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Art In Conversation

Julie Mehretu with Phong H. Bui

Phong H. Bui speaks with Julie Mehretu about how she reinvents the alchemy of drawing as a thinking process into painting, especially in the language of abstraction.

Art In Conversation

KAWS with Jason Rosenfeld

Jason Rosenfeld speak with KAWS about the artist’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Art In Conversation

Michael Snow with Raymond Foye

Raymond Foye speaks with Michael Snow about his pioneering work as an artist and filmmaker.

Art In Conversation

Adriana Varejão with Lee Ann Norman

Lee Ann Norman speaks with Adriana Varejão about her career, artistic influences, and her relationship to the azulejo.

Art In Conversation

Noel W. Anderson with Robert R. Shane

Robert R. Shane speaks with Noel W. Anderson about what happens when Blackness falls into abstraction.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

When we think of the notion of “defense,” we think of it at the expense of having achieved the objective of what is considered “offense.” As the United States of America entered World War II on December 11, 1941, we knew we would succeed the British Empire as the world’s most powerful nation.

Editor's Message

What’s possible now?

Between the summer of 2020 and the fall of 2021, El Museo del Barrio is presenting ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, a large-scale nationwide survey exhibition of Latinx contemporary artists, both online and in its galleries. The physical show opened in March 2021 and, with the intention to expand its resonance and extend its scope, we invited art workers, cultural leaders, and creatives to participate in the Critics Page of the Brooklyn Rail’s June issue


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Editor's Message

Publisher's Message



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Art Books

In Memoriam

Special Report

Field Notes

The Miraculous


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2021

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