Tracey Emin wavers. In her art, and in her writing, she changes her mind, she repeats herself, and she can’t decide what she wants. For a female artist, wavering is dangerous: it can either be attributed to a tongue-in-cheek ultra-feminine approach, or it can be attributed to a lack of consistency.
What freedoms can an alter ego afford an artist? What truths? In Book of Ruth, Robert Seydel assumes the identity of his fictitious aunt, Ruth Greisman, a forgotten collagist. Made by Seydel through the foil of another, Book of Ruth is a paean to the inner life and how we might express it through poetry, through the subliminal medium of collage, and across gender.
Dear Bill, Just finished a wonderful book, Carolee Schneemanns collected letters, with correspondence to and from, which is very nice, endlessly preferable to the single-side such books often give you.
I can’t remember being as excited by an art book as I was by James Castle: Show and Store. The reproductions are gorgeous, and the work catalogued withinfrom a show of Castle’s work at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Spainis eminently inspiring and moving.