A new book on the artist features selections from Saint Phalle’s prints, doodles, letters, and diaries, arranged in roughly chronological order.
Bernadette Mayer Evokes the Banality and Urgency of the Quotidian
In Memory, the poet shapes a new visual and textual language that explores the simmering possibilities of consciousness.
Questioning the Very Form of the Book
Madeline Gins uses the form to dislodge our notion of individual subjectivity, the narrator commonly known as “I.”
Mirtha Dermisache’s Writing Is a Rorschach test
Dermisache’s drawings posture as communication yet undercut it through illegibility.
A Stamp Designer Makes His Mark with Cheeky Designs
Vincent Sardon’s The Stampographer, published by Siglio Press, collects the witty designs he makes with rubber stamps, which are sometimes several feet long.
Only Abandoned: The Poetry of Marcel Broodthaers
Midway through the retrospective of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers currently at the Museum of Modern Art, the visitor comes across the witty short film La Pluie (Projet pour un texte) [The Rain (Project for a text), 1969].
Taking His Chance: John Cage’s Diary
One of the minor ironies of the postwar avant-garde is that an artist so resolutely against personal expression and the myth of the inspired genius should become the focus of a cult of personality.
Finally Collage: The Hybrid Texts and Art of Robert Seydel
“To wear masks put them off,” writes Ruth Greisman, alter-ego of the late artist and writer Robert Seydel. Though based on and named after Seydel’s real-life aunt, Ruth is largely a fictional construct.
A Comic Book that Reads Like Sheet Music
Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera explodes off the page.
A Look at the California Publishers in the 2015 LA Art Book Fair
LOS ANGELES — They said it would never work. They said Angelenos aren’t interested in art books. Then, two years ago, they were proven wrong.
Making Muses: Dorothy Iannone’s Erotic Art Was Inspired by Dieter Roth
Dorothy Iannone describes her trip to Reykjavík in 1967 as the “journey which seems to have made all other journeys possible.” It was there she met the artist Dieter Roth, with whom she swiftly fell in love and for whom she left her husband and a comfortable life in the United States.
Man of Letters: Ray Johnson Art in Motion
While the increased availability of Ray Johnson’s letters, notes, and statements subtilizes our understanding of this legendarily well-connected yet enigmatic artist, his flattened logorrheia is also just fun to read.