Cleansing and Healing with Artist, Organizer, and Freedom Fighter Patrisse Cullors

"I was an artist before I was politicized," said Patrisse Cullors during a discussion after her MFA thesis show at The Big House last April. Widely known for her role as co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Cullors showcased a different side of her work with her performance piece, titled "Respite, Reprieve and Healing: An Evening … Continue reading Cleansing and Healing with Artist, Organizer, and Freedom Fighter Patrisse Cullors

Afternoon Rainstorm Beneath the White Tent (Again): Dinner Party Does Frieze LA

Articles on commercial art fairs almost always start with some variation of, "It's easy to hate on [insert art fair here]," and Frieze is no exception. To a large degree, this statement rings true—and not just because an art critic is attempting to make some lofty, highbrow commentary about the debasement of visual art through commodification. … Continue reading Afternoon Rainstorm Beneath the White Tent (Again): Dinner Party Does Frieze LA

Sew Your Soul: Lucy Sparrow Opens Sparrow Mart in Los Angeles

I first caught wind of British artist Lucy Sparrow a little over a year ago, in an email from a colleague fangirling over 8 Till Late, Sparrow’s felted Manhattan bodega at The Standard, High Line. Yes, you read that right: Sparrow stocked an entire store, cat and everything, with felted versions of everyday bodega items. Thankfully, as seems … Continue reading Sew Your Soul: Lucy Sparrow Opens Sparrow Mart in Los Angeles

Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Brooklyn Renaissance,” a talk at the Brooklyn Museum about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. The panel featured three of my favorite artists working today: portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, a superstar in the art world; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a young multimedia artist whose name … Continue reading Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

In Case of Tent Collapse, Find My Body Next to the Spotted Pumpkin: Dinner Party Does Frieze NY

Saturday, 10 May 2014. 5:04 p.m. The big, bright white tent that housed Frieze New York shook violently in the afternoon rainstorm. The choppy waves of the East River crashed onto the shore only a few feet away. Surely someone prepared the tent for Mother Nature's attempts to party crash, I thought. I was, after … Continue reading In Case of Tent Collapse, Find My Body Next to the Spotted Pumpkin: Dinner Party Does Frieze NY

Ladies We Love: Nane Press

There's just something so uniquely elegant about a letterpress-printed item. And Jennie Putvin from Nane Press certainly puts her distinctive stamp on this subtle but oh-so-satisfying art. Dinner Party had the chance to speak with the Brooklyn-based artist about her stunning creations. Nah-neh? Nayn? How do you pronounce Nane Press, and where does the name come from? Nane … Continue reading Ladies We Love: Nane Press