Olivia Parkes

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Art

The Artist Who Painted the Politically Invisible and the Politically Active

For most of her life, the 20th-century painter Alice Neel worked in obscurity, depicting people of color, the working class, intellectuals, and activists. Now, a new exhibition curated by Hilton Als examines her portraits of her neighbors in Harlem.
Olivia Parkes
2.24.17
Review

Rachel Cusk Examines the Power of Motherhood by Ignoring It

While many writers have turned to autobiography in their work, the Canadian author, who was torn apart in the press after publishing controversial memoirs about motherhood and divorce, has developed a unique strategy for critiquing culture in her new...
Olivia Parkes
1.19.17
Interviews

Meeting Strangers in the Night and Taking Their Photos

Artist Laurel Nakadate does the things young women are warned never to do when meeting strangers from the internet—celebrate a birthday, play dead, dance in her underwear—and the resulting photos and videos depict the strange combination of intimacy...
Olivia Parkes
9.5.16
Interviews

Deceptively Whimsy Paintings with a Political Stroke

Artist Sophie von Hellermann isn't afraid to be cute, girly, and playful. Case in point: She answered our questions with drawings. But her work is anything but light.
Olivia Parkes
8.19.16
Interviews

Artist Mickalene Thomas Is Bringing Black Women into the Canon

Drawing inspiration from her childhood in the 1970s as well as the full scope of Western and African art, Thomas uses painting, photography, collage, and video to demand her glamorous, assertive subjects be seen.
Olivia Parkes
8.5.16
Interviews

Photos of the Drama of Womanhood

Marjorie Salvaterra's black-and-white depictions of women combine glamour, humor, and the mundane to make powerful statements about the roles women are expected to play.
Olivia Parkes
7.23.16
Interviews

The Artist Painting Memories of Iraq

The singular work of Hayv Kahraman is influenced by "decorative arts" as much as recent political history—and the combination is as beautiful as it is uncomfortable.
Olivia Parkes
7.9.16
Art

Imagining Women's Lives in Painted Dreams

In her surreal, thoughtful paintings, Swedish artist Karin Mamma Andersson explores historical conventions for shaping the female mind and body, from corsets and dollhouses to strip clubs and brothels.
Olivia Parkes
6.25.16
Religion

Photos of Forbidden Female Catholic Priests and Feminist Spirituality

For the past four years, lapsed Catholic Giulia Bianchi has been photographing the women who defy the Roman Catholic Church to become ordained as priests.
Olivia Parkes
6.12.16
Interviews

'Cliteracy' Artist Sophia Wallace on What It's Like When Your Work Goes Viral

Like the clitoris, the works in the queer conceptual artist's new show, "OVER and OVER and OVER," are small but powerful.
Olivia Parkes
5.30.16
Art

This Artist Is Flirting with Surveillance and Romancing Spies

For Jill Magid, loopholes, laws, and secrets are paint, clay, and canvas.
Olivia Parkes
5.14.16
Sex

You Can Literally Have Sex with the Environment in This 'Ecosexual Bathhouse'

According to performance art duo Pony Express, we've fucked the biosphere. To help us fuck it more gently, their new project includes a composting glory hole, bee BDSM, and sprouting panties.
Olivia Parkes
5.6.16
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