hall, E. W. Northnagel, East Village, Emilie Glen, ezra pound, France, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Georges Bataille, Green Writer’s Press, Gwendolyn Brooks, Harold Witt, Henry Miller, Hillary Clinton, history, hitler, interview, J. P. Donleavy, James Baldwin, James Boyer May, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Kenneth Patchen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Martin Heidegger, Midwest, mythology, Native Son, Nazi Germany, Necessary Distance: Essays and Criticism, Nella Larsen, new york, novel, obama, painting, Paul Eluard, poetry, Politics, psychology, Racism, Reflex and Bone Structure, religion, richard wright, rimbaud, Robert Hayden, samuel beckett, Søren Kierkegaard, setting, Sheri Martinelli, short fiction, short stories, Sigmund Freud, St. Marks, The Paintings of Clarence Major: Between Imagination and Motif, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Theodor Reik, Thomas Carlyle, travel, Trump, visual art, Walt Whitman, Walter Lowenfels, William Carlos Williams, William Gardner Smith, william meredith, William S. Burroughs, writers of color, writing, Zora Neal Hurston
In the best collaborations, creative individuals push themselves to work with new media and singular, wild things issue forth. Jeff Antebi of Waxploitation Records has managed to create just this kind of magic in his book, Stories for Ways and Means. A product of ten years’ worth of seeking and story pitching, Stories for Ways […]
Tags: 826 National, Alison Mosshart, Anthony Lister, Butthole Surfers, children's literacy, children's literature, collaboration, Dan Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Frank Black, illustration, James Jean, Jeff Antebi, justin vernon, Kai & Sunny, Kathleen Hanna, Laura Marling, literacy, Liz Wood, nick cave, painting, Pencils of Promise, Ronzo, Room to Read, songwriters writing stories, Storie for Ways and Means, swoon, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tom Waits, Waxploitation, Waxploitation Records, Will Barras, Will Oldham, YA, young adult literature
Dawn Tripp discusses
Georgia, her new novel based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, O’Keeffe’s distancing herself from feminism, and balancing biography with fiction. ...more
Tags: affair, Alfred Stieglitz, Anita Pollitzer, Art, artists, biography, cheating, children, Dawn Tripp, desert, Embers, Euphoria, feminism, feminist, fiction, Game of Secrets, gender inequality, Georgia, Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gloria Steinem, historical fiction, Life Magazine, Lily King, Mary Coin, michael ondaatje, Moon Tide, motherhood, My Faraway One, New Mexico, painting, Pavla, Sandor Marai, Santa Fe, Southwest, surrealism, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The English Patient, The Season of Water, visual art, whitney museum
Janice N. Harrington on her new collection
Primitive and critiquing the use of “primitive” to describe African American folk art. ...more
Tags: African American Folk Art, Art History, autobiography, biography, BOA Editions, Camille Dungy, challenges, curriculum kits, docupoetry, Elizabeth Bishop, folk art, form, handicap, Horace Pippin, I Tell My Heart, Janice Harrington, Jennie Ora, Judith Stein, language, librarians, love, marriage, painting, poetry, poetry book club, Primitive, pyrographs, Racism, visual art
If we want to talk about desire, a gnawing ache for something we don’t yet have, or for something we’ve lost, we can say that we yearn for the transformation that the satisfaction of our desire will bring. ...more
Tags: Art, Artist, Chicago, childhood, Lake Michigan, Louise LeBourgeois, memory, New Orleans, painter, painting, Swimming, swimming pool, visual art
Sanae Ishida discusses her debut children’s book,
Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl, embracing her creativity after years in the corporate world, and finding inspiration in her young daughter. ...more
Tags: artists, biracial, business, childhood, children's books, children's literature, comic books, fiction, interview, Japan, Japanese, Little Kunoichi, Little Kunoichi The Ninja Girl, maps, motherhood, mothers and daughters, ninjas, office jobs, painting, peer pressure, perfectionism, pink dragons, pinterest, Sanae Ishida, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, Social Media, stories, Watercolor, writing
Trying to convey emotion in composition (plot) and not brushwork (emotional question) is misguided. Author Benjamin Percy has a quote that applies to this: “A-list movies are always about a B-list plot; B-list movies are always about an A-list plot.”Nineteenth-century Pre-Raphaelites attempted to engage the viewer’s emotional response in composition, which made the work infamously […]
At the Public Domain Review, Abigail Walthausen looks at the work of Arthur Heming, a Canadian colorblind painter who lived in an artist colony in Connecticut.
Language is a shape-shifting thing. For some, it is purely the written word, and for others, it is movement, color, texture, light. In its art-themed Sunday Book Review, the New York Times explores how five artists react to five different books through visual compositions.
Painter and letterer Hannah Haugberg discusses the art of designing custom guitar pedals.
Tags: Allyson McCabe, dinosaur jr., graphic design, Guitar pedals, Hannah Haugberg, J. Mascis, Jack White, Jackson Pollack, lettering, maurice sendak, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Modern Radio, NAMM, Nels Cline, Noel Gallagher, Oasis, painting, pedal boards, pedal mural, pickguards, Scott Briggs, Sean Lennon, Soul Asylum, Sound & Vision, stompboxes, Sunn O))), tattoo design, The Art of the Stompbox, The Black Angels, typography, where the wild things are, Yo Gabba Gabba, Z. Vex, Zachary Vex
The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. EST in New York City.
Tags: Aline Crumb, Andy Warhol, Art, Clement Greenberg, comics symposium, Damien Hirst, de kooning, Fantagraphics Underground Press, franz kline, guggenheim museum, Jackson Pollock, jasper johns, Jonah Kinigstein, julian schnabel, Leo Castelli, Marcel Duchamp, Mary Boone, moma, New York Comics Symposium, painting, rauschenberg, street art, The Emperor's New Clothes, the whitney, Thomas Nast
A rural meditation on the meaning of plot and place.
Tags: Alexandra Fuller, artists, Chris Dombrowski, farming, george merrill, georges polti, Hayden Carruth, james galvin, Julia Shipley, my antonia, o pioneers, painting, Stephen King, Vermont, willa cather
On the Believer‘s blog, Kenneth Goldsmith, Poet Laureate of the MOMA, interviews painter and filmmaker Margaux Williamson. The conversation is filled with interesting insight into contemporary art. At one point, Goldsmith asks Williamson the role of the painter in the era of YouTube, to which she replies: ….one of the nicest thing about YouTube is […]
The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Tuesday nights at 7-9 p.m. EST in New York City.
“I’d wanted to be a writer for so long the dream was part of me, like an organ, an extra heart…Only one thing was missing. I wasn’t writing.”
Art is an act of finding, making, and forcing meaning; a synthesis of witness and imagination; a course that veers always toward empathy. ...more
Dmitry’s spontaneous cab drawings had such great composition and confidence. You could almost feel his grimace in so many of his lines. ...more