John Yau

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The Two Faces of Grace Jane

by John Yau on July 24, 2016

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Margot Bergman paints boldly simplified portraits of women on top of found paintings, which she salvages from flea markets.

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MuseumsWeekend

Upbeat and Edgy

by John Yau on July 24, 2016

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With the rise of artists desperate to align themselves with one compromised avant-garde tradition or another, it is useful to remember that Stuart Davis never fit in.

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Better Days

by John Yau on July 17, 2016

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In 1987, Joe Becker, Lee Collins, and Mark began investigating the possibilities of generating a Universal Coded Character Set (UCS) that would, among other things, enable a computer to encode, transmit, and translate one language into another.

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Fault Line

by John Yau on July 17, 2016

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The first paragraph of Lev Manovich’s groundbreaking essay, “Database as Symbolic Form” (1999) came to mind about three minutes after I began pouring over the weird, wacky, wild and wooly stuff displayed under glass in Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive at the Hessel Museum of Art.

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BooksWeekend

Killed By the State

by John Yau on July 10, 2016

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A few weeks ago, while I was reading In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton, edited by Reginald Shepherd and Philip Clark, I was reminded of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (2011), edited by David Trinidad. This happens with poetry – one poem or book leads to another, like a chain letter.

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An Artist Who Possessed a Third Eye

by John Yau on July 9, 2016

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Working in painting, drawing, assemblage, film, photography, photograms, performance, collage, and printmaking, Bruce Conner (1933–2008) made more discrete bodies of work across more mediums than any other postwar artist.

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Summer Carousing and Revelry

by John Yau on July 3, 2016

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It must be summer. There are group shows galore all over Manhattan. This is when you get to discover new artists, get enthusiastic, become disenchanted, fall in love, fall out of love, all of the above, and none of the above, in one day, and still have time to sit back and read a book of poems in the evening.

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All The World’s Bigger than a Stage

by John Yau on July 3, 2016

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There is the artist’s artist, and there is June Leaf.

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This slim volume of poetry might stir up the tears you have been keeping inside you, especially if, like me, you are old enough to remember the 1980s and the AIDS epidemic, the seemingly endless roll call of people you knew and didn’t know who died horribly.

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Ten years ago, in an interview that I did with Stephen Westfall, he said that he was interested in a skewed grid because it looked as if “the whole thing could tremble and be knocked over.”

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