Small Wonder pays homage to quieter works from some of our favorite artists in poetry and writing, sculpture and drawing, and digital media. A black and bright look at process, sketches and ideas, and adventures into the beautiful, unknown and new.
Featuring artist Richard Forster on the cover.
*BROADCAST TRIBUTE MIXTAPE In honor of Trish Keenan, a small wonder the world sadly lost this time last year.
Alex Jovanovich is an artist and critic who lives in the Bronx. A selection of his work was recently featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He currently has work in "Tomorrow's Man," a group exhibition curated by Jack Pierson at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac in Salzburg. He is a regular contributor to Artforum.
Alex Jovanovich is Guest Editor of Edition: Charm School
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Alex Jovanovich is a Nominator in NOMINATOR/NOMINEE
Alfred Planco is simply a country boy, born and raised in Manhattan and currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a teacher, an artist, and an urban farmer. Currently, Alfred teaches art to youth involved in the juvenile justice system through the organization Artistic Noise (artisticnoise.org). Alfred creates, prints and sells books that include text and graphic collage, photography, poetry and children's stories. He is inspired by things found, as well as New York City.
Courtesy of the artist.
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Alvaro Barrios was born in 1945 in Catagena, Colombia. He attended the School of Fine Arts at the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla from 1958 to 1960, followed by the University of Perugia in Italy from 1966 to 1967. His work spans paintings, sculptures, and conceptual art, with varying incorporations of surrealist elements. Barrios' work has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional in Buenos Aires, Nohra Haime Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He currently lives and works in Colombia.
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Amrita Pritam was born in 1919 in Pakistan. She is considered one of the first and most prominent female Punjabi poets, novelists, and essayists. In her career of over 60 years, she wrote 28 novels, 18 anthologies of prose, five short stories, and 16 miscellaneous prose volumes. She has been awarded the Bhartiya Jnanpith, one of India’s highest literary award, in 1982; the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 1969; the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary award, both in 2004.
D.H. Tracy is the author of Janet’s Cottage, forthcoming from St. Augustine’s Press. He lives in Illinois. Mohan Tracy is D.H. Tracy’s mother. Punjabi is her mother tongue. She learned Gurmukhi (a script for Punjabi in which Amrita Pritam wrote) from her grandmother when growing up in Malaysia.
Their translations of Amrita Pritam’s “A Letter” and “Empty Space” first appeared in the June 2011 issue of "Poetry Magazine".
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Anthony McCall was born in 1946 in Great Britain. He is an important part of the American Avant-Garde movement, as he was part of the avant-garde London Film-makers Co-operative in the 1970s. His work is part of many public collections worldwide, including The Tate Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Spain, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. He now lives and works in New York.
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Antoine de Chandieu was born near Macon, France, in 1534. He was a pastor, theologian, polemicist, community organizer, and occasional poet who played a key role in the establishment of the Protestant Church in France.
Nate Klug was born in Minnesota and grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He attended Roxbury Latin in West Roxbury, MA (graduated 2004), and went on to study English at the University of Chicago (graduated 2008). He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School and is a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in the Christian Century, Literary Imagination, Poetry, the Yale Review, and Zoland Poetry Annual.
From "Octonaires on the World's Vanity and Inconstancy" first appeared in the June 2011 issue of "Poetry Magazine".
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Azealia Banks was born in 1991 in Harlem, New York. She was recently named #1 on NME’s 2011 Cool List. She has just signed to Universal Records and “212” featuring Lazy Jay is her debut single. She also collaborated with Scissor Sisters and Alex Ridha from Boys Noize on Scissor Sister’s latest release “Shady Love”.
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Broadcast was formed in 1995 in Birmingham, England and originally consisted of Trish Keenan, Roj Stevens, Tim Felton, and James Cargill. They have released three albums, several EPs, two singles and EP collections. Trish Keenan suddenly and tragically passed away from pneumonia on January 14, 2011 at the age of 42. These songs are featured as a tribute to her and the entire Broadcast band.
