Paul McCarthy, Elliott Sharp, Marina Abramovic by Laurie Anderson, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, and Christian Marclay.
This First Proof contains the stories “Appreciation at the Door,” “The Rundown,” and “Keepsake.”
In his debut book I am not Jackson Pollock, John Haskell shapes his performative impersonations of characters from Joan of Arc to Topsy the elephant into short stories with the character development of an actor and the writing skill of a novelist.
Lucio Pozzi on how the tangled lines in Abby Goldstein's abstract drawings imply and celebrate movement.
Sally Gall’s photographs explore below-ground spaces, looking not for the tourist sites, terrorist hideaways, or Wonderland worlds we might expect of caves and tunnels, but finding beauty in the juxtaposition of light and stone.
Archie Rand discusses his Diaspora Paintings and what it means to make Jewish art.
This First Proof contains the poems “Sleep Piling Up, Sleep Coming On” and “I Straddle the Earth.”
This First Proof contains the poems "Lucille Clifton, a Letter in Four Parts", "Dear Ha Jin, or the Astrological Sign for Mourning is an Oyster", and "Dear Yusef Komunyakaa, or Sleeping in Foxholes With an M-60".
Sixteen Polish installation artists take on the titular theme of Architectures of Gender in varied ways, from confronting viewers with oversized statistics to transforming Bauhaus design principles into a utopic living room.
Mungo Thomson on the search for the transcendent in Corey McCorkle’s om infused photographs.
Mimi Thompson on how Sheila Berger’s paintings manage to brilliantly evoke emotions, places and times.
This First Proof contains the stories “Fig,” “Swinging in the Breeze,” and “Fortune.”
Lucy Raven compares filmmaker Jem Cohen’s Chain—and the excerpted cut Chain Times Three shown at MoMA—to Benjamin’s Arcades Project, as a cataloguing of an urban cultural moment.
This First Proof contains the story “First Hair.”
Unusual journal The Ganzfeld imaginatively pairs text with image, publishing everything from designs for Renaissance horse ballets to B.L.T-themed wallpaper in what reviewer Matthea Harvey deems “an eye feast.”
Jon Robin Baitz on the unpretentious, pleasing nature of Tom Slaughter’s paintings.
On their most recent release, the album Naturaliste, band The Lucksmiths blend their thrummy sound and rhymey lyrics with a focus on simple arrangements and pensive themes.
This First Proof contains four poems from She Says, translated by Marilyn Hacker.
After a failed race for a US Senate seat, photographer Josephine Meckseper reemerges with a series of candid snapshots paired with staged images that interrogate the histories of protest and counterculture.
The Frances Dittmer Series on Contemporary Art. After nearly 40 years, Marina Abramović’s performances and installations continue to make viewers squirm. Laurie Anderson, an old friend, queries the artist on dreams and Buddhism.
Before camcorders, webcams and reality TV, there was Harvey Pekar and his home-grown autobiographical comic book series, American Splendor. Culled from Harvey’s encounters in daily life, the series and their grumpy antihero attained cult status.
In Aryeh Lev Stollman’s collection of short stories, The Dialogues of Time and Entropy, the author transposes the miracles of modern science with those of the Old Testament, filtering studies on time, entropy and chaos theory.
For over 20 years, Christian Marclay has been creating works that explore the intersection of the aural and visual. His early work in sampling and appropriation is now considered visionary—he has in large part pioneered the role of the dj in our culture.
Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto are renowned for both built and unrealized projects, from the small to the very large. Their unique designs focus on the relation between architecture, territory, and systems of distribution.
This First Proof contains Chapter 2 from Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties.
Poet and social activist Jimmy Santiago Baca is best known for his memoir, A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet, and his poetry collection Earthquakes: Poems. This past fall, he came out with a book of poetry, C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans.
New York composer, producer and improviser Elliott Sharp has famously fast fingers that are constantly giving shape to and executing numerous solo and collaborative projects. Sharp trades lively emails with writer and old friend Mike McGonigal.
Paul McCarthy’s radical approach has not been diluted over a lifetime of factory-like levels of production. The perverse psychosexual narratives he became known and admired for by fellow artists in the 1970s exploded the art world in ’92.
This First Proof contains the story “A House.”