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CURRENT READING: History of Beauty and On Ugliness : Umberto Eco

When Eco moves to the dark side he serves up a deep meditation on depictions of  evil, depravity, and darknessWhen Eco moves to the dark side he serves up a deep meditation on depictions of evil, depravity, and darkness

A treatise on beauty you expect. That's a great tradition.

CURRENT (RE) READING: MIKE MILLS : GRAPHICS FILMS: DAP

The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.

Love him or hate him you'll have to deal with him, this Mike Mills.

CURRENT READING: GREAT JONES STREET: DON De LILLO

" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"

Fame requires every kind of excess. I mean true fame , a devouring neon ,

CURRENT READING: MICHAEL THOMPSON: PORTRAITS : EDITED BY VINCE ALETTI : PUBLISHED BY DAMIANI

The images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince AlettiThe images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince Aletti

The limited edition of "Portraits" comes with a numbered and signed photo by Michael Thompson (10 x 17 inches) and is housed in a linen box.

CURRENT READING: Katharina Fritsch : MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY CO-PUBLISHED WITH TATE PUBLISHING

Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.

How striking is this cover image for the Katharina Fritsch monograph available at matthewmarks.com!

CURRENT READING: YOHJI YAMAMOTO: MY DEAR BOMB : COAUTHORED BY AI MITSUDA. PUBLISHED BY LUDION

Illustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography formIllustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography form

Voila a beautiful companion piece to Yamamoto's current retrospective at London's Victoria and Albert Museum from March 12 - July 10, 2011.

CURRENT READING: Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Micheal Morris Arsenl : Pulp Press, 2010

The instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting processThe instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting process

The grid, the repitition, the composition...the rhythmic quality of Lukacs' polaroids have a compelling quality that allows them to transcend their initial purpose as preparatory work for his paintings.

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