November/December 2012
The 2012 Art Issue
Cover illustration: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 9

Concrete Jungle in the Jungle
by Avi Davis
Is Edward James’s home-made fantasyland in the middle of San Luis Potosí a surrealist Shangri-La or a monument to reality?

Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering
by Rachel Cohen
A walk through seven hundred years of the fearful symmetry between high finance and the art world.

Beach House as Nostalgia Museum
by Alan Michael Parker
Buying into imagined notions of leisure and accomplishment via wicker furniture, flaking paint, and supremely cheesy sunset scenes.

The Forgotten Ephemera of Genius
by Noah Sneider
The recently discovered films of a ballet choreographer turned animator present a threat to the genesis narrative of Russian cinema.

Monica Westin on cuteness: Sianne Ngai’s Our Aesthetic Categories and Lance Hosey’s The Shape of Green

Stephen Burt on the New Aesthetic

Keri Smith’s Finish This Book
reviewed by Jenny Hendrix

You What?
A new poem by John Ashbery

A new poem by John Hennessy

Maurice Sendak
interviewed by Emma Brockes
A late, radically honest, and extremely vivifying interview with the iconic author and illustrator.

Leonora Carrington
interviewed by Heidi Sopinka in collaboration with Natalie Matutschovsky and Alisha Piercy
Talking and smoking with the great surrealist painter at the age of ninety-two.

Paul Chan
interviewed by Madeleine Schwartz
“I don’t know what works. I only know what is worth working on.”

Arnold Leo on Andy Warhol
interview by Lucy Mulroney
Andy Warhol’s editor at Grove Press on how he learned to stop worrying about editing and love the mistakes.

Joe Bradley
interviewed by Ross Simonini
The artist on trying to paint like Grandma Moses, Thomas Kinkade, or a seventeen-year-old kid drawing dicks everywhere.

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Schema: Artwork Created for Hollywood Films
by James Hughes

Label for a Lost Object
by Nina Katchadourian

Hogarth Books
The Organist
Third Man Records