Nick Zedd

  • Page from Nick Zedd, Shaolin Comix, no. 2 (1992).

    Nick Zedd

    I MADE SHAOLIN COMIX in New York during the ’90s with no money, using a ballpoint pen on paper, handing out copies to friends. They were based on the life of a friend named Shaolin, who designed clothes for Peruvian Connection. She would spend hours sitting on the floor of a tiny one-bedroom apartment drawing hundreds of intricately patterned outfits for her boss, who would then remove any trace of originality in order to market knockoffs to people in the suburbs with no taste.

    Shaolin had an inferiority complex but was generous with money and paid for limo rides and restaurants, feeding an

  • Odilon Redon, Domecy Decoration: Trees, Yellow Background, 1901, oil, distemper, 94 5/8 x 72 7/8".


    To take stock of the past year, Artforum contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions and events were, in their eyes, the very best of 2011.


    Mary Reid Kelley, Sadie the Saddest Sadist (Armory Show, New York) Tucked away in the back of the Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects booth at the 2011 Armory Show was a monitor showing a costumed figure with exaggerated face paint, pacing in front of a hand-drawn black-and-white background. The piece was Mary Reid Kelley’s Sadie the Saddest Sadist, 2009, and the mixed metaphors, narrative snippets, and repurposed