The new book Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015 over-relies on art institutions to vet a very uneven selection of writings by 75 artists.
An Excerpt from ‘On Fire,’ Artists’ Tales of Devastating Studio Blazes
“My interest in participating in this book you’re about to make,” Brendan Fowler tells me, “is that I think it will be a document that would have been useful to me before I’d had my fire.”
Fables from Artlandia: The Miraculous by Raphael Rubinstein
In a 1946 letter to the anthropologist Ruth Benedict, poet Charles Olson articulated what has become a quietly influential conception of historiography in poetry circles. “There has been, is too much of everything, including knowledge,” he contended, quite presciently, “because it has not been winnowed.”
Does the Younger Generation Have a New Attitude Toward Museums?
In an essay for Paper Monument‘s third issue, Timothy Aubry writes on his view of youngsters’ behavior in museums, temples of art that were previously bastions of quiet respect and contemplation. Now, they may as well be amusement parks! Aubry points to the pajama-party vibe of Pipolotti Rist’s “Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters)” (2008), installed in MoMA’s atrium, to speak on our cultural lack of reverence for museum spaces. No longer content to be in awe, we now argue with our museum experiences and adapt them to our own ends. Does a younger generation have a different attitude towards museum-going?