Articles by Nathan Townes-Anderson

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "War Is Over!", 2007.  Exhibition postcard, ?" x ?".

War Is Over! (Part 2)

War Is Over! (Part 2)

Carl Ostendarp, "Pulled Up," 2009.  Installation view.

WHAT! …an interview with Carl Ostendarp

WHAT! …an interview with Carl Ostendarp

Carl Ostendarp is an artist and teacher based in Ithaca, New York. A survey of his work was shown at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York City in 2007. He …

David Dixon, "The Grave is Empty, Wildberry," 2007.  C-print, 14" x17".

The Grave is Empty, Wildberry

The Grave is Empty, Wildberry

More work by David Dixon can be found at daviddixon.net. Dixon has also recently completed his second feature film, David Dixon is Dead.  A recent interview on this film and …

UJ3RK5, S/T EP, 1980.

UJ3RK5

UJ3RK5

The UJ3RK5 sounded like a typical post-punk group, the kind that in those years (1978-80) might have been carried by the British Rough Trade label. Lyrics predominate in their songs, …

Douglas Ross, "Vitrine," 1999.  Steel, acrylic architectural glazing, concrete, rubber, hardware, latex paint, 13' x 30' x 5.5'.

Vitrine

Vitrine

“Like a museum for one object, built around an existing New York City Parks Department flag pole at Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, NY.” —Douglas Ross, home.bway.net/douglas/

Ed Ruscha, "Records," 1971.

Then and Now

Then and Now

In the 1960s and 70s, American artist Ed Ruscha conceived, designed, and distributed a series of books. Their titles, such as Thirtyfour Parking Lots (1967), Some Los Angeles Apartments (1965), …

Ruth Oppenheim, Parallel Stress, 2005.  Digital Print, 46.8" x 33.1".

Parallel Stress

Parallel Stress

“Parallel Stress” is a reenactment of a 1970 art work by Dennis Oppenheim.  The project unfolds not only as a reenactment but also as a search for the artist’s approval, …

Ed Ruscha, That Was Then This Is Now , 1989, Oil on canvas, 42" x 96"

I Remember

I Remember

I remember the first time I got a letter that said “After Five Days Return To” on the envelope, and I thought that after I had kept the letter for …

Leslie Brack, Bite Me, 2004, Oil on panel, 13.5" x 14.5"

Bite Me

Bite Me

More work by Leslie Brack can be found at www.lesliebrack.com. She has also organized, along with Suzy Spence, the exhibition The Mood Back Home, inspired by the 1972 collaborative project …

Still from Moon, 2009, Directed by Duncan Jones, Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

Moon

Moon

“The peculiarity of the self is a monopoly commodity determined by society; it is falsely represented as natural.” – Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Englightenment Moon (2009), directed …

Bruce Nauman, Raw War, 1968, 30 x 22", Pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper

“Sign to hang when there is a war on”

“Sign to hang when there is a war on”

Inscribed: “WAR 1/ WAR 2/ WAR 3/ Sign to hang when there is a war on—/ This size or up to 6 feet long./ Sequence is 1 + 2 + …

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, War Is Over!, 1969-

War Is Over! (Part 1)

War Is Over! (Part 1)

I’d like to start my visit to Art21 with a close reading of a favorite artwork of mine: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s War Is Over! slogan. This work relates …