CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/29/2017
“The most successful paintings, to my mind, feel ‘found,’ as if someone else had painted them. To me, this signals that the painting has a life or personality of its own. It achieves a kind of independence; I don’t have to stand next to it. I don’t have to work on it anymore. It can go out into the world and speak for itself.” - Joe Bradley
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/28/2017
"I think that time moves slower in painting. And maybe that accounts for a lot of the anxiety around painting in the last forty or fifty years. You have the twentieth century wrapping up and everything is moving at this breakneck speed? And then, painting is still walking. It's just a very human activity that takes time." - Joe Bradley
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/27/2017
“As Jacques Lacan so pithily put it on the hospital wall, ‘Not just anyone can go mad,’” Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer writes in Carol Rama: Antibodies. “It’s not such a casual, easy thing to do. Ties to the world and civil decorum can be so hard to break. And even if you do, only the truly possessed and determined few can render their madness into enduring art. It takes chutzpah."
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/26/2017
“When I was twelve years old I went almost every day to a psychiatric clinic to see someone, and there a great happiness was born because I didn’t understand that I was in a madhouse environment and the freedom I found in these people with their tongues sticking out, their legs apart or crouching down or in some other position: by now any person was more important than my family, I had abdicated and as it were renounced it. That’s where my early works originated from.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/25/2017
Photographer and LGBT civil rights activist Daniel Nicoletta began documenting the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade in the 1970s. Featured here are the Stud bar’s June 24, 2001 float with Portia Peeples and Grace Jones heading Oil Can Harry’s float in June of 1977.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/24/2017
LGBT: San Francisco depicts the evolution of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was and is San Francisco from the 1970s til now. Featured image was taken at the SF LGBT Pride march in June of 1977. Pictured are Angels of Light Gregory Cruickshank, Rodney Price and Joe Morocco.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/23/2017
Thursday, June 29, from 7-8PM, Spoonbill & Sugartown and ARTBOOK | D.A.P. invite you to join Joe Bradley for a book signing and drinks to celebrate the release of his new monograph from Albright-Knox and D.A.P. Join us at Spoonbill's new Montrose Avenue location!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/23/2017
Leon Lott, December Wright and Larry Williams could not have looked better when Daniel Nicoletta took this picture at San Francisco’s Castro Street Fair in August of 1976. All week we’re celebrating the gay pride movement with LGBT: San Francisco, Nicoletta’s new monograph from Reel Art Press. If you’re in New York for the March this weekend, head over to the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division tonight for an author talk and signing.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/22/2017
This demonic snapshot of legendary drag performer and John Waters muse Divine performing at the Trocadero dance club in 1978 is reproduced from Daniel Nicoletta’s new photography collection celebrating the history of LGBT: San Francisco. Released just in time for New York City Pride Week 2017.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/21/2017
Those were the days… This week, there is no better book to celebrate the history of Gay Pride than Daniel Nicoletta’s new photography collection, LGBT: San Francisco. Pictured here are Daniel Katz and Michael Poniatowsky on either side of author Armistead Maupin at the 1978 launch of Tales of the City at the Marina Laundromat.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/20/2017
"Perhaps it is helpful to remember that the majority of the people depicted in Nicoletta’s photographs—especially in the years prior to the digital deluge—did not necessarily grow up surrounded by the kind of imagery found in this book. Everything that they were experiencing—the politics, the love, the parties, the activism, their artistic endeavors, and the community that they were creating—was entirely new..." – Chuck Mobley, LGBT: San Francisco
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/19/2017
Start NYC Pride Week with a 7PM screening of The Times of Harvey Milk at Metrograph, followed by a Daniel Nicoletta LGBT: San Francisco book signing! “Danny’s photos are a treasured artistic record of the people who initiated a movement from within their own neighborhood, and this work links that exuberant time to the larger history of LGBT people,” Gus Van Sant writes in his Foreword. “This book is a very welcome addition to our enduring collective memory.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/18/2017
You’re looking for the perfect Fathers Day gift. You want something smart, but not too smart; gorgeous, but not too gorgeous; and masculine, but not too masculine. Well, look no further!
