Harvey Quaytman on Paintings and Social Justice

'Untitled' (1985) by Quaytman. (Courtesy McKee Gallery)

Great news. Phaidon has just published a new monograph for the late, great New York artist Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002), and it is a excellent.

Art historian Dore Ashton provides an illuminating introduction to the work of the hard-edge painter, which includes warm remembrances of the friendship that they shared for decades. There’s also a discussion from 1987 between the artist and Kimmo Sarje, an artist, curator and philosopher of aesthetics, in which Quaytman discusses the shifts in his thinking about his work over the years. It includes a super inspiring bit about the value of art, which follows below. Read More

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Kanye West: ‘The Entire Time, I’ve Actually Just Been a Fine Artist’

West. (Courtesy PMC)

Steve McQueen, artist and acclaimed director of 12 Years a Slave, recently spoke with the rapper of many slashes (/fashion designer/director/producer/etc.) Kanye West for Interview, touching upon topics biographical (Mr. West’s near-fatal car crash, the birth of North), controversial (his public meltdowns, or what he prefers to call “turn-ups”) and zodiacal (did you know that he, Prince, Tupac, Biggie and Miles Davis are all Geminis?), as well as fine art. Read More


Rick Moody on His ‘Undependable Global Positioning System’

Rick Moody. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

During Frieze New York, VIPs given access to the fair’s courtesy BMWs had a chance to hear a sound piece by Rick Moody called The Undependable Global Positioning System inside the fair which is pretty much what its title suggests: a robotic voice—similar to one that would provide directions on a GPS system—reciting the text of Mr. Moody’s story of the same name, which features rather unreliable navigational aids.

The work imagines what would happen if a GPS system had human flaws: the UGPS is not only spatially lost but existentially lost as well. Moreover, Mr. Moody’s humorous work bemoans the condition of our “rushed digital life” in which the experience of being lost is, well, being lost. The project is still in development, but right now it has its own website, which features a preview of an application that might become a more elaborate UGPS. Read More