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Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

American artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of our daily lives, creating poignant studies on ideas such as temporality, life, and love. This is the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of the New… More

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2013: The Year According to Chris Larson

Circles—including cyclones, sinkholes, and “heavy rotation-center pivot irrigation”—dominate artist Chris Larson’s best-of-2013 list. Selected to present work in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the St. Paul–based mixed media artist is perhaps best known for a 2013 sculpture/performance in which he built… More


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Paul Schmelzer

Laugh at Death: Kris Martin on Time, Absence, and Humor

As spring reminds us of the life/death/life cycle, a new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of such transitions. The clapperless bell in Kris Martin’s For Whom… offers a… More

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Chris Fischbach

Edward Hopper Painting Hosts Writers’ Residency

When asked to take up “residency” in Edward Hopper’s 1940 painting Office at Night, Kate Bernheimer agreed, then asked the Walker if period costumes would be provided. It turns out the resulting novella she and Laird Hunt wrote… More

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Julie Lasky

Edward Hopper, Village Person

Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was “a poet of the abyss, a chronicler of discontinuity and disruption, who seemed to need a static environment from which he could take inventory of what was emotionally solid and measure the distance to… More


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Olga Viso

Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges

“I love spatial relationships and dimensionality,” says Jim Hodges. “I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” In… More

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Paul Schmelzer

On Sisyphus

“We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other,” says Sufjan Stevens of collaborators Son Lux and Serengeti. “And we’re pushing that stone together.” Formerly S/S/S, the trio Sisyphus is set to release a new self-titled LP. Commissioned by the… More

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Alex Lauer

Blue North: Justin Newhall on Exploitation, Pornography, and Time

For his Northern Studies series, Justin Newhall took the train to northern Manitoba, where—inspired by a Glenn Gould radio documentary—he sought to capture the idea of “the North.” He found it in… More