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/17/2017
Let's hear it for science! Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan's 1972 photograph of Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt alongside "Tracy’s Rock" is reproduced from T. Adler's elegant Fathers Day favorite, The Moon 1968–1972.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/16/2017
Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe is one gorgeous design book. Astonishingly, this 500-page linen-bound beauty is the first to draw from the designer’s monumental estate. This 1971 Environmental Enrichment Panel, “Love Heart,” was produced when Girard was design director of Herman Miller’s textile division. Our love note to dads everywhere, it is included in the traveling retrospective opening at Cranbrook tomorrow.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/15/2017
Back-in-the-Fathers-day favorite Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival gathers 600 black-and-white photographs from the Newport and Monterey jazz festivals of the early 1960s. Onstage, backstage, in the audience, outside on the lawn and around town… these un-styled, unself-conscious mostly unpublished photographs ooze historical cool. See the work in person at Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, through July 31 or buy your copy here.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/14/2017
“A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have,” Wallace Stevens wrote in 1957. Philip Guston would have agreed, according to Kosme de Barañano, author of Hauser & Wirth’s stellar new Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia exhibition catalog, Philip Guston & the Poets. “For Stevens, a poem is an exploration of the world, another form of thinking and knowledge. Similarly, for Guston, the image is an inquiry into the capacity for revelation within visual—painterly—language, which in a sense overtakes the painter himself. The artist, whether poet or painter, does not seek to name or describe reality as a geographer or physicist does, but to discover it with or in the work. A poem, like a song from the soul, wants to do the same.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/13/2017
“The infinite loveliness of tones, certain signs, certain objects, carried in secret but still radiant with feeling, is what incarnates the poetry of Guston’s last paintings. Their strange iconography is like a secular reliquary of his emotional life...” - Kosme de Barañano
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/12/2017
“March Balloons” is a 1955 drawing based on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1926 cover designs for Liberty—all of which were rejected by the magazine. A variation on this design was also used for a custom rug, which was detailed in a 1950-51 plan for the living room of Wright’s son, David, and daughter-in-law, Gladys. It is fascinating to see through projects large and small how Wright was able to create his own design universe.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/11/2017
"Full of vigor and plans for the future, as usual, the octogenarian architect whose activities have heightened with advancing years, said he has a mile high building on his drawings boards, conceiving it as a 510 story structure to provide office space for 100,000 employees of the state of Illinois, Cook county, and the city of Chicago.… ‘The Empire State Building would be a mouse by comparison,’ Wright said." - Chicago Sunday Tribune, August 26, 1926.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/10/2017
From the 1890s through the 1950s, Frank LLoyd Wright designed more than 1,000 architectural works. In addition to seminal residential and public buildings like Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum, he designed chapels, apartment buildings, stables, clubs, pavilions, schools, offices, factories, libraries and even a planetarium (never built), pictured here.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/9/2017
No, it’s not a mid-century rendering of a one-day space settlement. Nor is it a sci-fi city on the future planet earth. This shimmering night perspective was produced in 1955 by Frank Lloyd Wright to depict his vision for the Madison Civic Center (Monona Terrace) in Madison, Wisconsin. “With the lake as backdrop and the city as foreground, Wright pictured the theaterlike outdoor space as a place of spectacle.”
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/8/2017
June 12, the Museum of Modern Art opens Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive, the blockbuster exhibition organized Wright’s archive of more than two million objects. Today, we celebrate the architect's 150th birthday with a lithograph of his affordable American System-Built Houses project, 1915-1917, commissioned by the Milwaukee-based real estate developer, Richards Company.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/8/2017
Monday, June 19, photographer Daniel Nicoletta will sign copies of his new monograph 'LGBT: San Francisco' at Metrograph, following a 7 PM screening of Rob Epstein's 1984 feature documentary, 'The Times of Harvey Milk.'
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/7/2017
“Slits, eyes, geometries emerge from this source/wood that are Pythagorean flowers,” Lygia Pape said of her late-50s Tecelares woodcut series. “Surfaces unfold in an oscillating to and fro before the viewer, apparently trying to be their own reverse.” Featured image is a “Tecelar” from 1958, reproduced from the new Pape monograph from Hauser & Wirth Publishers.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/6/2017
Mark Bradford (2017 U.S. representative at the Venice Biennale) in the produce garden of the Venice women’s prison in 2016, alongside two members of the Rio Tera dei Pensieri social cooperative, which Bradford included in his monumental project. “Yes, girl. You can’t strip. You can’t sell drugs. You just got to do it. I had to do it... It ain’t your family going to help you—honey, you’re on your own. You’re standing at the bus stop and you hop on a bus. The only thing that you’ve got is people along the way who are going to help you, that’s it."
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