Gerald Marzorati

  • Gerald Marzorati on Leon Golub

    IT COULD BE SAID that the world caught up to Leon Golub last spring, just months before he died from complications of surgery on August 8 at the age of eighty-two. The images that emerged in April of what transpired when darkness fell at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad horrified the world, Golub included, no doubt, but they couldn’t have taken him by surprise. He’d already conjured them with paint, slowly teasing pictures of abuse, torture, and degradation from his careful reading of progressive journals and from photos that he clipped from S/M magazines and, ultimately, from the deeper recesses

  • 1980: Talking Heads’ Remain in Light

    IN THE WINTER OF 1980 Brian Eno went on radio station KPFA in Berkeley, California, and prophesied. He foresaw the advent of “fourth-world music,” he said, music not exactly here (Anglo-American rock) or there (tribal, folkloric, traditional). What he envisioned was an “almost collage music, like grafting a piece of one culture onto a piece of another . . . and trying to make them work as a coherent musical idea, and also trying to make something you can dance to.” Eno had left London two years before. He was living in Lower Manhattan and spending many of his working hours with David Byrne, the