Tim Davis.The work of New York-based artist Tim Davis will be the subject of two forthcoming books, Permanent Collection from Nazraeli Press (May 2005); and My Life in Politics from Aperture (Winter 2006). His next solo show is at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, in February 2006.
1 NICOLE NICOLE Nearly Intelligent Computer Operated Language Examiner (chatterbot) EISENMAN, SELECTED WORKS 1994-2004 (Leo Leo, in astronomy
Leo [Lat.,=the lion], northern constellation lying S of Ursa Major and on the ecliptic (apparent path of the sun through the heavens) between Cancer and Virgo; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Koenig, Inc.,) With this career-spanning tome, out this month, our Daumier gets her due. Henry James told us that caricature is "journalism made doubly vivid." Ezra Pound added, "Literature is news that stays news." Back to James on Daumier's contemporary, Gavarni: "the wittiest, the most literary and most acutely profane of all mockers with the pencil." And Vincent to Theo van Gogh Theo (or Theodore or Theodorus) van Gogh may refer to:
A toothache is any pain or soreness within or around a tooth, indicating inflammation and possible infection.
A toothache may feel like a sharp pain or a dull ache. ." One Eisenman every eight hours keeps three dentists away.
2 AGNES VARDA'S CINEVARDAPHOTO (2004) Having already made the greatest New Wave film (1961's Cleo from 5 to 7), and the most potent social documentary of the millennium (The Gleaners and I ), Varda culls her archives to make three short films about photography. Watching them makes one marvel at how rare and accomplished her cine-essay form is. At cocktail parties in New York everyone used to talk about real estate and movies. Now it's real estate and documentaries. Varda's essays are more personal, more self-effacing, more fictional, more gleeful glee·ful
Full of jubilant delight; joyful.
glee , and giddier than today's standard Sundance fodder.
3 PHILIP ROTH Every time a new Roth Roth , Philip Milton Born 1933.
American writer whose witty and ironic fiction, including the novel Portnoy's Complaint (1969), concerns middle-class Jewish life.
Noun 1. novel is set to come out. I feel like an Athenian days before the Dionysia, lining up for tickets to the latest Aeschylus. I can't think of another writer whose late novels get so exponentially better (not Faulkner, not Nabokov, not Dickens) or another so savvy I'd gladly keep prostrating myself before, begging to get kicked in the gut over and over for four hundred pages. His American Trilogy and now The Plot Against America (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) are so necessarily painful, he sometimes seems the only American awake.
4 WILLEM DE KOONING When I moved to New York, in 1992, if you'd asked me which midcentury artist's spirit would come to dominate gallery walls in '05, I'd have guessed fifty others before de Kooning. Back then no one I met would admit to being a painter, even when their studios were filled with canvases, albeit shoved behind the single video or installation or text piece. Ten years later I would still have balked balk
v. balked, balk·ing, balks
1. To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
2. , as the typical painting was taped off and passionately calculated. Suddenly, the man who had it all has it all again. Gestural, figurative, psychological, instinctual in·stinc·tu·al
Of, relating to, or derived from instinct. See Synonyms at instinctive.
in·stinctu·al·ly adv. , naive, virtuosic, he was impurity im·pu·ri·ty
n. pl. im·pu·ri·ties
1. The quality or condition of being impure, especially:
a. Contamination or pollution.
b. Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration.
c. personified. Today, each block in Chelsea is a safari of painting that's a little gestural, a little figurative, a little decorative, a lot tsetumult, if you ask my grandfather. One beefy beefy, beefyness
1. in dog conformation, used to describe overdevelopment of musculature in the hindquarters.
2. in cattle, used to designate the desirable physical conformation of a beef animal, but an undesirable character in dairy cattle. library biography and a scrum of handy followers makes de Kooning very much the man.
5 VIC CHESNUTT My favorite artist in any medium. Vic's new album, Ghetto Bells (2005), features guitar-Dante Bill Frisell and Beach Boy--enabler Van Dyke Parks Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. His work spans six decades, and he has worked with luminaries from Grace Kelley to the Beach Boys and the Byrds. . Of course it doesn't matter who plays with a guy who can write a line like "Christian charity is a doily over my death boner." Self-laceration and specieswide disgust from a pen so joyous and specific with language, we share the rousing exaltation of his most uplifting song, "Look at Me," from Left to His Own Devices (2001): "Something bold and beautiful occurred: I'm not interred!"
6 ELLEN GALLAGHER/LOUISE BOURGEOIS These two shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami opened simultaneously to the sound of an enormous baton being passed. On the walls and vitrines of both LB's "Stitches in Time" and EG's "Murmur and DeLuxe" is the image of a woman refusing to conform to familiar cultural, aesthetic, or sexual models. At the shows' edges are two artists too practical and elusive, too certain with materials, and too balletic with conceptual constraints to allow any easy readings to hem them in.
7 RACHEL MASON'S MODEL ANTHEM, 2004 In the tradition of Komar & Melamid's most and least wanted songs (and the Marx Brothers' "Hail, Hail, Fredonia"), cagey ca·gey also ca·gy
adj. ca·gi·er, ca·gi·est
1. Wary; careful: a cagey avoidance of a definite answer.
2. Crafty; shrewd: a cagey lawyer. Cagean Mason used probabilistic language models to refine the mean phraseology phra·se·ol·o·gy
n. pl. phra·se·ol·o·gies
1. The way in which words and phrases are used in speech or writing; style.
2. and musical structure of 193 national anthems. She then videotaped a hired orchestra performing this stumbling, blunt, militaristic march, which is without question the music playing inside George W. Bush's head.
8 GOD AND GRAPHIC DESIGN My neighborhood mosque, Madina Masjid at Eleventh and First, recently solved one of the great graphic design-based theology problems since the Jews figured out how to spell YHWH YHWH also YHVH or JHVH or JHWH
The Hebrew Tetragrammaton representing the name of God.
Noun 1. YHWH - a name for the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from the Hebrew consonants YHVH . "THERE IS NO GOD" their sign used to read, in foot-high green sans serif Short horizontal lines added to the tops and bottoms of traditional typefaces, such as Times Roman. Contrast with sans-serif.
type. The second line, much smaller, magenta, and punctuationless, went on, "but allah mohammed is the messenger of allah." The sign's been changed now, but if only more houses of worship would advertise that there is no God, perhaps the world would emerge from its latest dark age.
9 "SLIDESHOW" Darsie Alexander's show at the Baltimore Museum reminds us that not all photography has metastasized into painting-size furniture, pointing instead to a longer-standing engagement with the reproducible and fleeting. Kodak has stopped making slide projectors, further damning us to clean, well-lit digital purgatory and limning this show with the urgency of a Lomax-like field recording.
10 HEYDAY, MY, MY A well-known art critic recently told me, "You know, photography is over." To which I responded, "Actually it's art criticism that's over." He humbly offered that it had never been here, but I'd intended genuine condolence. It must be hard to be a critic at a time when the only thing notably absent from the art world is fierce dialogue. Not only is there no Salon to be refused from, there are no camps, no ideologies, no methods, no movements. Anything is possible, and that is the definition of a heyday. Isn't it?