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Courtney Puckett Creates a Field of Her Own

By Annabel Keenan

Courtney Puckett is a Hudson Valley-based artist working with found materials and textiles to create sculptures that explore the world around her. Taking on different "characters", Puckett's sculptures reflect people and occupations of everyday life, inviting the viewer to parse meaning in our societal roles. Upon joining Testudo's roster of artists, Puckett shared her experience of discovering fiber art by abandoning painting for the more playful, malleable material she found in textiles.

  • Four Highlights from the 81st Whitney Biennial

    By Zach Ngin

    The Whitney Biennial is one of the country’s most closely watched exhibitions. Each iteration aspires to take the temperature of contemporary practice: anointing new stars, uncovering overlooked talents, and more often than not, stirring up some controversy or another. This year’s edition, titled “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” opened to the public on March 20. Here are four standout presentations from this year’s biennial – the works that made me crouch down, lean in, and stand back.

  • Our Team's Monthly Picks: March 2024

    By Team Testudo

    Only 38% of the artists represented by galleries globally were female despite near even representation at art schools. At Testudo, women represent more than half our artists. This Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our team's favorite pieces from Testudo.

  • Documenting the Experience of Black Cowboys: A Conversation with Charles Lee

    By Emily Wilson

    Photographer Charles Lee speaks with Emily Wilson about his first solo exhibition at SF Camerawork, sweat+dirt. The two discuss his unwavering commitment to document the Black experience in the American West, which has a cultural history that long predates the archetype of the Marlboro man. His fascination with the subject began not long after his cousin, a Zydeco musician, introduced him to the Black Cowboy Parade in West Oakland.

  • Hana Yilma Godine's 'A Brush in the Universe' Transcends Time and Place

    By Jahunyia Healis

    From her studio in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, painter Hana Yilma Godine speaks about her latest solo show in New York City at two locations: The Fridman Gallery on the Bowery and the Rachel Uffner Gallery on the Lower East Side. Godine discusses her educational journey, process, and the themes in her work.

  • Explorations in Art Theory Part 2: We Can or We Kant?

    By Taliesin Thomas

    In the second installment of this four-part series, writer Taliesin Thomas investigates the ideas of Immanuel Kant, dubbed the father of modern aesthetics. Kant's theories created the idea of formalism - Thomas explores where his theories are helpful while also probing their limitations.

  • What Lives in the Empty: An Interview with Trevor King

    By Sidney Mullis

    Growing up in Butler, PA, Trevor King mines his childhood environment and personal family relationships to show us that empty, abandoned spaces still have a sound. Pittsburgh-based artist Sidney Mullis met with Trevor for a walk-through of the exhibition earlier this month. After the visit, the pair sat down for a conversation on object making, drawing from historical and personal archives, and mentorship.