Alice Quinn

  • The art that inspired them in 2000

    Those of us who live and breathe contemporary art will hold to the idea that art does change, if not the world, then the way we live in it. But our “world” can be more insular than we care to admit. So to open our look back at 2000, we asked twenty-one “outsiders” we admire—from novelist J.G. Ballard to musician John Zorn—to tell us about the art that inspired them this year.

    Dave Eggers (novelist)

    About a year ago, I saw Marcel Dzama’s stuff in zingmagazine and fell madly in love. Then his show at David Zwirner just killed me. A hundred or so drawings (bears with handguns, whale-men

  • Louise Bourgeois

    A WINSOME EPIGRAPH cues the overriding theme of a richly illustrated compilation of statements and writings by this formidable, fascinating artist: “My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.” Included in the trove are parables, letters, catalogue essays, poetic texts, notes prompted by insomnia or scribbled in the margins or on the backs of drawings, even pages from a daybook lost on a train when Louise Bourgeois was twelve and only recently recovered from a Paris market stall.

    Bourgeois is exceedingly intelligent and droll, and her