Spike Island

Summer 2013 Exhibitions Reading List

We like to ask the artists who exhibit at Spike Island to share with us and our visitors the books and other texts that have influenced them and their work. 

Relating to their summer 2013 exhibitions, Material Evidence and If Not Always Permanently, Memorably, Melissa Gordon and James Richards have both offered a rich collection of varied sources, ranging from poetry and plays to artists' books and theoretical texts. 

Melissa Gordon, Material Evidence

  • Edward Albee Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • David Batchelor Chromophobia

  • Yve-Alain Bois Painting as Model

  • e.e. cummings Is 5 

  • Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt (eds.) PERSONA 

  • Donald Judd ‘Specific Objects’

  • Chris Kraus Summer of Hate

  • Lucy Lippard Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972

  • Mina Loy Collision

  • Rita McBride Naked Came The ****

  • Cady Noland Towards a Metalanguage of Evil

  • Willem Oorebeek Monolith

  • Grace Paley The Little Disturbances of Man

  • Josh Smith and Christopher Wool can your monkey do the dog

  • Hito Steyerl ‘The Spam of the Earth: Withdrawal from Representation’

If Not Always Permanently, Memorably, curated by James Richards

  • Greg Bordowitz General Idea (One Work)

  • Robert Gober The Meat Wagon

  • Dave Hickey and Susan Tallman The Collections of Barbara Bloom

  • James Merrill The Changing Light at Sandover

  • Eileen Myles The Importance of Being Iceland

  • Henrik Olesen How Do I Make Myself a Body?

  • Camille Paglia Vamps and Tramps

  • Steve Reinke’s website

  • Edmund White My Lives