November 2011

Culture(d)—November 2011

edited by MAYER RUS


No one can forget the late, great Andréas Voutsinas as Carmen Ghia in The Producers proclaiming, “White, white, white is the color of our carpets!” Linda O’Keeffe, former creative director of Metropolitan Home, delivers a gorgeous paean to the noncolor color in Brilliant: White in Design (Monacelli Press). More than just a compendium of stunning images, the book delves into the metaphysical, spiritual and philosophical aspects of white as it is manifested in architecture, design and art across the globe. The photography is as intoxicating as the text is engrossing. Brilliant, indeed.


The dissemination of ideas has been hastened exponentially by bloggers and online communities, but there’s still something intangible about the Internet. Hoping to bridge that gap is Quarterly Co., whose founder, Zach Frechette, “wants to capture the magic and excitement of getting something personal in the mail.” Subscribers can peruse a gallery of tastemakers—including Brooklyn Super-hero Supply Co. and Atlantic magazine editor Alexis Madrigal—and receive a curated gift quarterly from a culture maven of their choosing. Most subscriptions are $25.


Return of the Repressed relives the birth and evolution of the experimental Michigan-based art-music-film collaborative Destroy All Monsters, composed of provocateurs Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Niagara and Cary Loren from 1973 to 1977. Nov. 19–Jan. 7. Prism Gallery,


New York–based British artist Adam McEwen, whose oeuvre includes fictional newspaper obituaries of living celebrities and penetrating, darkly humorous text paintings, presents his first solo show in Los Angeles. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Nov. 11–Dec. 23. Gagosian Gallery,

White Pages: Edward Hendricks / Courtesy Ministry of Design
Monster Bash: Courtesy Destroy All Monters and PRISM
Strangely Familiar: Emma Cole / Courtesy Gagosian Gallery