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Carlo Betocchi was born in Turin in 1899. He founded the Catholic-oriented magazine Il Frontespizio with Piero Bargellini in 1929. Betocchi is the author of several poetry collections including "L’Estate di San Martino (Summer of Saint Martino)", "Un Passo un altro passo (A Step, Another Step)", "Prime e Ultimissime (First and Last Ones)", and "Poesie del Sabato (Sabbath Poems)". His collected works, Tutte Le Poesie, was published in 1984. Betocchi died in Bordighera in 1986 and is considered to be one of the major Italian poets of the twentieth century.
Brock's first book of poetry, "Weighing Light", appeared in late 2005. His poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Paris Review, and Hudson Review. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2002–2004 and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library during the 2010–2011 academic year. Brock is currently working on a second collection of poems and editing "The FSG Book of 20th-century Italian Poetry". He teaches at The University of Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation in Fayetteville, where he lives with his wife, the writer Padma Viswanathan, and their children, Ravi and Mira. (Courtesy of the translator.)
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David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield in 1968. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1991. He has exhibited at the Hayward Gallery in London, Yvon Lambert in Paris, Anton Kern Gallery in New York, Malmo Konsthall in Malmo, Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, and Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. He currently lives in Glasgow and is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery in London.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Eleventh Edition (www.gagarin.be) and from "Worried Noodles (The Empty Sleeve)", published by Tomlab in 2005.
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Didier Rittener was born in 1969. He received a graduate degree in mixed media from Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne in Switzerland in 1996. He has exhibited at Galerie Sollertis in Toulouse, Galerie Lange + Pult in Zurich, MAMCO in Geneva, and Galerie arte ricambi in Verona. He is a part time Professor for Drawing at the Ecole Supérierue des Beaux-Arts de Genève and currently lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Excerpted from "Libre de Droits", published in 2004 by SRO-Kundig in Geneva.
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Dylan Fisher was born in Seattle, WA. He studied fine art at Parsons The New School for Design. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. She is best known for her self-portraits and politically relevant paintings, which were influenced by Mexican folk art. During her lifetime, she created over 200 paintings, drawings, and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical, and emotional pain, and her turbulent relationship with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. She suffered from many medical ailments and passed away in 1954.
Excerpted from "The Diary of Frida Kahlo: an intimate self-portrait/introduction" by Carlos Fuentes, published by Banco de Mexico in 1995.
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Félix González-Torres was born in Cuba in 1957. He graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute of Art and an MFA from New York University and the International Center of Photography. He has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, and the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City. He passed away in 1996. The Félix González-Torres Foundation was created in 2002 “to foster an appreciation for the work of Félix González-Torres among the general public, scholars, and art historians.” His work is represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery.
Excerpted from "Felix Gonzalez-Torres", published by steidldangin in 2006.
Gabriel Orozco was born in 1962 in Veracruz, Mexico. He was educated at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas and the Circulo de Bellas Artes. He has shown at the Tate Modern Gallery in London, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Kunsthalle Zürich in Switzerland. He now divides his time between New York, Paris, and Mexico City, and is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, and Galeria Kurimanzutto in Mexico City.
Excerpted from "Gabriel Orozco", published by Steidl for the exhibition "Directions-- Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Refletion" organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonsian Institution in Washington DC, in 2004.
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Gerhard Richter was born in 1932 in Dresden, Germany. He contributes art to many different mediums, including abstract and photorealistic painted works and photographs and glass pieces. He has shown at galleries and museums worldwide, including Galerie Bernd Lutze in Germany, Michael Shultz Gallery in Seoul, Galerie Marian Goodman in Paris, and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Excerpted from "Gerhard Richter: Snow-White", published by Wako Works of Art in 2006.
Heinz Hajek-Halke was born in Berlin in 1898, and spent part of his childhood in Argentina. He worked as a photo editor, press photographer and commercial artist, concentrating almost from the start on montage techniques. In 1949 he became a member of the German group fotoform and took part in the first of two subjektive fotografie exhibitions. Hajek-Halke was appointed lecturer in photography and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1955. During his lifetime he published two books, Experimentelle Fotografie and Lichtgrafik. He died in Berlin in 1983.
