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Canal Zone Richard Prince Yes Rasta: Selected Court Documents, &c., &c

In 2001, photographer Patrick Cariou took a series of landscapes and portraits of Rastafarians in Jamaica, for publication in a book called Yes, Rasta. On the basis of those images, Cariou was offered an exhibition at a commercial gallery in New York. While on vacation in St. Barts in 2007, Richard Prince bought Cariou’s book and collaged a grid of pages he had torn from Yes, Rasta onto fiberboard, painting on some of them and leaving others as they were.


Patricia Albers’s new biography of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter, follows the artist from her privileged, WASPy Chicago upbringing through her tempestuous years on the 10th Street scene to her time spent in France, where she would face a gradual physical and emotional decline but probably achieved her most lasting artistic triumphs.

Tantra Song

Those who feel the truth of 14th century German theologian Meister Eckhart’s words, “When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it,” might do well to consider Franck André Jamme’s latest book, Tantra Song: Tantric Painting from Rajasthan from this point of view.

A NEW MAP OF ITALY: The Photographs of Guido Guidi

Guidi is a photographer whose gritty Neorealist-influenced documentary work is little known and underappreciated in the United States. Working in the tradition of Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, and Stephen Shore, Guidi’s large format color photographs are full of surprises and pictorial sophistication.

AI WEIWEI’S BLOG: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009

The publication of this book is requisite, considering Ai’s legacy as an artist and activist. Yet it is equally important to understand the book as partial document of a larger global movement beginning to unfold.


The Brooklyn Rail

OCT 2011

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