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Ursula: Issue 1

Ursula is a new quarterly art magazine from Hauser & Wirth featuring essays, profiles, interviews, original portfolios, and photography by some of the most thought-provoking writers and artists in the world. Ursula takes its name from the internationally admired co-founder of the gallery: patron, collector, mentor, and art world mater familias Ursula Hauser.

The inaugural issue of Ursula features contributions from writer Luc Sante (Low Life, The Factory of Facts, The Other Paris), a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books who explores the under-traveled history of Surrealism in Belgium, his homeland; Robin Coste Lewis, the National-Book-Award-winning poet and poet laureate of Los Angeles, who has written a new poem in response to the sculpture of Jack Whitten; Alissa Bennett, whose pop-culture literary zines have built a cult following and who, in a new essay, explores the nature of wealth, tragedy, and personal obsession; and Pipilotti Rist, whose recipe for homemade Japanese pickles is the first of many recipes planned for the pages of future issues.

The cover conversation, between two longtime friends – the pioneering dealer, filmmaker and activist Linda Goode Bryant and the artist Senga Nengudi – revisits the early days of the Just Above Midtown gallery, the first African-American-owned commercial gallery showing artists of color in Manhattan. The deeply personal conversation touches on questions on power, feminism, motherhood, the art world, social justice and food politics.

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    Stories In This Issue

    Making Doors: Linda Goode Bryant in Conversation with Senga Nengudi

    ‘People were saying, ‘They won’t let us.’ I was frustrated by us not letting ourselves. Not understanding that we, in fact, can create what we need. If the doors aren’t being opened for you, then go out and make your own doors. Artists need opportunities for their work to be experienced by others. So let’s just create that.’ – Linda Good Bryant, founder of Just Above Midtown Gallery (1974-1986) and Project EATS.
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    Americans Doing Everyday American Things

    In a 2016 interview for the National Endowment for the Arts, Amy Sherald was asked about her motivations in painting African-American figures. She said she hoped her work would be seen as ‘portraits of Americans doing everyday American things.’
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    Plein Air: A Look at New Work by Roni Horn

    Roni Horn’s ‘Air Burial’ (2014–17) belongs to an important group of cast-glass works that the artist has made since the mid-1990s and is the first of these works conceived specifically by Horn to be sited outdoors amid the elements.
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