Artist Yuji Agematsu joins writer and critic Jessica Holmes for a conversation. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Andrew Durbin.
Hasegawa, a member of the band Taj Mahal Travellers, and the jazz drummer and choreographer Milford Graves. He has had solo exhibitions at Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, 2017 & 2019), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, 2019), Lulu (Mexico City, 2019), the Power Station (Dallas, 2018), Artspeak (Vancouver, 2014), Real Fine Arts (Brooklyn, 2012 & 2014), Anthology Film Archives (New York, 2004), and TZ’Art & Co. (New York, 1994). His performances have taken place at the Swiss Institute (New York, 2018), Artists Space (New York, 2017), and as part of the solo presentation Walk on A, B, C, organized by Jay Sanders for the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2016). In February, 2021, Agematsu will mount a solo exhibition at The Secession, Vienna, featuring a full year of his well-known Zip works.
A New York area-based writer, editor, and critic rooted in the art world for the past twenty years. Among other outlets, her writing features regularly in BOMB, Hyperallergic, The Observer, and the Brooklyn Rail, where she also edits the ArTonic column. Additionally, Jessica is Editor-in-Chief of the online arts publication Degree Critical. Other print publications include bylines in Vanity Fair Spain, The Magazine Antiques, and The Woman’s Art Journal. She’s contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues; most recently major texts may be found in Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky (Hauser & Wirth, 2018) and Žilvinas Kempinas (Ikon Gallery, 2016). From 1999-2018 she worked for the Calder Foundation, including 6 years serving as its Deputy Director, where she wrote and lectured widely on Alexander Calder’s life and work. Jessica holds a BA in both art history and history from the University of Rochester, and an MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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Author of MacArthur Park and Skyland and editor of Jacolby Satterwhite’s The Matriarch’s Rhapsody, Kevin Killian’s Fascination, and chapbook series Say bye to reason and hi to everything. His works appears in The Believer, BOMB, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He is the editor of frieze magazine.