Brian O’Doherty: The Crossdresser’s Secret—New York launch

Brian O’Doherty: The Crossdresser’s Secret—New York launch

Sternberg Press

April 10, 2014

Brian O’Doherty
The Crossdresser’s Secret book launch

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 4pm

Simone Subal Gallery
131 Bowery, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10002 

Sternberg Press is pleased to announce the publication of Brian O’Doherty’s new novel The Crossdresser’s Secret

One of the eighteenth century’s most mysterious figures was the Chevalier d’Eon, who lived as both man and woman, French spy and European celebrity. Written from the perspective of this historical figure, the novel by Brian O’Doherty—artist and author of, among others, the critical milestone Inside the White Cube and the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Deposition of Father McGreevy—reveals d’Eon’s radical modernity, certified by his attitudes to gender and his examination of his own nature. He ponders the social determinants of sexual identity and studies the manners and conventions governing discourse between the sexes. At the same time, as diplomat and spy, he is involved in the power politics of nations. 

O’Doherty will read from his novel on the closing weekend of his two-venue solo exhibition Connecting the… at P! and Simone Subal Gallery.

Brian O’Doherty
The Crossdresser’s Secret
13 x 19.8 cm, 496 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-96-2

Other recently published Sternberg Press titles include:

Kim Gordon
Is It My Body?
Selected Texts

Edited by Branden W. Joseph
Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, Kim Gordon—widely known as a founding member of the influential band Sonic Youth—produced a series of writings on art and music. Ranging from neo-Conceptual artworks to broader forms of cultural criticism, these rare texts are brought together in this volume for the first time, placing Gordon’s writing within the context of the artist-critics of her generation, including Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Dan Graham. 
12 x 19 cm, 182 pages, 36 b/w ills., softcover with dust jacket
ISBN 978-3-95679-038-6

Hans Ulrich Obrist
Sharp Tongues, Loose Lips, Open Eyes, Ears to the Ground
Edited by April Lamm
Introduction by Paul Chan, afterword by Etel Adnan, ode by Olafur Eliasson
The collected essays presented here form the compartments of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s curatorial toolbox, along with elucidating his views on stewardship, patronage, and art itself. Influences and interlocutors cited and discussed here include, among others, Alexander Dorner, Édouard Glissant, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean-François Lyotard, Dominique de Menil, Josef Ortner, Cedric Price, Sir John Soane, and Harald Szeemann.
12.8 x 19.8 cm, 172 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-95-5

Brian Dillon
Objects in This Mirror
Dillon’s collection of essays rewardingly navigates such diverse subjects as the writings of W. G. Sebald and Roland Barthes to the history of cravat-tying manuals and the search for a cure to the common cold. Staying true to the idea of the essay as a self-aware but generous literary and critical form, this book explores the variety of topics corralled in recent years under the rubric of art writing or criticism. 
12 x 19 cm, 372 pages, 25 b/w ills., softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-79-5

Martin Herbert
The Uncertainty Principle
Within the realm of science, the uncertainty principle speaks of the fundamental limits of knowledge and measurement vis-à-vis the external world, and how the very act of seeing alters what is seen. Herbert’s collection of essays reveals layers of unknowing and open-endedness within a diversity of contemporary art practices since the 1970s, including the art of Duncan Campbell, Marlene Dumas, Victor Man, John Stezaker, and Rebecca Warren.
13 x 21 cm, 184 pages, 38 b/w ills., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-001-0

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