As I write, my husband and daughter are threatening to cremate my books and preserve them in an urn for me for eternity. This is not going to happen (and they know this). A surefire way to irritate me beyond reasonable measure is to not understand my (perhaps unreasonable) attachment to books. I love their weight and feel and their sense of occupancy, their reason for being—to attempt to communicate something beyond time and distance. I particularly love my art books.
Category Archives: Outspoken
A few weeks ago I spoke to John Waters, who is currently showing Rear Projection at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles (through May 23), for an article about the value of celebrity photographs. For his exhibition, which was shown at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York last month, Waters snapped film imagery of celebrities and [...]
It’s funny what you can discover by googling the search engine terms that lead people to your website.
When I first started writing about the art world more than ten years ago, its coyness used to frustrate me to no end.
If you missed it, David Byrne was brilliant on The Colbert Report last night. You can watch Colbert’s “deep” interview with him here and his artfully intimate performance here. It was an awesome way to drift off into white-angeled sleep.
So people seem to have been pretty fascinated with the opening of GREED, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli, an exhibition at Gagosian’s gallery in Rome. This is the entire Roman Polanski-directed commercial, starring Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams, and it comes across to me as a very short idea that is dead on arrival. [...]
This just in (via The Art Law Blog and Artnet): Who knew that Obama (you can read my earlier post on the contested copyright here) was sitting next to George Clooney and that it would become a subject of debate? You can read Shepard Fairey’s complaint against the AP here. According to Charlie Finch, Jim [...]
Who owns Barack Obama’s image? Does Shepard Fairey? Does the Associated Press? Does Obama? Whose expression is it? Who wears it? Who transmitted it? Who captured it? Who created it? Who reproduced it? Who sold it? What would Walter Benjamin say? What would Mikhail Bakhtin say? Who uttered it? from when? to where? to whom? Who infringed? Who doesn’t infringe? What do we owe each other for what we’ve [...]
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