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 379 article(s) for AFC.

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Tributes to Harun Farocki

by Whitney Kimball on August 1, 2014
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“We can never tell where his influence stops.” Artists and curators offer their thoughts about Harun Farocki, a forebearer of the essay film, after he passed away on Wednesday.

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Weighing Risks, After Last Week’s Cancelled Pro-Palestine Workshop

by Whitney Kimball on July 29, 2014
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“[W]hat is the responsibility of each of us, in the context of potential genocide?” An interview with artist and activist Amin Husain after last week’s cancelled “10 Days/10 Ideas” workshop.

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Artscape Diary: Three Days of Art Tourism in Baltimore

by Whitney Kimball on July 23, 2014
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Finding the weird amongst the Jeep tents in Baltimore’s Artscape festival.

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Philly Diary: Sean Gerstley

by Whitney Kimball on July 16, 2014
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Over the next few months, I’ll be traveling back and forth from Philadelphia to New York for a curatorial fellowship. Each week, I’ll be reporting back on my findings at Art F City. This week, I visited the studio of ceramicist Sean Gerstley, who told me about his series of raku raccoons.

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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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