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March 26, 2021

Critical Review of Solo Exhibition "Light White"

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ARTNEWS
CONSUMER REPORTS: SEUNG-MIN LEE

March 1, 2019 1:48pm

Seung-Min Lee is a New York-based artist who has staged work at venues including the Kitchen, Performance Space New York, and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. Lee will be performing at Human Resources during this year’s L.A. Art Book Fair and will be participating in a symposium at the CUNY Graduate Center for the March 28 launch of Issue 11 of Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, “BLOOD AND EARTH AND SOIL.”

In one week, Lee consumes plenty of media—everything from public radio to studio visits to Dennis Rodman’s Twitter account. There are reflections on Howard Stern’s role in the artist’s personal 9/11 narrative, the New Brunswick, New Jersey sandwich scene, and the Satanic Temple. Plus, a trip to the West Village art mainstay tapas bar Spain and the legendary Brooklyn punk warehouse 538 Johnson. All that plus much more, below! —John Chiaverina

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THE NEW YORKER
“ON WHITENESS” ANDREA K. SCOTT

August 3, 2018

Since kicking off in late June, this ambitious citywide venture, organized by the Racial Imaginary Institute, has encompassed a symposium, an artists’ residency, a documentary studio, a film series, a performance program, a reading group, and a cookout. (There’s even a mixtape, available at the gallery 47 Canal.) The vital group show at the heart of it all considers whiteness as a kind of narcissistic disorder—lacking empathy and paranoid about losing power, despite being malignantly powerful—in the works of seventeen artists whose racial diversity is a canny curatorial gambit. Tone varies from comic (Cindy Sherman’s portraits of desperately age-defying women, Seung-Min Lee’s wildly entertaining mockumentary about milk) to soulful (Native Art Department International’s video of a ceremonial dance performed by Dennis Redmoon Darkeem) to chilling (Ken Gonzales-Day’s vintage image of a crowd at a lynching, digitally altered to remove the victim from the scene). Paul Chan’s quivering trio of rising and falling white-robed figures—a figment achieved with fabric and fans—are cautionary mascots of inflated self-worth and defensive fragility.

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ARTNEWS 9 ART EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS WEEK

July 23, 2018

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NY TIMES ART IN REVIEW
‘SING’S MILLENNIUM MART’ AT INTERSTATE PROJECTS BY MARTHA SCHWENDENER

Jan. 29, 2015

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HYPERALLERGIC HOW TO TALK ABOUT WHITENESS BY RYAN WONG

July 23, 2018

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ROBERT BLACKBURN PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

January 11, 2019

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VIDA. KARAOKE WITH SUPREME LEADER KIM JONG UN BY SARAH WANG

July 3, 2018

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THE GUARDIAN. ART IMITATING LIFE: HOW THIS YEAR'S ARMORY SHOW GOT POLITICAL BY NADYA SAYEJ

March 13, 2018

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DISMAGAZINE

July 12, 2025

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