This newest edition of Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer’s Pep Talk series compiles reading material on the NY-based art critic Rhonda Lieberman.
The Rhonda Lieberman Reader is the first collection of the author's writing--and a hefty one at that! It brings together over 82 essays, reviews, columns, and talks published or delivered between 1988 and 2016, including nearly all of her Glamour Wounds and Diaries for Artforum. Also collected are syllabi and course materials from Lieberman's time teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the '90s and new contributions including an interview, an autobiographical text, and reflections by a former student. There are illustrations of art works by Lieberman and photographs of the author and her cohort. Additional contributors include Charlie Fox, Bruce Hainley, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, and Todd Meyers.
In the glory days, Rhonda Lieberman’s “Glamour Wounds” kept me alive. And now, here in my happy hand is The Rhonda Lieberman Reader, a cordial, a nightcap, a pick-me-up, a doctorate, a masterpiece, an arcade, a laugh track, a symposium, a giddy acropolis. Vocally, she can do no wrong. She scissors capital into pieces, and makes art of the remnants, in stinging sentences that provide their own Mercurochrome. Be mirthful, Lieberman preaches. Prankster-intellect, she dispenses, heals, disrupts. She is one of the very best writers on art I have ever read, and I’m including Baudelaire. —Wayne Koestenbaum
Softcover, perfect-bound, 538 pages, illustrated. 6 inches x 8.25 inches, Pep Talk, 2018.