Excerpted from "Form Aus Licht Und Schatten", published in 2005 by Steidl.
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Jeremy Everett holds a B.A. in landscape design from Colorado State University and an M.A. in visual studies from the University of Toronto. Everett has exhibited with Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in several exhibitions including the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Friedrich Petzel Gallery and Rivington Arms in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Modern Painters and Flash Art among other periodicals.
Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery.
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Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893. He is incredibly influential to the art world and best known for his contributions to Surrealist art in many different mediums. He had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1951 and in 1959, as well as won a prize at the Venice Biennale in 1954 and was commissioned for two large ceramic murals at the UNESCO buildings in Paris in 1968. His work is part of public and private collections worldwide. He passed away in 1983 from heart disease.
Excerpted from "Joan Miro: His Graphic Work", published by Harry N. Adams in 1958.
Joseph Campbell was born in 1904 in New York. He received his Bachelors Degree from Columbia University in 1925 and his Masters Degree in 1927. He was then awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. He was best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His philosophy is often summarized by the phrase: “Follow your bliss.” He passed away in 1987.
Excerpted from "A Joseph Campbell Companion", selected and edited by Diane K. Osbon and published by HarperCollins in 1991.
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Juhan Liiv was born in 1864 in Estonia. His first and most famous short story, Vari (The Shadow), was published in 1894. A book of 495 of his poems was published in 1909. In 1965, The Juhan Liiv Prize for Poetry was founded and is awarded by the parish of Alatskivi on April 30th of every year.
“Music” and “Leaves Fell” first appeared in the June 2011 issue of "Poetry Magazine".
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Kit Webster was born in Australia and attended RMIT University in Melbourne. His works have been featured at the Museum of Saint-Breuic and Scopitone Festival in France, Bâtiment d’art Contemporain in Geneva, and the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo. In 2011, Webster was a sponsored artist at the Fringe Festival Atlas Project.
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Lawrence Weiner was born in New York City in 1942. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. He now lives and works in New York and Amsterdam and is represented by Lisson Gallery in London, Yvon Lambert in Paris, Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv, i8 Galleri in Reykjavik, Regen Projects in Los Angeles, and Marian Goodman Gallery in Boston, MA.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Tenth Edition (www.gagarin.be).
Liang Yue was born in Shanghai in 1979. She has exhibited at the BizArt Center in Shanghai, the Foto Museum Province of Antwerp, Kunstverein in Heidelberg, Germany, PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY, Chambers Fine Art in New York, and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. She is represented by ShangArt Gallery in Shanghai.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Tenth Edition (www.gagarin.be).
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Marcel Duchamp was born in 1887 in France. He is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century and often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. He challenged conventional thought about artistic processes and art marketing by subversive actions and art. He passed away in 1968 and his work is still exhibited worldwide.
Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934, and was raised and educated in the United States and South America. He is the author of eleven books of poems, including Dark Harbor (1993), The Continuous Life (1990), The Late Hour (1978), The Story of Our Lives (1973), and Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964). He has also published three books of prose, three volumes of translations, two monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. He has edited a number of volumes, including The Making of a Poem (2000), The Golden Ecco Anthology (1994), The Best American Poetry 1991, and Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (with Charles Simic, 1976). His honors include the Bollingen Prize, the Bobbit Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize, a Rockefeller Foundation award, and the Wallace Stevens Prize, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.
Exclusive readings recorded for Dream The End on October 19, 2011, from Mark Strand’s upcoming new release Almost Invisible, published by Knopf.
NASA, which stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is the agency of the US government responsible for the civilian space program for aeronautics and aerospace research. Their mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
Nathanael West was born in New York City in 1903. He was an author, famous for “Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)” and “The Day of the Locust (1939)”. He later worked as a screenwriter for Republic studios, collaboratively writing “Five Came Back (1939)” and “I Stole a Million (1939)”. He passed away in 1940.
