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Umbrella Online - Current Issue

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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 30, No. 1, Mar 2007

Art Reader

European Photography (No. 79/80, 2006) features work by Gregory Crewdson, Brian McKee, Soody Sharifi, Jeffrey Milstein, Taiji Matsue, Gerhard Mantz, Monda Breede among others, as well as book reviews, list of new publications, and an essay by Vilem Flusser on “Image and History”. For subscriptions, P.O. Box 080227, D-10002 Berlin, Germany.

Holland Cotter writes about Yale University Art Gallery’s Kahn building as a prototype for the value of university art museums where self-education for many teachers-to-be begins. New York Times, 10 January 2007.

New York Times Magazine for 3 December 2006 includes a profile on Mera Rubell, “The Collector” by Daisy Garnett., the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, the dealer Iwan Wirth, and the curator Nancy Spector of the Guggenheim.

ARTnews for February 2007 features Feminist Art: The Next Wave with an essay by Linda Nochlin on Great Women Artists, a story about the Dinner Party and lots more.

The New York Times has had a series of “book” oriented articles:

Art Papers for January-February 2007 includes a review of Harrell Fletcher’s series of work, Veda’s Bibles, about a homeless woman living in a church’s doorway in San Antonio, who highlighted Bibles, imposing a code of her own device upon page after page of scripture. The artist commissioned the woman to create new works providing her with Bibles and highlighters, 15 pages of which were chosen, photographed, and reproduced for a “collaborative” exhibition.

Harper’s Magazine for February 2007 includes an article “On the Rights of Molotov Man: Appropriation and the art of context by painter Joy Garnett and photographer Susan Meiselas.

Art on Paper for January-February 2007 is devoted to Art + Activism featuring Martha Rosler’s Bookmobile and its roving (www.e-flux.com/projects/library/forum.php) around the world has gravitated to postings which are not in keeping with the original goal. Check it out!

The New Yorker features a discussion of Google’s attempt to create the universal library, called Google’s Moon Shot by Jeffrey Toobin as a legal issue.

Smithsonian for March 2007 features Phyllis Diller’s archive held in a file cabinet, c. 1955 on wheels, which contains 50,000 or so jokes or punchlines. An article about “Reading Between the Lines” tells about scientists using high-tech tools to decipher lost writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes.

Art in America has a book review by Andy Grundberg of “The Photobook: A History, vols. I and II, by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, London and New York, Phaidon Press, 2004 and 2006; 350 pages each, $75.00 each.

The Australian for 28 December 2006 featured an article by Peter Hill about buying his first artist book, developing an enduring fascination, in an article entitled “Binding Power of Beauty.”