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Table of Contents

  1. Editor's Letter
  2. The Brief

    Adam Pendleton at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans; Tribeca Film Festival; New York’s Association of International Photography Art Dealers fair; EVA International biennial in Limerick, Ireland; Sarah Crowner at MASS MoCA; Ideas City Detroit.

  3. First Look: Erin Markey

    Ignoring boundaries between drama, comedy and performance art, Brooklyn-based Erin Markey writes and acts in works of outrageous theatricality—including a recent musical about a Michigan girl in love with her family’s pontoon boat.

  4. Books

    Rayotexts

    Robert Atkins on Man Ray: Writings on Art; plus related titles in brief.

  5. Sightlines

    Designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta tell Ross Simonini what’s on their minds.

  6. Muse: Syncopation

    The Albanian-born, Paris-based video artist, currently the subject of an exhibition at the New Museum, New York, reflects on the importance of syncopation—musical, visual and sociopolitical—in his life and work.

  7. Backstory

    Higher Learning

    The figurative painter recalls a 1978 trip to an L.A. shoeshine stand with three fellow Otis Art Institute students, all determined to address black identity in their work.

  8. The Indiscreet Charm of Fischli and Weiss

    “How to Work Better” at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, surveys three decades of collaboration by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, whose sculptures, photos and videos deftly combine absurdity and high seriousness, cleverness and existential angst.

  9. The Sight of Her

    Charlotte Moorman, long known as the “Topless Cellist” of 1960s-’70s performance art, is finally receiving critical and curatorial recognition for her accomplishments as a musician, performer, cultural organizer and avant-garde celebrity.

  10. At the Limits of Comprehension

    Treating letters as both semantic elements and pictorial forms, poet Robert Grenier suggests a parallel between deciphering language and deciphering the sensory experiences that precede verbal formulation.

  11. One to One

    At New York’s Whitney Museum, a full-scale 1970 photographic projection by Michael Heizer brings home the immersiveness, the being-there (even if only vicariously), that is essential to the Land art aesthetic.

In the Studio: C. Spencer Yeh

Describing himself as “uncoordinated and tone-deaf,” Yeh relates how—as an instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, music packager and videomaker—he has created a high-energy sound-and-image art meant for audiences open to radical experimentation.

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