Theft Is Vision

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Theft is Vision gathers essays and interviews from the past ten years by the influential New York critic and curator Bob Nickas, offering a personal, shoot-from-the-hip take on the American art scene. More of a fan than a theorist, Nickas views art through a focused, subcultural lens; he pursues overlooked figures such as graphic designers Art Chantry and Jamie Reid, post-punk legends The Fall, cult artists Cady Noland and Steven Parrino; collaborates on photo/text pieces with Trisha Donnelly and John Miller; and...

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Overview

Theft is Vision gathers essays and interviews from the past ten years by the influential New York critic and curator Bob Nickas, offering a personal, shoot-from-the-hip take on the American art scene. More of a fan than a theorist, Nickas views art through a focused, subcultural lens; he pursues overlooked figures such as graphic designers Art Chantry and Jamie Reid, post-punk legends The Fall, cult artists Cady Noland and Steven Parrino; collaborates on photo/text pieces with Trisha Donnelly and John Miller; and offers a fictional conversation between Andy Warhol and On Kawara. Interviews with Philip Taaffe and Jeff Wall reflect on the 80s, while those with Wolfgang Tillmans (not previously published) and Kelley Walker bring us into the present. Since 1985, Nickas has organized over 60 exhibitions for galleries and museums as an independent curator. As Curatorial Advisor at P.S. 1 from 2003-2007, he organized more than 20 exhibitions, including Stephen Shore: American Surfaces, Wolfgang Tillmans: Fredom From The Known, William Gedney-Christopher Wool: Into the Night, Peter Hujar and the Lee Lozano retrospective, Drawn From Life. Nickas's book, Live Free or Die: Collected Writings 1985-1999 was published by Les Presses du reel in 2000, and Collection Diary, an account of his year-long project to "play" at being a collector, was published by JRP|Ringier in 2004.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783905770360
  • Publisher: JRP Ringier Kunstverlag AG
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Working independently, Bob Nickas has curated more than 40 shows for galleries and museums since 1984. He is a regular contributor to Artforum and serves as curatorial advisor at P.S. 1 in New York.

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Table of Contents

Other Plans: John Miller 4

Chapter I

Some of 1971 (Fairies Wear Boots) 10

Everything I Know About Art I Learned from Andy Warhol and On Kawara 14

Painting the Grassy Knoll: Wayne Gonzales 18

Phil Ochs. Gunfight at Carnegie Hall 22

The Stars and Stripes: Now On Sale Everywhere 28

Stephen Shore's American Surfaces 34

Traces of Corporeality in The Ramble 42

Chapter II

Some of 1981 (Written on the Wind) 54

John Armleder 58

McDermott & McGough 66

Philip Taaffe 74

Jeff Wall 82

Cady Noland. Publyck Sculpture 90

Whatever Happened to Laurie Parsons? 98

Camera Libido: The Photography of Walter Pfeiffer 106

Some of 1991 (What's In and What's Out) 116

Lily van der Stokker. We Have Gotten Through Difficult Times or, Female Trouble: Brightening the Corners Since 1990 118

Art Chantry. Some People Can't Surf 124

Jamie Reid 128

Leigh Bowery, What Becomes a Legend Must 140

The Fall in: Palace of Swords Reversed 144

No New York: A Personal Account of the Downtown Scene, Late '70s/Early '80s (To the Best of My Recollection) 150

Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves."Chokin' on a Lude" 158

Steven Parrino. The Return of Goo Goo Muck 162

Chapter IV

Some of 2001 (Two Pints of Ice Cream, a Can of Gasoline, and Some Other Plans) 172

Verne Dawson. Painting the Vernal Equinox, or, Party on the Green 176

Wolfgang Tillmans 182

Is Society at a Point Where Everyone Is Becoming an Artist? Is Everything Art? 194

To Be Read (Once Every Two Years) 198

Questions About Art Criticism: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words. Are a Thousand Words Worth a Thousand Dollars? 204

Kelley Walker. Collision's Course 208

Gregory Crewdson's Slight of Hand 216

Jules deBalincourt. Covert Operations 222

Gardar Eide Einarsson 228

How to Write About ... Jutta Koether 242

Trisha Donnelly. Verdun Cemetery 252

Steven Parrino. Dark Star 258

And then all wars ended. Terry Riley 264

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