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Close Encounters
PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AND NOT
by Linda Yablonsky

Apr. 4, 2011

Will Steacy, Photographs Not Taken, Daylight, 2012, 223 pp., $14.95

Eric Sandweiss, The Day in Its Color: Charles Cushman's Photographic Journey through a Vanishing America, Oxford, 2012, 240 pp., $39.95

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Books Archives
Feb. 21, 2012
Reverend Jen
CHICK LIT FOR THE AVANT-GARDE
by Walter Robinson
Survey Says: You must go out and buy the new memoir by the "sex symbol for the insane," the Lower East Side Art Star known as Reverend Jen.
Feb. 15, 2012
Yayoi Kusama
THE LAST WORD
by Rachel Corbett
A new memoir by the eccentric 82-year-old "polka-dot painter" is a catalogue of surprisingly entertaining mind scraps..
Feb. 6, 2012
New Art Examiner
AMERICAN ART CRITICISM LIVES!
by Donald Kuspit

Every article in The Essential New Art Examiner, the new anthology of Chicago art criticism, is worth the serious read.
Jan. 19, 2012
Detroit: 138 Square Miles
RUIN PORN GALORE FOR BOTH RICH AND POOR
by Pedro Vélez

Considering Julia Reyes Taubman and her massive picture book, Detroit: 138 Square Miles, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Dec. 13, 2011
The Art Prophets
CONFIDENCE MEN
by Pedro Vélez

The profiles in Richard Polsky's The Art Prophets suggest that many visionaries are wolves in sheeps' clothing.
Sept. 19, 2011
Close Encounters
THE ART-AND-FASHION CACHET
by Linda Yablonsky

Art and fashion, via a collaboration among Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and photographers Catherine Opie and Alec Soth.
Aug. 29, 2011
Close Encounters
ISABELLA BLOW, A (SAD) BIOGRAPHY
by Linda Yablonsky

The tragic tale of London fashionista Isabella Blow, as told by her husband, Detmar Blow.
Aug. 22, 2011
Book Report
SOTHEBY'S SWEET SPOTS
by Walter Robinson

An impressionistic memoir from Sotheby's long-time Impressionist expert Michel Strauss.
July 13, 2011
Art & Psychedelics
YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
by Charlie Finch

Dig the pictures in Ken Johnson's new Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art.
July 11, 2011
Carolee Schneemann
THE WRESTLING ANGEL
by Charlie Finch

Correspondence Course, an epistolary history of Carolee Schneeman and her circle, edited by Kristine Stiles.
July 7, 2011
Sasha Grey
GREY GARDENS
by Pedro Vélez

Sex star Sasha Grey's Neü Sex, a book of her own photographs and diary entries.
July 1, 2011
Summer Reading
REBELS WITH A CAUSE
by James Croak

Arabic Graffitti, Totalitarian Art and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp on L.A.'s 1960s art scene.
June 21, 2011
Joan Mitchell
(SHE'S NO) LADY PAINTER
by Michèle C. Cone

A new biography of Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell is both scholarly and sensationalistic.
Mar. 8, 2011
L.A. Rising:
THE THERE THERE
by James Croak

Lyn Kienholz' new L.A. Rising, SoCal Artists Before 1980 (California / International Arts Foundation, 2010)
Feb. 15, 2011
FIND YOUR WAY BACK
by Charlie Finch

Tony Fitzpatrick's This Train: An Artists's Journal (Firecat Publishing, 2010).
Dec. 6, 2010
ALICE NEEL, THE FIRST TEN PAGES
by Charlie Finch

Phoebe Hoban’s Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty.
Nov. 16, 2010
STEVE MARTIN, NOVELIST
by James Croak

Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty (Grand Central Publishing, 2010), 304 pp, $26.99.
June 7, 2010
BOOK REPORT
by Pedro Vélez

New publications by Beatriz Montevaro, Stefano Pasquini and Cristina Tufiño.
June 7, 2010
BOOK REPORT
by Pedro Vélez

New publications by Beatriz Montevaro, Stefano Pasquini and Cristina Tufiño.
Apr. 26, 2010
THE SUCCESS OF CASTELLI
by Michèle C. Cone

Annie Cohen-Solal’s biography Leo and His Circle.
Apr. 5, 2010
HIGGLY PIGGLY
by Charlie Finch

