The novelist, essayist, and social critic James Baldwin has been dead for more than 30 years, but he is still a Jeremiah: a mournful prophet whose warnings about the health of the world appear to have gone unheeded. His 1963 book The Fire Next Time has reemerged as a discomforting guide for those bewildered by the global ascendance of the populist right, by the persistence of wealth disparity in the world’s most developed countries, by the deportations, by attacks on the free press, by police killings. Those seeking reassurance in the present through the belief that things “used to be worse” will find little comfort in his words. But perhaps they will find direction in his things . . . READ MORE ➡️
Born in Berlin in 1931, editor and writer Fritz J. Raddatz relied on food delivered by African American GIs after the death of his parents. To Baldwin he was an “anti-Nazi German who has the scars to prove it.” Debating his return to the USA after 25 years, Baldwin explores the political climate in America at the end of the 1970s in a conversation at home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.More
For her new book, Magdalena J. Zaborowska visited the house Baldwin occupied from 1971 to 1987 “to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity”. Here, she narrates her early journeys to Baldwin’s home and proposes a salve for its recent loss: a virtual presentation of Baldwin’s home and effects.More
The Chicago-based artist talks to Victoria Camblin about materializing the past, the house as museum, and preserving black legacies. Social and artistic engagement, Gates suggests, may allow the contents and spirit of Baldwin’s home, and others like it, to settle in lived experience.More
Madelon Vriesendorp, painter, sculptor, and OMA co-founder, welcomes the Guardian’s Nell Card (plus daughter Betsy) into her London home, a playground “perfect for five-year-olds.” The multi-hyphenate artist has been sidelined and uncredited throughout her career, though a 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize-win suggests she is finally getting her due.
Opening Friday (April 12) at David Zwirner, London, William Eggleston 2¼ showcases square-format photography from California and the American South in the 1970s – saturated figurative statements that exist somewhere between portraiture and landscape. More info: www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions/
The Sources of Far-Right Radicalization are All Around Us 👩💻👨💻
“When it comes to the threat of Islamist terrorism, no one doubts the role of radicalisation. The internet, hate preachers such as Anjem Choudary and Abu Hamza, and the western-armed, extremism-exporting state of Saudi Arabia: all play their part in radicalising the impressionable. When it comes to the far right, however, this consensus is absent. The reason for this is as obvious as it is chilling: the hate preachers, recruiting sergeants and useful idiots of rightwing extremism are located in the heart of the British, European and American establishments. They are members of the political and media elite.”
DO STREETWEAR BRANDS PURPOSEFULLY EXCLUDE WOMEN? 🤷♀️🤷♀️
“In my experience . . . the industry has unintentionally pushed women out by creating barriers to entry. Investment capital, retail stores, e-commerce platforms and social media communication have been controlled by men for the last two decades.
If [brands] don’t commit to growing and serving their female audiences, they’re going to be left behind.”
🔦 A MAP TO THE DARK: FRANCO “BIFO” BERARDI READS HITO STEYERL.
“Duty Free Art, in my view, is a psychomantic book. Sadness, depression, panic, attention disorders, the dementia epidemic: these are the symptoms that we need to interpret in order to act prophetically, to interpret the enigma of ‘future’. We will not discover some secret, necessary truth, only the symptoms of possibility.”
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY: On his last day in the 032c WORKSHOP, our high school intern Lenn got dripped in 032c apparel and skated off into the sunset 🌅 💰 You’re welcome for the best two weeks of your life Lenn. 😭
References to late nights and chemically-induced collectivism are woven throughout recent fashion history with London's Sports Banger, Gucci, and adidas's Spezial unveiling acid-tinged collections and campaigns. It's not unusual for brands to mine the counterculture seeking inspiration, but the parallels between early 90s rave and the present are not purely aesthetic, but political too.More