Nick Bennett is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.
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By Nick Bennett
GABE RUBIN with Nick Bennett
Like many others, I came to know Felix Bernstein through his videos on YouTube, his book of essays Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry (Insert Blanc Press, 2015), and his book of poetry Burn Book (Nightboat Books, 2016).
PENNY ARCADE with Nick Bennett
Nick Bennett speaks with performance artist, writer, poet, and experimental theater maker Penny Arcade about artistic lineage, individuation, and the future of New York.
JEFFREY GIBSON with Nick Bennett
On a recent fall day we spoke for a few hours about Gibson’s incredible and diverse body of work, and in the edited conversation that follows we touch on the deep and shifting influence of one’s identity, and for Gibson, what it means to reimagine the objects and rituals surrounding powwows within Native history, indulging in kitsch and camp as strategies of protection for queer people, and allowing the complications of reality to be present and to confront binary systems.
Joyce PensatoBy Nick Bennett
To enter Petzels 18th Street gallery is to enter Joyceland, Joyce Pensatos self-described twisted and beautiful version of Disneyland, where Mickey Mouse, Cartman, Bozo the Clown, Batman, and others greet you in Pensatos paint-splattered world.
The Blind ManBy Nick Bennett
The Blind Man is famously connected to Duchamp in its defense of his 1917 readymade Fountain, which was rejected by the Society of Independent Artists for its inaugural exhibition, a democratic show including over 2,000 works of art by 1,200 artists, the largest of its kind to date. This Society and exhibition were a reaction to the 1913 Armory Show, which introduced the people of New York, and later Chicago and Boston, to the myriad schools and theories of modernism active throughout Europe.
Documentary as Holistic Activism: Deia Schlosberg's The Story of PlasticBy Nick Bennett
Deia Schlosberg's documentary The Story of Plastic discusses the dismal reality of the plastics' industry and its impact on the world, hoping to create change with a grassroots release.
Depero FuturistaBy Nick Bennett
In 1915, as a newly admitted member of the Italian Futurist movement, Fortunato Depero along with Giacomo Balla set out to reconstruct the universe, cheering it up and recreating it entirely. For Depero, this meant a lifelong output typifying a truly modern life.
The Blind ManBy Nick Bennett
Ugly Duckling Presse celebrates this centennial with a new facsimile edition of 1,000 of The Blind Man’s two issues, plus its successor, Rongwrong, along with other alluring ephemera.
Genesis Breyer P‑Orridge’s Brion Gysin: His Name Was MasterBy Nick Bennett
His Name Was Master is a collection of five texts by P-Orridge from 1977 – 2017, including a “C.I.A. File” biography s/he wrote about Gysin’s career for h/er 1977 book Contemporary Artists (Gysin’s response: “Even the C.I.A. don’t know this much about me!”), a text written upon Gysin’s death in 1986, and others detailing the “magickal” processes and methods of Burroughs and Gysin.
The Return of Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair—IRLBy Nick Bennett
Absence has definitely made the heart grow fonder, as this years fair embodies all of the sensory and intellectual stimulation of the pre-pandemic years.
Saul Fletcher, Essays by Ralph Rugoff and Kirsty BellBy Nick Bennett
Saul Fletchers first monograph, published by Inventory Press last December, begins with a quote from The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald: The seasons and the years came and went and always one lost more and more of ones qualities, became less comprehensible to oneself, increasingly abstract.
Gregg Bordowitz’s Some Styles of MasculinityBy Nick Bennett
A complex arrangement of memories, intellect, postulations, jokes, and insights that attempt to capture a performance, on- and off-stage. It is a combination of many similar yet not exact performances; improvisation and chance are ever-present, it is not a record of anything that actually happened, but rather a presentation of what the artist and publishers want you to have.