All images from the Belleville, Ménilmontant series. See more here.
Copyright Thomas Boivin
Have you heard? Come 2016, SFMOMA will have the most space dedicated to photography of any art museum in the United States.
Michael Jang’s untitled photograph (pictured here) from 1972-73 is one of more than 1,000 photographs promised as gifts to SFMOMA’s permanent collection, which the public will be able to enjoy in many new ways thanks to our new photography center.
Guys, I’m so over everything.
This sentiment goes for a lot of things in life, but let’s talk specifically about the experience of reading in April 2014. It’s a sea of babbling content, an ever-growing stream of awards, a fountain of online reviews and “communities” that neither pay their writers nor respect their readers….it’s exhausting to feel like I’m not keeping up and when I do make the sacrifices to keep up, the “conversation” is usually unsatisfying.
Lately I find myself returning to some reading advice from Seneca:
"(W)hen you crave a change, fall back upon those whom you read before. Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day. This is my own custom; from the many things which I have read, I claim some part for myself."
Claiming the right parts for myself is the lesson here, especially in a flood of noise — wisdom is discrimination, after all.
There are a few new books to read because I have to, but for pleasure this spring I’m focused on re-reading. There’s so much I didn’t get the first time around, so much I will never get if I don’t step out of the current.
Plus, I know these books won’t be a waste of my time, or leave me confused or disappointed — because I’ve already read them and loved them.
This is already feeling like such a good idea that I might do it again next year.
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
The Collected Stories, William Trevor
Of Love and Dust, Ernest Gaines
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov
Stories, Anton Chekhov (I am cheating and getting a different translation because, well, because)
The Castle/The Trial, Franz Kafka
Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (Vol. 1 & 2), Rosalind Krauss & more (shhh….I should have read these a long time ago)
Tomato Red, Daniel Woodrell
Chronicle in Stone, Ismail Kadare
Capital in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty (As far as “conversations” go, this is the most interesting one to be part of right now)
Top: Black and White: Suprematist Composition, 1915 by Kazimir Malevitj
Middle: Image by Lazar Khidekel
Bottom: Suprematism (1924-25) by Ilya Chashnik
Russian suprematism is having another moment, and why not?