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Erika Doss’s Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Religion

Through case studies investigating the role of religion in the lives and works of four 20th century American artists—Joseph Cornell, Mark Tobey, Agnes Pelton, and Andy Warhol—and through a short closing chapter discussing Christian imagery in more recent art, Doss demonstrates how reductive this dismissal of spirituality really is.

Mahmoud Khaled’s Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost It

Both a record and an art object, it reveals the intimate contents of this lost mobile phone. Flipping through the book’s unnumbered pages echoes the unnerving and voyeuristic sensation of scrolling, uninvited, through someone else’s camera reel.

Ernest Cole’s House of Bondage

The reissue considers how the photographs function rhetorically outside of the site of the photobook. The resulting approach recontextualizes the work for contemporary audiences, and it conceptualizes the photographs as images that defy the prescribed categorical prisms of forensic documentary photography.

Steffani Jemison’s A Rock, A River, A Street

Reading A Rock, A River, A Street is like finding a way through an enigmatic moment of performance: the body is the thing that connects feelings and experiences, moves us through them. It is a train of thought, a largely unvoiced internal monologue to which we are given partial access.


The Brooklyn Rail

MARCH 2023

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