"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."
"This enjoyable and wildly eclectic selection of prose delivers a fresh perspective."
"Nothing less than an alternative history of art that seems a little crazy but makes a lot of sense."
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.
Every order of Into Words comes with a free poster designed by Paul Chan.
Into Words will launch at the Whitney on Thursday October 26th at 6:30pm with a conversation between Carroll Dunham and Whitney Deputy Director for Programs & Chief Curator Scott Rothkopf who wrote the introduction for Into Words.
Other events include a special screening and conversation at Metrograph between Dunham and his daughter Lena of a favorite film of theirs, Kathryn Bigelow's sci-fi epic Strange Days, on November 2nd at 7PM.