The Past Lives of Books

11/24/2012
The Past Lives of Books
Rachel Whiteread. “Untitled (Stair),” 2001.
The Past Lives of Books
Judith Brotman. “Natural Selections,” 2005. Leaf, thread, trim
The Past Lives of Books
Ox scapula with a divination inscription from the Shang Dynasty, dating to the reign of King Wu Ding. (Wikipedia).
The Past Lives of Books
Euclid’s Elements: Book I, Proposition 1: wherein an equilateral triangle is made using the radii of two equal circles.
The Past Lives of Books
Excerpt from Dan Graham’s“Homes for America 1966,” published in Arts Magazine, December 1966-January 1967.
The Past Lives of Books
House of an unknown Chinese author in an abandoned cottage in Chongqing, China. Image courtesy of Croatian Times, 2010.
The Past Lives of Books
Gordon Matta-Clark. “Bingo,” 1974.
The Past Lives of Books
Rachel Whiteread. “Untitled (Paperbacks),” 1997. Plaster and steel. 15 x 16 x 20′ as installed at MoMA
The Past Lives of Books
Jonathan Saffron Foer. “The Tree of Codes,” 2010. Inside view.
The following essay was originally published by Art21 in November, 2012. Walter Benjamin allegedly had an opportunity to leave Germany when Axis borders were still somewhat porous. Had he chosen to flee then, it’s likely he would have survived the war. To do so, however, he would have had to abandon his personal library and for that reason chose to stay behind. While I’ve wondered what books... +

Kerry James Marshall

09/28/2012
This article was originally published in art ltd., in July, 2012.

Kerry James Marshall’s studio stands two-stories high in the Bronzeville neighborhood, on Chicago’s South Side. From the street, it is non-descript, more like a very tall, brick garage than anything else; there are hardly any windows. It boasts a green lawn and stands near a new crop of condos; down the same street are... +

Isolated Fictions

03/27/2012

Isolated Fictions: Group exhibition (FLUXspace, Philadelphia; AS220, Providence; and the Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago) featuring Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher, Jason Dunda, Rebecca Mir Grady, Devin King, Carmen Price, and Deb Sokolow. This show focuses on an historic incident of English sailors who, icebound for nine months in the Arctic in 1892, produced weekly plays for one another, and published a parodic newspaper of theater reviews, inside jokes, poems, and classified... +