COLUMNS

  • Marianne North, Flowers of Another Kind of Coral Tree, ca. 1873, oil on board, 22 × 13 3⁄8".

    PRINT May 2022

    ISSY WOOD

    Issy Wood is an artist and musician who lives in London. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. Wood’s fourth book, But Who’s Counting?, was published by Carlos/Ishikawa last year, and she is currently working on a full-length album.

  • PRINT April 2022

    LEA BERTUCCI

    Lea Bertucci is a New York City–based sound artist and composer whose work bridges performance, installation, and multichannel activations of acoustic space. Murmurations, her collaboration with Ben Vida, is out this month on Cibachrome Editions.

  • Charles Atlas, Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, 1992–99, video, color, sound, 6 minutes 8 seconds.

    PRINT March 2022

    JORDAN STRAFER

    Jordan Strafer is a Brooklyn-based artist who works primarily in video. Her art has been featured in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Red Tracy, Copenhagen; and Housing, New Museum, and SculptureCenter, all in New York. Between 2020 and 2021, she presented the web-based project No Bag for Participant Inc, New York. This year, Strafer staged her first solo exhibition, “PUNCHLINE,” at Participant Inc, centering on her 2022 film PEAK HEAVEN LOVE FOREVER.

  • Tarsem Singh, The Cell, 2000, 35 mm, color, sound, 107 minutes. Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio).

    PRINT February 2022

    LIAM BENZVI

    Liam Benzvi is a New York–based singer-songwriter and composer. With his baritone at the helm, Benzvi’s music oscillates between sultry shoegaze and anthemic dream pop. His debut LP, Acts of Service, comes out this month on Terrible Records.

  • PRINT January 2022

    Patric Dicaprio

    Patric Dicaprio is a New York–based fashion designer and a cofounder and the creative director of Vaquera, a ready-to-wear label focused on redefining luxury fashion. Vaquera is in partnership with Comme des Garçon’s incubator program, Dover Street Market Paris, and shows collections two times a year. The label is known for its concept-driven clothing, keen cultural analysis, and energetic runway shows. Vaquera’s designs are in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of London and are sold by thirty-six retailers worldwide.

  • Bruno Dumont, France, 2021, 2K video, color, sound, 133 minutes. Center: France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux). Production still. Photo: R. Arpajou.

    PRINT December 2021

    JOHN WATERS’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    Film director John Waters’s debut novel, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), will be published in May 2022.

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    ANNETTE (Leos Carax) 

    The best movie of the year is an insane, over-the-top, and thankfully self-indulgent Sparks Brothers musical about an angry macho performance artist, his opera-diva girlfriend, and their daughter, who is somehow born a puppet. See it by yourself so no one you know can possibly ruin this nutcase masterpiece. Oh yeah—it’s really long.

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    SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson)


    Beautifully edited

  • Will Sharpe, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, 2021, HD video, color, sound, 111 minutes. Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).

    PRINT December 2021

    AMY TAUBIN’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    Amy Taubin is a contributing editor OF Artforum and Sight and Sound and is a bit player in Todd Haynes’s The Velvet Underground.

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    THE POWER OF THE DOG (Jane Campion)

    As clear-sighted and emotionally wrenching a skewering of patriarchy—its myths, its fear and hatred of the feminine, its twisting of psyches—as you’ll ever witness. Civilization: what a waste.

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    KEN JACOBS COLLECTION, VOL. 1

    This excellently produced Blu-ray (Kino Lorber) has highlights, almost all originating on 16 mm, from Jacobs’s more than sixty years of moviemaking. A rapturous program earlier this year in the Museum of Modern

  • Radu Jude, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, 2021, 4K video, color, sound, 106 minutes.

    PRINT December 2021

    J. HOBERMAN’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    J. Hoberman is a recovering film critic. His monograph on Duck Soup as an artifact of the ’30 and ’60s, an adolescent fetish, and a foretaste of Donald Trump, is newly out.

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    BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (Radu Jude)

    The past eighteen months have been a blur, but the movie with the most relentless focus on the way we live now is this Berlin Golden Bear winner. Jude’s previous films mainly explored aspects of the Romanian past. Bad Luck Banging, a frenzied farce about a sex tape gone viral amid the pandemic, is a period piece about the present moment.

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    MEMORIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

    The

  • Hong Sangsoo, Introduction, 2021, 2K video, black-and-white, sound, 66 minutes. Juwon (Park Miso) and Youngho (Shin Seokho).

    PRINT December 2021

    JAMES QUANDT’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    James Quandt is a film critic and curator based in Toronto and the editor of monographs on Robert Bresson, Kon Ichikawa, Shohei Imamura, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

    Thanks to another shut-in year, my Top Ten is culled entirely from the superlative 2021 New York Film Festival.

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    INTRODUCTION
    and IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE (Hong Sangsoo)

    Both films commence with a prayer, but while the former proceeds to play Hong’s usual narrative games of Chutes and Ladders, the latter deepens into a poignant contemplation of regret and mortality. 

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    THE ROUND-UP (Miklós Jancsó)


    The restoration of the year. Jancsó’s

  • Emily Rice, Los Angeles, June 2021. Photo: Anna Azarov.

    PRINT December 2021

    JJJJJEROME ELLIS’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    JJJJJerome Ellis is a Black disabled animal, a stutterer, and an artist. His album and book The Clearing were released last month by the Poetry Project, NNA Tapes, and Wendy’s Subway.

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    EMILY RICE, MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE I’M A LONDONER (First Artists Recordings)

    I was grateful to witness Rice, who is known primarily as a composer of emotionally deft scores for television and film, shift her musical focus inward on her debut album.

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    THE HAWTPLATES, MAKE ME DOWN: SONGS FOR MAKING IT THROUGH ALIVE (4Be)

    On this EP, The HawtPlates—a performance trio formed by family members Jade Hicks, Justin Hicks, and

  • Mari Maurice of —-_—___, Austin, TX, August 26, 2021. Photo: Katherine Squire.

    PRINT December 2021

    SASHA GEFFEN’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    Sasha Geffen is a writer based in Colorado and the author of Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (University of Texas Press, 2020).

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    —-_—___, THE HEART PUMPS KOOL-AID (Orange Milk)

    The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid uses abundant negative space to sound out the melancholy of Midwestern geography—the stretches of highway that connect nodes of activity, the time and gas they devour. Focusing on the emptiness between objects, Kool-Aid tracks how even the most embodied sounds quickly decay into silence. 

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    BODY MEAT, YEAR OF THE ORC (self-released)

    Christopher Taylor doesn’t so much write songs

  • Kanye West at a Donda listening event, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, July 22, 2021. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music.

    PRINT December 2021

    HARMONY HOLIDAY’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    Harmony Holiday is a writer, archivist, and multi-genre artist living in Los Angeles. Her fifth volume of poems, Maafa, was published this month by Fence Books.

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    GABRIELS, LOVE AND HATE IN A DIFFERENT TIME (self-released)

    These accusatory soul ballads, which swoon with the erotics of unconditional forgiveness in a voice that envelops like a hand as a blooming rose reaching out from the middle of the throat—this is the only band I need for a while, a oneness trio. Vocalist Jacob Lusk gives me hope that we won’t have to harbor nostalgia for the textures of the 1960s forever. Tenderness toward