Inside China Chate, n.d.

Inside China Chalet, n.d.

Out Of State (part 8) is back in New York, and there NATASHA STAGG wonders about the future of the restaurant biz and all of the people that used to flock to the Big Apple for the good eats and parties. Did we see this coming?

DEAN KISSICK takes us through the troubled beginnings of the 2020s, charting his own history in New York, and the timeline of events of the previous decade that brought us here. Writing is the best cure for amnesia. 

 Liza Minelli in “New York, New York” by Martin Scorsese

Liza Minelli in “New York, New York” by Martin Scorsese

Get your black spandex tights and head down broadway musical memory lane with NATASHA STAGG in her seventh installment of OUT OF STATE. After the curtain drops, there's still New York behind any rendition of "New York, New York." Which is your favourite?

Sanya Kantarovsky, As ye sow, so shall ye reap, 2020, oil and watercolor on linen, 127 × 101.6 cm

Gertrude Abercrombie,White Cat and Red Carnations, 1941, oil on canvas, 40.6 cm × 50.8 cm, 61.6 × 71.75 cm (framed)

Nell Blaine, Untitled, 1957, oil on canvas laid to Masonite, 76.2 × 55.88 cm

 Still from Mohammad Khordadian's video work Warm Up & Persian Dancing #2 , 1987

Still from Mohammad Khordadian's video work Warm Up & Persian Dancing #2, 1987

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian in conversation with Daniel Baumann

 Grave of “Divine”, Baltimore, MD.

Grave of “Divine”, Baltimore, MD.

This week, the OUT OF STATE (No. 6) train is headed to Baltimore, once home to the inimitable Divine, muse of many a John Waters' flick, and now site of his final resting place. Pilgrimage to the grave, and a few musings on the plight of Cancel Culture, are on the menu. Just no dog shit.

Get OUT OF STATE (No. 5) with Natasha Stagg this week, where she follows the great exodus from New York (at least for a weekend). But beware of Lyme disease, weird neighbourly hymns, and the countryside's glacial pace when it comes to motivation. 

 Protesters pulling down monument of Andrew Jackson, June 22, 2020.

Protesters pulling down monument of Andrew Jackson, June 22, 2020.

The US, Germany, and the world have a Swiss cheese consciousness about history: filled with holes. No righting the ship here, just some stories, and jokes, and some more jokes.

 Soshiro Matsubara,  A Tale of Romance , 2020 (detail), carpet, glazed ceramics, artificial hair, fabric, wood, light sphere, Carpet: 350 × 200 cm, Sculpture ca. 20 × 130 × 90 cm, Lamp ø 28

A Tale of Romance, 2020 (detail), carpet, glazed ceramics, artificial hair, fabric, wood, light sphere, Carpet: 350 × 200 cm, Sculpture ca. 20 × 130 × 90 cm, Lamp ø 28 cm

Japanese-born, Vienna-based artist, Soshiro Matsubara is digging deep into the sordid past and affairs of Viennese love, loss, and revenge, at a recent show in the City of Music where heads were taken off, and Freud was keeping close watch. 

 Iikawa Takehiro,  DECORATOR CRAB, Arrangement, Adjustment, Movement , 2020, installation at Yokohama Triennale 2020. © Iikawa Takehiro Yokohama Triennale 2020

Iikawa Takehiro, DECORATOR CRAB, Arrangement, Adjustment, Movement, 2020, installation view Yokohama Triennale 2020, © Iikawa Takehiro

As the 7th edition of the Yokohama Triennale is set to open in Japan, Francesca Ceccherini sat down with Raqs Media Collective to discuss their curatorial strategy, and how the exhibition has developed online, in print, and elsewhere.

Is there such a thing as Deleter’s Remorse? NATASHA STAGG’S fourth column sifts through the aftermath of her deleted Instagram account, and all of the things she misses – and doesn't miss – about the social media giant. Who knows? Maybe she'll create a Finsta profile now in its place.