“Time for action, for love, for art”
These are the brave words that Josephine Halvorson, the painter, posted to Facebook in the early hours this fateful morning. Those of us with art to make or magazines to edit must be thankful for work, as a distraction but also a locus of resistance.
I now bless the good luck that led me and my guests to choose for discussion at The Review Panel next week the retrospective exhibitions of Marilyn Minter and Kerry James Marshall. This will focus attention on issues of gender and race, of representation, exploitation, beauty, humor, and critique. It forces us to examine long careers that have seen political and social changes in both directions that hopefully will offer lessons for these ominous times. And if not lessons, at least, perhaps, some fun. DAVID COHEN
CORRECTION: Josephine Halvorson was a fellow of the French Academy in Rome in 2014-15. An earlier posting of this article stated inaccurately that she is presently a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.