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Trayvon Martin/Mike Brown/Eric Garner (DELETE as appropriate): Ephemeral lives, “That Dark” in Spiritual America’s Bitter Embrace. Melancholy and Death in the Works of Catherine Anyango

Mike Brown @ Catherine Anyango “One may say that the Negro in America does not really exist, except in the darkness of our minds.” James Baldwin – Notes from a Native Son   By Michael Salu, ASX, February 2015 It is THAT dark. You know, the dark that exists under your fingernails that you idly […]

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Slicing, Splicing and Dicing in ‘The Bungalow’

a view from The Bungalow @ Anouk Kruithof   I could lament on a narrative that these images might convey – a sort of comment on the very conception of human life, of birth and rebirth and memory and the way each of us will find a different meaning for these images – but that would, […]

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The Pain of Loss is a Mother, Fucker.

@ Peter Watkins   You tow the loss like the Rock of Gibraltar around your neck hoping it doesn’t pull your body to the black emptiness at the bottom of the ocean. At times you struggle against the algae and various plankton that want a piece of you to feed on while you gasp for […]


Challenging State Power and the Passivity of Citizens in ‘Covert Operations’

Nucelear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility, Cherenkov Radiation, Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Washington State, 2005/2007 @ Taryn Simon and courtesy Gagosian Gallery   “Whatever our personal weaknesses may be, the nobility of our craft will always be rooted in two commitments, difficult to maintain; the refusal to lie about what one knows and […]

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Harry Callahan Loved Eleanor, Barbara and Chicago

    “He just liked to take the pictures of me. In every pose. Rain or shine. And whatever I was doing. If I was doing the dishes or if I was half asleep. And he knew that I never, never said no. I was always there for him. Because I knew that Harry would […]


ASX.TV: Alec Soth on ‘Songbook’

“A lot of the language surrounding Songbook is about community and American culture…and that stuff’s in there, but actually what I wanted to do with it is talk to something more primal, more internal, and more about the human condition than the American condition. It’s the great problem of consciousness.” —Alec Soth   Alec Soth […]

ASX.TV – Jim Goldberg Follows a Stranger

ASX.TV – Jim Goldberg Follows a Stranger

Video by Jim Goldberg and Brandon Tauszik Produced by Sprinkle Lab Courtesy of the artist and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York Eric William Carroll: Chicken (Inspired by Jim Goldberg) “Choose a person, preferably a stranger, to make a portrait of. After securing their permission, begin photographing them. Ask them to try a few poses, move the […]

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Shopping with Andy Warhol (1988)

    There was no logical reason to limit the collection, for any reasons of quantity or bulk.   Shopping with Andy By Stuart Pivar, originally published in volume five of the Sotheby’s Andy Warhol Collection 1988 auction catalogue Andy Warhol loved to buy art. We used to go shopping for it together for a […]

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Raymond Pettibon on Zines, Manifest Destiny and Teaching Math (2011)

  “The tracks divided the good and bad parts of town. I wasn’t exactly on the good side. You weren’t encouraged to play around the demarcation lines.”   Interview with Raymond Pettibon By Eric Nelson When I was 15, I became obsessed with Black Flag, playing everything up until “My War” on full blast at […]

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Ed Ruscha on Route 66, Making Books and “Choppy Movement”

Interior view of Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Ed Ruscha     “Yes, which was my–you know, Route 66, I’ve had a great affection for that road because of its connection between the places I’ve been and worked.”     Excerpt from an Oral history interview with Edward Ruscha, 1980 October 29-1981 October 2, […]

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INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Gordon Parks” (1964)

Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Interview with Gordon Parks Conducted by Richard Doud In New York December 30, 1964 RICHARD DOUD: If you would, Mr. Parks, I’d like to hear something about your background and how you became interested in photography in the first place. […]

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INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Ben Shahn” (1968)

Interview with Ben Shahn Conducted by Forrest Selvig at the Artist’s home in Roosevelt, New Jersey. September 27, 1968 FORREST SELVIG: This is an interview with Ben Shahn in his house in Roosevelt, New Jersey, and the date is the 27th of September, 1968. The interviewer is Forrest Selvig. BEN SHAHN: Well, you asked me about […]

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A Conversation with Dirk Braeckman (1998)

E.R.-G.E.-95     “I try to charge my images so much, I go to such extremes in that darkness…”   Conversation with Dirk Braeckman and Erik Eelbode From z.Z(t). Ludion, Ghent / Amsterdam, 1998 Is it really the role of an artist who is still active to talk about his own motivations? As a source, […]

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An Interview with Edward Hopper, June 17, 1959

Sunlights in Cafeteria “I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.”   Interview with Edward Hopper, Conducted by John Morse, June 17, 1959 The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview […]

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What They Are – A Conversation With Wolfgang Tillmans (2001)

Blushes #28, 2000 “Ever since I started printing in 1990, I’ve been collecting things that went wrong in the darkroom.” By Nathan Kernan, from “What They Are” originally published in Art On Paper, May-Jun 2001 Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans was born in 1968, in Rem­scheid, Germany, a small town not far from Dusseldorf. He moved to Hamburg after […]

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INTERVIEW: Roy Lichtenstein – “BBC Interview” (1966)

 Oh, Jeff… I Love You, Too… But…, 1964 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein Originally recorded in January 1966 by David Sylvester in New York City for broadcast by BBC Third Programme. The interview was later reedited for publication in 1997 for David Sylvester’s “Some Kind of Reality”. David Sylvester: What do you think of as […]


INTERVIEW: “Extending the Frame: An Interview with Susan Meiselas” (2006)

