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THE RUIN OF THE ROSE: FLOWERS IN RENÉE VIVIEN’S POETRY  
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8/30/14 Posted 8/30/14

[origninally printed for the exhibition The Stench of Rotting Flowers at La Esqina Gallery in Kansas City, MO. April- June 2014] Goddess who delights in the ruin of the rose,
 Prolong the night! Renée Vivien, born Pauline Tarn to English and American parents, was a British poet who wrote exclusively in French. She moved to Paris at age twenty-one, published more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose under various names and died at the age of thirty-two, of a slow suicide by way of alcoh... [more]

Daniel Arnold and the Dogs of the Moscow Subway   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/3/14

When I first sat down to write, I felt an uncomfortable compulsion to defend the work of photographer Daniel Arnold against comments posted on his Instagram. Three weeks later, after his one-day sale reported on by Forbes, there's much more to defend. It's anathema to me to have to defend art. With no inherent purpose, art exists outside of both defense and recrimination. Besides, to defend art is to give credence to the accusations levelled against it, and in the case of Arnold, the accusations and a... [more]

My Favorite Sculptures in Jardins du Ranelag, Paris  
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3/23/14 Posted 3/29/14

On my way to Musée Marmottan Monet in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris, I encountered a lovely park, Jardins du Ranelagh, nearby, which obviously provided much pleasure to the residents nearby, and also boasted many amazing sculptures. Of those, I found these two below most interesting. The first one was a bronze, Hommage à Jean de La Fontaine (1983) by Charles Corréia (1945-1988). The sculpture featured one of the most famous fables by Jean de La Fontaine, Le Cor... [more]

Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th - May 25th
Posted 3/7/14

Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of many of David Diao’s paintings and Gary Indiana’s sculptures. Artspace warned us to “Get ready to do some reading.” Carol Vogel, in her New York Times pre... [more]

The Librarian: An Imagined Monologue for an Installation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Zuleikha Chaudhari, Boris Nikitin at Indira Gandhi National Centre For Arts February 1st - February 6th
Posted 2/8/14

Also the real thing was created by the theatre directors Boris Nikitin and Zuleikha Chaudhari as a performances component of Insert 2014. Insert 2014 is a series of installations and lectures that navigate the in-betweenness of our grand, idealistic, metaphoric and harsher, earthlier, immediate realities. It is curated by Raqs Media Collective. Also the real thing is a pathway, a process. Navigating multiple dialectics, the performance, in which the viewer has no choice but to be complicit, navigates two types of buildings, an auditorium in which stories are... [more]

Renaming the World: An Interview with Michael Tedja  
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1/12/14 Posted 1/12/14

Amsterdam, Jan. 2014: Few contemporary artists are as productive and versatile as Michael Tedja. The speed at which he paints and draws is nearly frantic; his output is enormous in quantity and size. But that’s only one aspect of his artistry. He has recorded music and lectures, published two novels and regularly submits essays to national and international magazines. Besides this he is active as a curator, runs a publishing company (DFI Publishers), and has over the years become a fixtur... [more]

Authorial Checks and Balances   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Natalie Czech at Capitain Petzel November 23rd, 2013 - January 25th
Posted 12/11/13

Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the w... [more]

"Arabesque" and Other Paintings Inspired by Literature  
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12/10/13 Posted 1/22/14

The medium or media we choose to convey our deepest feelings and expressions, etc., however competent, can never fully convey the whole complicated concepts our brain formed mysteriously, thus the endless striving to meet the challenge, to do a better job still in the next given opportunity, thus the hunger to develop and grow as an artist, be it visual, musical compositional or a writing kind. It also occurs often enough that one form of artistic creation, spurs on the re-interpretation with anot... [more]

Dan Ma Chambre: An Interview with Lili Reynaud-Dewar  
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10/13/13 Posted 10/13/13

