Archive for December, 2012

2012 – Lucas Blalock

December 27, 2012

Wesley_Ducks_10375_crop1John Wesley, Untitled (Ducks), 1983

Charlene Von Heyl – ICA – Boston (exhibition)

Adam Curtis – Century of the Self – 2002 BBC doc mini-series on Youtube

Andra Ursuta – Magical Terrorism – Ramiken Crucible – NY (exhibition)

David Hammond’s “Body Prints” in Now Dig This!, Hammer Museum / MoMA PS1

Carl Andre/John Wesley – Mitchell-Innes & Nash – NY (exhibition)

Joan Jonas

Chris Wiley’s (yet to be exhibited) new body of work from Los Angeles

Barney Kulok – Building – Aperture, 2012 (photo book)

Mitch Epstein – Sikkema Jenkins and Co – NY (exhibition)

Surrealism collection at the Tate Modern – London

Patricia Treib – Pieces – Tibor de Nagy – NY (exhibition)

B Wurtz and Co. (curated by Matthew Higgs) – Richard Telles Fine Art – Los Angeles (exhibition)

The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook. MoMA – NY (a great hang of the permanent photo collection) (exhibition)

Laura Owens – Pavement Karaoke / Alphabet, Sadie Coles – London (exhibition)

Lucas Blalock

2012 – Carmen Winant

December 26, 2012

MoMA_Ivekovic2011_MakeUpMakeDown.jpgSanja Iveković, Make Up—Make Down, 1978

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be (2012). I found this well-crafted book, part novel and part memoir, to be very sexy. I supremely disliked certain parts, but I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it for months after with everyone I came into contact with. I read Erica Jong’s 1973 novel Fear of Flying directly afterwards and think that they are similar (Heti’s version being better and smarter) in their inquest into how to be a young woman who craves both sexual domination/submission and intellectual validation and agency. Along the same lines and for the same reason, I love the HBO show Girls. It’s so hard to be a feminist sometimes in 2012.

When We Were Kings (1995). I watched this film about the mythic fight between Ali and Foreman in 1972 Zaire for the first time this year. I can confidently say that it is the most affective, muscular documentary that I have ever seen. George Plimpton and Norman Mailer were there and have funny and astute commentary on the fight. But it is Ali who is has the most charismatic charge (fear only seem to breed more charisma in him). Both out of the ring and in it he is the smartest and savviest one there.

The Summer Olympics, once every four years (2012). Track and Field, mostly, but also everything else.

The Dust Bowl documentary by Ken Burns (2012).

Wayne Koestenbaum introduction for Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse (2010). This edition came out in 2010, but I only just read it. Koestenbaum, who almost never steers wrong, gives me a deeper and more human understanding of the book, which is itself a very profound description of longing.

Tom Waits interview with Terry Gross (2011). I could listen to it a hundred times. Tom Waits is a surprsingly funny, tender alien.

Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence at the MoMA (2011-2012). The only art-related thing on this list. I found it sensitive and biting. This show gave me lots of ideas, and taught me a lot of recent history about the former Yugoslavia that I was ashamed that I didn’t know.

My brother Gabriel Winant, a Doctorate student at Yale, wrote an article, Grad Students to the Barricades, for Dissent Magazine a few months ago about unionizing the graduate students, and the larger stake and importance of labor unions within academic institutions. Even if you are not in academia, it is hugely relevant. Truth to power!

Mast Books on avenue A is the best book store that I have ever been to.

Carmen Winant

2012 – Christopher Gianunzio

December 25, 2012

HighTide_gridfrom High Tide by Mike Slack

Noteworthy Band reunion:
American Nightmare at Webster Hall on July 20, 2012

Favourite New Album:
Acid Pauli, Mst

Favourite Stand-Up Comics:
Kyle Kinane
Michael Lawrence
Moshe Kasher

Notable Poetry Collection:
Poems 1962-2012 by Louis Gluck

Notable Short Story Collection:
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Edgar Keret

Notable Documentary(ies):
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (officially from 2011, didn’t see it until spring 2012)
Marina Ambromovic: The Artist is Present
The Imposters
Room 237

Notable Film:
Holy Motors

Memorable Artist Talk/Lecture/Discussion:
Walead Beshty discussing his interest in the Chinese counterfeiting industry.

Favourite new (to me) tattoo artist:
El Monga Sasturain

Notable Photo Book re-issue:
High Tide by Mike Slack:

Notable Biography:
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

Notable Retrospective in book form:
Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel

Notable Anthology:
Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine

Christopher Gianunzio

2012 – Justin James Reed

December 24, 2012

Stray Light Grey by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe at Marlborough Chelsea

Out/Not of this world lectures:
Trisha Donnelly Lecture at VCU
Perhaps one of the most unbearable and incredible lectures I have ever attended. From a questionable broken hard drive, to a loud piercing sound piece played at full volume implying sculpture, and even a white puffy shoe acting as a moment of respite for the artist, it was definitely mystifying. Though, if anything, I left more intrigued and enamored with her work even if only a handful of pieces were actually shown during its entirety.

Nancy Burson at SPESE: Daytona Beach
This one came out of nowhere and reenforced how enlightening the question and answer period following a lecture can be. After offering an anecdote about how the (then) approaching doomsday of December 21st was going to change the world, an audience member asked Burson to expand on the nature of her insight. A long silence gripped the room for what felt like minutes as she (seemingly) debated how much of herself to share. What followed was a deeply personal moment during which not the apocalypse was discussed but a hope and belief in a new era of consciousness, where god is not looked to but instead humanity itself finds that the answers we seek are within.

Nocturne by Wild Nothing
Exercises – CFCF
Bloom – Beach House
Fin – John Talabot
Clear Moon – Mount Eerie
EP – Twigs
For the first part of the year, absolutely critical listening for epic car rides from the mountains of Appalachia to civilization and back again, now perfect for the I-95 Corridor.

Stray Light Grey by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe at Marlborough Chelsea
A time machine. One of the most unique gallery experiences I have ever had.

Sunburn by Chris McCaw at Candela Gallery
Couldn’t have asked for a more welcome show to kick off my time in RVA. Coupled with his terrific book of the same name (published by Candela Books) it was nice to see how easily it transitioned to the walls of Chelsea only a few months later.

Artist’s Choice curated by Trisha Donnelly at MoMA
Not only does Donnelly fill a room with some of my favorite photographs, period (Eliot Porter’s Birds of North America), but this could be the perfect follow-up to her lecture with picks from MoMA’s collection, including: microprocessor diagrams, a painting by Patrick J. Sullivan entitled, “The Fourth Dimension,” a set of photograms by Bernice Abbott depicting wave patterns, and even a pyramid shaped ionizer. It all makes sense now!

Pix or It Didn’t Happen by Abbey Lee Sarver (Self-published)
When everything is mediated by the screen, a new visual language is inevitable. POIDH pretty much nails it.

Cyanotypes by Hugh Scott-Douglas (Mousse Publishing)
Purely psychedelic cyanotypes.

Poem by Fredrik Averin (Self-published)
Using the translucency of paper this little gem strings together smart, funny, and dirty 3-word poems that disappear as soon as you turn the page.

Justin James Reed


December 24, 2012

In a last minute attempt to evaluate the year that was, I have asked a number of people to contribute to Horses Think by making a list of their favorite things this year: books, movies, lectures, music, exhibitions and anything else they can think of.

I’ll post a list each day for as long as I receive them. Feel free to post your collection of favorites in the comments.