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  • Spread @2:41AM, 2016-02-02
    Tags: , avant-garde, black,   

    Where Is Our Black Avant Garde? 

    My interests in hybrid literature, culture and race meant that I was always instinctively searching for a Black avant garde, and while I found many authors, there was never a single banner that united all these writers in the same way that “avant garde” encompassed an entire history of innovative writing by white people. Black experimental writers weren’t acknowledged in the same way as their white counterparts—both within the mainstream, and on their own terms. They were there, and yet they weren’t.

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  • Spread @2:43AM, 2013-11-25
    Tags: , avant-garde,   

    Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” 

    Yayoi Kusama (born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde. —Wikipedia

    Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven”:
    November 8 – December 21, 2013
    519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street,
    David Zwirner, New York

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