The New Social Environment#274

Ellen Altfest with Toby Kamps


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Ellen Altfest joins Rail Editor-at-Large Toby Kamps for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Forrest Gander.

In this talk

Ellen Altfest

Ellen Altfest photographed by Vincent Dilio in her New York studio
Ellen Altfest photographed by Vincent Dilio in her New York studio
Born in 1970, New York, where she currently lives and works. Ellen Altfest has developed her own distinct and devoted approach to a figurative and representational painting. Altfest always paints from life, drawn towards domestic plants, vegetables and more recently, male models. She immerses herself in an intense analysis and personal engagement with the subject that pushes her vision beyond the real. Altfest approaches her various subjects with a similar intent, spending hours of careful observation and study that results in images that although appear voyeuristic are portrayed with a deadpan humour and utmost vigilance towards her painting process.

Toby Kamps

Portrait drawing of Toby Kamps by Phong Bui
Portrait of Toby Kamps by Phong Bui
Toby Kamps is former director of Blaffer Museum of Art, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection. He is now the director of external projects at White Cube Gallery and is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

โค๏ธ ๐ŸŒˆ We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.