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Surviving Sandy, JohnsonSarkissian



Photography team JohnsonSarkissian discuss their work with host Jeannie Hopper at the first exhibition of an unusual new work shown as part of the Brooklyn Rail-organized exhibit Come Together: Surviving Sandy (October-November 2013). ARTonAIR.org is the official radio station for the exhibition and is operating a remote station on the site in Industry City.

JohnsonSarkissian photographed super storm Sandy from the eye of the storm in New Jersey through its devastating consequences across the Tristate area. For years Robert Johnson and Katherine Sarkissian have conducted fashion shoots and created editorial portraits for numerous lifestyle and culture publications. This never before seen selection of images captures the wreckage left in Sandy's wake in heart-wrenching detail and clarity. The beauty of each image often contrasts with the content framed by the camera's lens - from the officer pulling American flags from the rubble of a house to a boat lodged firmly in a garage, half a mile from sea.
 

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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.

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