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Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham

by Carroll Dunham

Edited by Paul Chan



“A solid achievement”

—Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books

“No one writes about art like this”

—Amy Sillman, Bookforum

“Anyone interested in contemporary art and culture will find this a compelling read”

—Artnet News

“He distilled years of hard thinking into thicket-clearing prose on subjects ranging from Robert Rauschenberg’s game-changing “Combines” to the late paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir”

—The New Yorker

“This enjoyable and wildly eclectic selection of prose delivers a fresh perspective”

—Publishers Weekly

“Nothing less than an alternative history of art that seems a little crazy but makes a lot of sense”

—Scott Rothkopf, from the Introduction

Artist Carroll Dunham (b. 1949) is one of the most acclaimed and innovative painters of his generation. But he is also an astute writer who has engaged with a wide variety of artists in the form of reviews, catalog essays, and interviews. Collected here for the first time, Into Words reveals the true depth of Dunham’s writing. From reviews of Pablo Picasso and Jasper Johns to a gonzo Peter Saul interview, to an appreciation of Kara Walker’s films and reflections on his own practice, Dunham writes about what is made and why it matters with real wit and candor. Into Words is an invaluable reader for anyone interested in contemporary art and culture. With an introduction by Scott Rothkopf, chief curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a publisher’s foreword by Paul Chan.


ISBN: 978-1-943263-08-0

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-943263-09-7

256 pages

9" x 6"


Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham was born in New Haven in 1949. Working since the late 1970s in painting, drawing, and printmaking, Dunham is known for a conceptual approach, which has included aspects of abstraction a... more