David Velasco

Shannon Ebner

Shannon Ebner talks about her book The Sun as Error

March 2009

The artist Shannon Ebner is perhaps best known for her photographic and sculptural works that investigate language and its meaning. Ebner’s The Sun as Error, a book published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, coordinated by Dexter … READ ON

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Jaimie Warren

March 2009

Jaimie Warren is by no means the first—or the best—artist to embrace self-portraiture as an artistic methodology, but she certainly looks to be having the most fun doing it. An uneven selection of forty-two of her droll, scrappy photographs… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2009 [TOC]

John Giorno

John Giorno talks about his show at Almine Rech

January 2009

For over forty years, the poet John Giorno has explored the media through which poetry is disseminated. In 1963, Giorno was the subject of Andy Warhol’s Sleep, and recently Giorno collaborated with Rirkrit Tiravanija on the latter’s work… READ ON

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Donald Moffett

January 2009

Queer variations on a theme, the fourteen coquettish canvases in “Easy Clean,” Donald Moffett’s most recent exhibition at Marianne Boesky, all service the same end. In the front gallery, Moffett showed three monochromes, bristly sculptural… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2009 [TOC]

Fair Enough

Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2008 MIAMI

RECESSION MIAMI BASEL looks a lot like boom-time Miami Basel. Since its inception in 2002, ABMB has become an annual ritual of rigorous sublimation and denial, where the cultural spheres of art, fashion, film, and design collide in moments … READ ON

DIARY

Ronnie Bass

December 2008

Ronnie Bass’s solo debut at I-20 Gallery featured all the conventions of an epic story but none of the connective tissue. The recondite, messianic narrative—involving, it seemed, a boy, his band, intergalactic travel, and a vague accident… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2008 [TOC]

Dead Poets Society

David Velasco on Bruce LaBruce's Otto

November 2008

BEL AMI THIS IS NOT. Bruce LaBruce’s latest, most adventurous skin flick, Otto, or Up with Dead People (2008), which tracks a fetching young melancholic zombie (played with turgid aplomb by first-time actor Jey Crisfar) on his journey of … READ ON

FILM

Cindy Sherman

November 2008

Her skin is creased, haggard. The wrinkles move in unnatural patterns, running laps around her face. That the real Cindy Sherman actually looks nothing like this—that she seems, in fact, to grow younger every day—is hardly the point, … READ ON

PICKS

David Hammons

David Hammons talks about “Six Sites in Alexandria”

November 2008

David Hammons has been making art and challenging the conditions of artmaking for nearly forty years. In 1991, Hammons was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in the field. Recently, the artist was invited by the nonprofit multidisciplinary… READ ON

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Jake Chapman

Jake Chapman discusses his novel The Marriage of Reason & Squalor

October 2008

Jake Chapman is widely known as one-half of the artistic duo Jake and Dinos Chapman. The pair came to prominence with the ascendancy of the Young British Artists movement in the 1990s, and in 2003 the pair were nominated for the Turner Prize.… READ ON

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