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Art In Conversation

Joanna Pousette-Dart with Joan Waltemath

On the occasion of the painter’s recent exhibit at Moti Hasson Gallery, which will be on view until November 1, Joanna Pousette-Dart welcomed Rail Editor-at-Large Joan Waltemath to her Broome Street studio to talk about her life and work.

Art In Conversation

David Opdyke with Phong Bui

"There's always a balancing act between using key events referring to a specific date and time, and the artistic liberty I can employ in my work," says Opdyke. "I try to stay on top of what's going on in the world, and I listen to the radio constantly. At the same time, I don't want my work to be tied to yesterday's headline."

Art In Conversation

Stanley Whitney with John Yau

On the eve of his three-person exhibition (January 8th–February 14th, 2009) at Team Gallery, Rail Art Editor John Yau paid a visit to Stanley Whitney’s Cooper Square studio to talk about his life and work.

Art In Conversation

Michael Corris with Joan Waltemath

Michael Corris is an artist and writer on art. Corris holds a BA from Brooklyn College, an MFA in painting/media from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a PhD from University College London.

Drive-By Yodel

I don’t know how it happens, but things evolve of their own accord in life, shoved along by one’s own preoccupations and interests.

New Social Mov(i)ements

There is a new wave in agitprop, but it’s familiar to the old timers. Referencing, conjuring, sentimentalizing, and recreating the passion of the New Left and eco-warriors, performance artists and marquis actors are engaged in a frenzied effort to get viewers to aim higher.

On Rooftops in a Dream: Local Filmmakers Navigate the Indie-Market

The rooftop of the Old American Can Company, an historic complex in Brooklyn, is packed with nearly 600 people glued to their seats. They watch the film on the large screen as the camera cuts from the gutting of a fish to broken shards of a mirror; then to Isaiah Zagar, a legendary mosaic artist, fingering colorful tiles embedded in a wall along the South Street Corridor in Philadelphia.

David Wallace

David Foster Wallace was a pen name. It was also the author’s real name but he never went by it. The Foster was his agent’s idea, he said, because Da-vid Wal-lace was syllabically unmemorable. This has proven to be sound marketing advice, although I don’t think David or Dave Wallace was ever very comfortable with it.

Editor's Message

Man, What a Show!

September was one helluva ride. It came in with a hurricane that blew the president and vice president off the RNC stage.

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OCT 2008

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