ART PAPERS 33.03 - May/June 2009
This issue brings together a number of texts that explore visual and literary mediums, film appropriation, historical writing, and the complexities of political identity. Gean Moreno discusses Carl Pope’s The Bad Air Smelled of Roses, an iterative essay on Blackness that echoes disparate voices, as fluent in the museum as they are on the street. In contrast to this identification with Blackness, South African artist Moshekwa Langa refuses to be labeled an African artist. Stephanie Bailey examines his work by focusing on his use of the exhibition as a narrative medium and his reconciliation of form and materials. Exploration of media also occurs in Johans Grimonprez’ work discussed with Niels Van Tomme. This issue also includes reviews on many exhibitions, including Atlanta’s Oasis at Marcia Wood Gallery, Cumanana at Saltworks Gallery, and Make Room at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.