Dean Kissick 

 Julien Nguyen Noli me tangere, Caesaris sum (2018, detail)

Julien Nguyen
Noli me tangere, Caesaris sum (2018, detail)

DEAN KISSICK on why beauty today wishes to float free of our bodies

The Face and i-D first appeared in London in 1980, inventing the idea of the “style bible”, and with it a new kind of modern youth culture. That cultural moment is clearly over now. But how did it begin, and where did it go wrong? By Dean Kissick

 Performance by M. Page Greene Photo: @utopianvisionsartfair

Performance by M. Page Greene, Photo: @utopianvisionsartfair

DEAN KISSICK visits Portland, Oregon for the Utopian Visions Art Fair

 Julia Phillips Extruder (#1)  (2017) Courtesy the artist

Julia Phillips
Extruder (#1) (2017)

Courtesy the artist

By Dean Kissick

 Edvard Munch Ashes  (1925)

Edvard Munch
Ashes (1925)

DEAN KISSICK reads Karl Ove Knausgård’s 1,153-page literary suicide note My Struggle Book 6: The End

 Rose Salane The Failure to Address  (detail, found postcard, 2018) Courtesy the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa Company hosting Carlos/Ishikawa, London

Rose Salane
The Failure to Address (detail, found postcard, 2018)

Courtesy the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa

Company hosting Carlos/Ishikawa, London

This month DEAN KISSICK visits 19 galleries on a summer’s day

In this month's column Dean Kissick goes to a three-quarter-scale replica of an art bar in a gallery

The past few years have seen the rise of a generation of young rappers who are as surreal as the time from which they have emerged. These figures are like collective hallucinations: they might be amazing or they might be terrible, but all of them are weird. By Dean Kissick

An interview with Asad Raza, D. Graham Burnett and Jeff Dolven about their experimental project Schema for a school which was part of the show A Prelude to the Shed in New York.

 Lara Schnittger, SUFFRAGETTE CITY


For Frieze New York Spike columnist Dean Kissick didn't look at any art. Instead he drank with strangers to gauge the mood of the city.

 Balenciaga Spring Summer 18

Balenciaga Spring Summer 18

In his column Dean Kissick writes about fashion predicting the future and why today's technologists are much like Parisian designers

Making an artwork out of a Louis Vuitton bag seems obvious today, but Sylvie Fleury has been doing collaborations with luxury fashion brands since before they were cool. She uses muscle cars, eyeshadow and runways as material, reminding us of the absurd nature of fashion, and perhaps, of art itself. By Dean Kissick

In his column Dean Kissick writes about Neïl Beloufa's controversial show "L'Ennemi de mon ennemi" at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and explores what it says about protest in our "byzantine circulatory system of images"

In his first column of 2018 Dean Kissick writes about going crazy for crypto. How did the blockchain's promise of immutable truth turn into an opaque cultural spectacle? 

The familiar, traditional American mall is being reimagined as an uncanny postmodern fantasy. By Dean Kissick

 Gilbert the Cunt and George the Shit , Magazine Sculpture (1969)

Gilbert the Cunt and George the Shit, Magazine Sculpture (1969)

Gilbert & George have been turning themselves into an image for more than fifty years – an image that never quite adds up. In the deadlock of identity politics, their work reminds us of the political power of productive withdrawal. By Dean Kissick 

In his column Dean Kissick writes about the second season of the BBC's Blue Planet and finds a swansong for a disappearing natural world full of bizarre beauty. Soon, science and technology may furnish us with an imaginary and perhaps still stranger world. 

 Fashion shoot for Elle Brasil

Fashion shoot for Elle Brasil

In his column Dean Kissick writes about Sophia, the first robot to be granted citizenship by a country. But as a female humanoid robot, she says more about humans' lack of imagination than the new forms and relationships that lie ahead of us.

We are on the edge of the abyss, but nobody seems to really care. In his latest column Dean Kissick writes about how the present threat of a nuclear war gets lost in the memeification of reality and politics

Francesco Vezzoli is mostly associated with the extreme glamour and Hollywood stars of the work he had made around ten years ago. Since then, times have changed. In a moment when celebrity culture has become the hard reality of politics and the art world, nothing is innocent anymore. By Dean Kissick

 Jordan Wolfson,  Real Violence  (2017)  

Jordan Wolfson, Real Violence (2017)

This has been a year of disappearing statues, but what will become of all the defaced idols and broken images? Dean Kissick on why iconoclasm is back and what we can do about its aftermath. 

