COLUMNS

  • 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

  • Still from Lana Del Rey’s 2021 video Chemtrails Over The Country Club, directed by Lana Del Rey.

    PRINT October 2021

    Raque Ford

    Raque Ford is a New York–based artist whose work incorporates Minimalism, abstraction, and narrative fiction. Her art has been featured at numerous galleries and institutions, including the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts as well as New York’s 321 Gallery, P.P.O.W, SculptureCenter, and Shoot the Lobster. Ford’s work will appear in this year’s edition of “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1, and her first solo exhibition with New York’s Greene Naftali will open in March 2022. 

  • Still from Normani featuring Cardi B’s 2021 video Wild Side, directed by Tanu Muino.

    PRINT September 2021

    Moses Sumney

    Moses Sumney is a singer, writer, and multidisciplinary storyteller. His debut album, Aromanticism (2017), topped end-of-year lists for media outlets such as Bandcamp Daily, the New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. In 2019, the artist received an SXSW award for his music-video work and completed a MacDowell Fellowship residency. Sumney’s 2020 sophomore double album, græ, has received top marks from Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and the New Yorker, among other publications. Sumney’s first solo exhibition in New York, “technoechophenomena,” will be presented by Pioneer Works and staged at

  • Rubén Gámez, Tequila, 1992, 35 mm, color, sound, 85 minutes.

    PRINT Summer 2021

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane is a fashion designer and artist based in Mexico City. Her work—in haute couture, painting, performance, writing, and installation—has been featured in several group exhibitions, including “Prince·sse·s des villes” at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2019); “Señora!” at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna (2020); “Otrxs mundxs” (Other Worlds) at Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (2020–21); “Prêt-à-Patria” at Kurimanzutto in Mexico City (2021); and “De por vida” (Forever) at New York’s Company Gallery (2021).

  • Cover of Gavin Bryars’s Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Point Music, 1993).

    PRINT May 2021

    Elias Bender Rønnenfelt

    Copenhagen-based Elias Bender Rønnenfelt is a musician and poet. He is the lead singer and lyricist of Iceage, whose most recent album, Seek Shelter, was released this month by Mexican Summer.

  • South Park, 1997–, still from a TV show on Comedy Central. Season 11, episode 10, “Imaginationland.”

    PRINT April 2021

    Adam Curtis

    Adam Curtis is a British documentary filmmaker and a journalist at the BBC. His most recent film, the six-part Can’t Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, was released on the BBC iPlayer in February.

    I AM PUZZLED that so much of our mainstream social and cultural imagination seems frozen. A considerable amount of the film and TV drama produced today is about re-creating a reality that has already existed—consider how The Crown is judged by how perfectly it manages to simulate the British royal family and its many palaces. Even superhero movies are facsimiles of fantasies

  • Stan Burnside, Visionary Princess with Matissian Hands: You Gotta See What it is Yer Lookin’ At, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 60 × 40".

    PRINT March 2021

    Tavares Strachan

    Tavares Strachan is a multimedia artist who works in New York and in his hometown of Nassau in the Bahamas. His art explores subjects such as aeronautics, astronomy, deep-sea exploration, and extreme climatology, and has been featured in the Biennale de Lyon (2013), the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh (2018), and the Venice Biennale (2013 and 2019). He is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, where he will have a solo show in May 2022.

  • Cover of Sarah Schulman’s After Delores (E. P. Dutton, 1988).

    PRINT January/February 2021

    Torrey Peters

    Torrey Peters is a writer who splits her time between Brooklyn, New York, and rural Vermont. Her first novel, Detransition, Baby, was published by One World in January. Peters is also the author of the novellas The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones (both 2016).

    I DEDICATED MY FIRST NOVEL, Detransition, Baby, to divorced cis women. While working on the book, I found a model for how to live as a trans woman in the writings of divorced cis women. Think about it: Divorced cis women must start over at a point in adulthood when they’re supposed to be established; they must give up on the

  • Ari Up performing with the Slits at the Coliseum, London, March 11, 1977. Photo: Ian Dickson/Shutterstock.

    PRINT October/November 2020

    Akeem Smith

    Akeem Smith is a New York–based artist and the founder of underground clothing label Section 8. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. His first major solo presentation, “Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test,” is currently on view at New York’s Red Bull Arts.

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    Katherine McKittrick

    Katherine McKittrick is a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006) and Dear Science and Other Stories (forthcoming).