Paper Monument

Art writing of many varieties, except the obscure and commercial, from our sister magazine.

An Excerpt from <em>The Miraculous</em>

An Excerpt from The Miraculous

Celebrating the mystery and ingeniousness of these human activities which, for lack of a better term, we call “contemporary art.”

In the late 1980s, a series of apparently unremarkable group exhibitions begin to take place in galleries and art centers around France. Each show is presented as a selection from the holdings of a pair of young collectors. Only gradually does the public start to realize that all the artists in these shows, which run the gamut of contemporary avant-garde styles, are in fact inventions of the “collectors,” a duo of artists who have taken the postmodern tendency of stylistic diversity to an extreme end.

Clocking Out

Clocking Out

Rock and roll is a music of mechanized sexuality. That’s why 90 percent of it sounds like clocks fucking.

Rock and roll is a music of mechanized sexuality. That’s why ninety percent of it sounds like clocks fucking. What does rock and roll mean? It means: Why is it so much easier to goose-step to supposed anthems of freedom like AC/DC’s “Jailbreak” than to the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde? It means: How did the drum become the drum machine?