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CURRENT READING: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: MARIPOL: DAMIANI

This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.

"We grew up in a world where it was ok to exchange ideas with other people, and it wasn’t so rigid, and it's like what you said about the new wave and punk movement, it was much more raw and tougher and it was about a bunch of people who had something to say. It wasn't so boxed in and so pre-fabricated. It was something very organic and cool and very hard, you know, which is great."

Marc Jacobs in conversation with Maripol, excerpted from Little Red Riding Hood.

CURRENT READING: THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT EGYPT: WILLIAM KELLY SIMPSON

scraps of  hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts,  extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,scraps of hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts, extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,

Having grown up with all those Greco-Roman legends deep drilled in our heads, don't you wonder sometimes what preceded that tradition of "antiquity" ?

CURRENT READING: WRITING AND DIFFERENCE: JACQUES DERRIDA : Alan Bass (Translator)

Please consider Jacques  Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"Please consider Jacques Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"

This one goes out to the long lost memory of that certain college professor that made me read "Writing and Difference" as a part of his "Film and Philosophy" course. At the time I don't think I consciously understood a word of this early foray of Mr. Derrida into the field that came to be known as "Deconstruction". Deconstruction was so hot in the 90's it even became a fashion movement. Jacques Derrida was so hot in the 80's Scritti Polliti crooned an ode to him. How's that for cultural impact? Upon re-reading "Writing and Difference" these past few days (I will not front and say I'm anywhere close to finishing) , something occurred to me.

At the time I may not have consciously "gotten" Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways" but I was very unconsciously inspired it. I think I'm currently in a process of experimentation based on that provocative thought that perhaps the body of Western knowledge we carry culturally is far from a complete and objective truth. If you like rebel energy then this great French thinker's invitation to, in essence, "question everything" is one of those compelling calls to intellectual freedom akin to The Sex Pistols screaming "I am an anarchist. I am the anti-christ."

Current Reading: Inside The White Cube : The Ideology Of The Gallery Space : Expanded edition : Brian O'Doherty.

If it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part  to these essaysIf it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part to these essays

"Notes On The Gallery Space ", the first of the articles , appeared in the pages of Artforum in 1976 ,

CURRENT READING: BRETT LLOYD: THE QUIETER POSTER BOYS : EXCLUSIVELY AT DASHWOOD BOOKS (NYC)

Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.

OK so it's not so much a read as a look but boy what a luscious look it is!

CURRENT READING: IMPERIAL BEDROOMS: BRET EASTON ELLIS

The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms  is immaterial and irrelevant.  Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms is immaterial and irrelevant. Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.

Let's not even try to review Bret Easton Ellis' new novel, "Imperial Bedrooms"

CURRENT READING: "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, in Two Volumes

Primitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecallingPrimitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecalling

"Primitivism" In 20th Century Art : Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, the 1984 show at MOMA was one of those legendary exhibitions

CURRENT READING: DAVID HICKS: A LIFE IN DESIGN : RIZZOLI

Hicks’ incredibly privileged  lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decoratingHicks’ incredibly privileged lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decorating

Of all the legends of David Hicks, this one is my favorite.

CURRENT READING: Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikhov: DOM

Chernikov drew by hand what today can seem only possible with a computer.Chernikov drew by hand what today can seem only possible with a computer.

I came across the most touching story this weekend via the ilovetypography.com and it inspired the purchase of this book. Here is an excerpt of the inspiring James Puckett review of Chernikhov's masterworks

CURRENT READING: ARTFORUM APRIL 2010

Artforum gives great head spaceArtforum gives great head space

"Only a handful of modern thinkers have had so profound an impact on our understanding of the world as Claude Lévi-Strauss, whose revelatory application of linguistic theory to the field of anthropology—in tracts such as The Elementary Structures of Kinship (1949), Tristes Tropiques (1955), and The Raw and the Cooked (1964)—gave birth to a structuralist model that forever transformed the studies of art history and literature, psychology and sociology. In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, his rethinking of global cultures and circuits of exchange has never been more relevant. "

Thomas Crow, Michael Taussig, and Sylvère Lotringer in Artforum April 10

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