David Ebony and ARTbooks

Total Surface—Barnett Newman’s Late Work: Interviews with Michelle White and Bradford A. Epley by David Ebony

David Ebony— A latecomer to the art scene, Barnett Newman (1905-1970) held his first solo show in 1948, at New York’s Betty Parsons Gallery. He made a formidable impact on the art world when he introduced in that show the controversial works for which he is best known today. Decried

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“Three Stars Shine Brightly at the 56th Venice Biennale: Joan Jonas, Sarah Lucas, and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot” by David Ebony

Our special correspondent David Ebony is recently returned from Venice where he took in the sights and sounds of the Biennale, and was generous enough to share his reactions with us. David Ebony— Ever controversial, the Venice Biennale is the largest and arguably the most important exhibition of contemporary art on the

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Avant-Garde Art on TV—The Early Days of Television: Interview with Maurice Berger by David Ebony

David Ebony— The advent of affordable television sets in the late 1940s and ’50s, and network television programming aimed to enthrall the masses, arguably had the most significant cultural impact on the planet since the invention of movable type. The powerful new medium quickly became the primary source of news,

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Diego and Frida in the Motor City: Interview with Mark Rosenthal

David Ebony— From the late 1920s through the 1930s, Mexican artists Diego Rivera (1886-1957), and his wife Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), were one of the most famous art-world power couples on the planet. At the time, Rivera was internationally recognized for his monumental public murals featuring poignant socialist themes. Kahlo at

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Postcolonial Realism—The Architecture of David Adjaye: Interview with David Adjaye by David Ebony

David Ebony— Merging the worlds of architecture, art, and design in a unique way, David Adjaye is very much in the spotlight these days. The African-born, London-based starchitect seems to be everywhere lately. His work, and that of his firm, David Adjaye Associates, is currently the subject of a major

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Anti-Theatrical Drama: Interview with Michael Fried by David Ebony

David Ebony— One of the country’s foremost art critics and art historians, Michael Fried is no stranger to controversy. His essay on contemporary art, “Art and Objecthood,” featuring a revisionist view of modernism, caused a stir early in his career when it was first published in 1967. Fried argued against

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Material Transformations in Art of the Maya: Interview with Stephen Houston by David Ebony

David Ebony— The first Maya archeological site I ever visited was Uxmal, on an extended tour of the Yucatán in Mexico in the early 1980s. Exploring the sprawling ruins of ornate buildings covered with refined carvings of figures, animals and glyphs, made over 1000 years ago, proved something of a

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Hollywood and Beyond—Ed Ruscha’s Visionary Works on Paper: Interview with Ed Ruscha by David Ebony

David Ebony— Ed Ruscha’s name is synonymous with the Los Angeles Pop art movement of the early 1960s. His work, however, has an appeal and importance that transcends merely regional concerns and conventions. Ruscha’s five-decade exploration of the American vernacular in photographs, films, paintings, artist books and works on paper,

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Liberating Love—Anthony Friedkin’s “The Gay Essay”: Interview with Nayland Blake by David Ebony

David Ebony— This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. It was a pivotal moment in U.S. history when gay men and lesbians forcefully challenged oppressive government policies and demanded civil rights and protection that were long guaranteed to and taken for granted by the

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Maximum Minimalist—The Carl Andre Retrospective: Interview with Co-Curator Yasmil Raymond by David Ebony

David Ebony— When I was in college in the mid-1970s, Carl Andre was god. For those of us striving to be serious artists, writers, and art historians, Andre was the paragon. His art was coolly intellectual, deceptively simple and austere, yet surprising and provocative. Minimalism was all the rage at

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