I happened to go to Bickerton's first solo outing in 1984 in Soho at the Cable Gallery. He was showing boxy pieces, each decorated with a guttural exclamation—like GUH or UGH—and symbols, together with a few art world in-jokes (such as messages, directed to whoever would be installing the work, written on the back). He moved on to International With Monument, one of the livelier galleries in the East Village, just two years later, in 1988, …
Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Episode 22: “Form and Formlessness”
In an essay specially commissioned for the podcast, Aisha Sabatini Sloan describes rambling around Paris with her father, Lester Sloan, a longtime staff photographer for Newsweek, and a glamorous woman who befriends them. In an excerpt from The Art of Fiction no. 246, Rachel Cusk and Sheila Heti discuss how writing her first novel helped Cusk discover her “shape or identity or essence.” Next, Allan Gurganus’s reading of his story “It Had Wings,” about an arthritic woman who finds a fallen angel in her backyard, is interspersed with a version of the story rendered as a one-woman opera by the composer Bruce Saylor. The episode closes with “Dear Someone,” a poem by Deborah Landau.
Rachel Cusk photo courtesy the author.
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