Whitney Museum curator Larry Rinder’s roman à clef, Revenge of the Decorated Pigs.
Feb. 26, 2010
REALITY CHECK
by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy
Elizabeth Kostova’s new art-world novel and cartoonist R.O Blechman’s memoir.
Dec. 10, 2009
NOTHING IN PARTICULAR
by James Croak
Vitamin 3D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation.
Nov. 23, 2009
SUPER POWER ART
by Donald Kuspit
Simon Schama’s The Power of Art.
Nov. 12, 2009
BOOK REPORT
by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
A tale of two art-world rogues: Léon Bing’s Wild Ride and Dennis Hopper’s Photographs.
Aug. 19, 2009
SABBATH’S DAYS
by Joe Fyfe
Zak Smith’s We Did Porn (TinHouse Books).
Apr. 6, 2008
BOOK REPORT
by Walter Robinson
Four new novels bring "chick lit" to art bohemia.
Mar. 26, 2008
Gimme Shelter
by James Croak
The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.
Nov. 14, 2008
OPPOSITE SECTS
by Robert Moeller
Two new books, on Women Collectors and the Circus.
Oct. 27, 2008
PARTY READING
by Deborah Ripley
The New York Art Book Fair revives an antiquarian field.
Aug. 15, 2008
LOVE AND LOSS
by Charlie Finch
A review of Peter Schjeldahl’s new collection of art criticism, Let’s See.
July 30, 2008
ANONYMOUS IS A PHOTOGRAPHER
by Robert Moeller
In three recent books, ordinary people as photographers and as photographic subject.
July 23, 2008
BEHIND THE SCENES
by Andrew Decker
Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art Worldlays bare the workings of contemporary art.
June 10, 2008
BOOK REPORT
by Walter Robinson
Art & Today, Great Collectors of Our Time, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Gary Panter, and Saint Clair Cemin: Sculptor from Cruzalta.
June 5, 2008
BLANK DRAWINGS
by Charlie Finch
Bob Dylan’s sad doodles.
May 14, 2008
DUCHAMP WON, PICASSO LOST
Sculpture Today by Judith Collins.
Oct. 5, 2007
THE LAST SENSUALISTS
by Michèle C. Cone
Death and eroticism in the new masculinity of the 1920s.
Sept. 7, 2007
DARKNESS VISIBLE
by Charlie Finch
On Lisa Ruyter: One Million Postcards.
Dec. 20, 2006
BOOK REPORT
by Walter Robinson
Notable new titles, in time for the gift-giving season.
Nov. 8, 2006
OWNING ART
by Jane Finigan
Louisa Buck and Judith Greer team up on a new handbook for the contemporary art collector.
Oct. 16, 2006
MURAKAMI’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS
by Kay Itoi
Japan’s million-dollar man explains how he got rich by appealing to Western taste.
Oct. 4, 2006
CULTURE AND RESISTANCE
by P.C. Smith
Photojournalist Jonathan Moller documents genocide and reconciliation in Guatemala.
Aug. 18, 2006
RANCIÈRE, FOR DUMMIES
by Ben Davis
The Politics of Aesthetics by Jacques Rancière.
Aug. 11, 2006
BOOK REPORT
by Abraham Orden
Essay collections by John Updike and Lawrence Rinder.
July 21, 2006
THE SCENE CHANGES
by Peter Plagens
Jed Perl’s New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century.
Feb. 22, 2006
PERILS OF PUBLISHING
by John A. Walker
A memoir of the late British artist John Latham, who destroyed books as his art form.
Dec. 19, 2005
MATISSE AND THE
NATIONALISM OF VICHY, 1940-1944

by Michele C. Cone
Henri Matisse and his art in Vichy France.
Dec. 8, 2005
Combat Zone
by Stephen Maine
Art criticism as a contact sport, via Jed Perl’s New Art City.
Sept. 8, 2005
Book Report
by Walter Robinson
Art in North Korea, snapshots in Nazi Germany, more.
June 21, 2005
Visible Flaws
by Ben Davis
Art theorist W.J.T. Mitchell's What Do Pictures Want?
January 13, 2005
AMBLING FAMILY
by Brian Riley
Poet Bob Holman collaborates with Chuck Close.
January 11, 2005
BOOK REPORT
by Nicole Davis
Ten new art books from presses large and small.
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