Charles Bernstein

Open Letter: Steve McCaffery issue

Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now
guest-edited by Stephen Cain
Open Letter, Fourteenth Series, Number 7, Fall 2011

Stephen Cain: Introduction

CLINAMEN
Geoff Hlibchuk: “Dark ’Pataphysics: The Necropoesis of Steve McCaffery”
Stephen Voyce: “Steve McCaffery’s Kommunism”
Gregory Betts: “Becoming Clinamen: McCaffery and the (new) York school of writing”

Collaboration & the Artist’s Book: Paris reading (April 2, 2011)

Vincent Katz, Bill Berkson, Shirley Jaffé, Raphael Rubinstein, Susan Bee & Charles Bernstein

Poetry reading and visual art projection
Maison de la poésie, Paris

Mockingbird practicing comic routine

Yunte Huang on racist immigration law in sweet home Alabamaa

Who but the ever marvelous Yunte Huang could possibly get away with this marvelous opening sentence in an op-ed piece in today's TImes Sunday Review: "IMAGINE this: It’s Sunday morning, beautiful and quiet, except for the mockingbird practicing comic routines on the sweet gum tree in the backyard."

M/E/A/N/I/N/G 25th Anniversary Edition

full web issue and pdf link here

This is an unusual moment of global economic crisis, failure of capitalism and of progressive political movements, a moment of political impasse, and of generational shift, following upon a series of traumatic political events and a decade of war. Methods of communication have changed since we began our project 25 years ago and concepts of privacy and individuality seem to be in a process of radical transformation.
 
Our 25th anniversary issue centers around two themes: the impact of public trauma on art and art critical practice, and the nature of privacy for the artist or critic working in the age of social networking and global spectacle.

The first issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, was published in December 1986. We published 20 issues biannually over ten years. In 2000, M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism was published by Duke University Press. In 2002 we began to publish M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online and have published four previous online issues. The M/E/A/N/I/N/G archive from 1986 to 2002 is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.
 
To address our themes in this online issue, we invited a wide spectrum of artists, art historians, and poets, some who had written for our journal before and many new artists and writers whose work we have encountered in recent years. We are proud to continue our commitment to maintaining an open, non-profit space for independent writing about art.

We are honored to publish the responses we have received, people really wrote what they wanted, what they felt, each very individually, many clearly inspired and energized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began September 17th in Lower Manhattan and has rapidly sent a wave of optimism around the world.
 
Susan Bee and Mira Schor
New York City, November 18 2011

John Waters Critique, George Kuchar Tribute, Ryan Trecartin Parody

new Felix Bernstein video

Felix between John Waters and George Kuchar

Bard College © student Felix Bernstein stars as YouTube Professor Felix Bernstein. Followed by a Post Script, Branching off on the aforementioned Homosexual Artists: An Overly Generalized and Reductive Philisophical Theory about Everything. Ryan Trecartin Played By and Animated by Gabe Rubin. (Ben Coonley homage.)