A Summer Chronicle, part 8. NATASHA STAGG on #paypiggies, #walletrapes, and turning the bank account into a sex organ.

 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.

 Scene from BUtterfield 8 

Scene from BUtterfield 8 (1960)

A Summer Chronicle, part 7. NATASHA STAGG writes about writing this column, and about sex.

 Hans Haacke, Germania, installation view German pavilion, 45th Venice Biennale, 1993

Hans Haacke, Germania, installation view German pavilion, 45th Venice Biennale, 1993

Where do we stand in Europe today, as it drifts further and further to the right? We asked cultural figures from four countries about the influence of the political right on the arts. By Schorsch Kamerun, Karol Radziszewski, Eva Blimlinger and Gergely Nagy

 Joan Jonas    Installation view of  Reanimation

Joan Jonas   
Installation view of Reanimation

Courtesy the Artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York: Rome. © 2018 Joan Jonas : Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York : DACS, London; Photo: Thomas Müller

By Oliver Basciano

 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

A Summer Chronicle, part 6. NATASHA STAGG on the pressure to keep up with body trends, makeup masks in the sheets, and why we need to to stop talking about going to the gym. 

   Jan Klos, The Nelson’s Head Pub , June 2014, from the series „ Pubs of East London“, 2014 –

 

Jan Klos, The Nelson’s Head Pub, June 2014, from the series „Pubs of East London“, 2014 –

Neoliberalism turned a hard-won freedom into a duty and everybody became an artist. If, in 1968, breaking with the family was a prerequisite to living as one wished, fifty years later it is back with redoubled force. Through highways and byways, we have come full circle. By Rob Horning

A Summer Chronicle, part 5. NATASHA STAGG on the conflicting worlds of the art scene and her garbage man boyfriend, and the economies of attraction between writers and fans

 Andy Warhol robot, built by Alvaro Villa and his company AVG 

Andy Warhol robot, built by Alvaro Villa and his company AVG

Photo: Time Magazine (1982)

In her very first column for Spike, ELLA PLEVIN writes about bro theorist philosopher kings and the end of the future

 Louise Bourgeois Couple  (2003) © The Easton Foundation; Foto: Andrea Rossetti

Louise Bourgeois
Couple (2003)

© The Easton Foundation; Foto: Andrea Rossetti

Von Eva Scharrer

 Mierele Laderman Ukeles Touch Sanitation Performance  (1979-1980) Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Mierele Laderman Ukeles
Touch Sanitation Performance (1979-1980)

Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

A Summer Chronicle, part 4. NATASHA STAGG writes about dating a New York City garbage man