Dean Kissick

 Montez Press Radio photographed by Taylor Ervin

Montez Press Radio photographed by Taylor Ervin

A love letter to Montez Press Radio from Dean Kissick

 Maurizio Cattelan,  Comedian , 2019

Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian, 2019

This month Dean Kissick watches Maurizio Cattelan’s banana spiralling out of control.

   Josephine Pryde 's Sorry Not Sorry, 2016 “Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery” 

Josephine Pryde, Sorry Not Sorry, 2016
Photo: Stefan Korte, Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery 

DEAN KISSICK reads Natasha Stagg’s new essay collection Sleeveless and Fiona Duncan’s debut novel Exquisite Mariposa and begins to understand the 2010s.

 Film Still from the Gucci Cruise 2020 video campaign

Film Still from the Gucci Cruise 2020 video campaign

Gucci’s new Cruise campaign, directed by Harmony Korine and Alessandro Michele, stars rapper Gucci Mane. Gucci Mane’s new album cover, shot by Harmony Korine and Alessandro Michele, stars Gucci. Pop continues to eat itself. Nothing means anything here, in the twilight of the 2010s.

Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE

Dean Kissick on Jeremy Shaw’s Liminals (2017)

 Greta’s sailboat

Greta’s sailboat

Dean swims in the magic river. There’s a death on the island. And a visitor sails into the harbour.

 Hanuman Revealing Rama and Sita in his Heart, 

Hanuman Revealing Rama and Sita in his Heart, unknown artist, ca. 1865, Victoria and Albert Museum

This month, Dean discusses the embryonic monkey-human chimeras created by geneticists in California. It’s time to think again of what else we could be.

 Bonfire, Olsok St Olav's Day, Skjolden

Bonfire, Olsok St Olav's Day, Skjolden

This month Dean Kissick goes to the Norwegian countryside, contemplates Ludwig Wittgenstein’s retreat from society and sees art’s return to its pagan origins in artist Marianne Heske’s latest project

 Cruising Pavilion at Ludlow 38, New York City

Cruising Pavilion at Ludlow 38, New York City

Cruising Pavilion make shows exploring the architectural aspects of cruising culture. They’re interested in widening the definition of “cruising” to mean more than just gay men looking for sex with strangers in public spaces. By Dean Kissick

 Salvator Mundi  auction at Christie's New York in 2017

Salvator Mundi auction at Christie's New York in 2017

 Alia Farid At The Time of Ebb , 2019

Alia Farid
At The Time of the Ebb, 2019

DEAN KISSICK went to the United Arab Emirates to visit Sharjah Biennial 14

 The house in the Hudson Valley

The house in the Hudson Valley

DEAN KISSICK investigates what’s going on in Goshen, New York

 _______INSERT_______David O'Reilly Eye of the Dream  (2018)

David O'Reilly
Eye of the Dream (2018)

DEAN KISSICK visits the sixth Guangzhou Triennial, “As We May Think: Feedforward”, curated by Angelique Spaninks, Zhang Ga and Philipp Ziegler.

 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, (Installation view)  Virtual reality headsets, high-definition video, color, Sound; 2:25 min.  2017 Whitney Biennial ( March 17-June 11, 2017).  Collection of the artist; courtesy David Zwirner, New York, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. 

Photograph: Bill Orcutt

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.