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The Politics of Portraiture: The Prison Creative Arts Project

Twelve portraits by ten artists: Rafael DeJesus, Theodora Moss, Gilbert Poole, RoShuan Smith, Raymond Gray, Nino Tanzini, Bryan Picken, Moses Whitepig, Johnnie Trice, and Anonymous Artist.

Outsider Artist, Outside Time

Who gets to be considered an outsider artist, or an artist at all? Alison Stine on John B. McLemore (the unlikely star of the blockbuster podcast S-Town), the politics of art and access, her own artistic practices, and more.

The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs: Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer and Cheryl Wassenaar

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer and Cheryl Wassenaar take us into The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, an art exhibit inspired by a poetry manuscript by Schlaifer, in which they explore the bureaucracy of the mind through imagined interior government officials and cabinets.

If They Come For Us: Fatimah Asghar and Shyama Golden

Fatimah Asghar and Shyama Golden discuss how Shyama created cover art for Fatimah’s debut collection of poetry, If They Come For Us, and more. Including glimpses of Shyama’s drafting process and three other pieces of art.

Two Visual Essays: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

After Terrance Hayes completed American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, he found he had some remaining fragments and lines that yet “begged … for shape.” From them he has been making drawings.

The Goodbye Door

Lesley Jenike encounters a painting with an intriguing title—The Goodbye Door by Joan Mitchell—at around the same time that she learns about the discovery of remains of infants and small children near a Catholic Church-run home for mothers and babies born out of wedlock in Tuam, Ireland. In this essay, Jenike meditates on Mitchell, Tuam, her own life, internalized misogyny, resistance, synesthesia, narrative, love, and more.

Somewhere on the Road to Nowhere: Double Negative

Merridawn Duckler takes us beyond “No” and “No” into Double Negative, Michael Heizer’s monumental piece of land art stationed in Nevada.

The Colossal: Iris van Herpen and Girls Write the Museum

“For me, each dress functions the way a poem does: ‘A poem should not mean / But be.’” Emily Mohn-Slate on “Girls Write the Museum,” the art of Iris van Herpen’s couture, poetry, and the feeling that the world could be colossal.

Four Paintings by Margarita Gokun

Four haunting and alluring paintings by Margarita Gokun, a writer, novelist, and painter, and an editor’s note.

Takuji Hamanaka

Talking with artist and printmaker Takuji Hamanaka about his hybrid woodcut and collage works: radical displacements from his training in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking.