Earlier today I began MAN’s two-part review of “Destroy This Memory,” Richard Misrach’s new book about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That makes this a good time to plug my new gig as U.S. columnist for Modern Painters magazine and to share with you what I’m going to try to do with the space.
MAN readers probably know that I’m particularly interested in contemporary artists who strive to join outside-the-art-ghetto dialogues and in the ways in which artfolk insert the visual arts into broader national and international conversations (not just artists, but institutions, curators, directors, etc. too). Expect more of that in the magazine. I’ll also be less interested in what’s new and now and what’s pushed by PR teams than I am in what’s important and meaningful.
Expect that approach to guide me at the magazine. My first column will take the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity to examine art made in the wake of the storm. (See above for a sneak peek.) It runs in Modern Painters’ October issue. Look for it on newsstands in the next week or two. Better yet: Subscribe here!
Ina related story, here’s the question of the day: What’s your favorite art about Katrina?