book review

Chris Johanson (Phaidon, 2013)

“In Praise of Peaceful Art: A Chris Johanson Monograph,” originally published in ArtCritical. ◊◊ On the back cover of Phaidon’s new Chris Johanson monograph is a close-up of I AM CLEAR NOW (2004), a vignette featuring two reclining figures on a green expanse of urban lawn, painted with acrylic and latex painting […]

Two Books on Things that Aren’t There

Originally written for Printed Matter. ◊◊   Location: Date: Time: Meriç Algün Ringborg Written and assembled by Meriç Algün Ringborg, this volume is both a two-part reflection and demonstration of disappearance in both personal and cultural terms. The first portion contains an essay that illustrates contemporary and historic assumptions of space […]

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 […]