How Lizzi Bougatsos—Artist, Musician, Actor, It Girl—Found the Prose Within

Tramps, the art gallery where Lizzi Bougatsos has until recently kept a day job as a gallerist, is of a downtown vintage that seems to be rapidly disappearing in New York under a carpet of money and shitty condos. It’s nearly impossible to find, for one, unless you’re aware that indoor shopping malls in Chinatown…

Madeline's Madeline Director Josephine Decker on Dictatorship and Democracy in Art

Josephine Decker’s third feature film, Madeline’s Madeline, is an exquisite collision of content and medium, a story that could only be told in cinema. A fractured exploration of mental illness and the art-making process, the film is shot tightly, scored with thick and experimental acapellas and occasional out-of-sync…

Manifest Destiny-Lite With Souvenirs: Why Assholes in Turquoise Are Flooding the Southwest

For most people in the rest of the United States, New Mexico is a sort of blank spot—an overlooked, ragged square wedged next to Texas, its loud, swaggering cousin. It’s the fifth biggest state land-mass-wise, at a little under 122,000 square miles, and one of the emptiest, with 2 million people spread out over the…

Nan Goldin Takes Her Fight Against Opioids to the Sackler Wing of Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Artist Nan Goldin was joined by nearly a 100 people this weekend at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. There to protest the Sackler family many of whom have amassed a fortune through Purdue Pharma, the privately-held company that developed and marketed OxyContin, Goldin and her fellow protestors threw…

The Obamas' Official Portraits Are a Profound Rethinking of What State Portraiture Should Look Like

During a Monday morning ceremony, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. The large-scale portrait of Barack Obama was painted by Kehinde Wiley, an artist best known for his updated, grand-scale history paintings that re-envision both the genre and its subjects; he…