tagged: literature

Plastic Words: Events in the Contested Space Between Literature and Art

by Phoebe Stubbs
Opening this weekend at Raven Row London is a series of events about the intersection of literature and art called , which will run throughout December and January. There has been a resurgent interest in the overlap of contemporary literature and art recently. The development of the independent Art Writing MFA at Goldsmiths and its swift subsumption back into the MFA in Fine Art neatly demonstrates the sometimes contested, sometimes happily shared, ground these modes of working occupy. Whatever... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 12/11/14

Daniel Arnold and the Dogs of the Moscow Subway

by Brad Phillips
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 , 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... [more]
Posted by Brad Phillips on 6/3/14

Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial

by Ryan Wong
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 preview, told us to expect “Words and More... [more]
Posted by Ryan Wong on 3/7/14

The Librarian: An Imagined Monologue for an Installation

by Himali Singh Soin
Also the real thing 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 delivered with the body and a... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 2/8/14

Renaming the World: An Interview with Michael Tedja

by Edo Dijksterhuis
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 fixture in the Amsterdam poetry... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 1/12/14

Authorial Checks and Balances

by S V Km
Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. 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 world through a catalyzing... [more]
Posted by S V Km on 12/11/13

Dan Ma Chambre: An Interview with Lili Reynaud-Dewar

by Ana Finel Honigman
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 texts.... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 10/13/13

Emotional Bonds: The Art of Friendship

by Lee Ann Norman
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... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 7/16/13

Frieze New York: Literature and Art Fairs

by James Loks
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... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 5/7/13

Sitings 7: To the Barricades

by Kate Wolf
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,... [more]
Posted by Kate Wolf on 11/22/11
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