Reading Suggestions

From March 2012


Paul Klein suggested:

-The Girl with A Gallery, Lindsay Pollock, now Art in America Editor

-Philip Guston, a Memoir, Musa Meyar

Wesley Kimler suggested

-of particular interest: Stephen Beyst Luc Tuymans : A Misunderstanding

-Jed Perl, Laissez Fair Aesthetics

-Perl, St. Gerhard Of The Sorrows/

-John Currin Beyond Belief/ Bullshit Heaven

Jason Foumberg suggested:

-Franz Schulze, "Fantastic Images: Chicago Art Since 1945"

-Diane Grams, "Producing Local Color: Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago"

-Phonebook 1, 2, and 3 (each contains essays), published by Green Lantern Press

-haven't read it yet but may be of interest: Mary Jane Jacob, "Chicago Makes Modern"

-"The State of Art Criticism," edited by James Elkins

-"Sacred Spaces and Other Places: A Guide to Grottos and Sculptural Environments in the Upper Midwest," by Jim Zanzi and Lisa Stone

-James Yood, "Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago"

-Art in Print (new digital magazine on printmaking)

-Lynne Warren, "Alternative Spaces:A History in Chicago

--Art in Chicago: 1955-1995" MCA

Philip von Zweck suggested:

-For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn't there by Anthony Huberman

-The Ignorant Schoolmaster: 5 lessons in intellectual emancipation by Jacques Ranciere (I know, I know this is totally hip- but it is for a reason, good shit)

-Frozen Tears edited by John Russell

Aaron Delehanty suggests:

-What is Contemporary Art, E-Flux Journal

-Landscape Theory (the Art Seminar) by Rachel Z. DeLue and James Elkins

-Vaclav Havel’s Disturbing the Peace-- if you want to uncover a powerful method for how creative thinking can lead (wo)men

-Formulas for Painters, by Massey (ever want to make all kinds of paint?)

Everything you ever wanted to know

Bill Ayers suggests:

-Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "Dedication to Picasso"

-Haki Madhubuti's poem "Art"

-Jane Kramer's provocative book Whose Art is It?

Jeff Zimmermann suggests

-Ross King, Michelangelo and the Popes Ceiling. Real story of a huge undertaking. Great history

-Victoria Finlay, Color - ever hear that Indian yellow comes from cow's piss after they've eaten rotten mangoes in India? Yeah, that was a lie to protect their secret. Great stories of where we get our colors

Daniel Tucker suggests

-Not to tute my own horn but..I recommend things ive written for the Belgian magazine -H-Art - a 5 part series entitled “Critical Culture in Chicago” (read articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

-and interviews Rebecca and I have done at

-5 questions about art in chicago

-and the Trashing the Neoliberal City catalog

Duncan MacKenzie suggests:

-For the professional stuff... I would look at Ed Winkleman's blog

-and that book Art/Work is pretty damn useful.

Brandon Alvendia suggests:

-Here's my suggested website. Super fun and historical Chicago discussion archive.

Rebecca Zorach suggests:

-Never the same

Jim Duignan suggests:

-Pedagogy of the Oppressed

EC Brown suggests:

Bad at Sports had a post discussing Other Peoples Pixels and website options:

-I myself had posted a web-primer for artists, about 8 years ago. Too much
of it is outdated, but I suppose a page or two might still have some useful information.

Holly Sabin of Hinge Gallery suggests:

-Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World

-Modern Painters Magazine has great reviews and interesting articles

-for finding out what's going on around town:

Bert Stabler suggests

The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic?
Serendipities: Language and Lunacy, rEco, Umberto
Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism, Badiou, Alain
Soul on Ice, Cleaver, Eldridge
The Problem of Pain , Lewis, C.S.

Michelle Grabner suggests:

-Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age
Kenneth Goldsmith, 272 pages, 27 illus.ISBN: 978-0-231-14991-4

Shannon Stratton suggests:

-Art/Work is the one book I know about and used in a class once.

-Of course our PHONEBOOK might be useful too (as far as being a comprehensive listing of opportunities in the country)

Your itinerant art worker, Conrad Freiburg would suggest a tasting of:

-Zizek's In Defense of Lost Causes, (which ruined my life)

-Dostoevsky's the Idiot, (which helped me remember the best people
appear as idiots to most the world)

-Coyne and Knutsen's The Urban Homestead (for self-reliance)

-and though it is not a book, the list of logical fallacies listed at the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe.