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Our Favorite Material at This Year’s Whitney Biennial Is Paper

By Harriet Staff

Paper: the substance upon which we might read the work of Semiotext(e) poets Dodie Bellamy, Eileen Myles, Ariana Reines, and Etel Adnan! The New York Times’ Carol Vogel shows us the way to the Whitney.

PAPER is a star of this Biennial, with dozens of books and printed material. “Now that we have access to more archival material, we are all preoccupied with how we can reanimate it and create living histories,” Mr. Comer said. The independent publisher Semiotext(e) is presenting a series of books; an artist duo, Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan, have created an installation whose imagery and objects are based on a lifetime of airline menus collected by a Chicago anthropologist.

The 89-year-old Beirut-born cultural editor and artist Etel Adnan, whose accordion-folded paper books and diaries depict street scenes of New York, suggest the relationship between writing and painting. Also on view are the spiral notebooks with sketches that the writer David Foster Wallace kept while researching “The Pale King,” his last novel. (His biographer, D. T. Max, called them “an improvised bulletin board.”)

In addition to printed matter, look for literary accouterments, such as a writing table created for Nancy Mitford, the British novelist, by the Canadian-born artist Paul P.

Read more at NYT.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.