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Taylor Davis, Selected Works 1996-2018

  • Spoonbill Books 99 Montrose Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)
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Join us in celebrating the release of Taylor Davis, Selected Works 1996-2018, with readings by contributing writers and poets Anselm Berrigan, Michael Brenson, Ann Lauterbach, and Catherine Lord.


about the book: 

Designed in collaboration with Purtill Family Business, this comprehensive monogram of Davis’s sculptures, paintings, and collages includes texts from 19 contemporary artists, activists, art historians, critics, curators, designers, and poets, who chose and responded to specific works. Contributors are Anselm Berrigan, Michael Brenson, A.K. Burns, Dan Byers, Ruth Erikson, Rochelle Goldberg, Fanny Howe, Richard Klein, Ann Lauterbach, Catherine Lord, Helen Molesworth, Ulrike Müller, Jenelle Porter, Conny Purtill, Lucy Raven, Leslie Scalapino, Nancy Shaver, Oliver Strand, and David Levi Strauss.

about the readers:

Anselm Berrigan's books of poetry include Something for EverybodyCome In AlonePregrets, and Primitive State

Michael Brenson is an art critic, art historian and teacher. He received a Ph.D. in Art History from Johns Hopkins University. He was an art critic for The New York Times (1982–91). He has organized exhibitions on Magdalena Abakanowicz, P.S.1 (1993); Ryoji Koie, Gallery at Takashimaya (1994); and Jonathan Silver, Sculpture Center (1995). His publications include Visionaries and Outcasts: The NEA, Congress, and the Place of the Visual Artist in America (2001); Sol LeWitt: Concrete Block Structures (2002); Acts of Engagement: Writings on Art, Criticism, and Institutions, 1993–2002 (2004); and museum catalogues on Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, Alberto Giacometti, Gillian Jagger, Luis Jimenez, Maya Lin, Juan Muñoz, Martin Puryear, and David Smith. He is a Getty Scholar (1999); Guggenheim Fellow (2008); Bogliasco Fellow (2010) and Clark Fellow (2015). In 2004 he was the University of Wisconsin Art Institute Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, in 2012 the Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas. He is a member of the sculpture faculty in Bard College's Milton Avery School of the Arts (1999present) and a Visiting Senior Critic in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design’s MFA program (2006- present). He is writing a biography of David Smith that will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Ann Lauterbach’s tenth collection of poems, Spell, is published by Penguin (Fall 2018). Her 2009 book,Or to Begin Again, was nominated for a National Book Award. Her essays were collected in The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (2005). Omnidawn has published two prose chapbooks, The Give & The Chosen (2011) and Saint Petersburg Notebook (2014). Lauterbach has collaborated with a number of visual artists, including Lucio Pozzi, Joe Brainard, Ann Hamilton and Richard Kraft; she has written recent catalogue essays on the work of Cheyney Thompson, Kenji Fujita, and Johanna Tiedke. Lauterbach is the recipient of Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill grants, and a MacArthur Fellowship (1993). She was a core Visiting Critic (Sculpture) at Yale University for several years. She is currently Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature, and Co-Chair of Writing in the MFA Program, at Bard College. A native of New York City, she lives in Germantown, New York.

Catherine Lord, an artist and writer, divides her time between Manhattan and Hudson, NY.  She is professor emerita of studio art at UC Irvine, has also taught at Harvard University, Godard College, and the California Institute of the Arts.  She is the author of The Summer of Her Baldness:  A Cancer Improvisation and the co-author of the survey Art and Queer Culture, as well as numerous articles and essays on cultural politics.

Earlier Event: November 4
Brianna Wiest ~ Book Signing
Later Event: November 11
Screening: The Grossmalerman Show!