London, Oct. 2013: Although we want more, the estimated hours that we spend in bed during our lives is 227,468. Yet only a handful of artists use this universal and vital forum as inspiration for their art. Lili Reynaud-Dewar is among them, and her installation for the Frieze Projects section of the 2013 fair addresses the manifold ways that beds represent our secret selves. Reynaud-Dewar’s commissioned installation for Frieze references work by writers who reveal their personal lives through poetic te... [more]

Emotional Bonds: The Art of Friendship   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jorge Luis Borges, Xul Solar at Americas Society Gallery April 18th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 7/16/13

The concept of friendship has been a key component of Western political philosophy throughout history, but in the modern era discussions about its importance have fallen out of favor. The mystic artist Xul Solar (born Oscar Schultz Solari 1887, died 1963) and famed writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) became fast friends soon after they met in Buenos Aires in 1924. Both men, having recently returned from extended studies and travels in Europe, created a nearly forty-year friendship rooted in a de... [more]

Frieze New York: Literature and Art Fairs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lydia Davis at Frieze New York May 11th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Posted 5/7/13

The art fair as cultural event is pretty well established now. It makes sense to use the pretext of the weird art supermarket that forms the body of the fair as an excuse for a wider programme; it adds interest and tempers the slightly distasteful frenzy that makes it so difficult to actually see the art everyone's here for. As part of this year's Frieze New York we have the opportunity to attend a reading and Q&A session with Lydia Davis. For those of you who aren't familiar with her, as well as b... [more]

Writer of Magic: Ray Bradbury Dies at 91  
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6/6/12 Posted 6/6/12

Ray BradburySanta Monica, California 2009Photo by Gregg Chadwick The author Ray Bradbury died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 91. Gerald Jonas in the New York Times describes Bradbury as "a master of science fiction whose lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America." After atomic weapons obliterated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, fears that science had become more of a threat than a boon found their way into science fiction films and stories that depicted a dystopian... [more]

Sitings 7: To the Barricades   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/22/11

Last week I got to see a longstanding idol of mine, the author Joan Didion, when she appeared in conversation with writer and editor David L. Ulin, as part of the ALOUD series for the Los Angeles Public Library. Though I realized, waiting in line, that I probably wouldn’t be able to help myself from being disappointed, no matter how good the talk was (the whole experience promising to be a little like the disconnect of seeing a favorite band live in concert and despite the physical proximity, actually... [more]

Quimby's 20th Anniversary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/2/11

Chicago is often recognized for its “do-it-yourself” culture with thriving artistic, culinary and musical communities.  A testament to this reputation is the city’s established literary scene populated by independent writers and small press publishers. Dedication and support from Chicago’s independent book stores are at the foundation of the community’s success.  Quimby’s, located at 1854 W. North Avenue, is one of the pioneers of Chicago’s independent literary movement and continues its active... [more]

Publishers Weekly Starred Review  
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Paul Madonna at Electric Works April 29th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 3/29/11

Everything Is Its Own Reward: An All Over Coffee Collection Paul Madonna. City Lights, $27.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-87286-515-0 In this exquisite second collection from his long-running weekly San Francisco Chronicle series All Over Coffee, Madonna captures snapshots in time as he explores the relationship between image and text, with a mixture of single- and multi-panel strips all presented vertically. Completely devoid of people but never of life, each panel revolves around a geographical setti... [more]

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale to be held in India  
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2/18/11 Posted 2/18/11

(Excerpt from 'India to host new international art biennale' posted by Adam Plowright on Google News, Feb. 2011. Found on http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gs3miW11hI02qBU7lOEjCLNdLBoQ?docId=CNG.713daf59afb73c12628fbfc0672aeab3.661) Kerala has long prided itself for its literature and music, and now the Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2012, will put an added zing to the visual arts. India's booming art scene is set for a new event modelled on the Venice Biennale that will feature 60 international artists by the sea in the tropical south of the countr... [more]


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