Thursday, June 13, 2024

Tension

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” -Carl Jung

I have been reading Demaris S. Wehr’s writings on Jung and Feminism, and it has put me in mind of all manner of things Jung posited during his long life and career. And yet the book examines whether Jung lives up to his long-held reputation of being more sympathetic to women than Freud, a notion many feminists reject. Demaris balances her writing between these two worlds, ultimately making the case that Jungian psychology can be beneficial for women.

Jakob Jørgensen discussed his show, Take Root, running until April 22 at HB381 Gallery in NYC. When we spoke, Jørgensen, a Danish artist, was in New Mexico, traveling with his wife throughout parts of the US following the opening of the show. As part of their travels throughout the southwest, they visited the unlikely artist oasis of Marfa, Texas, adopted home of artist Donald Judd who filled the tiny town with art before he died. To hear the full conversation about Jørgensen’s work, his experience of Marfa and more, listen to the complete interview.

Nikki Maloof’s show, Skunk Hour, runs until April 15 at Perrotin Gallery, NYC. She joined us to talk about this show and other things. The unusual title of this show refers to a poem Maloof has loved since her days as a student at Yale. Her paintings for Skunk Hour carry a similar tension to the poem, rooting themselves in both the formality of the domestic word and the wildness of the natural world. To hear more, listen to the complete interview.

A few words to keep in your pocket

Even – or perhaps especially – long-held beliefs merit re-examination.

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Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Click to read Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell, the inspirational poem behind much of Nikki Maloof’s work.

Deadlines:

Santa Fe Art Institute is accepting applications for the 2024 Sovereignty Residency, which, in their own words: “calls for artistic and creative engagement at the multiple intersections of sovereignty as it pertains to the individual, jurisdictions, systems, and society as a whole.” Proposals should reflect a “creative call to action and challenge imperial and colonial concepts of sovereignty that have laid claim to land and personhood.” For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is April 9.

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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