Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Direct Line by 4 Columns

We’ll return with a new issue on September 6! In our first summer missive, we’re shining a spotlight on a trio of writers who made the leap from the blank page to the silver scre…

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Surf’s up . . . we’ll be back in September! by Summer Break

Assistant senior editor Bolek wonders if it’s time to reapply the sunscreen. 4Columns is taking a short hiatus to beat the heat, and will return with new issues beginning September 6!…

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Kurt Cobain by Harmony Holiday

A new podcast commemorating the thirty-year anniversary of the musician’s death prompts a closer look at the journals he left behind. Kurt Cobain during the taping of MTV Unplugged: N…

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Last Summer by Melissa Anderson

Passion and pretense: Catherine Breillat’s latest film presents a complex portrait of a woman divided against herself. Samuel Kircher as Théo and Léa Drucker as Anne in …

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Eduardo Chillida and Roni Horn by Jorge Carrión

Two shows on view at Hauser & Wirth Menorca connect to architectural space and landscape—and each other—in surprising ways. Roni Horn, installation view. Courtesy the artist and Hau…

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Janet Planet by Michelle Orange

A loving mother-daughter bond fumbles tenderly toward rupture in Annie Baker’s debut feature. Julianne Nicholson as Janet and Zoe Ziegler as Lacy in Janet Planet. Courtesy A24. Janet Pl…

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Too Much Too Young by Sasha Frere-Jones

Riotous shows, near-fatal fights, and anti-racism and protest politics: a new book chronicles the influential era of the Specials and 2 Tones Records. Too Much Too Young: The 2 Tones Record…

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LaToya Ruby Frazier by Ciarán Finlayson

From family to Flint to factory workers: photography focused on movements of solidarity. LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity, installation view. Courtesy Museum of Modern Art. Phot…

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Susan Cianciolo by Johanna Fateman

Art, fashion, and collaboration run together in a new show of the legendary designer’s couture costumes, paintings, and installations. Susan Cianciolo: Light Workers - RUN 15 - Game of Li…

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Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega by Brian Dillon

An endearing and suitably messy biography of the pioneering punk vocalist. Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega, by Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere, foreword by Bruce Springsteen, Bac…

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Green Border by Ania Szremski

In Agnieszka Holland’s tragic film about the refugee crisis at the Belarus–Poland crossing, a provocation to bear witness and reflect on complicity. Talia Ajjan as Ghalia and Jalal Alta…

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1974: A Personal History by Sasha Archibald

A memoir by Francine Prose recounts the writer’s tumultuous relationship with Pentagon Papers–whistleblower Tony Russo. 1974: A Personal History, by Francine Prose, Harper, 257 pages, $…

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Hit Man by Melissa Anderson

In a film by Richard Linklater loosely based on a true story, a philosophy professor finds his calling as a fake professional killer for police stings. Glen Powell as Gary Johnson in Hit M…

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Stories Are Weapons by Mark Dery

A new book by Annalee Newitz chronicles the use of storytelling as propagandistic tool. Stories Are Weapons: Psychological Warfare and the American Mind, by Annalee Newitz, W. W. Norton, 24…

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Nona Faustine by Pamela Sneed

In a show of over forty monumental photographs, a reclamation of agency for the Black body. Nona Faustine: White Shoes, installation view. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Paula Abreu Pita…

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Eva Hesse by Margaret Sundell

Mystery and mortality in five major sculptures by the artist. Eva Hesse: Five Sculptures, installation view. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Matt Grubb. © Estate of Eva Hesse. Eva Hes…

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Arooj Aftab by Geeta Dayal

In the composer’s latest album, a slow-burning mélange of jazz standards, Urdu poetry, and ’80s Bollywood pop. Night Reign, by Arooj Aftab, Verve •   •   • Nightfall oc…

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Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron by Emily Labarge

Dream spaces, blurred faces: a comparative exhibition illuminates the overlap in the portraiture of the two photographers. Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream I…

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One from the Heart by Melissa Anderson

Earnest pleasures remain lushly undiminished in Francis Ford Coppola’s new Reprise of the 1982 film starring Teri Garr. Teri Garr as Frannie in One from the Heart. Courtesy Rialto Picture…

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Toshiko Takaezu by Jennifer Krasinski

A stunning retrospective of over two hundred ceramics works, paintings, and textiles by the virtuoso artist. Toshiko Takaezu: Worlds Within, installation view. Courtesy the Noguchi Museum. …

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Amy Sillman: To Be Other-Wise by Aruna D’souza

Riotous color, crisp compositions, and a continued defiance of figurative-vs.-abstract binaries. Amy Sillman: To Be Other-Wise, installation view. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery…

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Francesc Tosquelles by Mark Dery

The radical visionary who created a psychotherapeutic collective in Vichy France. Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut, installation view. Courtesy America…

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Bulle Ogier by Melissa Anderson

The actress who brought an enigmatic expressiveness to Jacques Rivette’s ’70s and ’80s films about female friendships and alliances. Bulle Ogier as Pauline/Émilie in Out 1. Courtesy …

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Sex Goblin by Charlie Markbreiter

Flora, fauna, fun with form: a new book by Lauren Cook. Sex Goblin, by Lauren Cook, Nightboat Books, 174 pages, $17.95 •   •   • The miffed and determined young aardvark sta…

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Steve Albini by Sasha Frere-Jones

In remembrance of the sound and voice of the indelible musician and recording engineer. Steve Albini, backstage, New York City, 1985. Photo: Gail Butensky. 1962–2024 •   •   …

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Sonia Delaunay by Leslie Camhi

Nearly two hundred works across textiles, mosaics, paintings, graphic design, and other media showcase the expansiveness of the artist’s creative energy. Sonia Delaunay: Living Art, inst…

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Hiroshi Shimizu by Andrew Chan

In a two-part retrospective of the director’s oeuvre, the 1956 tragic romance Sound in the Mist is a powerful standout. Ken Uehara as Kazuhiko Onuma and Michiyo Kogure as Tsuruko in Sound…

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A Last Supper of Queer Apostles by Jeremy Lybarger

Pedro Lemebel wields a sharp tongue and stylistic excess in crónicas that are both reckoning and reclamation. A Last Supper of Queer Apostles: Selected Essays, by Pedro Lemebel, translated…

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Extraterrestrial Languages by Brian Dillon

Earth to E.T. . . . ? Daniel Oberhaus’s book investigates the history of human efforts to communicate with alien intelligence. Extraterrestrial Languages, Daniel Oberhaus, MIT Press, 252…

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Joan Jonas by Johanna Fateman

A stunning retrospective at MoMA holds a mirror to the artist’s career-long focus on performance, movement, and landscape. Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, installation view. Courtesy…

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All Fours by Julie Phillips

Marriage, motherhood, menopause, masturbation, and a motel: a new novel by Miranda July. All Fours, by Miranda July, Riverhead, 326 pages, $29 •   •   • Waifish and awkward,…

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