The Transversality of Gregory de la Haba
The Future of Art & Myth are Upon Us
In The Transversality of Gregory de la Haba: The Future of Art and Myth are Upon Us, acclaimed critical theorist Bryan Reynolds situates the oeuvre of iconic New York multimedia artist Gregory de la Haba within and beyond the dynamic history of structural anthropology, myth theory, and post-structuralist philosophy. Reynolds demonstrates, à la the radical thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, how de la Haba performs Claude Levi-Strauss’ theory of the bricoleur – an ingenious craftsman who fabricates wonders from everyday materials – to the tune of Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of deconstruction – which highlights the arbitrary yet nevertheless emergent quality of wonder – to create a myth-making body of work that offers a profoundly ironic critique of the state of humanity even while it reminds us of the liberatory, generative, and metamorphic powers of artistic expression.
A Journey to Montauk, Elsewhere, and Back
A journey to Montauk, elsewhere and back through the eyes of an artist.
Part one of Gregory's journey as an artist.
"I don't recall the last book I read continually, maybe because they've all been dry nonfiction, as opposed to what Gregory de la Haba has done with Curriculum Vitae. Aside from What Happens Next in the life of a memoirist (wanting to know), I have to be surprised, at least once a page or so, by the language, meaning, I have to be thinking 'I didn't see THAT coming...' then this follows: 'but somehow it's just right-perfect' in nuance. This way each vignette becomes a story with an ending and ENDINGS ARE EVERYTHING. No ending, no story. Period. Apart from being an incredible artist, Mr. de la Haba is a natural writer and storyteller. Anyway, a great service has been done, but only for those who love life... no wait, not necessarily that.... but a service to those who have an intense INTEREST in it... it.... it's doings, the cause and effect of it."
-Allan Weisbecker, author of Cosmic Banditos and In Search of Captain Zero
The 1980s Art Scene in New York
Insider snapshots of the city's thriving downtown culture, with Quentin Crisp, Keith Haring, Kiki Smith and more, with an intro by Gregory.
The 1980s in New York were full of contradictions and polarities: on the one hand, the city was marked by high crime and the AIDS crisis; on the other hand, the economy was booming, allowing those who profited to live decadently. Artists and cultural workers were attracted to this city of contrasts, and dealt critically with issues such as politics and gentrification, while also enjoying a hedonistic lifestyle. Photographer Tom Warren (born 1954) was a significant part of the New York art scene, gaining notoriety for his artistic repurposing of vacant spaces in the East Village. This monograph showcases his photographs from this period, with images of Barry Blinderman, Cornelius Conboy, Quentin Crisp, Luis Frangella, Keith Haring, Pat Hearn, Marilyn Minter, Lady Pink, Rene Ricard, Judy Rifka, Sandra Seymour, Kiki Smith, Hannah Wilke, David Wojnarowicz and more.
The Life of Peter Beard
By Graham Boynton
Gregory's time spent with Peter is covered in Graham's new book. Get your copy now! :)