Bruce Hainley

Into the Storm

September 2017

APRIL 16, 2017 AT 2:24 PM EST  Dearest Bruce,  Today, a resurrection.   On Tuesday, as you recommended, I went to Light Industry to see Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield’s 1984 conversation, or portrait of, Craig Owens, part of Video Data … READ ON



February 2017

On the occasion of “Hanne Darboven: Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983” currently on view at Dia:Chelsea, New York, and “Hanne Darboven: Packed Time” opening February 25 at Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, contributing editor Bruce Hainley speculatively… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]


January 2017

“CHILLING DISPLAY OF MASCULINITY”: The phrase is Jacqueline Rose’s, describing political posturing in the run-up to the Brexit referendum. Is there really any fathoming of Benjamin’s assessment “no document of culture which is not at the same… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2017 [TOC]

Thank You for Being a Friend

November 2016

November 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM EST  Dear Mr. B,  I’ve just come home from an event of much love at the Kitchen, part of the rollout of Douglas [Crimp]’s superb memoir [Before Pictures]. Three exemplary interlocutors from three different dance… READ ON


“Richard Prince: The Douglas Blair Turnbaugh Collection (1977–1988)”

November 2016

ON JULY 28, 2016, Richard Prince retweeted an item from curator Marvin Heiferman’s feed about a $1 billion copyright-infringement suit that photographer Carol Highsmith had just filed against the stock-photo agencies Getty and Alamy, charging… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Bruce Hainley

December 2014

“The essential signification I attach to my poetic activity,” Michel Leiris wrote in his journal in 1941, war soon everywhere, “is that of a refusal.” The autiobiographical Manhood (1963; first published in 1939 in French as L’âge d’homme),… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

PrEP School

Bruce Hainley on Jacques Nolot’s Before I Forget (2007)

September 2014

JACQUES NOLOT NEVER FORGOT how Roland Barthes introduced him to André Téchiné: “Je vais te montrer une roulure” [“I’ll show you a slut”]. A young and come-hither mec on the make, Nolot would only later become known as a writer or a filmmaker,… READ ON



September 2014

BRUCE HAINLEY: The Lady died. When I first heard the news about the sad, too-soon event, all I could think was: What a total drag. Not that the spaceship wasn’t going to come for her eventually, but I just couldn’t believe she wouldn’t stick… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

Bruce Hainley

December 2013

1 MAUREEN GALLACE (OVERDUIN AND KITE, LOS ANGELES) We live in a time of a lot of very bad art. (Has it ever been otherwise?) Not long ago, Frederick Seidel summed the situation up: so much “heat but no warmth.” He was alluding to empty … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]


May 2013

FORGOING OUTRIGHT ATROCITY, of which there is so much—too much—right now, aren’t the “life,” “body,” and “face” of Michael Jackson in the running for some of the most abstract events of the last century? (I use the tweezers of scare quotes … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]