Friday, March 1, 2024


“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” -J.D. Sallinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Life is filled with trick questions. In order to navigate well, you must always trust your gut, rely on your intuition and not be drawn in by the twists and turns of doubt. In those moments when you doubt your own mind, pause. Breathe. Remember you have come this far, and trust your instinct to be your guide. Believe in your ability to know what’s real and what is merely illusion.

Andrea Kantrowitz joined us in late September 2022 to discuss her show, Unbound: Drawings from the Book, Drawing Thought which ran at The Painting Center until October 1. The works relate to Kantrowitz’s recently released book from MIT Press entitled Drawing Thought. The book grew out of a dissertation Kantrowitz worked on a decade ago at Columbia, in which she videotaped artists drawing and considered what happens when we draw and looked at drawing as a tool of thought. The exhibition is essentially an installation of her studio during the process of making the book. To hear more about the book, exhibit and other topics from Andrea Kantrowitz, listen to the complete interview.

Kyle Thurman spoke to us in mid-September about, among other things, his recent exhibition, Parade, at David Lewis Gallery. The exhibition included works on paper as well as bronze sculpture. When we spoke, Thurman was in Pennsylvania to visit family for a few days following his opening in NYC. For the last few years, he has taught at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. To hear more about the work, the exhibition, Thurman’s life in both PA and NYC and his path to becoming an artist, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket

Trust yourself.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews is here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Praxis user Linda recommends You Are a Bad Ass (How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life) by Jen Sincero while Praxis user grace offers up How Georgia became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living by Karen Karbo


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) invites artists living with a disability who live outside the five NYC boroughs, and who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID pandemic, to apply for $1,000 grants. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is November 1.


Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.




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