Ursula is a new quarterly art magazine from Hauser & Wirth featuring essays, profiles, interviews, original portfolios, and photography by some of the most thought-provoking writers and artists in the world. Ursula takes its name from the internationally admired co-founder of the gallery: patron, collector, mentor, and art world mater familias Ursula Hauser.
The inaugural issue of Ursula features contributions from writer Luc Sante (Low Life, The Factory of Facts, The Other Paris), a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books who explores the under-traveled history of Surrealism in Belgium, his homeland; Robin Coste Lewis, the National-Book-Award-winning poet and poet laureate of Los Angeles, who has written a new poem in response to the sculpture of Jack Whitten; Alissa Bennett, whose pop-culture literary zines have built a cult following and who, in a new essay, explores the nature of wealth, tragedy, and personal obsession; and Pipilotti Rist, whose recipe for homemade Japanese pickles is the first of many recipes planned for the pages of future issues.
The cover conversation, between two longtime friends – the pioneering dealer, filmmaker and activist Linda Goode Bryant and the artist Senga Nengudi – revisits the early days of the Just Above Midtown gallery, the first African-American-owned commercial gallery showing artists of color in Manhattan. The deeply personal conversation touches on questions on power, feminism, motherhood, the art world, social justice and food politics.
Video: Linda Goode Bryant, Luc Sante, Thomas Phifer, Alissa Bennett and Robin Coste Lewis for Ursula