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Def Jam Recordings and Golf Wang

Everybody associated with Def Jam looked cool for a decade, then not so much after that. They also appear to have stopped doing cocaine when the ’90s rolled around, for better or for worse.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity

David Shrigley does not suffer from a lack of publishing. The rare artist to maintain a presence in both the commercial and contemporary art world via his books, music videos, and gallery shows, Shrigley gained notice in the late 1990s through his publications.

The Present

In the mid-20th century, photographers such as Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan, Lee Friedlander, and Helen Levitt captured the vitality of the modern city and helped define the genre of “street photography.”

Agnes Martin

Timed to Agnes Martin’s long-term installation at Dia:Beacon, this essay collection, organized by Dia’s staff, seeks to distill the essential ambivalences of Martin’s production: those pendent questions of what her art really means.

The Future of Art: A Manual

In The Future of Art: A Manual, German writer Ingo Niermann and artist Erik Niedling trace the tactics and intuitions of other artists, collectors, gallerists, and theorists.

Kusama, In Her Own Words

With her colorful wigs, bug-eyed gaze and paintings, sculptures, and clothes covered with swarms of her signature polka dots, “infinity net” patterns, or phallic-shaped protrusions, the Japanese-born artist Yayoi Kusama has become one of the most visible figures on today’s international art scene.


The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2012

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