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.
"Sonel Breslav in conversation with Megan N. Liberty," The Brooklyn Rail (Sept 2018)
On the occasion of Printed Matter’s thirteenth Annual NY Art Book Fair (NYABF), I talked with Sonel Breslav about the rising interest in art books and fairs, the challenges of exhibiting books, and how to balance programming, display, and commerce at the fair.
"Jack Whitten’s Newly Published Journals Chronicle a Troubled Path to Success," Hyperallergic
Much like his art, Whitten’s writing is dense and forceful, with something underneath struggling to reach the surface. Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed reproduces a selection of studio notes and writings spanning his five-decade career.
Review of Tate Shaw's Blurred Library: Essays on Artists’ Books, The Brooklyn Rail (Jun 2017): 54.
At a time when the internet and digital publishing are redefining and questioning the boundaries of the space opened by a book, Shaw’s essays explore the physical and imaginative relationship of books to our bodies
"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.
"A New Bookstore in Philly Offers Much More than Books," Hyperallergic
What is the role of books in the evolving contemporary art scene? How does publishing manifest as a curatorial or artistic practice? The Ulises bookshop, named after the conceptual book artist and theorist Ulises Carrión and which opened this past weekend in Philadelphia, plans to address these questions.
“‘The Ephemeral Moment of Exchange’ in Barbara Bloom’s Wrapping Papers,” Hyperallergic
Installation and mixed-media artist Barbara Bloom’s latest book and print endeavor, the limited edition Gifts (Ludion), takes this idea a step further, exploring not only the meaning we endow gifts with, but also the meaning behind gift exchange rituals — particularly that of wrapping paper.