What has the Goldsmiths CCA director Sarah McCrory been reading this year?

Sarah McCrory

“I like artist interviews, which cut through much art-speak bluster”

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World (2020) by Layla F. Saad; The Fire Next Time (1963) by James Baldwin; and The Good Immigrant (2016) by Nikesh Shukla

“For many people, lockdown didnt make reading a breeze, and I felt the same. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, I have been reading a lot of the useful suggestions shared online. I read Layla F. Saads Me and White Supremacy, and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, and picked through parts of The Good Immigrant, a series of 21 perspectives on the deeply ingrained racist attitudes in the UK.”

Mohamed Bourouissa (2017) by Mohamed Bourouissa and Mapa: The Airmail Paintings of Eugenio Dittborn 1984-1992 (1993) by Eugenio Dittborn et al.

I have been reading the monographs of [Goldsmiths CCAs] forthcoming artistsincluding an eponymous publication on Mohamed Bourouissa, and Mapa: The Airmail Paintings of Eugenio Dittborn 19841992, who we are extremely pleased to be showing in summer 2021.”

The Kitchen Table (2018) by Eugenia P. Butler

“I like artist interviews, which cut through much art-speak bluster. I loved The Kitchen Table by Eugenia Butler, a book arising from a project in 1993. Butler hosted [26 meals] and recorded the conversations. It was, as she says, conversations as works of art. The project, transcribed by Leila Hamidi, and published by The Box gallery in LA, was finished 25 years after the event. It includes conversations with artists like Joan Jonas, Allan Kaprow and Suzanne Lacy, and other social activists, architects and writers. Interviews are a perfect format to dip into during lockdown when perhaps, more than usual, the mind may regularly wander.”

Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus (2019) by Fiona McCarthy

“I am reading Fiona McCarthys biography of Walter Gropius. After some time in London, Gropius described England as an a-cultural country and later mentioned that the fundamentally conservative nature of the British meant that they couldnt appreciate anything new.”

March Violets: A Bernie Gunther Novel (2004) by Philip Kerr

“I like crime fiction, but sadly its mostly all terrible. Im on an ongoing quest to find goRead More – Source