David Velasco

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, though… 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

500 WORDS

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

500 WORDS

AA Bronson

AA Bronson discusses the NY Art Book Fair and ARLIS Artists' Books Conference

October 2008

Artist, curator, healer, and writer AA Bronson is the executive director of New York’s Printed Matter and the NY Art Book Fair. This year, the third annual fair, at Phillips de Pury, runs October 24–26, coinciding with the ARLIS/NY Contemporary… READ ON

500 WORDS

Frieze Frame

The Frieze Art Fair

October 2008 LONDON

“If any gallery tells you they’re doing well but their neighbors are doing poorly, don’t listen,” advised one veteran insider the night before the fair. “What it really means is that they’re the ones that are doing poorly.” Ruses, euphemisms,… READ ON

DIARY

Edmund White

Edmund White talks about his biography of Rimbaud

October 2008

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Edmund White is widely known for his essays and novels on gay and artistic life, as well as for his biographies of prominent writers. In 1993, he published Genet: A Biography, for which … READ ON

500 WORDS

Burt Barr

October 2008

There’s not much to see in Burt Barr’s videos. His work’s visual terseness, along with its frequently droll content, can come off as a dead- pan sight gag. (Dolly Shot Twice, 2000, for example, runs with a double pun, comprising two dolly-shot… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2008 [TOC]

Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie talks about her Guggenheim survey

September 2008

Catherine Opie first came to prominence with her “Portraits,” 1993–97, a series of photographs documenting members of queer communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since then, Opie has worked with a wide range of subjects, photographing… READ ON

500 WORDS

Yang Fudong

September 2008

In her essay for a forthcoming catalogue on Yang Fudong, critic Molly Nesbit recalls how, as a young student at the China Academy of Art in the early 1990s, the artist encountered footage of Joseph Beuys’s 1974 man-meets-coyote romance I Like… READ ON

PICKS