Author Christian Holland

Christian Holland is an aspiring New York City-based essayist who likes writing about how New York City isn't the center of the world. He was executive editor and founding contributor of Big, Red & Shiny, and sat on the publication's board for V2.

Articles A word cloud generated from Maggie Cavallo's "Build or Destroy" response to the Phoenix's "Gone Begging" article.
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Why We Write

In 2003, artists Matthew Nash and C. Sean Horton began piecing together the concept for web-based publication that would eventually become Big Red & Shiny. It would be a forum…

Articles Neelon at work on the Imagination Wall at Children's Hospital in September 2009. (image credit: Christian Holland)
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IT’S FOR THE KIDS

By CHRISTIAN HOLLAND Some of the most unforgettable moments from our childhood come from visits to the hospital. Those of us who made it through our formative years without a…

Interviews Greaney's new space, which was formerly inhabited by Bernard Toale's project space, right on the corner of Harrison and Thayer.
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SIX QUESTIONS WITH ANTHONY GREANEY

By CHRISTIAN HOLLAND One year after opening his gallery at 460 Harrison, the gallerist Anthony Greaney has moved to new, more accessible space on the corner of 450 Harrison -…

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The World Famous Secretary in For You, 9-5

Jessica Gath reckons she will have typed about 200 letters and postcards by the time she’s done. On a decades-old Royal “Quiet De Luxe” typewriter in immaculate condition, the painter…

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CA$H FOR YOU WARHOLS!

Call (617) 533-1103 or (617) 480-2994 if you have a Warhol to sell! But if you call one of those numbers, each of which has appeared on signs created by…

Articles Slovenian artist group OHO perform Mt. Triglav, 1968
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THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS: EPILOGUE

By CHRISTIAN HOLLAND In the spring of 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court forged a new precedent for the matter of “obviousness”1 as it pertains to patents in the unanimously decided…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR By Christian Holland I’ve realized that the experience of driving across the country merely affords one with the sensation of exhaustion. The pilgrimage that many young people…

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A Q&A WITH YASSY GOLDIE

A Q&A WITH YASSY GOLDIE By Christian Holland Images and the persona of Yassy Goldie, the Master Representative for the Golden Jasmine Yeti Dancers, have been rendered ad infinitum by the…

Articles William Pope.L, Corbu Pops, 2009. Image courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and William Pope.L. Photo by Shiloh Cinquemani.
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WILLIAM POPE.L: CORBU POPS

WILLIAM POPE.L: CORBU POPS By Christian Holland In his exhibition Corbu Pops, artist William Pope.L launches an assault on the show’s venue, Harvard’s big sandy-gray Modernist bastion, the Carpenter Center for…

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A CONVERSATION WITH LEON JOHNSON

A CONVERSATION WITH LEON JOHNSON By Christian Holland Leon Johnson is the Berwick Research Institute’s new Director in Residence (DiR). Having just taken over late in 2008, he will lead the…

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THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS. PART 3

THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS. PART 3 By Christian Holland Part 3 of a 3-Part Series. Click here for Part 1 and here for part 2. Some philosophers, scientists and artists,…

Articles Platon as represented by Raphael in The School of Athens (detail), Fresco, 1509–1510.
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THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS. PART 2

THERE ARE NO NEW IDEAS. PART 2 By Christian Holland Part 2 of a 3-Part Series. Click here for Part 1. Plato believed that any idea was attainable by an individual,…

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