Rita McBrideDavid Gray


Book, 11.3 x 17.8 cm, 157 p, language: English, publisher: Printed Matter, Whitney Museum of American Art, Arsenal Pulp Press, ISBN: 9781551521985.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/227).

Literary synopsis

Myways is the fourth and final book in the Ways series, by visual artist Rita McBride. Myways takes on the genre of self-help in this collection of “columns” by Gina Ashcraft, an art magazine “advice columnist”. It is a funny guide to art and life that pokes fun at our grandest institutions. (Authors of the texts include: Lawrence Bailey, Jay Battle, Mary Caponegro, Erin Cosgrove, Christina Gómez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer, Matthew Geller, David Gray, Pablo Helguera, Michele Hierholzer, Philippine Hoegen, Diana Kingsley, Matthew Licht, Rita McBride, Willem Ooerbeek, Jackson Perry, R.H. Quaytman, Kimberly Sexton, Gordon Tapper, Erica Van Horn, Marcel Vos.)

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Rita McBride: Double to Watch, Triple to Help was the title of an exhibition by Rita McBride at Alexander and Bonin Gallery, in New York. To coincide with the show, the artist published Myways. With contributions from nearly two dozen artists, writers, and curators, the book, a compilation of advice columns by fictional artist Gina Ashcraft, is linked only tenuously to the works on display at Alexander and Bonin, but possesses all the humor and ambiguity one would have liked to encounter in the gallery.

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