John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction

Poet John Ashbery created collages throughout his life. I reviewed a recent exhibition at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery that brought these works together. You can read it here.

Kinship and Hospitality in Indiana

My essay on the performance of kinship and hospitality in the 19th-century French novel Indiana, by George Sand, is out this month in a collection edited by Françoise Ghillebaert and Madeleine Vala. You’ll find the book here.

Monuments Not Meant to Last

Soberscove Press published a new book on Rosemary Mayer’s temporary, site-specific works (what she called her “temporary monuments”) last month. The book is edited by Mayer’s niece and nephew, Marie and Max Warsh, and includes an essay by Gillian Sneed. My review is here at Hyperallergic.

The En Dehors Garde

Susan Rosenbaum, an English professor at the University of Georgia, has started a digital project to document the life and career of the poet Mina Loy with her colleagues Suzanne W. Churchill (Davidson College) and Linda Kinnahan (Duquesne University).

Part of this project aims to redefine how we think about innovative and experimental art in the 20th century. Instead of the avant-garde, they have coined the term en dehors garde and have invited anyone interested to contribute a short digital postcard about what the en dehors garde might mean for thinking differently about 20th-century art and literature. 

I've sent in my postcard. You can read it and the rest here


Adrian Piper's Readers

Adrian Piper's retrospective at MoMA--entitled Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016; the first to give the entirety of the sixth floor galleries to a living artist--closed last month. I reviewed the exhibition's catalogue and critical reader for the July/August issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Read it here