Dean Kissick

 Pieter Schoolwerth,  Shifted Sims #13 (Covid-19 Expansion Pack) , 2020.

Pieter Schoolwerth, Shifted Sims #13 (Covid-19 Expansion Pack), 2020. Petzel Gallery, New York.

It’s fall so Dean Kissick goes on a gallery tour of Manhattan.

 Composite photo of swifts in flight in late summer

Composite photo of swifts in flight in late summer

DEAN KISSICK’s latest column is an ode to the coming fall, where New York is struggles to bring normalcy back into play. But when was New York ever normal?  

DEAN KISSICK takes us through the troubled beginnings of the 2020s, charting his own history in New York, and the timeline of events of the previous decade that brought us here. Writing is the best cure for amnesia. 

Collier Schorr, Arrangement #12 (Blumen), 2008

Archival pigment print, 98 x 79 cm

By Dean Kissick

DEAN KISSICK was in New York when America rose up, and managed to both document and celebrate the protests that followed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the police.

 Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft , 1660-1661 Oil on Canvas. 96.5 cm × 115.7 cm

Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft, 1660-1661

Oil on Canvas. 96.5 cm × 115.7 cm

DEAN KISSICK is in search of lost rays of the sun, in paintings. There is a certain kind of light, and it still seems to show on Proust, Vermeer, and kitties?

DEAN KISSICK writes from New York and the heart of the global pandemic. Nothing Dean or any of his friends say is medical advice.

 Guggenheim Museum, New York, Countryside: the Future

Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, “Countryside, the Future”, Guggenheim Museum, New York

The countryside is synonymous with the desires for escape, health, self-sustainability, and many other things that might well describe the current mood under the threat of corona. DEAN KISSICK weighs in on one exhibition that presents the nether reaches as just that: somewhere far away. 

Jutta Koether at Artists Space

With the dawn of a new decade comes the possibility that all could start over, be good again. DEAN KISSICK takes us on a journey in search of exhiliration in art, theatre, and elsewhere. Follow his trek from Mexico to New York, out of the glum and into glam and glee.

Salvage Art Institute, SAI 0015: materials: aluminium, porcelain; size 10 x 10 cm; damage: 12/24/2008, shattered in fall; claim 05/11/2009; total loss: 05/20/2009; production: 1995; artist: Jeff Koons; title: Red Ballon Dog Ed. 51/66

Photo: Salvage Art Institute  

Dean Kissick on art and autofiction

 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

 Montez Press Radio photographed by Taylor Ervin

Montez Press Radio photographed by Taylor Ervin

A love letter to Montez Press Radio from Dean Kissick

 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