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Irving Sandler & Phong Bui

Influential art critic and educator, Irving Sandler, interviews Phong Bui, the artist, writer, curator, and mastermind behind The Brooklyn Rail onsite during his Come Together: Surviving Sandy exhibition at Brooklyn's Industry City (Oct.-Dec. 2013). Sandler asks about the show, the Brooklyn Rail project, who the real Phong Bui is, and how he became the man we know today. Phong Bui has a complex and fascinating history involving international travels, abandoning a "scholarly life," his childhood, family, and experience immigrating to the US from Vietnam. The discussion took place before a live audience.


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.