barbara_bloom_narcissism

Instructions Missing

When we think of assembled objects, we are not likely to think of a concept of self. Instead we picture things like an IKEA bookcase or a model plane or…

screenshot of Kyriaki Goni’s work, “Deletion process_Only you can see my history”.

Desk Set

Desk Set is a frothy romantic comedy, watchable not only for the delightful repartee and chemistry between its stars, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but also for its endearing naïveté…

Richard Ziegler, Die Polizei, 1929

Clipped Art

Richard Ziegler was a little known German-born artist who had the unusual distinction of having had his first solo exhibition at the age of 94. As a young artist in…

Beckett, manuscript for Watt

Keeping Track

“No, no, it was all too staged.” Lydia said. “Real death scenes are more banal. Or messier. And rarely so poignant.” She was talking about the exhibition of photographs of…

Wolfgang Tillmans, Anders pulling splinter from his foot, 2004

The Measure of Interest

Not being an industrial spy or a corporate lawyer, I don’t ordinarily find reading patent applications terribly interesting. But I recently spent an entire weekend happily poring over one particular…

Brendan Fernandes, New Primitivism 2

Tribal Hunches

Natalie gave one of her fabulous dinner parties again. I still don’t know how she manages to make it all look so effortless. I know that a lot went on…