Archive of Leighann Morris

Leighann Morris is a London based writer, who moved to New York because blogging in London got boring. She has a degree in Art History and Visual Studies from The University of Manchester, and wrote her theses on Joseph Beuys. She spends more time on Twitter than with humans.

Leighann has written 20 article(s) for AFC.

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Nina Katchadourian’s Book-Spine Poetry

by Leighann Morris on August 1, 2012
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Artist Nina Katchadourian has mastered the art of Book-Spine Poetry. A relatively simple exercise, it works like this: take a titled book, place another titled book underneath it, and continue to do so until you make a verse that can be read from top to bottom. The result is a series of art dork in-jokes, subtle social commentaries, and witty one-liners.

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Prolific Filmmaker, Chris Marker, Dies Aged 91

by Leighann Morris on July 31, 2012
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A day after his 91st birthday, the French Ministry of Culture announced yesterday morning that pioneering filmmaker and essayist Chris Marker had passed away. His career spanned over 60 years.

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Chris Marker’s Youtube Channel

by Leighann Morris on July 30, 2012
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This morning the French Ministry of Culture announced that influential French writer, photographer, and film director Chris Marker passed away.

In his last few years of film-making, the elusive Marker posted videos on Youtube under the pseudonym “Kosinki”. We found that channel.

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How’s My Dealing Makes An Enemy

by Leighann Morris on July 25, 2012
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How’s My Dealing, the infamous blog for art-dork insiders, has a new vocal critic, Stop How’s My Dealing. Stop How’s My Dealing’s anonymous author is crying foul at the blog’s nastier anonymous commenters, and wants to do away with all the bad energy by blacklisting artist (and rumored How’s My Dealing founder) Martin Bromirski.

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Herbert Vogel, New York’s Most Loved Art Collector, Dies, Aged 89

by Leighann Morris on July 24, 2012
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Unique collector Herbert Vogel died Sunday at the age of 89 from natural causes. The most unlikely of collectors, Vogel and his wife Dorothy began their collection in the early 60s, while Herbert was a clerk for the United States Postal Service (which he remained until his retirement), and Dorothy worked at Brooklyn Public Library. With a modest combined income, the couple lived in a one-bedroom apartment in New York, surrounded by their collection of over 5,000 art works.

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The Frieze Talks Are Out and Some of Them are Good

by Leighann Morris on July 18, 2012
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The Frieze talks are finally out and available to download as podcasts. Organized thematically, the series centers on the “atlas” and the way that artists and thinkers map, organize, and describe the world. The selection includes some really boring scholars talking about vaguely interesting subjects for an hour and a half (good luck getting past 30 minutes), directors from the Whitney and MOMA reeling a load of PR bullshit about plans to renovate, and some engaging and half-relevant discussions about the Occupy movement, and artists “in conversation”.

AFC has picked out what to listen to and what to avoid, so that you don’t waste your time listening to 20 hours of recorded footage.

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Art History with Labor: Working in the Arts Sucks

by Leighann Morris on July 10, 2012
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The Bruces are at it again. This year they launched their second Brucennial and flew to Art Basel Miami to tell collectors why the institutional system is fucked. That wasn’t exactly a packed room, so now they’ve produced a video to spread the word. Art History with Labor, now on view at the Lever House and online takes “FUCK THE MAN!” to a whole new level.

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Denise René, Pioneering Parisian Gallerist, Dead at 99

by Leighann Morris on July 9, 2012
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Visionary Parisian gallerist Denise René passed away this morning after a long life in the arts. She was 99. She established her career as a gallerist in 1945 by exhibiting in Paris at a time when the German occupation had left the city almost culturally empty. René believed that abstraction could liberate art from the academic constraints of the figurative tradition, exhibiting under the principle that art must invent new paths in order to exist.

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