Author Archives: Jennifer Kabat

Jennifer Kabat

About Jennifer Kabat

Jennifer Kabat is a writer who lives between London and the sticks, officially Upstate NY. She writes about art, design – and sometimes life in the middle of nowhere. She’s written for her small-circ local paper, New York Magazine, The FT and The Guardian, contributes to Frieze and was once an editor at the legendary style magazine The Face in London.
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Auctioning Off Utopia

From Christie’s to Chandigarh in India, Jennifer Kabat traces the trafficking of chairs as art in Amie Siegel’s film Provenance. Continue reading

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I Sell The Shadow: Civil Wars at the Met

Two Civil War shows at the Met make Jennifer Kabat wonder how the unspeakable nature of war gets translated into art. And what we gain and lose. Continue reading

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Stealing Beauty: Assessing the Collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts

How to assess the value of the Detroit Institute of Arts? The week Christie’s is hired for the job, Jennifer Kabat offers her take on the city’s most valuable asset. Continue reading

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"Mother" detail, glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, Jennifer Sirey 2013, All images courtesy of the artist.

Pretty On The Inside

Jennifer Sirey’s experiments with science and bacteria make some of the most compelling and disturbing art today. Jennifer Kabat considers them and how women push the boundaries of art today. Continue reading

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The Angel’s Share – Searching for Whisky. Or Truth. Or Both. Part III

From whisky’s own Enron back to Campbeltown and how it became scotch’s ghost town in Part III of Jennifer Kabat’s series on whisky. Continue reading

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The Lady In Red. The color goes so well with pepper spray, no?

Politics, Protest and Shopping Malls: 17 Days in Taksim Square

Jennifer Kabat’s Q&A with Gökhan Karakuş, an Istanbul-based architecture critic, on the events and context of the protests at Gezi Park and Taksim Square. Continue reading

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The Angel’s Share – Searching for Whisky. Or Truth. Or Both. Part II

Take an American aphid, an English PM (just out of his teens) and a British queen, add to that a Madoff-style scandal (boom, bubble and bust) and you have the makings of today’s single malt. So Jennifer Kabat finds. Continue reading

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The Angel’s Share – Searching for Whisky. Or Truth. Or Both. Part I

In the lost city of whisky, the one-time whisky capital Campbeltown, Jennifer Kabat goes in search of scotch in the first of a 3-part series on the spirit. Continue reading

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Sue Williams, Are You Porn or Anti-Porn?, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 72×62”. Courtesy of 303 Gallery.

The Dream of the 90s: Where Did All The Anger Go? 1993 at the New Museum

Haunted by the past, Jennifer Kabat takes on the New Museum’s 1993 show and examines the era’s disappearance and recent reappearance in the art world Continue reading

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Thoughts on Boston

Jennifer Kabat on the marathon and its history in Boston, from its heroes to the existential test that the race exacts. Continue reading

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Snow Cowboys Farming The White Stuff

Blinding cold, freezing chill, frostbite, darkness, icy slopes, and the threat of death at every turn — all in a day’s work for a snowmaker. Jennifer Kabat rides out with them to work. Continue reading

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Notes from the Country: We Shoot It, Gut It, Hang It, Skin It, Cut It

This winter Jennifer Kabat goes out hunting, not exactly hunting, sometimes more like hiking and hanging out, but learning to hunt. Continue reading

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