A Nightclub Goddess Dishes on Her Life: Grace Jones Finally Wrote Her Memoirs

The title of Grace Jones’s memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs (Gallery Books), is lifted from the first line of her song “The Art Groupie,” off side two of her fifth album, Nightclubbing. You can’t go through life without breaking … Read More


Unhappy Thoughts: Gary Indiana Gets Personal In New Memoir

“Reality is, for the most part, a great disappointment,” Gary Indiana writes in his new memoir I Can Give You Anything But Love (Rizzoli Ex Libris). This epiphany comes when Indiana is flipping through a book of Annie Leibovitz’s photography … Read More

Books Features
The New York Printed Matter Book Fair, 2014.COURTESY PRINTED MATTER

Bookish: On the Art World’s Publishing Boom

One morning last spring Julia Joern and Todd Bradway were sitting in a Manhattan townhouse discussing David Zwirner Books. The year-old enterprise is the latest addition to Zwirner’s fast-growing gallery, which now encompasses 80,000 square feet of space in New … Read More


Being a Good Critic in a Bad World: Hal Foster and the Avant-Garde

The title of Hal Foster’s new book Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency is drawn from an oft-quoted maxim of Bertolt Brecht’s: “Don’t start with the good old days, but the bad new ones.” Contending that the last 25 years … Read More

Artists Books
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‘The Human Body Is Very Raw’: An Interview With Skin & Bone Magazine

In a new small-format (5½ by 8 inches) magazine called Skin & Bone, photographers Philip Campbell and Brandon Shade explore the male form—all of its nooks and crannies included. The volume, which has the polished feel of an artist book, includes images they each shot … Read More

Artists Books News

Glenn Ligon Names His Ten Favorite Books, Includes ‘Citizen’ Among Them

Aaron Hicklin has been asking people to name their favorite books in an ongoing T magazine feature, and the series’s most recent installment has the American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon revealing what’s on his bookshelf.Considering Ligon’s interest in race and politics, it’s not … Read More


Grapes of Wrath: How a California Road Trip Made an Artist Out of Andy Warhol

In 1963, Andy Warhol drove from New York to Los Angeles with his friends Wynn Chamberlain, Gerard Melanga, and Taylor Mead. Deborah Davis’s new book, The Trip (Simon & Schuster), an examination of this cross-country journey, argues that the brief … Read More

Books Reviews

In a New Book With an Unprintable Title, Seth Price Considers the Art World, Aesthetics, Murder

This week New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl offered some pretty sensible advice to all those who are maddened by the obscene action in today’s high-flying art market: chill out. “Sensing that people will one day look back on this era as … Read More

Artists Books News
Pages from a comic book by Art Green, as published in. COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

1,000 Miles From Normal: The Hairy Who Artists on Their Comic Books and Their Countercultural Energy

Five of the six members talk art, history at Matthew Marks Read More

Artists Books
Agnes Martin, Friendship, 1963, incised gold leaf and gesso on canvas. ©2015 AGNES MARTIN/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

Off the Grid: A New Agnes Martin Biography Explores the Reclusive Artist’s Life

John Ashbery once described Agnes Martin’s watercolors as “almost distressingly powerful.” The same could be said about Nancy Princenthal’s new biography of Martin. Princenthal’s style in Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art is underplayed—she, like her subject, never lends herself … Read More

Aaliyah Colon, Manhattanville, 2A, 0103, from Project Lives. PUBLISHED BY POWERHOUSEBOOKS/©AALIYAH COLON

Bringing It Home: For ‘Project Lives,’ Public-Housing Residents Pick Up Cameras

Ever wonder whether kids see the same things we do when looking around their environment? From their diminutive physical vantage point and their experiential one as well, things must look different.Well, George Carrano, Chelsea Davis, and Jonathan Fisher wanted to … Read More

Books News

The Reality TV Novel: Goldin+Senneby’s ‘Headless’ Also Lacks a Soul, But That’s Probably the Point

The Sovereign Group—“Intelligent Offshore Tax Planning Since 1987”—is a management company catering to high-net-worth individuals and corporations who wish to avoid paying taxes. It is primarily involved in managing offshore corporations, trust funds, and pensions, providing “a full range of … Read More

David Wojnarowicz, Arthur Rimbaud in New York (times square), 1978-79, gelatin-silver print. ©THE ESTATE OF DAVID WOJNAROWICZ/COURTESY P.P.O.W. GALLERY

‘He Would Rage On’: Aperture Reissues David Wojnarowicz’s ‘Brush Fires in the Social Landscape’

In Brush Fires in the Social Landscape, the book of David Wojnarowicz’s photo-based work that was published posthumously in 1994, cameras are passed from artist to artist, artist to critic, critic to librarian. They move between people like AIDS, the disease which … Read More


Disaster Writing: New Book By Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist Wreaks Havoc on Original Thought

Readers of a certain age will probably know Marshall McLuhan best for his cameo in Annie Hall, in which the Canadian-born media scholar appears suddenly to chastise an annoying member of a movie queue, situated directly behind Woody Allen’s Alvy … Read More