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Steve Reinke: The Shimmering Beast


By turns funny and abstruse, The Shimmering Beast is the newest book by accomplished video artist Steve Reinke, which brings together his best pieces of prose. Hybrids of criticism, fiction, and personal essays, each chapter takes on another’s work, while reinterpreting the role of the critic—as supplicant, as cannibal, as skeptic. Reinke looks at the visual arts with a particularly literary eye, notably in his shrewd writing on Philip Hoffman’s film Kitchener—Berlin, and his subjects are diverse and fascinating. Featured artists include: filmmaker Frank Cole, video artists Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, and photographer Doug Ischar, as well as many others. Poetic, absurd, and tartly poignant, these texts record the process and reach of an artistic mind at the height of its powers.

Publisher: ‎ WhiteWalls; Canadian First edition (November 15, 2011)
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 120 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0945323212
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0945323211
Item Weight: ‎ 5.4 ounces
Dimensions: ‎ 4.75 x 0.5 x 7.25 inches

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