Paige K. Bradley

Game On

The 6th Frieze New York

May 2017 NEW YORK

IF YOU AREN’T THERE TO SHOP, art fairs are like plugging into a video game where someone’s already taken care of the bosses. Down this aisle, a friend to talk to, down that one a costumed bear spinning out on the floor at your feet; maybe go… READ ON

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Rene Ricard

Half Gallery

April 2017

The poet Rene Ricard, who died in 2014, was once called “as hip as it gets . . . but he wasn’t cool.” There’s nothing cool about staking your own heart before a hardened audience. And in a post-Barthes world, neither is lavishing your authorial… READ ON

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It Takes Two

Paige K. Bradley on Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name

April 2017

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING MORE POPULAR.  Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (2016) is the highest-grossing anime film, ever. Bulldozing through Hayao Miyazaki’s previous box-office record for Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away, 2001), it’s a … READ ON

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Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place on her work with rape jokes

April 2017

Vanessa Place is a writer, artist, and criminal defense attorney who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her 2010 book The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality, and Law critically examined the laws and punitive measures currently employed in… READ ON

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Extraordinary Machine

Paige K. Bradley on Ghost in the Shell

March 2017

THE PROBLEM WITH BEING SEMINAL IS THE SHRINKAGE. In 1995, Mamoru Oshii adapted Masamune Shirow’s late 1980s manga Mobile Armored Riot Police, subtitled Ghost in the Shell in tribute to Arthur Koestler’s 1967 book The Ghost in the Machine, … READ ON

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Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart talks about Xiu Xiu’s record FORGET and recent collaborations

February 2017

Across thirteen albums and a handful of EPs, Xiu Xiu have remained a prickly, relentless force, inspiring loyalty, love, annoyance, and disgust in equal measure. Some people never get over their music, and some you couldn’t pay to even approach… READ ON

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On the Ground: New York

December 2016

THERE WERE SIGNS.  History doesn’t graciously step aside for the new to waltz into the future. Remember how the 2016 calendar year began prematurely? Well, the untimely is the very rhythm of suicide—Chantal Akerman departed the October before… READ ON

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Ree Morton

Alexander and Bonin

October 2016

Ree Morton flew her own flags—for proof, see a whole wall of them displayed here. Made of nylon and emblazoned with the names of her nearest and dearest, Something in the Wind, 1975, was strung up on a ship docked at the South Street Seaport… READ ON

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Suellen Rocca

Matthew Marks Gallery | 523 West 24th Street

September 2016

Paintings, drawings, purses—if one of these things does not belong, then who really wants to be in that club? Suellen Rocca’s show of twenty-five works from 1965 to 1969, featuring that happy trio, blithely goes its own way, giving pointers… READ ON

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Andrew Norman Wilson

Andrew Norman Wilson on his project for the Gwangju Biennale

August 2016

Andrew Norman Wilson is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles whose videos and installations address a heady rush of images, technology, and bodies caught in the streams of circulation and representation that our era demands. He has … READ ON

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