Conceptual Art

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Writing Anti-Stories: an Interview with Roberta Allen by John Zinsser
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“When we really like a book, it’s often because its rhythm is similar to our own—to our heartbeat, our breathing, the way we walk. I think that’s what draws us to certain writers and not to others even though we know they are great.”

Nina Katchadourian by Mónica de la Torre​
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Embracing boredom and creative constraints, Katchadourian tells of in-flight artwork and other conceptual projects.

Anne Garréta’s Not One Day by Youmna Chlala

If the experimental French writing group Oulipo were to be reborn today, would they return as performance artists? Anne Garréta’s 2002 Prix Médicis–winning novel, Not One Day, marks her as a literary acrobat suspended between those who hold on to the group’s relevance and those who have let it go in favor of conceptual art practices.

Steffani Jemison by Ben Lerner
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Early film, nineteenth-century science fiction, and experimental musical languages serve a young artist’s explorations of race and our political present.

Terry Allen by Clinton Krute
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“Making music work to the lyric, and making the lyric work to the note.”

Tom McCarthy by Frederic Tuten
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Tom McCarthy could be considered a conceptual artist whose medium is fiction. His Satin Island is just out. Frederic Tuten, the British novelist’s counterpart on this side of the Atlantic, investigates the novel’s dizzyingly diverse sources.

Agnieszka Kurant by Sabine Russ
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Agnieszka Kurant’s interests include various forms of surplus, invisible entities, and the phantoms haunting capitalist production. Some of her projects involve crowdsourcing, others outsourcing to nonhuman species: think colonies of termites.

Portfolio by Ofri Cnaani

My Untranslated Feed

Greil Marcus by Matthew Choate
Still From Guitar Drag

Rock ’n’ roll and the malleability of historical fact.

Paul Chan’s Selected Writings, 2000–2014 edited by George Baker and Eric Banks by Alan Gilbert

Chan is not an artist who also writes; he’s an artist and a writer.

Joe Sola by Stuart Horodner

“So I had this idea to get an anesthesiologist to knock me out during an art fair, and I could just lie there, well dressed, as if I were out looking at art in this center of commerce, but having totally checked out.”

Ray Johnson’s Not Nothing: Selected Writings, 1954-1944, Edited by Elizabeth Zuba by Trisha Low
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So I guess Ray Johnson could have been amateur—you know, like that person at karaoke who, as Barthes said, loves to love without the spirit of competition?

smudge studio by Sara Jacobs & Emily Gordon
Valerie Snobeck by Joe Fyfe
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“The absurdity of this material’s resistance made me want to work with the plastic, the peels. The plastic is part of us, part of me and my contribution, too, even if not directly. Plastic is estranged from me, but it is me.”

Highlights of Bushwick Open Studios, 2013
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Eight young artists, curators, writers and art historians tell BOMB their top picks at this year’s BOS, May 31–June 2, 2013.

Amy Adler by Legacy Russell
Amy Adler

Amy Adler on artist’s rights, the impact of conceptual art on law, and Texts from Hillary.

Vanessa Place: Poetry and the Conceptualist Period by Andrea Quaid

Andrea Quaid and Vanessa Place on the simultaneity, reflection, and transformation of conceptualism.

Shifting Connections: Terence Koh by Kathleen MacQueen
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Shifting Connections continues with writer and critic Kathleen MacQueen’s take on Terence Koh’s nothingtoodoo at Mary Boone Gallery, on view through March 19th.

Jameson Ellis’s Improved M16 Prototype #1 by Zachary Lazar
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After designing and building what he regards as an improved M16 in his studio, Jameson Ellis reduced the act of firing a gun to “pure functionality” at the Salomon Contemporary.

Passages by Andrea Neustein
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The aesthetic modesty of Roman Opalka’s work belies the epic ambition, the monumental heft, of his artistic project.

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