Monday, September 28, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book report: Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Pop Art

 Robert Boyd

Today's book report is on Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Pop Art. I have written about him in passing once before, after seeing some of his work at an art fair.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report: I Want You

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 This episode of my ongoing series (which will continue at least until I get a new day job) is about I Want You, the new book (reprinting old material) by Lisa Hanawalt.  It's a collection of her 2009 series of comic books, also entitled I Want You. I reviewed an issue of I Want You back in 2010.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report: Meditations in an Emergency

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This book, Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara, was published in 1957. O'Hara was a leader of the so-called New York School, which included such poets as Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan, and James Schuyler. I mention the book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art in my report, and I refer to the poem, "The Day Lady Died", in the report, even though it was not included in Meditations in An Emergency.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report: Core Program 2010/2011

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This is the latest book report. It's the book published for the Core Program from the 2010/2011 class. I wrote about this group of Core fellow's art show in 2016 here. Here are some links to the artists mentioned here:

Kelly Sears

Gabriel Martinez

Steffani Jemison

Clarissa Tossin

Nick Barbee

Friday, September 18, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report: Kent State

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Today I'm discussing Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf. This graphic novel just came out and I recommend it highly, But I slightly resent it because he stopped working on his webcomic "The Baron of Prospect Avenue" to complete it. You can read this incomplete comic here. It's a sequel to his first book, Punk Rock and Trailer Parks. I've reviewed some of Derf's work in the past, including My Friend Dahmer and Trashed.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report: Ganzfeld 7

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Today, my book is an old one (published in 2008): Ganzfeld 7 edited and published by Dan Nadel. I've reviewed Nadel's books and exhibits in the past, including his work on Hairy Who, his exhibit at RISD, What Nerve!, The Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival, and reviews of various books published by Nadel's own publishing house, Picturebox.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Report 3: Evil Geniuses

 Robert Boyd

This week I'm talking about Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History by Kurt Anderson. There are a lot of awkward jump cuts where I edited the video. This is the first review in this series that has zilch to do with art, but it won't be the last. But no worries--I return to art in my next review.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Robert Boyd's Book Reports 2: The Mystery of Rio

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I read another book this week, and talk about it here. The book is The Mystery of Rio by Alberto Mussa.