install theme
03-22-2011
ANDY GILMORE
Tonoscope. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, 1st Movement, bar 29, start of ff passage (1967)
HANS JENNY
Avatars of Devi, Zanana, Samode Palace, from India Song (2008-10)
KAREN KNORR
Excerpt from “Kamaitachi” (1955-68)
EIKOH HOSOE

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY: A TALK ABOUT BOOK COLLECTING

“You have all heard of people whom the loss of their books has turned into invalids, or of those who in order to acquire them became criminals.”

WALTER BENJAMIN

Untitled (Ephemera) 7 (2011)
KOEN HAUSER
No. 8, (1949). Copyright 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / ARS NY. Image courtesy of NGA Washington DC
MARK ROTHKO
The Midsummer Marriage
STEPHAN BALLEUX
Anne Lambert as “Miranda” in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
ANNE LAMBERT
Marcel Duchamp’s studio on Streeteasy.com (the Picabias are in the catskills), permutation 5 (at Bortolami, New York), 2011-12
KEN OKIISHI
Tokonoma Series, Sadness
MUGA MIYAHARA

History by JOANIE MACKOWSKI

In the beginning, when the earth was void,
we hadn’t a shadow to hold to, each flooded

with breeze and flux. We hadn’t a hand to grasp
with—we were they, and they were the cusp

of something moving, a swarm that engulfed
beginnings and ends. In the beginning, every-

thing was middle, and lovely to behold
(if you like that sort of thing) back before the old

something-from-nothing routine, before the rootless
abraxas when we blinked and didn’t notice

who stood or cried or threw its drink in whose face,
before we fumed inside our lonely orifice

or walked across the bridge as it assembled
under our feet, our feet fangling the first simple

dance steps up from the swamp, the ladders
of DNA and wrack, our bony love letters

eeked in rock for future generations—
then up from the snowy pages, the engine

unzipping the trees from the horizon,
we sobered into our bright isolation.

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