Ellen Gallagher

  • the Best of 2015

    TO TAKE STOCK OF THE PAST YEAR, ARTFORUM ASKED AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF ARTISTS TO SELECT A SINGLE IMAGE, EXHIBITION, OR EVENT THAT MOST MEMORABLY CAPTURED THEIR EYE IN 2015.

    YUJI AGEMATSU

    Silicone snake, West 42nd and Broadway, New York, July 29, 2015.

    RON NAGLE

    This picture was taken along the waterfront in San Francisco’s Mission Bay area. This area is extremely scenic, with old battleships and boats. I go there frequently to walk my dog, relax, and enjoy the fantastic views. The pier is used to store various components for seasonal parades or events. This grouping of floats for the Pride

  • Ellen Gallagher

    Tell me, dear beauty of the dusk,

    When purple ribbons bind the hill,

    Do dreams your secret wish fulfill,

    Do prayers, like kernels from the husk

    Come from your lips? Tell me if when

    The mountains loom at night, giant shades

    Of softer shadow, swift like blades

    Of grass seeds come to flower. Then

    Tell me if the night winds bend

    Them towards me . . .

    —Jean Toomer, “Tell Me”

    Edwidge Danticat positions her novel Claire of the Sea Light (Knopf) across the span of a single day, the seventh birthday of its main character, Claire Limyè Lanmè Faustin. There is a sense of some gathering cataclysm as the