CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds in the letterpress studio.

CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds in the letterpress studio.

For this installment of Shoptalk, Spike sat down with Corina Reynolds, the Executive Director of Center for Book Arts, who aims to make hands-on experiences with book arts accessible to us all. 

 Friederike Mayröcker in her apartment, September 2019

Friederike Mayröcker in her apartment, September 2019

Photo: Edith Schreiber

The Austrian writer Friederike Mayröcker, born in 1924, and sadly passed away today (4 June), has written dozens of highly acclaimed books of poetry and prose. Her works are occasionally accompanied by her own drawings, sketches of floating figures with handwritten captions. The following excerpts are from a series of conversations between Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Sarah Ortmeyer, and Friederike Mayröcker, who drew as they talked about her writing routine and the price of a life dedicated to literature.

 Minsk Protets, 2020

Minsk Protests, 2020

A postcard from Minsk by artist and publisher of pARTisan magazine Artur Klinau

Jana Euler, international dance 1000 pieces, 2021

Jana Euler’s new edition for Spike

 Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

This May, Dean Kissick goes to Frieze, rolls his eyes at the Turner Prize shortlist, and sees New York opening up again.

 Pencil/Line/Eraser,  John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

Pencil/Line/Eraser, John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

The Daata fair is here again, but pay attention, the offerings are not for the easily distracted. From formalist experiments to fictional journeys through a painted forest to pranks with a potent political message, the works on offer this year are only up for a few more days.

 Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories , 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories, 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

At Beijing Gallery Weekend, smaller off-spaces and well-established non-profit institutions like UCCA, M Woods, and Beijing Inside-Out alike showcased the enthusiasm, energy, and drive of this propitious endeavour.

 Manfred Pernice, Baum , 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Manfred Pernice, Baum, 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Spike editors Colin Lang and Alexandra Germer went 50/50 on Berlin Gallery Weekend, traversing the city in pursuit of art and optimism.

 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani,  LIFE-WELL,  2013, installation, fog, 5-channel audio, LED light, motorized mirror, camera. Original Development: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

View of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, LIFE-WELL, 2013, fog, 5-channel audio, LED light, motorised mirror, camera at M Woods (Original Development: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media). 

A construction worker plunged to his death in early March while installing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest exhibition on the roof of the M Woods Museum in Beijing. Spike Contributing Editor Jaime Chu on the aftermath. 

 Duccio di Buoninsegna,  The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain , 1308–11

Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain, 1308–11

Dean Kissick goes to the Frick Madison on a beautiful spring day.

 Fire , 2021, Oil on canvas, 177 x 213 cm All images courtesy White Cube

Fire, 2021, Oil on canvas, 177 x 213 cm

All images courtesy White Cube

Margaux Williamson at White Cube, London