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“Schwabsky is a master of concision” ...
 
cover of book under review. Chris Johanson, Survey by Bob Nickas, Interview by Corrina Peipon, Focus by Julie Deamer, writings by Chris Johanson, £35 / €49.95 / $59.95, Phaidon 2013, www.phaidon.com
The first comprehensive survey of the “underground” artist ...
 
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Her long-awaited catalogue raisonné is published by Yale. ...
 


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The Price of Beauty: Two novels set in the art market


By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham; An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin


Jannis Kounellis, Untitled / 12 Live Horses, Rome, 1969

Jannis Kounellis: Hard Materials, Transcendent Light


New monograph by Marc Scheps from Prestel


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Seeing the World Differently: Bill Berkson’s lectures on art and poetry


A review of Bill Berkson’s “Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006″ from Cuneiform Press


Polaroid by Julian Schnabel of Mickey Rourke reproduced in the book under review. Courtesy Prestel Publishing

Purloined Destiny: Julian Schnabel’s Polaroids


Julian Schnabel: Polaroids by Petra Giloy-Hirtz is published by Prestel.


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Beta Get Your Act Together, PBS: A critical look at their new arts website


No bravos for this lackluster new site, even if the programs trump Bravo’s “Work of Art”


Richard Haas, Fontainbleu Hotel, Miami Beach, Fl. 1986

Walls, ceilings and flaws: a book about murals published as a website


The Mural in America by Francis V. Connor, Ph. D. at muralinamerica.com


Michael Craig-Martin, An Oak Tree, 1973. Glass, water, shelf and printed text, dimensions vary. Private Collection

The Arts Died with Dada: Roy Harris and the Great Debate About Art


In depth review of the semiotician’s pointed pamphlet on the end of art criticism


Christopher Wool, She Smiles For The Camera I, 2005. Enamel on linen, 104 X 78 inches. Courtesy Luhring Augustine

Painting Abstraction by Bob Nickas


In the 1980s, when painting was commonly said to be dead, many group shows were devoted to abstraction.


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Seeing Out Louder: Art Criticism 2003-2009 by Jerry Saltz


Saltz is a great art writer who rarely fails to amuse, entertain and instruct


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Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories by Brenda Moore-McCann


“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”