The Forward: When Even A Boy Einstein Doesn’t Have ‘All The Answers’


Michael Kupperman grew up in Connecticut, hidden away in suburbia along with a family secret; Kupperman’s professor father, Joel Kupperman, had been a child star, one of the most popular and recognized child stars of his generation.

As the “genius” boy Einstein of the largely rigged show “Quiz Kids,” Joel Kupperman had been cast as exemplar to a less objectionable popularization of the Jewish people. …

The New York Times: 'Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir'


Reviewing 'Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir,' by Michael Peppiatt 

When Michael Peppiatt, at 21, met Francis Bacon, the 53-year-old artist was already all artifice, well spoken when well rehearsed, his bistro doctrines applauded by clinking glasses. Peppiatt, having taken over a student arts journal at Cambridge, had shown up in London’s Soho. It was 1963, and Peppiatt laid claim to but a tenuous introduction to the renowned painter he sought. …

The Brooklyn Rail: 'The Solitary Twin' by Harry Mathews


During the years I was pursuing my graduate degree in creative writing at Columbia University, Harry Mathews was a beloved mentor, and in the years since, as I’ve been faculty at The New School graduate writing program, he has been not only a mentor, but a colleague and a friend.

Ok, actually, I did overlap with Mathews at Columbia University and at The New School, but I never took a class with him, and I never talked to him. …

Times Literary Supplement: ‘Georgia’ a novel by Dawn Trip


Well, for those of you who subscribe to the Times Literary Supplement, I have a review of Dawn Tripp's novel, Georgia in this week's issue:

Wilully, Americans tell the story of Georgia O’Keeffe: the story of the southwestern female artist and pioneer. The story is wrong in three ways: once for the remnants of the arguments it contains, mounted by art critics in the 1920s, that O’Keeffe embodied the art of a woman, more sensual ...

The Rumpus: "Who Is Ana Mendieta?"


The Feminist Press has put together an extraordinary graphic biography in Who is Ana Mendieta? (June 2011) by Christine Redfern and Caro Varon.  The work intersects with the larger subject of the social revolution that did or didn't happen in the 60s and 70s.  Questions regarding Mendieta, her art, women's art, all art, politics and social change come crashing together in the elegant edition, which launches FP's Blind Spot Series,  The series, in the words of FP, will invoke “the spirit of revolutions past.”

Art in America: "Infinite Patience"

Haunch of Venison, New York: James Drake; Kunié Sugiura; Stanley Whitney

A version of this review appeared in Art in America.

Infinite Patience draws together three artists who have been developing their approaches and iconographies since the 1970s.  What unites the artists—James Drake, Kunie Sugiura and Stanley Whitney—is a "not-quite" sensibility, a willingness to resist categorization.  In the 1970s, that would have been a more pronounced problem than it is today; figuration and abstraction were still seemingly at war, while pop art and photography made their own encampments.  …

The Believer: Peter Neumeyer, Edward Gorey in Floating Worlds

Looked at the correspondence of Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds, for the Believer

(Incidentally, I also talked to Peter for Art in America.)

We are perhaps as well situated as we’ve ever been to solve the curiously tempting and elusive riddle of Edward Gorey. His illustrative style and design sensibility—a precious iteration of befuddlement and Gothicism—presage twenty-first-century trends in the comic arts, East and West. …

Gay City: Nicky Nodjoumi

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“Private Agenda”

Mike Weiss Gallery

520 W. 24 St.

Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Through Nov. 24


As published in Gay City:

"Returning Cap’n Crunch to Politics"

The political right of this nation sees popular culture as being in the hands of the left. They also see popular culture as shallow and ineptly managed. And they are largely correct, as the left is well aware.

Artforum: Yoshihiro Suda

02.21.04-04.03.04 D'Amelio Terras, New York

With their deft placement high above eye level, Yoshihiro Suda’s diminutive wooden flowers (one to each room) engender a surprisingly broad range of reaction. ...

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