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REBEL: Artist Torkwase Dyson Is Trying to "Desperately Live Up to Blackness"

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Torkwase Dyson makes art that captures and extends the zeitgeist by mining the history of black bodies in America. Best known for her sculptures and multi-media installments, Dyson has recently been named the Robert Gwathmey Chair at Cooper Union, where she is launching her newest installation, I Can Drink the Distance.   To read the full article, click here.

Mysticism contained: af Klint’s Paintings for the Future

Mysticism contained: af Klint’s Paintings for the Future

The af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim is a sublime encounter, simultaneously entirely familiar yet alien and unexpected. Born in 1862, af Klint was a painter preoccupied with mysticism. One of the first women to receive a higher education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, she painted commercially for money but pursued mysticism throughout her life. As a teenager, she “participated in spiritistic séances but gave them up due to their lack of seriousness” and in her 30’s she and four other female artists founded a spiritual group that met once a week. The group made contact with spiritual beings which culminated in af Klint channeling the messages she received in a collection of 193 paintings, the majority of which are shown in this exhibition.