Border Crossings Issue No. 121 Out Now
In Volume 31-1, Issue No. 121 you will find:
Each issue of Border Crossings begins with an essay/meditation by magazine editor Meeka Walsh. This current piece is an engagement with architecture and the role memory plays in its conception and realization. The text and position of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is woven throughout.
In this issue the magazine approaches the immeasurable and ubiquitous significance of Willem de Kooning through the voices of three noted women painters, one British, one American and one Canadian. All speak in the most articulate, intelligent and thoughtful manner about his work and its influence on their own impressive careers. All are responding to the unprecedented retrospective of de Kooning, recently mounted by the MoMA. Robert Enright, acknowledged as one of the best interviewers working in contemporary art, talked with Cecily Brown, April Gornik and Monica Tap. The lengthy interviews are richly illustrated with work by de Kooning, Brown, Gornik and Tap.
There are two very strong articles in this current issue. One is a piece by senior Canadian art writer Gary Michael Dault on the work and related life stories of three generations of the Podeswa family – painters all. It follows their histories from Poland, where Chaim Podeszwa perished in Auschwitz and his son Yidel was also interned. Yidel Podeswa survived the war, serving useful as a sign painter for the Nazis, later immigrated to Canada and continued to paint. The third generation family member, Howard Podeswa, has a flourishing career as a painter living in Toronto.
The second article is also a story with an element of the heroic. This is a beautifully written piece on the sculptural/architectural work of Israeli-born artist Absalon who designed and constructed a series of "Cellules," spare living spaces which conformed to his own body's proportions. He died at the age of 28.
ART PAGES are a regular feature in Border Crossings and in this issue they are working drawings, by young artist Mia Feuer, for future sculptures based on the ecological disaster which is the Fort McMurray Tar Sands project. Rendered in primary colours – with the added ominous note of fluttering black ravens, the drawings speak of the anomalous balance between industrial needs and drastic consequences.
Every issue holds an extensive and far-reaching review section titled CROSSOVERS. This issue is no exception. Included are reviews of: Adam David Brown, Vera Frenkel, Abbas Akhavan, The Quebec Triennial, Ishiuchi Miyako, Paul Wong, Tricia Middleton, William Kurelek, Alana Riley, Contour 5th Biennial, Damien Moppett, June Leaf, and April Gornik.
Border Crossings is a quarterly cultural magazine published in Winnipeg. Its subject is contemporary Canadian and international art and culture, which the magazine investigates through articles, columns, reviews, profiles, interviews and portfolios.
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