Burnaway > 2019 Burnaway Reader

Stranger, Harder, Brighter is Burnaway’s first print publication in five years and its most ambitious yet, representing a renewed editorial vision and expanded cultural scope for the magazine.

Following assistant editor Jasmine Amussen’s “Letter from Atlanta: Old Town Fury Road”—which traces the rise of Lil Nas X and the Black Yeehaw Agenda, accompanied here by a new post-script—Stranger, Harder, Brighter is organized into three thematic sections that reflect the concerns and questions Burnaway has pursued in the past year.

In “Cartographies of the Global South,” artists, writers, and curators consider intersections between the American South and the Global South, particularly acknowledging shared histories between the Caribbean and South Florida, as well as the presence and influence of Latinx and Afro-Latinx communities in the region.

In the following section, “Artworks and Art Workers in Crisis,” artists and their allies raise urgent questions about the fraught dynamics between art, labor, class, and technology in the twenty-first century.

Artists from Kentucky to Mississippi to Miami are the subjects of the anthology’s final section, “Profiles and Conversations.” In addition to Diana C. Stoll’s portrait of East Tennessee photographer Mike Smith and a photo-essay documenting Joe Minter’s African Village in America in Birmingham, this section features a new profile of artist Coulter Fussell—whose quilts indiscriminately merge the influences of contemporary abstract painting and Southern craft—and brief sketches of eight artists across the South by curator Daniel Fuller.

Punctuating each of these three sections is an installment of “Mood Ring,” the series of artists’ projects introduced by Burnaway this year. Mo Costello meditates on lyrical images of intimacy and loss, Brian Hitselberger is redeemed by the power of drag, and—in a print exclusive—Emma McMillan spatially inverts architecture as painting in the shadow of John Portman.

Stranger, Harder, Brighter is not only a critical anthology but also a guidebook for contemporary art in the South, featuring guides to museums and galleries in Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, New Orleans, and Miami, and an index of DIY spaces across the region.

Order your copy of Stranger, Harder, Brighter here.



Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
120 College St
Asheville, NC 28801


A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Atlanta Contemporary
535 Means St SW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Charis Books and More
184 S. Candler St
Decatur, GA 30030

For Keeps Books
171 Auburn Ave NE, Unit H1
Atlanta, GA 30303

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308


Institute 193
193 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507


Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130


Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014


The Concern Newsstand at Lump Gallery
505 S. Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27601


Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220


The Underground Museum
3508 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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