Issue #176
Have Gun Will Travel October 14, 2011

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
dOCUMENTA (13) Publications

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Jimmie Durham and 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts

Jimmie Durham
The Artist’s Institute, New York
August 24, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Lost in the monthly turnover at galleries and arts institutions is often the ability to look, in an in-depth way, at a particular artist’s work. The Artist’s Institute, located in a small basement-level space in the Lower East Side provides an alternative to the art world’s trend seeking attention deficit disordered hustle and bustle. Dividing the year into two seasons, the space, directed by the amiable Anthony Huberman and affiliated with Hunter College presents a series of works by a single artist over the allotted six-months. Jimmie Durham is the current season’s offering and doesn’t disappoint. Durham’s rejection of Western ideas of understanding, linearity and logic provide starting points for a program of videos (at the time of writing) that are shrewd, joyful, humorous and steeped with a melancholy that gives them welcomed poignancy in our age of economic and political narrow-mindedness. Time, Durham and The Artist’s Institute seem to suggest, helps cultivate an open mind.

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
dOCUMENTA (13) Publications
Edited by Bettina Funcke

While dOCUMENTA (13) doesn’t officially open until June 2012, its ambitious publication project is already showing up on shelves and coffee tables around the world. The title says it all. A series of 100 paperback notebooks featuring authors ranging from Alexander Kluge to Emily Jacir & Susan Buck–Morss, dOCUMENTA (13)’s group of colorful notebooks is an extension of the exhibition’s themes and is likely to become an indispensable resource. Poet and UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith’s contribution, (Notebook no. 017) in the form of a letter to series editor Bettina Funcke, makes for a particularly enjoyable read. You’d be remiss not to pick up thisand the others that make up the initial release of seventeen ten-dollar notebooksthat collect conversations, collaborations, essays and facsimiles of artists’ notebooks. After all, who can resist a smart and good-looking publication?

Eric Zimmerman is an artist and Editor of ...might be good.

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