Month: May 2012

Walter Benjamin’s Berlin, in two volumes

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Originally written for Printed Matter. ◊◊ The “Berlin Chronicle” Notices Perhaps no other book better reveals the raw development of Walter Benjamin’s thought than The “Berlin Chronicle” Notices. This volume is a transcription of the forty notices that Benjamin had densely handwritten on a small leather and parchment notebook; though edited […]

Phaidon and Friends Defining Contemporary Art

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Originally published in Artlog. ◊◊ Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks takes an innovative approach to surveying the art of the last quarter century, which is notoriously difficult to periodize or define. Eschewing grand narratives, Phaidon asked for individual artwork selections from eight of today’s most influential curators: […]

With your eyes closed

Originally published in Artlog. ◊◊ Unfortunately (or fortunately), we can’t all afford to go to art school. But now there’s a much cheaper way to learn from the likes of John Baldessari or Liam Gillick. Brooklyn-based contemporary art journal Paper Monument (sister publication of literary magazine n + 1) has released Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: […]

Phillip March Jones and Roadside Graves

Originally written for Printed Matter. ◊◊ Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids is a collection of 139 color reproductions of Polaroid photographs by Phillip March Jones, taken of graves on various anonymous roadsides across the United States. The book offers the geography of the project as a means of navigation, beginning […]