David Ebony and ARTbooks

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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The 2013-14 Art Season Roundup and a Top 10 by David Ebony

David Ebony— The 2013-2014 season was a banner year for contemporary art in many ways. The period, spanning early fall through late spring, saw numerous art-world milestones, with museums and galleries expanding and enjoying record attendance while the art market blasted through the roof. The broad range and high quality

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A Scholar’s Life: An Interview with Jonathan Brown by David Ebony

David Ebony— From Vincent van Gogh to Tracey Emin, artists of the modern era have had no problem dismantling the boundaries that once divided private life from artistic pursuit. Rarely have art historians and scholars in the field attempted such an autobiographical merger of life and work. An exception is

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The Eye Man: An Interview with Richard Estes by David Ebony

David Ebony— Richard Estes is one of a very few painters from the original Photorealist movement of the 1960s and early ’70s who remains true to the precepts of the genre and has continued to thrive. Unlike those of many other practitioners of Photorealism, Hyperrealism or Super-realism, as the movement

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