There was a sale…I can’t be held accountable. (Taken with Instagram)
Book I Want, Do Not Have…It’s been a while.
The “death of painting” and its subsequent resurrection in transformed conditions is a leitmotif of the modern era. Painting’s postconceptual resurgence at the start of the 1980s began a dramatic expansion of its field. If painting remains important today, it is because its contradictions have been acknowledged as artists have radically diversified the components of its production and presentation.
I can’t go on the MIT Press too often because everything is a bit too good.
“Watching the daughter of a New York collector call her mother a “fat whore” and put out her Virgina Slims 100 on a Mondrian drawing in front of her stepfather; hearing an SFMOMA trustee tell an Asian waitress at a reception that he always dreamt of having an orgy with “more than two or three oriental girls”’ being told by a Soho gallerist on a coke0fueled tirade that I was “dead in this town.”
James Bae on etiquette playing a role in embarrassing or awkward encounters…
An excerpt from I like your work: art and etiquette
Letters to Kurt by Eric Erlandson
I do not have this book yet because it’s not published yet, but I will have it. Oh yes I will. You can preorder it here for $50, which is usually out of my price range, but the goodies it comes with are delicious. Check it:
This LIMITED preorder includes the following items:
1) One advance hardcover copy of LETTERS TO KURT, by Eric Erlandson.
2) One copy of COCK SOUP, a limited edition chapbook/photo compendium, SIGNED by Eric Erlandson. COCK SOUP consists of 52 photographs of ephemera shot by Eric Erlandson as a visual accompaniment to LETTERS TO KURT.
3) A SIGNED Polaroid-style snapshot taken by Eric Erlandson — a unique photo and inscription for each preorder package purchased.
4) An exclusive CD outtake of the upcoming soundtrack to LETTERS TO KURT.
Early reviews also prove this to be very tempting…
“Nearly two decades after the death of Kurt Cobain, a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn his suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible. These 52 ‘letters’ … combine the subject matter of the Byrds’ ‘So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star’ with the fury of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl … A catharsis for the writer and perhaps for the reader as well.”
“Eric was the spirit-boy in the Nirvana/Hole dynamic. Quiet, bemused, intelligent, and curiously intuitive to the power of hugging the devil, to say we will all be okay. The early 1990s were an explosive and defining period of creativity and excitement for the underground punk/post-punk scene, particularly with the manifest poetry of Kurt, who we were so proud to have as a light in our shared time and space. Eric expresses how enchanting Kurt was, how the whole scene was, with his thoughtful, radical adult/prose love. Bring on the future, darling.”
—Thurston Moore, musician
“Eric. He was always there: supportive, observing, in the thick of it. Hidden in plain sight … Without him, I can’t imagine Seattle or L.A. or a dozen other places. This book is beautiful, brutal, brief. Happy-sad eloquence. Boy Scouts playing with the complimentary cologne in the heart of the ghost town. Listen to the man. He knows.”
Leo Fitzpatrick Not Garbage
OHWOW is pleased to announce the publication of Leo Fitzpatrick’s Not Garbage, a book based on the exhibition Ray’s A Laugh curated by the artist. Expounding on this exhibition, Not Garbage presents a selection of contemporary artists responding to the work of collage and correspondence artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995). Here, another generation of New York artists including Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Adam McEwen, Leo Fitzpatrick, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Josh Smith, and Dash Snow, apply their own sense of wit and guile to the work of their forefather. These artists add personal twists to work that acknowledges the past, reflecting the importance of their own community. The individual means of communication that Johnson promulgated during his life remain a powerful force, still influencing the New York City art scene of today.
Available in store and online.