Excerpted from "Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust", published by New Directions Paperback in 1962.
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Nina Papaconstantinou was born in Athens in 1968. She graduated from the University of Athens in 1992 and Camberwell College of Arts in London in 2001. Her work has been featured at the Elika Gallery in Athens, Tint Gallery in Thessaloniki, The Art Foundation in Athens, and 798 Space in Beijing. She currently lives in Ioannina, Greece.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Eighth Edition (www.gagarin.be).
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Peter Downsbrough was born in New Jersey in 1940. He has shown at galleries and museums worldwide including Argos in Brussels, Kunsthalle in Dusseldorf, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, UK, and White Columns in New York. He lives and works in Brussels and is represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston, MA.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Ninth Edition (www.gagarin.be).
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Prinzhorn Dance School consists of British artists Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn, known for their experimental, post-punk sound. The band's name finds inspiration from Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who collected the art of mentally ill patients under his care. They released their self-recorded and self-produced single in 2006, under the music label DFA. Prinzhorn Dance School is currently working on their second album.
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Richard Forster was born in 1970 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. He has exhibited widely in the UK and made his first appearance in the United States, in February 2011, in the acclaimed group exhibition "Drawn from Photography" at The Drawing Center, NYC. Richard Forster is represented by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. His works are currently on view at the FLAG Art Foundation in his first solo exhibition in the US on view through May 19th, 2012.
Courtesy of the Artist/Ingleby Gallery/FLAG Art Foundation, New York.
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Richard Serra is one of the most significant artists of his generation. He was born in San Francisco in 1939. After studying at the University of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara, he graduated in 1961 with a BA in English literature. In 1964, he graduated from Yale University with both a BFA and an MFA. Receiving a Yale Traveling Fellowship, he spent a year in Paris, followed by a year in Florence funded by a Fulbright grant. He has produced large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban, and landscape settings all around the world. Serra currently lives in New York and Nova Scotia.
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Rosemarie Castoro was born in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1963. Her work is included in public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Australia in Queenslands, Whitworth Art Gallery in England, and FIAC in Paris. She is represented by Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre in Paris, Eaton Fine Art in West Palm Beach, FL, and Hal Bromm Gallery in New York.
Excerpt from Gagarin, Eleventh Edition (www.gagarin.be).
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Simon Schubert was born in 1976 in Cologne, Germany. From 1997 to 2004, he trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the sculpture class of Irmin Kamp. Some of his paper foldings entered the West Collection, Oaks, PA, while the Saatchi Collection, London, owns sculptural works in mixed media. He currently works and resides in Cologne, Germany.
Courtesy of the artist.
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Sol Lewitt was born in 1928 in Connecticut. He found fame in the late 1960s with his wall drawings and sculptures, but was prolific in a wide range of media including drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting. His work is part of public collections from around the world, including the Tate Modern in London, Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Dia:Beacon and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.
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Tony Conrad was born in 1940 in New Hampshire. He is recognized as an experimental film maker, composer, musician, and sound artist. He began to work in video and performance in the 1970s as a professor at Antioch College in Ohio. His most famous film is “The Flicker (1966)” and is considered to be a key early work of the structural film movement. His work has been shown at many museums including The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 in New York. Conrad is also known as being indirectly responsible for the name of The Velvet Underground, although he was not an actual member of the famous group. Lou Reed and John Cale found a book entitled The Velvet Underground, which had belonged to Conrad, after moving into his old apartment on Ludlow Street in New York City.
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William Blake was born in London in 1757. He apprenticed under engraver James Basire for seven years and then studied at the Royal Academy. His most popular collection “Songs of Innocence” was published in 1789, in which he combined both text and pictures on one engraved plate. He continued creating books throughout his life and found admirers in the water-colorists of the next generation in 1818. He died in 1827.
Excerpted from "Blake's Poetry and Designs", selected and edited by Mary Lynn Johnson and John E. Grant, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in 1979.
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