From great eateries to must-read feature stories, here are some of the experiences we can't stop talking about.
THIS MONTH: JULY 2021
From Leon Bridges' latest album release to new screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, here's what we're most looking forward to in July.
SPOTLIGHT: ORKIDEH TORABI
Orkideh Torabi creates bold, large-scale silkscreen paintings of male figures in intimate spaces. The men are often half-naked, grooming one another in hammams or whispering secrets to one another under trees in pastoral settings. Her work combines the sensibilities of Iranian Qajar art, Americana and Italian Renaissance paintings to high comedic effect. With titles like “It’s That Big,” “Don’t Be Bossy,” and “Who’s The Breadwinner,” she playfully critiques the patriarchal male gaze and destabilizes our understanding of gender in the domestic sphere.
FINDING YOUR FRAME
You’ve got a new work of art and think it needs a frame, but you’re not sure what kind. Picking the right frame can do a lot for the look of an artwork, and it can do just as much for the look of your space. The experts at American Frame walked us through why the material of a frame matters, how the right frame can preserve the longevity of an artwork and what you need to hang it with confidence.
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH IN THE ART WORLD?
One writer reflects on the complexities of celebrating Juneteenth and Black art.
AN AFTERNOON IN: ATLANTA
Over the past decade, the metro Atlanta population spiked by nearly a million residents. With that influx of people came a surge in new cultural institutions, dining establishments and recreational spaces that make the city one of the most dynamic in the US. If you happen to find yourself with a free afternoon in the Southern hub, here are five things worth checking out.
SPOTLIGHT: JOANNE GREENBAUM
A year out in the country has served Joanne Greenbaum well. Stepping away from the frenetic pace of the art world has rejuvenated her creative process and given her time to reflect. From her quiet home on the far end of Long Island, Greenbaum spoke to Platform about why she dislikes the word ‘career,’ what makes all crime procedural shows more or less the same, and how overcoming shame can have a life-changing impact.
SPOTLIGHT: KALUP LINZY
Kalup Linzy is used to playing many roles. Whether it’s acting as a character he creates for his art (complete with its own family history) or composing the score for his own videos, Linzy has done just about everything. The Tulsa-based artist spoke with Platform about why releasing his album on cassette tape was important, what makes him want to explore more work with film and how painful personal experiences often get overlooked by the media.
INTERVIEW: SHAYNE OLIVER
Shayne Oliver is ready for a comeback. His New York-based label Hood By Air changed fashion by unapologetically showcasing Black thought and queerness when it launched in the early 2010s. But the brand has been on hiatus since 2016. Platform spoke with Oliver about why now is the right time to restart HBA, what artistic experiences inform his current work and how TikTok is the key to understanding the ways kids are growing up.
ART LESSONS: FATHERS ON ART AND PARENTHOOD
To celebrate Father's Day, we spoke with three fathers (who are also creatives) on what they learned from their own parents about art, their most formative art experiences and how they hope to foster creativity in their children.
From under-the-radar podcasts to can't-miss gallery shows, here are some of the experiences we can't stop thinking about.
SPOTLIGHT: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones is learning to improvise. And between that and adapting to his new light-filled workspace, he’s certainly keeping busy. The artist spoke to Platform from his Brooklyn studio about how his Stevie Wonder-attended Yale graduation didn’t go as planned, why being additive is critical when it comes to conversations of race and what makes sports the most revealing element of American culture.
Comic Books and Contemporary Art
Graphic images and bold stories made comic books a cornerstone of pop culture. But they also changed the course of contemporary art.
A PRIMER ON NFTS, BLOCKCHAIN AND ART
You’ve probably come across a news item or two mentioning NFTs, the blockchain and stratospheric prices. But the jargon can be dizzying, and understanding how these innovations function together isn't always easy. To make sense of the tech that’s causing waves in art and beyond, Platform spoke with NYU Stern professor of technology, operations and statistics, Dr. Hanna Halaburda.
