Dean Kissick

 Artwork by Ed Fornieles showing Amalia, Dean and Ed passing through New York on their way to Los Angeles four years ago

Artwork by Ed Fornieles showing Amalia, Dean and Ed passing through New York on their way to Los Angeles four years ago

DEAN KISSICK on what he has learnt from the greatest city in the world

 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

 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

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

Lara Schnitger, 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

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? 

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

 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.

Beau Dick
22 masks from the series Atlakim (1990-2012)
Photo: Mathias Völzke

Michel Auder
Gulf War TV War (1991, edited 2007)

Edi Hila
Comers (2016-17)
Photo: Mathias Völzke

 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.

Tarek Atoui / Sonic Therapy Sessions
Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and Ione
Documentation shot, Bergen Assembly 2016
Sentralbadet, Bergen

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

Tarek Atoui
Sound Massage Workshop with Thierry Madiot at Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

Lynda Benglis
Primary Structures (Paula’s Props), 1975
Installation view (KODE 4), Bergen Assembly 2016

Photo: Thor Brødreskift. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

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

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?

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.

 Marina Abramović, Crystal Cinema

Marina Abramović, Crystal Cinema

 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.

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.