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Marcia G. Yerman writes articles, interviews, profiles, and curatorial essays.

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Kiki Smith Curatorial Essay

In Kiki Smith's large-scale portrait Untitled, the artist conceives an image that is filled with pervasive symbolism, interpretable in numerous ways. Starting with Smith's choice of materials, we experience the fragility of the handmade paper as a metaphor for the delicacy of the girl/woman. The torso and head seem as if they are disparate entities: the body belonging to a developing adolescent; the face projecting a woman with a dreamy, disconnected gaze. Does the head match the body? Read more.

Obama Reaches Out to the Artworld

The gathering was billed as "The New York Art World Votes." My e-vite outlined a forum on why New York artists, curators, critics and dealers believed that Barack Obama was the best choice for the Democratic nomination. Lucy Mitchell-Innes, who told me she had been introduced to the Obama message through her 20-year-old daughter, hosted the event at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery. A recently naturalized citizen, she is "convinced of Obama's ability to pull the country together." Read more.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song at Von Lintel Gallery

In 1971, Melvin Van Peeble's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song exploded onto the American scene. Huey P. Newton, writing about its impact in that year's June th 19 issue of The Black Panther, qualified it as "the first truly revolutionary Black film a Black man." Van Peebles, who wrote, directed, produced, scored, and starred in the indie film began his cinematic presentation with the words, "Dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who had enough of the Man."
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Activism and Art Connection

With Nancy Pelosi the new House speaker and Hillary Clinton throwing her hat into the presidential ring, feminist art also looks to the future in 2007, while still debating its past. A group of female curators at the Museum of Modern Art, having come up through the ranks to speak today with a formidable voice, turned on the spotlight at a two-day event hosted by MoMA, an institution that has been slow in the past to acknowledge the work of women artists. Read more.

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