 Still from  Quadrophenia  (1979)

Still from Quadrophenia (1979)

In this month’s column, Dean Kissick writes about what happens when subcultures emerge from the underbelly of the internet, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies, and how the culture wars of the 90s have come back to haunt us

In this month's column, Dean Kissick shares his diary of the preview days of documenta 14 in Kassel
and Skulptur Projekte Münster

 Video still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

Still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

In this month's column, Dean Kissick goes back to the Summer of Love to understand how we landed in our atomised present.

 Chiho Aoshima  City Glow , 2005

Chiho Aoshima 
City Glow, 2005

In this month’s column, Dean Kissick looks at Superflat America, the rise of hikikomori and their connections to alt-right meme culture.

 Richard Prince Untitled (cowboy), 1980-1989

Richard Prince
Untitled (cowboy), 1980-1989

In this month’s column, Dean Kissick considers Richard Prince's disavowal of his artwork and the destabilisation of reality.

In his monthly column, Dean Kissick examines the culture of a collapsing society.

Dean Kissick reports from the world’s largest video game conference and trade show

Microcelebrities are the heroes of our time. A conversation with Deanna Havas and Bunny Rogers helps get to grips with a phenomenon that is transforming the nature of fame. By Dean Kissick

M.I.A's campaign to help greenwash H&M is a catastrophe. Edward Snowden is collaborating with Jean-Michel Jarre on a techno track. Lady Gaga visited Assange when he was first on the lam. All of this is totally horrible and wrong. Dean Kissick explains why and asks: How powerful is soft power? And what does it mean to be "radical chic" today?

 The Vision of Tondal                                Hieronymus Bosch (attributed)

The Vision of Tondal                                Hieronymus Bosch (attributed)

Hieronymus Bosch's work hasn't just withstood the test of time; his paintings and illustrations currently on display at the Noordbranants Museum emerge from the archive with uncanny contemporaneity. Los Angeles based writer Dean Kissick puts Bosch's 500 year old esoterica into dialogue with a variety of images circulating our modern visual economy.

Nathan Fielder

Dean Kissick discusses the shifting value of the term “artist” in our current state of global affairs and the complicity between Comedien Nathan Fielder and political figures from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin.

 Beauty and the Beast , 1991,   film still 

Beauty and the Beast, 1991, film still 

If 72% of 18 to 25-year-olds say they can express their feelings better though using emojis than words what does that mean for the future of written language? Dean Kissick discuses Starbucks conspiracy theories, ordering Domino’s pizza and if heartbreak can be conveyed by pictures of anthropomorphic food.

 Photo: G etty Images

Photo: Getty Images

The buzz in the build-up had all been about Caitlyn Jenner — attending, or possibly walking the catwalk. In the end she didn't come to the show — this Givenchy show, where fashion and art would celebrate their latest reunion. The BFF‘s Marina Abramović and designer Ricardo Tisci constructed a favela-inspired setting to combine runway show and art performance. Our writer Dean Kissick was not amused.

De-evolution against the existential terror of everyday life is still trending. The designer Thomas Thwaites commissioned a set of special prosthetics and decided to spend a couple of days living as a goat. His experiment makes Dean Kissick think about modern communication, the Paleo diet, ancient satyrs, and Miley Cyrus.

 Still from Rihanna’s intentionally controversial video “BBHMM”

Still from Rihanna’s intentionally controversial video “BBHMM”

From Donald Trump to Rihanna, True Detective, and 50 Cent: this summer a new theatricality has become evident in American culture. The congruence of camp and violence has given us Young Thug, a rapper who calls his guns “dicks” for reasons nobody knows.

 Juergen Teller / System

Juergen Teller / System

Of course you've already seen the pictures Juergen Teller took of himself with the rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian, the Inventress of Selfie. Our author explains why it takes an age of the grotesque to make Kim's posterior into a work of art.