Book Review

Review of Penny Slinger's 50% The Visible Woman, The Brooklyn Rail (April 2019)

Penny Slinger was studying at Chelsea College of Art when she discovered Max Ernst's collage books. While she was inspired by his techniques of visual narrative and exciting juxtapositions, she was also struck by his poor representations of women, shared by most of the male-dominated Surrealist milieu.

Review of Penny Slinger's 50% The Visible Woman, The Brooklyn Rail (April 2019)

"Humanizing the Headlines: On Olivier Kugler’s 'Escaping Wars and Waves,'" Los Angeles Review of Books

Olivier Kugler’s Escaping Wars and Waves tells the stories of some of refugees. Kugler, a German reportage illustrator, was commissioned by Doctors Without Borders to give life to the extravagant number. 

"Humanizing the Headlines: On Olivier Kugler’s 'Escaping Wars and Waves,'" Los Angeles Review of Books

"Collaging Together Scraps of Trauma: Karen Green’s Frail Sister," Los Angeles Review of Books

Karen Green’s Frail Sister documents the life of 1940s woman Constance Gale, a fictional character modeled on Green’s own aunt who went missing. Her story is told visually, with fragments pieced together from her life’s detritus.

"Collaging Together Scraps of Trauma: Karen Green’s Frail Sister," Los Angeles Review of Books

"A Cartoonist Takes Aim at the Art World," Hyperallergic

Cartoonist Matthew Thurber doesn’t leave us with a clean moral or tidy ending to his series of comic jabs at the art world and its institutions.

"A Cartoonist Takes Aim at the Art World," Hyperallergic

"Richard McGuire’s Art For The Street 1978 – 1982," The Brooklyn Rail (Nov 2018)

Richard McGuire: Art For The Street 1978 – 1982, published to accompany the show of the same title at Alden Projects, NY, adds a new layer to this impressive body of work, detailing his early years enmeshed in the performance and street art scene.

"Richard McGuire’s Art For The Street 1978 – 1982," The Brooklyn Rail (Nov 2018)

"Ray Johnson’s Kaleidoscopic Interview Practice," Los Angeles Review of Books

Johnson was ultimately interested in the successes and failures, the gaps, the misunderstandings and slippages in human communication.

"Ray Johnson’s Kaleidoscopic Interview Practice," Los Angeles Review of Books

"How the Evolution of Graphic Design Lines Up with Historical Events," Hyperallergic

Covering the span of 1890 to 1959, A Visual History of Graphic Design illustrates design advancements alongside historical events, from the founding of Pepsi-Cola to the stock market crash.

"How the Evolution of Graphic Design Lines Up with Historical Events," Hyperallergic

"A Magical 1970s French Comic Book Finally Translated Into English," Hyperallergic

In Nicole Claveloux’s comic collection, The Green Hand and Other Stories, we move through dream states with highly idiosyncratic characters.

"A Magical 1970s French Comic Book Finally Translated Into English," Hyperallergic

"A Graphic Memoir About Learning to Cope with What’s Left Behind," Hyperallergic

The book begins when she’s a child, young enough to still be amazed by catching fireflies with her uncle, whose rare, life-threatening genetic heart condition is mentioned within the first few pages. But the majority of the story follows Radtke’s college and post-grad years when she is studying photography and exploring ruins and abandoned mining towns.

"A Graphic Memoir About Learning to Cope with What’s Left Behind," Hyperallergic

"Reading as Art & Publishing as Artistic Practice," The Brooklyn Rail (Apr 2017)

Can reading be a form of making? And if reading is making, what, then, of publishing? Two recent publications take these questions as their starting points—Reading as Art addresses the former, Publishing as Artistic Practice the latter.

"Reading as Art & Publishing as Artistic Practice," The Brooklyn Rail (Apr 2017)