Filed under: Art World, Q&A | Tags: 74, ACT UP, Artforum, Chelsea, Depeche Mode, Evan J. Garza, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Johnny Rotten, Kate Moss, Liz Markus, new wave, New York, punk rock, Wham!, ZieherSmith
Artforum, 2010 | Collage and glitter on unprimed canvas, 105 x 105 inches. Images courtesy the artist and ZieherSmith, New York.
Liz Markus is a huge Depeche Mode fan. (And it shows.) Are You Punk or New Wave?, an exhibition of eight large new paintings and the New York artist’s third solo show with ZieherSmith in Chelsea, is packed with references to both of the 1980s music genres as well as major art figures from the time, executed with both sharp wit and an attitude appropriate for the subject matter itself. We met at ZieherSmith last week to talk about her new work, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and ACT UP. —Evan J. Garza
EJG: Did you grow up listening to punk rock?
I did. I grew up listening to new wave music, and punk rock when I was in art school. So, late—like ten years later. That was a question people would ask you at school, “Are you punk or new wave?” I went to an all-girls prep school, so no one was really punk, but there was one new wave girl. And I remember asking her, “Are you punk or new wave?” and she was like, “New wave.”
(installation view) Liz Markus: Are You Punk or New Wave? at ZieherSmith, New York
Filed under: Q&A | Tags: 74, Evan J. Garza, nudes, Playboy, samsøn, Suzannah Sinclair
Installation view, Susannah Sinclair: Tomorrow is Here, samsøn, Boston
Suzannah Sinclair probably has more copies of Playboy than your dad. (And there’s a pretty good chance she’s putting them to better use.) Featured in edition #74 of New American Paintings, Sinclair has a thing for vintage nudes, and her ability to render them so subtly is matched only by her insistence on throwing the viewer into the interiors she reproduces. Her recent exhibitions have included objects from the spaces she paints, a practice she began with a solo show in Sweden and one that seeks to place the viewer within a furnished environment not unlike that of her subjects. I caught up this week with the Brooklyn-based artist to talk nudie magazines. —Evan J. Garza
EJG: Do you work from photographs? It seems as if many of these girls might be from decades ago. There’s a vintage quality to them. How do you procure your images and how do you work with them?
Yes I do, I paint from old men’s magazines from the ’60s and ’70s, mostly American but I am always on the lookout when I travel and have some great ones from Sweden. I’ve lost count of how many I have. A while a go my friend was cleaning out the house she grew up in and, between her father and her older brothers, there were a lot of Playboys. She gave them to me and it just kept going from there. During that era the bodies were real, pre airbrushing. I love the furniture and the textiles and even the print process that gives the photos an otherworldly saturation and hue.
Still Crazy, 2009 | Watercolor and pencil on birch panel, 16 x 22 inches. Courtesy samsøn, Boston.
Filed under: In the Studio, Q&A | Tags: 56, 74, astronaut, Evan J. Garza, Northeast, Scott Listfield, Stanley Kubrick, Star Wars
BOOM, 2010 | Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches
Scott Listfield wants to know where the people on the Death Star buy their groceries. The Boston-based artist had some pretty high expectations for the future when he was younger, not unlike Stanley Kubrick’s imagined explorers of deep space and their all-knowing computers. But unfortunately, as we’ve come to discover, Kubrick’s 2001 was not the 2001 we came to understand.
Featured in editions #56 and #74 of New American Paintings, Listfield creates paintings that place the sci-fi protagonist within the mundane existence of day-to-day life in the real 21st-century (with Dunkin Donuts and Burger King in tow). I visited the artist at his Porter Square studio this week to talk Kubrick and Star Wars. —Evan J. Garza