Katherine Brooks and EVER in El Barrio : 15 For 2015


What are you celebrating this season? We’re celebrating BSA readers and fans with a holiday assorted chocolate box of 15 of the smartest and tastiest people we know. Each day until the new year we ask a guest to take a moment to reflect on 2015 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and saying ‘thank you’ for inspiring us throughout the year.

Katherine Brooks is the Senior Arts & Culture Editor at the Huffington Post flagship in New York and is insatiably curious about daily developments inside and outside the art world. This inquisitive mind helps her to countenance diverse topics that fly across her desk with regularity from Burning Man to Bansky to Guerilla Girls to the New Whitney, Kim Gordan, Peaches and of course, Cats Taking Over Famous Western Artworks. One of our favorite pieces by Brooks this year is an extensive examination of gender and the fossilized academic and institutional thinking patterns that keep women marginalized in the art world in 2015 called Let’s Talk About ‘Women Artists’ And What This Term Means.

El Barrio, East Harlem, New York
October 2015
Artist: Ever in collaboration with Martha Cooper for Monument Art 2015
Photograph by Jaime Rojo

Not only did I feel captivated by the image painted on the side of this East Harlem building, I was struck by the way Jaime framed this photograph. The young man and kids in the mural peer up and over a seemingly endless landscape, while the boys playing basketball — highlighted in the foreground — appear protected by the art.


It’s always interesting to see the context within which a mural is constructed. This particular meeting of art and athletics seems to echo a greater aspect of public art: a desire to capture attention in unexpected places.

~ Katherine Brooks


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