Archive of Whitney Kimball

Whitney Kimball is a New York-based writer and artist. She began writing for Art Fag City soon after earning a degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She now contributes regularly to the L Magazine and the New American Paintings blog.

Whitney has written 371 article(s) for AFC.

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Weekend Jams: Maria Lassnig’s “Kantate”

by Whitney Kimball on July 13, 2014
Screen grab from Maria Lassnig's "Kantate"

Screen grab from Maria Lassnig’s “Kantate”

Maria Lassnig, who passed away last May, seems to have been used to pain. In her retrospective at PS1, paintings portray “body awareness”, with fears, anguish, suffocation, and limbs dissolving existentially into space. In her famous portrait “You or Me?”, Lassnig holds a gun to her head while aiming another at the viewer, a gesture which reads as being your own worst enemy.

This is what makes her video “Kantate,” or “Cantata”, so special. Lassnig sings the song of her life’s ups and downs, which we’ve read about in the wall texts– bad luck with men, isolation, and self-deprecation. But for all of the loneliness that comes through in the painting, we finally get to see the love of her life: art.

Click through to watch the video on YouTube. Unfortunately this doesn’t come with subtitles, but scroll to the “about” section for the English translation.

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Help Chip In to Cover Save Cooper Union’s Legal Fees

by Whitney Kimball on July 8, 2014
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Crowdfund a lawsuit, for free education.

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Update: Utrecht Workers Call for Living Wage

by Whitney Kimball on July 7, 2014
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With union contract negotiations coming up, Utrecht workers call for public support.

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Rockaway!: A Celebrity-Filled Rockaway Tribute, With Heart

by Whitney Kimball on July 2, 2014
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Rockaway!, the Klaus Biesenbach-conceived Rockaways art festival, is about 50% art tourism and 50% deep sentiment.

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Sarah Sze’s Famed Venice Biennale Piece Comes to the Bronx

by Whitney Kimball on June 27, 2014
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Didn’t get to see Sarah Sze’s Venice Biennale pavilion? You’re in luck if you live in New York: The Bronx Museum will present that installation.

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Björk’s Getting a Retrospective at MoMA

by Whitney Kimball on June 20, 2014
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This story has Klaus Biesenbach written all over it.

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