Extending the frame: An Interview with Susan Meiselas By Joanna Heatwole, Mariola Mourelo, Afterimage, March-April, 2006 Susan Meiselas has represented difficult issues with innovative approaches throughout her thirty-year career as a documentary media artist. Her awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal (1979), the MacArthur Fellowship (1992), and the Hasselblad Prize (1994). A self-described “human […]


INTERVIEW: “Talking with Joseph Szabo” (2010)

Mrs. K and Daughter, Jones Beach, 1970 By Tim Murphy, Newsday Long Island, NY, 2010 Why did you start photograph­ing at Jones Beach? JS: There were a lot of teenagers there in the ’70s. So having taught junior high and high school and photographed teens, the natural thing was to photograph teenagers at the beach. […]

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INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with John Baldessari” (1992)

National City (w, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, B), 1996-2009 Color photographs with acrylic paint “In the sixties the scene in Los Angeles was beginning to get some attention.”   The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with John Baldessari on April 4, 1992. The interview took place in […]

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INTERVIEW: “Interview with Richard Avedon (Excerpt)” (1984)

James Story, coal miner, Somerset, Colorado, December 18, 1979 “There is no truth in photography. There is no truth about anyone’s person.” – Richard Avedon   Excerpt from Richard Avedon interview in Egoiste, September 1984 Nicole Wisniak: Do you think a photographer is a person obsessed by the fact that things disappear? Richard Avedon: I […]

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Max Kozloff On Lisette Model (and Weegee) (2002)

@ Lisette Model Estate   Model’s art is definitely antibourgeois: her judgments indict the middle class’s smugness as well as its selfishness.   By Max Kozloff, Excerpt from New York: Capital of Photography, 2002 Model’s art is definitely antibourgeois: her judgments indict the middle class’s smugness as well as its selfishness. For example, she depicted […]

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ASX INTERVIEWS ANTOINE D’AGATA – “A Simple Desire to Exist” (2014)

@ Antoine d’Agata, Courtesy Magnum Photos and International Center of Photography Antoine D’Agata. A simple desire to exist.   A conversation with Raphael Shammaa,.Translated from French. New York, February 7, 2014 Raphael Shammaa: How do you feel discussing your work and being asked a lot of personal questions? You must have known from the start that, […]

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“Richard Prince @ Lowell” (2014)

Kelly Madison (Profile), 2014 17″ x 22″ c-print mounted on board By Owen Campbell, for ASX, April 2014 For a small audience in a two-room suite on the thirteenth floor of the Manhattan’s Lowell Hotel, Richard Prince showed a series of enlarged prints of screenshots taken from his twitter account. The show, which Prince and […]


DAVID GOLDBLATT: “Paris” (2011)

By Baptiste Lignel for ASX Upon walking into the office of the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, one faces a very large digital print, literally nailed to the wall. A large brown metal oval shape seems to have landed over the ruins of a city. The contrast is striking between the two halves of the […]


JAMEL SHABAZZ: “Back in the Days” (1980’s)

Back In The Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989 – before it became what is today’s multi-million-dollar multinational industry. Back in the days, gangs would battle not with guns, but by breakdancing. Back in the days, the streets – not corporate planning – set the standards for style.

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INTERVIEW: “Ryan McGinley” (2007)

Falling Pink Sunset,2006   “When I first moved to New York I never wanted to leave. I think I might have left the city once over a period of seven years.”   Ryan McGinley in Conversation with Gerald Matt and Synne Genzmer, September, 2007, Kunsthalle Wien, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln Q: In your […]


ANDREAS GURSKY: “The Big Picture” (2001)

Swimming Pool, Ratingen, 1987 By Katy Siegel & Alex Alberro, Originally published in Artforum, January 1, 2001 Consuming Vision by Katy Siegel Andreas Gursky makes really big photographs. This is the one thing about his work that everyone can agree on. Why does he do it? The answer seems obvious: to see the big picture, […]

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‘Gasoline’ and the American Temple

(From Gasoline © David Campany, 2013, courtesy MACK)   It embodies Campany’s belief, “that photographs don’t have meanings: they have potential for meaning. It’s a question of how they’re used.” Or rather how we decide to see them.   THE AMERICAN TEMPLE By Vladimir Gintoff for ASX, October 2013 History often reveals itself in unexpected places. Take […]

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CHRISTOPHER WOOL: “East Broadway Breakdown” (2003)

  “Between 1994 and 1995, Christopher Wool shot a series of photographs in downtown New York City that he calls East Broadway Breakdown, after a street on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood where he lives and works. Taken at night using a 35mm camera, the pictures feature the neighborhood’s signature streets, with their dilapidated […]


Todd Hido and the “Art of Darkness” (2006)

Todd Hido: Art of Darkness By Justin Berton, February 1, 2006 From the outside, Todd Hido’s home looks perfectly normal. You might even pass it by without a second thought. Hido lives in a warm-blue Rockridge dwelling with his wife, Nina, and their three-year-old twins, Owen and Audrey. The neighborly artifice has all the broad […]


“Up, Close and Personal” @ Fuchs Projects

 Ruben Natal-San Miguel Up, Close and Personal Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel Fuchs Projects, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn NY April 4 – May 13, 2014 By Ellen Wallenstein for ASX Curating a show featuring 32 artists in a small space can be a difficult task. But in Up, Close and Personal, Ruben Natal-San Miguel […]

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INTERVIEW: “Interview with John Divola” (1978)

Zuma Series, 1977     Journal of Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, September 1978 Dialogue with John Divola by Dinah Portner Q. Do you think of photography as a concrete way of dealing with ideas? A. No, it’s not that they are ideas, per se. I see art as a dialogue about experiences and […]