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Hey, Bill! "6.4=Make Out" is being reissued! (Brian's probably already heard this.) Neil Strauss's Times story on the great Gary Wilson is on my miscellaneous page. Here's a choice tidbit:

"On Saturday night, I arrived at Mr. Wilson's house to conduct his first interview for publication since the late 1970's. For the last 17 years, it seems, Mr. Wilson, 48, has played keyboards in a lounge act whose members and audience are not familiar with his original music. (Mr. Wilson's father was a jazz bassist who often played hotel lounges.) At midnight he reports to a pornography bookstore and peep show, where he works behind two layers of bullet-proof glass, handling cash and dispensing tokens."

Wilson's LP is amazing; I can't wait to pick it up on CD.
- tom moody 4-10-2002 7:25 am [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

I've never really warmed up to Richter, though I agree that many of the abstractions are "beautiful". They have a hollowness; a lack of engagement and belief, which typifies the transition between Modern and Postmodern (or some such thing). Like Johns & Rauschenberg, they're about letting the air out of Abstract Expressionism, but in a much cooler, detached manner, without the humor of the Americans. With Ab Ex, a bad painting might be an interesting sort of failure, with Richter, it's more like, "here's a good one, here's a less good one, let's move along". The photo-based works strike me similarly, but the imagery allows for more associative readings. Taken together, his various works make up a larger project, which serves to further deflate the value of any given piece seen in isolation. Again, this "whole greater than the sum of its parts" strategy is characteristically PoMo.
- alex 4-03-2002 3:24 pm [link] [2 comments]

Below is the Artforum ad layout for my upcoming show with Gregor Passens in Munich. The dates have been changed: they're now May 3 - June 14, 2002.

[ad removed for remodeling]

- tom moody 3-22-2002 7:46 pm [link] [add a comment]

The earliest know photograph has been sold.
It's a photo of an engraving. Technology keeps devouring itself.

- alex 3-22-2002 3:17 pm [link] [5 comments]

- Skinny 3-16-2002 2:56 pm [
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Ramones vs. Talking Heads
Punk hits the Hall.

- alex 3-15-2002 8:50 pm [link] [add a comment]