Art: September 2008 Archives


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joy garnett molotov

Joy Garnett, Molotov (detail)


Susan Meiselas, Sandinistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua, 1979
© Susan Meiselas/Magnum

The second paragraph of Susan Meiselas's bio on her website states:

Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, which were published widely throughout the world. In 1981, Pantheon published her second monograph, NICARAGUA, JUNE 1978-JULY 1979.

In addition to being the author of the iconic photograph above, she is also known to many of us as the person who sent her lawyer after Joy Garnett accusing her of "pirating" the photo when Joy created the painting titled Molotov seen in detail above.

Given Meiselas's progressive (other than on copyright issues) history, I was surprised when I saw this on the page for her upcoming exhibition at the International Center of Photography:


[Meiselas image is from the ICP site. Joy's image is from her flickr feed.]

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Mary Heilmann
The First Vent, 1972
acrylic with bronze powder on canvas
20" × 32"

I love Elizabeth Peyton and Mary Heilmann as much as anyone, but don't those seem rather un-new-ish choices for big shows at an institution called The New Museum? Perhaps some arrangement could be made to send those to MoMA in place of their upcoming Miró and Van Gogh shows?

Meanwhile, a 20-year survey of the work of Lyle Ashton Harris is only going to appear in Scottsdale, AZ, and Buffalo, NY. Is there really no room at any New York area institution for such an exhibition?

And why does Lyle's website just have a flash slide show and no other information on the artist?

[photo by James Wagner]

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