AUROCHS LIBRARY Chess MatchBy Benjamin Gottlieb
The elevators in McKim, Mead & Whites imposing Clocktower Building go to the twelfth floor. The Clocktower Gallery is on the thirteenth. Throughout August, on the other side of an often-closed door along the gallerys long white hallway, Will Corwins installation Aurochs Library quietly grew; the artist spent the month steadily building upon a spare wooden frame.
ART BOOKS IN REVIEW: Gerhard Richter is SpeechlessBy Benjamin Gottlieb
The 2002 exhibition Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting, at the Museum of Modern Artthe artists first major retrospective in the United Stateswas greeted by many familiar with Richters art with a common refrain: How could this have taken so long?
ART BOOKS IN REVIEW: How We Talk About Chuck CloseBy Benjamin Gottlieb
In Marion Cajoris keenly attentive 2007 documentary Chuck Close, one of the artists most frequent subjects, Philip Glass, states, Theres no such thing as a string quartet. A string quartet is what you happen to be listening to when a string quartet is playing.
By Benjamin Gottlieb
Seven Days in Rio
Before Francis Levy launches into the narrative proper of Seven Days in Rio, a hundred-odd-page bromide-heavy sexual fantasia, an authors note appeals its case to the reader in a rare, self-conscious nod to the works guilelessly inflammatory inclinations; its tack is less conciliatory than defensive, with the vague hint of a threat.
Year in Review
To mark the end of the year, the Rail’s Art Books editors, Ben Gottlieb, Maya Harakawa, and Greg Lindquist, each selected three notable books from the past year to share with our readers.
A YEAR IN ART BOOKS
By Benjamin Gottlieb
Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
To mark the end of the year, the Rail’s Art Books editors, Ben Gottlieb, Phillip Griffith, and Greg Lindquist, and Managing Director Sara Christoph each selected a notable book from the past year to share with our readers. This is not a list of the best books of the year. Instead, it is an informal survey meant to highlight the diversity of art book publishing now.