John Laub by John Ashbery

BOMB 56 Summer 1996
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​John Laub

John Laub, Summer’s Garden, 1995, oil on linen, 42 × 84 inches. Courtesy Fischbach Gallery.

John Laub shows us segments of urban or marine landscape that seem on the point of reverting to a previous geometrical identity. That is, instead of imposing a geometry on what he sees, he lets objects take their own shape, one haunted by memories of an ideal world of elemental volumes and colors. It’s as though, in looking over their shoulder at a lapsed order of things, his very contemporary, noncommittal images had frozen at an intermediate stage somewhere between timeliness and timelessness.

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BOMB 56, Summer 1996

Featuring interviews with Martha Plimpton, Irvine Welsh, Jeffrey Vallance, Nick Pappas, Mark Eitzel, Lee Breuer, Ornette Coleman, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Janwillem van de Wetering, and Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson on Audre Lorde.

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Issue 56 056  Summer 1996