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No Family Is Safe When I Sashay: Sexuality In Robert Gober’s ‘The Heart Is Not A Metaphor’
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No Family Is Safe When I Sashay: Sexuality In Robert Gober’s ‘The Heart Is Not A Metaphor’

In Pefume Genius’ song “Queen” off of their recently released album Too Bright, Mike Hadreas, the musician behind Perfume Genius, presents a defiant embrace of the homophobic stereotypes and fears surrounding gay effeminacy, namely the assumptions that effeminate gay men are diseased, threats to “The Family” and abject bottoms. Likewise, Robert Gober’s retrospective The Heart Is Not A Metaphor at the Museum of Modern Art resonates with a similar frank presentation of queer sexuality and homophobic notions surrounding it. Continue reading

Female Trouble, Hon: Finding Cookie Mueller in ‘Edgewise’
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Female Trouble, Hon: Finding Cookie Mueller in ‘Edgewise’

In her short story collection Garden of Ashes, trash starlet, Downtown icon and big-haired and even bigger-mouthed writer Cookie Mueller almost perfectly foreshadows her recently published biography Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, writing, “All of the pieces here fit together the way weeds and flowers do in an overgrown eclectic garden. The thing is this … Continue reading

Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Calmly disguised and eerily blurred, the paintings of the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans thrill viewers with their abstract narratives. Borremans’ is an unconventional way of abstraction that emerges from the narrative instead of the technique. Familiar agents, in some cases adult men or women and sometimes children and animals, are positioned in alien tales of ambiguity. … Continue reading

Barfing On The Declaration Of Independence: Mike Kelley’s ‘Reconstructed History’
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Barfing On The Declaration Of Independence: Mike Kelley’s ‘Reconstructed History’

Can you imagine anything more patriotic than an illustration of the Forefathers’ signing the Declaration of Independence emblazoned with the word “BARF,”? How about the Statue of Liberty covered with crudely rendered breasts, bush and armpits spewing with waves of stink? Well, I don’t know about you but I’m just about ready to start feverishly singing about those “amber waves of grain.” Continue reading