Klaus Kertess

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Tour by Klaus Kertess

The story’s “contents” are spun from actual events: in August 1973, Klaus flies to Los Angeles to meet his then-partner, Lynda Benglis (referred to as “Her”), who was to drive cross-country with him back to New York. Instead, he drives back alone, lost in a disputatious reverie circling around language, Gertrude Stein, modernist literature, mapmaking, and the act of writing.

Klaus Kertess (1940–2016)
Klaus Kertess Portrait Bomb 01

What I loved most about Klaus was his old-world elegance. 

Zig Zag: A Memoir by Klaus Kertess

You may have heard the sad news that John Chamberlain passed away last Wednesday morning. 

Michael Goldberg: In Memoriam, December 24, 1924–December 30, 2007 by Klaus Kertess, Lucio Pozzi, Ellen Phelan, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Betsy Sussler, Luke Matthiessen & Gerald Jay Goldberg
Goldberg 1 Body

Michael Goldberg was our hero. Larger than life, he sauntered up to the plate and took on the mantle as our all-American myth because we needed a hero.

Klaus Kertess’s South Brooklyn Casket Company by Betsy Sussler
​Klaus Kertess

There is a lushness to Kertess’s prose, a soft belly that belies its toughness.

Footnotes by Klaus Kertess

1) Pindar, 12th Pythian Ode (ca 490 BC). The specific flute Athena is credited with inventing, here, is called the Phrygian flute; it is a double flute thought to have been formed by her out of stag’s bones or horns.

South Brooklyn Casket Company by Klaus Kertess
​Kiki Smith 1

He was sitting in the steam room of the gym; he had one left finger up the ass of the guy next to him. No, two fingers. 

Short End by Klaus Kertess

The letters looped lackadaisically, loosely tumbling into and out of configurations of words, some times legibly, some times not. 

Untitled by Klaus Kertess

Maybe this time he would find it. Then he could be through.

Another Winter by Klaus Kertess

Daily the city became more difficult to imagine. 

Robert Greene by Klaus Kertess
Greene 01 Body

“My escape is to some kind of unexpected place that’s magic; and I think painting can make that magic place.”

Black Rainbow by Klaus Kertess
Michael Young

Had he seen it, or was it merely a smear on the windows momentarily claiming form?

Return to Sender by Klaus Kertess
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Naming Names by Klaus Kertess

When his father died, he became more capable of controlling his name.

Peter and the Pen  by Klaus Kertess
April Gornik

He was at a crowded airport, in July of the year 1970.

Air Male by Klaus Kertess

Dream. Dream. Dream machine. Air plane. Vector of suspended animation. Planes. Plane images. Transport of the paradise present.

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