2015

Review of Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), The Brooklyn Rail (Oct 2015)

 Uniting all eight volumes of Cage’s writing for the first time, Joe Biel and Richard Kraft have decided not to reproduce the volumes in their original form. Instead, they revive Cage’s interest in chance methods and in effect reperform the journals, treating them as a score to interpret and collaborate with anew.

Review of <i>Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)</i>, The Brooklyn Rail (Oct 2015)

“Plastic Purses and Comic-Book Catalogues: American Postwar Art at the Margins,” Hyperallergic

Life-size knit body suits mingle with painted metal lawn chairs, plastic purses, and rows of zines and ephemera in the summer show at Matthew Marks Gallery, What Nerve!, which gathers the work of four outlying postwar art groups.

“Plastic Purses and Comic-Book Catalogues: American Postwar Art at the Margins,” Hyperallergic

“Daily Life as Art in Gilbert & George’s Early Works,” Hyperallergic

The melodies of British composers Grieg and Elgar mixed with chatter and voices repeating “Gordon’s makes us drunk” can be heard faintly as you enter Gilbert & George: The Early Years, adding a humorous, lighthearted tone appropriate to the comedic nature of Gilbert & George’s early work.

“Daily Life as Art in Gilbert &amp; George’s Early Works,” Hyperallergic

“An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Poetry,” Hyperallergic

The Notebooks, which looks and feels like a cheap composition notebook — Basquiat’s medium of choice for writing — presents actual-size reproductions of the pages of his eight notebooks, with no interruptions or annotations, save the brief forward by the editor and their owner, the art publisher Larry Warsh.

“An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Poetry,” Hyperallergic

“In Readers’ Hands, Archives Find New Contexts,” Hyperallergic

New York University Fales Library Collection director and curator Marvin J. Taylor organized the panel that featured: Franklin Furnace director and founder Martha Wilson; archivist, curator and artist Andrew Blackley; and director of NYPL Labs Ben Vershbow.

“In Readers’ Hands, Archives Find New Contexts,” Hyperallergic

“Explosive Watercolors and Collages, Subtly Contained,” Hyperallergic

Looking at Marcia Kure’s watercolors and collages, the word that comes to mind is “torque”: “the twisting or rotary force in a piece of mechanism (as a measurable quantity); the moment of a system of forces producing rotation.”

“Explosive Watercolors and Collages, Subtly Contained,” Hyperallergic

“A Comic Book that Reads Like Sheet Music,” Hyperallergic

Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera explodes off the page. Kraft, a multidisciplinary artist, pastes images of Hindu gods next to exercise diagrams and drawings of monkeys and elephants into bars and restaurants — all superimposed on a pre-existing 1960s Cold War–era comic.

“A Comic Book that Reads Like Sheet Music,” Hyperallergic