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The Artist’s Library: Matthew Day Jackson on J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’
In this installment of ‘The Artist’s Library,’ a recurring series in ‘Ursula’ in which writer and editor Sarah Blakley-Cartwright speaks with...
Richard Jackson’s ‘Painted Monograph’
In 1977, Richard Jackson photographed a stack of books. The wide breadth of topics—from Oskar Schlemmer to Anaïs Nin, African tribal sculpture to...
The Artist’s Library: Anj Smith on Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Speak Memory’
For the first installment of ‘The Artist’s Library,’ a new ‘Ursula’ series in which writer and editor Sarah Blakley-Cartwright will talk to...
Book Table: Pacific & Cassandra Press
Twice a year—April in Los Angeles and September in New York—artists, publishers, zine-makers, and antiquarians gather for Printed Matter’s Art...
Art House: Revisiting ‘The All Night Movie’
More than a run-of-the-mill memoir or a straightforward exhibition catalog, Mary Heilmann’s revered 1999 artist’s book ‘The All Night Movie’ is an...
A Few Good Books
For the confirmed bibliophile, there are few joys more pure than cracking open a box containing a book—a new book, a rare book, even a dog-eared...
‘Island Zombie: Iceland Writings’ by Roni Horn
On the occasion of Horn’s latest publication, a collection of the artist’s writings about a lifelong love of Iceland, Ursula magazine is proud to...
Exploring the Archive: Finding Geta Brătescu’s Magic Form
‘Of course, in so many years, every human gesture has its own history. My history is the permanent continuity, from child to the present day, in...
Reading Maria Lassnig’s Letters
We invited eight artists, writers and actors to read selected letters from the book ‘Maria Lassnig. Letters to Hans Ulrich Obrist’, which contains...
I Am Spirit: Reading Jack Whitten
Widely celebrated for his experimental approach to painting, Jack Whitten often turned to writing as a way to investigate, understand, and grapple...
Inside Zeng Fanzhi’s Beijing Studio
Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi investigates the possibilities of painting in the contemporary era. Working across diverse modes of representation and...
Five Best Books by Artists
From her office in the Zurich headquarters of Hauser & Wirth Publishers, the imprint’s director Michaela Unterdörfer speaks to Romas Viesulas...
Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971
I’ve found no better word than resilience to describe that particular year in my father’s work and life, and indeed to characterize his entire...
Stream: The Possibilities of Black and White
A stone sits on a long roll of white paper unfurled on the ground. Hanging above it is a canvas sack full of water. Matsutani enters with slow,...
Big Ideas: Richard Jackson on His Early Years in Pasadena, 1968–93
Whether smeared on walls or stacked face-to-face, it’s often the backs and sides of paintings that greet the viewer of Richard Jackson’s works. In...
Exploring the Archive: on Lygia Pape
Making Worlds, Fare Mondi, Bantin Duniyan, Weltenmachen, Construire des Mondes, Fazer Mundos … our title for the 53rd Venice Biennale, with all...
Notebook: Two Poems by Anna Maria Maiolino
The Brazilian artist recorded these thoughts while in New York City with her husband and two children beginning in the late 1960s, isolated in a...
Exploring the Archive: Helen Molesworth on Joan Mitchell
In a photograph dated ca. 1962, Joan Mitchell gazes directly at the photographer. Her expression is not quite legible, but her eyes hold you with...
Exploring the Archive: Pipilotti Rist on Nam June Paik
With a glimpse into the exhibition taking over an empty industrial space in Zurich, the glossy dustcover of ‘Nam June Paik: Jardin Illuminé’...
Alina Szapocznikow’s Radical Instability
In March 1972, one year before her untimely death at the age of forty-seven, artist Alina Szapocznikow composed a typewritten text, which is now...
Not Vital: Poetry, Unique and Intense
Not Vital coined the word SCARCH, a portmanteau word, to describe his works between sculpture and architecture. They are conceived and executed...
Exploring the Archive: Two Works by Mary Heilmann
‘It’s funny that you can get such a lot of powerful juice out of such an old, used form, but it is amazing that you can.’ Mary Heilmann is...
Dieter Roth: Collected Interviews
The oeuvre of Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998) encompasses painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film, video, music, typography, design,...
A Love Supreme: Charles Gaines and Trees
‘Charles Gaines: Palm Trees and Other Works’, published alongside the artist's 2019–20 exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, charts the...
Network of Stoppages: After half a century, ‘Marcel Duchamp’ (1959) reappears in English
In the spring of 1936, a young French art historian named Robert Lebel walked into the Madison Avenue gallery of Alfred Stieglitz in New York, not...
Atelier Dyakova on Calder Book Design
Alexander Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his...
Christina Quarles on Mike Kelley
'Timeless Painting', our exhibition dedicated to Mike Kelley and organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, is...
Piero Manzoni: Free Dimension
In addition to a rich body of works, Piero Manzoni left a trove of writings which are translated into English for the first time or newly...
Eva Hesse’s Woodstock Paintings
In the summer of 1969 Eva Hesse came to Woodstock, New York, with a small suitcase and a substantial box of drawing materials. The box was a green...
Ursula Hauser on encounters with artists and collecting
Ursula Hauser’s interest in art and collecting goes back to the 1950s, when she acquired her ﬁrst sculpture while still a young woman in training,...