I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Born in 1950 in New York City, lives and works in New York City, New York.
Alice Attie received a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in Poetry and taught literature throughout the New York area before turning her attention to her artwork. She was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2016–2017.
Alice Attie’s ink drawings involve the minuscule. They often explore the territory between writing and drawing, where the two overlap. Her drawings are meditations in ink that allow tiny marks to accumulate over long sustained periods of time. Engaging repetition, rhythm and gradual change, she allows minuscule words, figures, numbers and images to accrue and grow on the paper. When presenting a landscape of numbers or letters or of a language that is not real, she is inspired to push and suspend meaning, allowing it to slip into visual abstraction.
Attie has attended seminars in physics and philosophy at Columbia University for a period of several years. Class Notes is a series of drawings, each of which was created within the time frame of a single class period. Taking notes in class, Attie re-inscribes the lectures as drawings; they became visual analogues to the intellectual adventures that Attie finds herself drawn to. The tenuous distinction between drawing and writing is invoked, and as the lines of these two merge and collaborate, they seem to stand for something entirely other.
Her interest in the theories and concepts of advanced physics, for instance, is not distinct from her curiosity about the mathematical ciphers themselves; their strange ineluctable beauty suggests, but never explicates, their meaning. While any language may be inaccessible on one level, it may be captivating and inspiring as it is re-figured and embraced on another.
Philosophy lectures, on Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and the Philosophy of Islam also inspire the work that marks and often embodies some of the very dilemmas that philosophy addresses. In an ongoing body of work, inspired by the late works of the writer/philosopher Michel Foucault, Attie takes the phrase 'Take Care of Yourself' (taken from the teachings of the ancient Greeks) to the drawing page–to form a landscape of endless inscription and abstraction. There is a play between the tangible and the intangible, the physical and the metaphysical, the minuscule and the grand. The tangling and untangling of strands, moving between what is legible and what is illegible, are what enthralls Attie. As she engages that tension, the drawings become wondrous explorations of ambiguity and interpretive possibility.
Her photographs and works on paper are in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Jewish Museum, all in New York, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, among others.
Attie’s first book of poems These Figures Lining the Hills has been published in 2015. The second book of poems Under the Aleppo Sun will be out in Spring 2018 with Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press.
ALICE ATTIE KARIN SANDER JONGSUK YOONJanuary 12–March 3, 2018The ink drawings by ALICE ATTIE (born in 1950, in New York City, where she lives and works) involve the minuscule. They often explore the territory between writing and drawing, where the two overlap. Her drawings are meditations in ink that allow tiny marks to accumulate over long...
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