Before the age of the ink-jet, there was the lithograph. Invented around 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder, this printing process was originally devised to easily copy scripts and other theater materials related to Senefelder’s work.
Shipping Art Around the World
Art is often delicate in nature, so the thought of shipping it any distance is a hair-raising one. Fortunately, there are experts who specialize in getting even the most valuable works from point A to point B–unscathed.
ART ART MOVEMENTS A THING OF THE PAST?
Art movements have been critical for centuries. But do they still exist?
THIS MONTH: JUNE 2021
From standout documentary feature debuts to exciting new exhibits, here's what we're most looking forward to in June.
Art, Galleries and the Age of Instagram
There's no doubt social media plays an important role in the careers of contemporary artists. But galleries are as vital as ever, providing essential guidance, career development and support for professional artists.
Pricing Art: Who Decides?
Placing a monetary value on creative output–not to mention the thought and skill that goes into it–isn’t simple, but there are a few key factors that usually make it into the equation.
Composition is one of art’s oldest fundamentals. It describes how colors, shapes, textures and materials relate to one another. But it is not a stagnant concept.
US Museums Off the Beaten Path
The United States is home to some of the world’s most venerated art museums, but not all of them have the name recognition of the MoMA or The Metropolitan. Situated all over America, these institutions house impressive permanent collections and host high-caliber traveling shows in striking settings designed by some of the world’s top architects. And whether they happen to be in Virginia or California, they’re more than worth the visit.
Watercolor vs. Gouache
Most people are familiar with watercolor paints (and maybe even enjoyed their own childhood set), but fewer people are familiar with watercolor’s heartier cousin, gouache. So how do these two water-based mediums differ?
SPOTLIGHT: Kenny Rivero
New York-based artist Kenny Rivero is a creature of habit. He spends most of his time on the same Manhattan block where both his home and his work space are located, but the past year has motivated him to break out in new ways. From his object-filled studio, he spoke about why now is the right time to delve deeper into his music practice, how the Capitol insurrection inspired his new workout routine and why Philip Guston’s work continues to challenge him.
SPOTLIGHT: Jesse Mockrin
Jesse Mockrin loves making what’s old new again. The LA-based painter established herself by reinterpreting European masterworks and reframing them to examine gender and symbols of status. But Mockrin is just as steeped in the digital world of today. Mockrin spoke with Platform about why she first hesitated in making historical references, how she views childhood differently now that she’s a parent and what prompted her to investigate Olivia Rodrigo’s hit song, Driver's License.
Spotlight: David Korty
David Korty's work may center on defined color blocks and geometric shapes, but it's the organic forms found in nature that interest him most. When he's not busy working in his studio, Korty can usually be found exploring the many canyons near his California home. Korty spoke with Platform about what he learned from a psychic, how he connects to nature through fly fishing and why the San Gabriel Mountains are his favorite escape from the city.
TOP ART BOOKSTORES IN THE US
Looking to pick up some art books? As much as the internet has to offer, the Amazons of the world are not always the best place to find that obscure volume on your wish list. All over the US, independent bookstores stock titles that are often out-of-print or just hard to find, and they're the perfect spots to spend a few hours flipping through art-filled pages. Platform partnered with Bookshop.org to highlight some of the top art bookstores from across the country.
Primary Market? Secondary Market? How Does the Art Market Work?
You may have heard of auction houses and galleries, but you might not know that all art sales fall into one of two categories: the primary art market and the secondary art market. And the distinction is an important one.
INTERVIEW: SHO SHIBUYA
Design director and artist Sho Shibuya's work makes for a different kind of news headline. Often abstract and absent of text, Shibuya's paintings sum up a day's most important event in a way that a crisp line of copy never could. Since mid-2020, the multi-hyphenate has used the front page of The New York Times as his canvas and posted the resulting images to his Instagram account where they spark conversation among art enthusiasts and followers of current events, alike. Platform spoke with the artist about why the news inspires him, how art has the power to inspire action and what he tries to achieve with every painting.