Gary Sernovitz: Edge and the Art Collector

Sernovitz reflects on the art of Wall Street @ n+1.  In 1999, he bought Munch’s Madonna for $11 million. In 2004, he bought Hirst’sThe Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living for $8 million. In 2006, he bought a Pollock for $52 million. In 2006, he bought de Kooning’s WomanIII for $137… Read more »

André Aciman: Old New York

Aciman ponders an image of New York, then and now @ the Paris Review. The Sixth Avenue El train has just cleared the steep bend off Third Street. It is now picking up speed and will, any moment now, bolt uptown. Next stop, Eighth Street, then past Jefferson Market, Fourteenth Street, then all the way… Read more »

Teju Cole and Disappearing Shanghai

Cole reflects on the photographs of a changing city @ The New Inquiry. All photography is a record of a lost past. Photography does not share music’s ability to be fully remade each time it is presented, nor does it have film’s durational quality, in which the illusion of a present continuous tense is conjured…. Read more »

Mark Mann: Stupid for Art

Mann ponders the pleasures of ignorance at the art gallery @ Maisonneuve. There are a lot of stupid reasons to go to an art gallery, all of which are fun and satisfying for the first five minutes. These reasons mainly involve pretending that you are smart, that you are elevated, passionate, sensitive—in short, lying about… Read more »

John Bresland: Hanoi Jane, Mon Amour

Bresland reflects on a slow moving film about Jane Fonda and wonders about the power of a still image @ TriQuarterly Review. In 1972 Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin made Letter to Jane, a film built largely around a single still image. If you’ve not had the pleasure, if pleasure’s the word, let me quote… Read more »