The New Social Environment#909

Bobby Anspach: Place for Continuous Eye Contact

Featuring Charlotte Kent, Ethan Bond Watts, Saul Ostrow, and William Corwin, with George Fragopoulos


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent, artist Ethan Bond Watts, and curator Saul Ostrow join Rail contributor William Corwin for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by George Fragopoulos.

In this talk

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Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

Ethan Bond-Watts

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Ethan Bond-Watts is an artist living and working in New York and Vermont. His practice spans collaborative performance, living sculpture, institutional commissions, and vibrant installations for fine homes. In 2009, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont, where he studied Art, Environment, and Philosophy made glass installations on campus. In his twenties, Bond-Watts continued exploring contemporary and historical art with travel to Europe and Asia — while expanding his sculptural practice. In March of 2020 returned home to Vermont — where he currently makes a living selling his art, designing wildflower meadows, doing custom farm work with his fleet of tractors and agricultural machinery, and collaborating with other artists.

Saul Ostrow

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Independent curator and critic, and co-founder of Critical Practices Inc., Saul Ostrow has organized over 80 exhibitions and his writings have appeared in art magazines, journals and catalogues in the USA and Europe. He served as Art Editor, Bomb Magazine, was Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004) and Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (1996-2006) published by Francis & Taylor.

William Corwin

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Sculptor and journalist William Corwin is from New York. He has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Hamburg, Beijing and Taipei. He has written regularly for The Brooklyn Rail, Artpapers, Bomb, Artcritical, Raintaxi and Canvas. Most recently he curated and wrote the catalog for Postwar Women at The Art Students League in New York, an exhibition of the school’s alumnae active between 1945-65, and 9th Street Club, and exhibitions of Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Mercedes Matter, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner and Elaine Dekooning at Gazelli Art House in Mayfair. He is the editor of Formalism; Collected Essays of Saul Ostrow, (2020).

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

George Fragopoulos

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George Fragopoulos is a poet, translator, and publisher living and working out of Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of Heretical Materialism: A Pasolini Triptych (BlazeVOX) and the chapbooks 14 Poems in 516 Lines (Beautiful Days Press) and Days of April-May 2022 (Bottlecap Press). He has published poems, essays, and translations in the journals Circumference, North Dakota Quarterly, Salamander, Words Without Borders, and Works and Days. Along with Joshua Wilkerson, he runs the poetry press Beautiful Days Press. He is an Associate Professor of English at Queensborough Community College and an Associate Professor of Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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