Tell Me Something Good
Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail
Edited by Jarrett Earnest and Lucas Zwirner. Introduction and portraits by Phong Bui
Since 2000, The Brooklyn Rail has been a platform for artists, academics, critics, poets, and writers in New York and abroad. The monthly journal’s continued appeal is due in large part to its diverse contributors, many of whom bring contrasting and often unexpected opinions to conversations about art and aesthetics. No other publication devotes as much space to the artist’s voice, allowing ideas to unfold and idiosyncrasies to emerge through open discussion.
Since its inception, cofounder and artistic director Phong Bui and the Rail’s contributors have interviewed over four hundred artists for The Brooklyn Rail. This volume brings together for the first time a selection of sixty of the most influential and seminal interviews with artists ranging from Richard Serra and Brice Marden, to Alex Da Corte and House of Ladosha. While each interview is important in its own right, offering a perspective on the life and work of a specific artist, collectively they tell the story of a journal that has grown during one of the more diverse and surprising periods in visual art. There is no unified style or perspective; The Brooklyn Rail’s strength lies in its ability to include and champion difference.
Selected and coedited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Rail contributor, with Lucas Zwirner, the book includes an introduction to the project by Phong Bui as well as many of the hand-drawn portraits he has made of those he has interviewed over the years. This combination of verbal and visual profiles offers a rare and personal insight into contemporary visual culture.
Interviews with Vito Acconci, Ai Weiwei, Lynda Benglis, James Bishop, Chris Burden, Vija Celmins, Francesco Clemente, Bruce Conner, Alex Da Corte, Rosalyn Drexler, Keltie Ferris, Simone Forti, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Suzan Frecon, Coco Fusco, Robert Gober, Leon Golub, Ron Gorchov, Michelle Grabner, Josephine Halvorson, Sheila Hicks, David Hockney, Roni Horn, House of Ladosha, Alfredo Jaar, Bill Jensen, Alex Katz, William Kentridge, Matvey Levenstein, Nalini Malani, Brice Marden, Chris Martin, Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Thomas Nozkowski, Lorraine O’Grady, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Ernesto Pujol, Martin Puryear, Walid Raad, Dorothea Rockburne, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Robert Ryman, Dana Schutz, Richard Serra, Shahzia Sikander, Nancy Spero, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, James Turrell, Richard Tuttle, Luc Tuymans, Kara Walker, Stanley Whitney, Jack Whitten, Yan Pei-Ming, and Lisa Yuskavage
Special thanks to Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, for their support of The Brooklyn Rail.
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Contributors: Phong Bui, Jarrett Earnest,
Designer: Michael Dyer, Remake
Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in | 16.5 x 24.1 cm
Reproductions: 61 color
Retail: $29.95 | £24.95 | €34
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, and independent curator. He was a curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 from 2007 to 2010. He is a co-founder, publisher, and artistic director of The Brooklyn Rail, the publishing press Rail Editions, and the Rail Curatorial Projects, as well as the host/producer of Off the Rail on Art International Radio. He is a board member of The Miami Rail, The Third Rail of the Twin Cities, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the International Association of Art Critics United States, Anthology Film Archives, and Studio in a School, among others.
Jarrett Earnest is a writer and artist living in New York City. From 2014 to 2017, he was faculty at the free experimental art school Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), running their MFU programs in New York and Miami. He wrote What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with art critics (2018) and coedited the volumes Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail (2017) and For Bill, Anything: Images and Text for Bill Berkson (2015). His writing has appeared in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, and The Village Voice, among others.