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

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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

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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

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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


Her Hatchet Is More Like an Ax: Renata Adler and the Problem with Critics

The most recently published piece in Renata Adler’s collected nonfiction, After the Tall Timber (New York Review Books), is a curious defense of the serial plagiarizer Jayson Blair by way of an excoriation of The New York Times, the paper … Read More


A Dancer in the Dark, Illuminated: Inside MoMA’s Unusual Björk Catalogue

“So I have been doing a little reading and trying to find folks who could help me define what ‘ism’ I am,” Icelandic pop star Björk wrote to writer Timothy Morton in an email in October. In a lengthier email, … Read More


See You in Havana: Rachel Kushner’s Cuba

With the publication in 2013 of her celebrated second novel, The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner earned the rare distinction of becoming a crossover novelist embraced by the art world. It helped that The Flamethrowers focused on a group of struggling artists … Read More

Books Reviews

How to Kill Your Idols: Kim Gordon Takes No Prisoners In New Memoir

“Rock music is all about repression,” Kim Gordon wrote in the catalogue for the artist Mike Kelley’s 1993 retrospective at the Whitney Museum. Thankfully, though, Gordon holds nothing back in her new memoir, Girl in a Band (HarperCollins, 2014). The … Read More

Art of the City Books

Roger White’s ‘The Contemporaries’ Ventures Nimbly Through Today’s Art World

Comprehensive, clear-eyed books about the art world are few and far between. Anthony Haden-Guest’s True Colors (1998) offers a juicy look at the 1980s market surge, as Mary Boone swilled Champagne at Odeon, and Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the … Read More