“Spain, by a very singular fatality, was the Peru and Mexico of the old world. The discovery of the rich western continent by the Phœnicians, and the oppression of the simple natives, who were compelled to labour in their own mines for the benefit of strangers, form an exact type of the more recent history of Spanish America.”

(Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. I, chapter VI; p. 180 in volume 1 of the Penguin edition.)

the originality of florine stettheimer

“Part of Florine’s originality was that, for her, art was anecdote in an era when all the modern schools had decided that anecdote was what art was not. Duchamp suggested, considering Florine, ‘Why not revive the anecdote in painting?’ Well, why not? An anecdotalism such as Florine’s draws upon a highly cultivated symbolism so that her work echoes the humanist revival in being a miniature Renaissance of one artist.”

(Parker Tyler, Florine Stettheimer: A Life in Art, p. 142.)

october 1–october 15


  • Bilge Karasu, The Garden of Departed Cats, trans. Aron Aji
  • Jerome Rothenberg, ed., Revolution of the Word: A New Gathering of American Avant-Garde Poetry 1914–1945


  • Ossessione, directed by Luchino Visconti
  • Hannah and Her Sisters, dir. Woody Allen
  • Bill Cunningham New York, dir. Richard Press
  • Possessed, dir. Clarence Brown


  • “Beatrice Wood (1893–1998),” Francis M. Naumann Fine Arts
  • “John Beerman: Recent Paintings,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery
  • “Donald Evans: Selected Works,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery
  • “Niki de Saint Phalle: Retrospective 1960–2002,” Nohra Haime Gallery
  • “Gabriel Orozco: Corplegados and Particles,” Marian Goodman Gallery
  • “Richard Serra: Junction/Cycle,” Gagosian
  • “Sterling Ruby/Lucio Fontana,” Andrea Rosen Gallery
  • “Carsten Nicolai: Pionier,” Pace
  • “Matthew Barney: Djed,” Gladstone
  • “Meredyth Sparks: Stripped Bare, Even and Again,” Elizabeth Dee Gallery
  • “Manfred Mohr: 1964–2011, Réflexions sur une esthétique programmée,” Bitforms