Books

Post image for Dusting Off Victorian Science Specimens, from Two-Faced Kittens to Slug Models

After 25 years of collecting contemporary art, George Loudon’s eye was caught by a display of 19th-century glass flowers at Harvard University.

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Post image for ‘The Divine’ and ‘The Realist’: The Diverging Worlds of Twin Comics Artists

The pristine linework of artist Tomer Hanuka is now featured in a slim new graphic novel from the NYC-based Israeli artist, along with his twin brother, Asaf, and writer/game designer Boaz Lavie.

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Post image for The Grainy Doom of the Apocalypse on Film

Whether a bang of nuclear annihilation or the slow creep of a pandemic, our potential end-of-world wastelands have their own bleak visual language.

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Post image for Tracing Devendra Banhart’s Visual and Musical Sensibility Through Drawing

While Devendra Banhart was making his folk-rock music, he was also producing a large body of visual art that for the first time is brought together in book form.

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Post image for Where Primordial Lava Flows into Ice

Iceland, more than most places on the planet, frequently reveals the cataclysmic activity below its crust through volcanoes, fissures, and geothermal pools.

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Post image for Riding Backwards to See What You Missed

In his introduction to Clarence Major’s new poetry collection From Now On, Yusef Komunyakaa hints, even if he does not directly state, that there is a kind of natural quietude about Major’s work.

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Post image for “We Need a New Skin Color”: The Racial Imagination of Dada

The centenary of Dada is almost upon us. If the movement had an identifiable beginning, it was certainly at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, where Richard Huelsenbeck, Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Hans Arp and others gathered for events that have come down to us in detached bits of information and cloudy rumors more than anything else.

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Post image for Agnes Martin: In Two New Books, A Life Revealed

How does one begin to tell — or unravel — the story of Agnes Martin (1912–2004), one of modern art’s most original and self-effacing artists, especially when so many aspects of her personal history are shrouded in mystery, misinformation, myth and misunderstanding?

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Post image for Rare Stephen Sprouse Sketches Shine a Light on the 1980s Style Icon

If there were ever a fashion world equivalent of Andy Warhol, the universe found it in Downtown street kid Stephen Sprouse.

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Post image for An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Poetry

Those familiar with the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat will agree that he is a writer.

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