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Taylor Dafoe

TAYLOR DAFOE is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in Afterimageartnet NewsBOMBElephantInterviewModern Painters, and Photograph Magazine, among others.

RICHARD PRINCE New Portraits

A few hours before April Fools Day, Richard Prince was kicked off Instagram for posting an installation shot of “Spiritual America,” his infamous re-photograph of a then-10-year-old nude Brooke Shields.

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology

At first glance, Photo-Poetics seems like a rehashing of recent iterations of the New Photography series at MoMA. Six out of the ten artists, including Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Lisa Oppenheim, and Sara VanDerBeek, have been featured in MoMA’s series, itself perhaps the closest thing New York has to a proper survey of newfangled photo-based work.

RYDER RIPPS Ho

I’ve now written two reviews of Ho, Ryder Ripps’s debut show at Postmasters. The first, in which I discussed the merits of the canvases, and how and why they were created, I chose to rewrite after I discovered that many pieces of information available about the show online (some of which factored into my original evaluation of the work), were fabricated by Ripps himself. More on this later.

MATT DUCKLO Tomorrow is a Long Time

Like so many, photographer Matt Ducklo seems to have a complicated relationship with his hometown. He was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and around 2010, after a decade-long stint in New York, he moved back there.

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Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of April in New York City.

Muzak for the Manic

A review of Marc Weidenbaum's book on Selected Ambient Works Volume II, the landmark album by Aphex Twin. The book is an installment in the 33 1/3rd series, published by Bloomsbury, which looks at a different classic album with each release. April marks the 20th anniversary of the album.

Call it Punk Rockhausen: Excepter

The band was several minutes into their set before I realized they had started. At first I thought it was the beer—I was a couple of drinks in at that point, as it was well after 1:00 a.m. on a weeknight. But that wasn’t it.

Highly Selective Listings

Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of May in New York City.

Highly Selective Listings

Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of June in New York City.

And in the Margins, the Mad Scientists: Synth Nights at the Kitchen

Live electronic music is never quite in the moment. It’s concerned with creating the future or busy sampling the past. It’s delivered from laptops with dimly-lit Digital Audio Workstations, or performed by robots. It’s fascinated with space and time, but never explores the moment in which it actually exists. It’s also rarely visually engaging.

Vision Anew

Humans take several billion photos each day, approximately two billion of which are uploaded online. It’s estimated that more than 800 billion photos were taken in 2014, and this year we’ll likely pass the one-trillion mark.

Steel Stillman: Black Point

The pictures in Black Point—culled from a larger body of work called Enlargements—began as old point-and-shoot photos taken by the artist from 1979 to 2014.

Anna Ostoya's and Ben Lerner's The Polish Rider

In June of 2016, Ben Lerner published a short story in the New Yorker about an artist who, on the eve of a big opening, loses two paintings in the back of an Uber. Lerner’s story was largely based on Polish painter Anna Ostoya, a real-life friend of the author’s who experienced this while finalizing an exhibition at Bortolami Gallery earlier that spring.

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NOV 2019

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