The legendary Brooklyn Rail has been a platform for artists, academics, and writers in New York and abroad for almost twenty years. No other publication devotes as much space to the artist's voice, allowing ideas to unfold through open discussion, with all their idiosyncrasies. The journal's continued appeal is due in large part to its wonderfully diverse contributors, many of whom bring contrasting and often unexpected opinions to conversations about art and aesthetics. Since its inception, co-founder and artistic director Phong Bui and his team have interviewed over one hundred artists for the Brooklyn Rail . Here, we bring together a selection of sixty of the most influential and seminal interviews with artists ranging from Richard Serra and Brice Marden, to Alex Da Corte and House of Ladosha, for the first time. While each is important in its own right, offering a perspective on the life and work of a specific artist, together they tell the story of a journal that has grown during one of the more diverse and surprising periods in visual art. There is no unified style or perspective; Brooklyn Rail's strength lies in its ability to include and champion difference. Selected and coedited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Rail contributor, with Lucas Zwirner, the book includes a new introduction to the project by Phong Bui as well as many of the hand-drawn portraits he has made of those he has interviewed over the years. This combination of verbal and visual profiles offers a rare and personal insight into contemporary visual culture.
Number of Pages: 536
Publication Date: 12 Oct 2017
Publisher: David Zwirner
Publication City, Country: NY, United States
Dimensions (cm): 23.9(H) x 16.4(L)
Weight (gm): 890
ReviewsThe Brooklyn Rail
"has run more than four hundred interviews with visual artists since its inception in 2000. This book collects sixty of the best..."--Editors "Art in America"
"For 20 years, [The Brooklyn Rail
's] interviews have challenged artists to talk about their work and facilitate new conversations with non-artists."--Sarah Spellings "The Cut"
interviewers, such as Phong Bui, the journal's founder, Chris Martin, Robert Storr, and John Yau, have often known their subjects for years; their interviews eschew cleverness to probe personal issues and let the artist speak."--Christopher Lyon "Hyperallergic"
Author BiographyLucas Zwirner
is Head of Content at David Zwirner. He oversees the editorial vision for the gallery, its publishing house, and its web and online platforms, deepening the conversation around the gallery's artists, exhibitions, and projects through books, podcasts, videos, web content, public programming, strategic partnerships, and online sales. Lucas spearheaded David Zwirner Books's new partnership with Simon & Schuster and has grown the program to over 30 titles a year, ranging from criticism to poetry. He is also the host of Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast
, a program about artists and the way they think. Lucas is also a writer and translator who has published pieces in the Paris Review
, The New York Review of Books
, and The Drift
. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a BA in philosophy and literature.