In this past year and a half, we have lived a new experience of timea suspended time, infinitely dilated in its here-and-nowduring the pandemic that has profoundly changed our lives, both individually and collectively, the world over. Upon being invited to guest edit the present Critics Page, while reflecting on the contemporary condition that such a rupture has created, I was prompted to explore issues of temporality by posing a question that I felt could capture, and build on, the current moment of transformation: how long is now? It is a deliberately open-ended question in its possible outlines so as to allow the embrace of different approaches and perspectives.
On the occasion of his forthcoming exhibition Odi et Amo at Galleria nazionale darte moderna e contemporanea in Rome (October 9 November 7, 2010), Paolo Canevari met with art historian and curator Francesca Pietropaolo to discussamong other thingsart, superheroes, and simplicity.
On the occasion of the exhibit Giuseppe Penone at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, which ran from March 9 to April 17, 2021, Rail Editor-at-Large Francesca Pietropaolo and contributor Alexis Dahan held a conversation with Giuseppe Penone, discussing touch, color, the book as physical object, sculpture, poetry, animism, Mans relationship to Nature, and much more.
“The surface is the main thing and I believe that a painter has to invent their own surface.”