The New Social Environment#449

From the Bridge: Alex Katz

Featuring Mark Thomas Gibson, Josephine Halvorson, Chris Martin, and Carter Ratcliff


12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific

Artists Mark Thomas Gibson, Josephine Halvorson, and Chris Martin join poet and art critic Carter Ratcliffe for a conversation on Alex Katz. We conclude with a poetry reading by Rae Armantrout.

In this talk

Visit Alex Katz on view at Gladstone Gallery through December 21, 2021

Please note this conversation will be at 12pm ET.

Mark Thomas Gibson

Photo of Mark Thomas Gibson.
Photo by Kathryn Gegenheimer
Artist Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami, FL) received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from Yale School of Art in 2013. He is represented by Fredericks & Freiser in New York, M+B in Los Angeles and Loyal in Stockholm. In 2016, he co-curated the traveling exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo. Gibson has released two artist books,_ Some Monsters Loom Large_ (2016) and Early Retirement (2017). In 2021, Gibson was awarded a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and a Hodder Fellowship from Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Josephine Halvorson

Portrait of Josephine Halvorson by Phong H. Bui.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Artist Josephine Halvorson makes art that foregrounds firsthand experience and takes the form of painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Born in Brewster, Massachusetts, she studied at The Cooper Union (BFA 2003), Yale Norfolk (2002), and Columbia University (MFA 2007). In 2021, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Halvorson is the recipient of major international residencies and fellowships such as the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France (2007-8), and was the first American pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici (2014-15). She is a subject of Art21’s documentary series New York Close Up. She is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University.

Chris Martin

A drawing of Chris Martin by Phong Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Contemporary American abstract painter Chris Martin’s wide range of material and imagery is drawn from Buddhist mandalas, the landscapes of the Catskills, and the legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Martin’s works attempt to deal with the psychological internalizations of spirituality and memory, using formalism in a way similar to both Alfred Jensen and Thomas Nozkowski. The artist regularly incorporates unconventional materials into his work, such as textiles, glitter, and vinyl records, as evidenced in Sweet Dreams (2nd Pillow Painting) (2009), a canvas where six affixed pillows are covered in bright neon paint. Martin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Carter Ratcliff

A drawing of Carter Ratcliff by Phong H. Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Critic, poet, and author Carter Ratcliff has written books on Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Marisol, Gilbert & George, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Bacon, and The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art, Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975. His writings on art have appeared in exhibition catalogues, Art in America, Artforum, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, and the Brooklyn Rail. He is a contributing editor of Art in America and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism, and the 2013 Annual T-Space Poetry Award.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Rae Armantrout reading.

Rae Armantrout

Photo of Rae Armantrout.
Photo by Andrea Auge
One of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, Rae Armantrout, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Born in Vallejo, California, Armantrout earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley and her MA at San Francisco State University. Her most recent collections include Conjure (2020); and Versed (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a professor emerita at University of California, San Diego, where she taught for more than 20 years and was the longtime director of the New Writing Series. She lives in Everett, Washington.

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