Comics have a good chance of surviving ecological disaster. Unlike, for example, blue-chip video art, there may be a place for hand-drawn sequential graphics after floodwaters recede.
Slow-cooked verbiage in Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf
“I’m interested in subterranean culture that says ‘I will trick you’ to official culture, ‘I will play you.’”
If you’ve ever taken a course about modern and contemporary art history, chances are you know that Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd wrote the lively essay “Specific Objects” in 1965. But you may not know that Judd wrote throughout his thirty-five-year career.
The nth volume of interviews by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist gathers fourteen conversations with surviving luminaries of an era of Mexican culture that in hindsight is nothing short of magnificent, despite its under-recognized or somewhat forgotten status abroad.
The newly published journals match and exceed all preexisting Wieners publications.
A compilation of text, photographs, illustrations and diagrams, The Art of McSweeney’sdocuments the history of the unique publisher as it rose from its precarious position as a hawker of rejected stories.
“I can’t distill it all,” Evie Shockley confesses in her contribution to this vital and multifarious print offshoot of Claudia Rankine’s online Open Letter Project.
Renée Green’s collection, Other Planes of There, which spans over twenty years of the artist’s career, holds an alluring sense of return for me, offering a kind of fossil record of an evolving debate among progressive artists and cultural critics.
Translation as visitation. Translating silence, or the inability to translate silence. A word that does not want to be translated. Translation as story. Attempting to translate grief. Translation as unanswered letter to the dead.
When I began to read Andrew Lampert’s introduction to The George Kuchar Reader, the anxieties, fears, and dim career outlook I have often experienced, eased.
David Greenspan’s plays are at once grotesque and beautiful; they pontificate on meta-theater and self-consciousness, while remaining familiar and intimate.
Lucy R. Lippard collects the history of Conceptual Art in this polyphonic text.
There are many artistic modernisms. There are alternative modernisms, alternatives to modernism, and antimodernisms.
Anselm Berrigan responds to Joe Brainard’s new collection in neatly packaged, minimal essays.
Commodity fetishism or a city as art? Architect Richard Serra and others add to the panoply of voices in Hal Foster’s new collection of essays, The Art-Architecure Complex.
Cameron Shaw draws from examples in explaining her own connection to Lisa Pearson’s collection of work by female visual artists and writers.
Corina Copp contrasts the theatrical work of Yvonne Rainer with her new collection of poems, which are private and resistant to narrative, rejecting abstraction and decorative language.