Critic's Pick: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Artforum.com
Informal, intimate scenes of black life—often tender—dominate Brown’s first solo exhibition, “a simple song,” the title of which is based on I Wrote a Simple Song, soul artist Billy Preston’s 1972 record that talks about the disappointment of making deeply private music for public consumption.
"Anna Atkins & Photography’s Blue Beginnings," New York Review of Books Daily
In 1843, Anna Atkins began work on her book of photograms documenting specimens of British algae, what is now considered the first book to be fully illustrated with photography and the first use of photography for scientific documentation.
"The Documents Left Behind from Live Performances," Hyperallergic
Enacting the Text: Performing with Words, currently on view at the Center for Book Arts, uses performance art’s detritus as its starting point.
“A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention,” Hyperallergic
“Mastery and Missteps in Matisse’s Books,” Hyperallergic
The Morgan Library & Museum’s current exhibition Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts, of Henri Matisse’s illustrated books donated to the museum by collectors Michael and Frances Baylson, demonstrates the artist’s well-deserved reputation of having produced some of the most prominent livres d’artistes while also exploring his missteps and failures in book production, emphasizing his devotion to process and revision.
“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.
“Daily Life as Art in Gilbert & George’s Early Works,” 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.”