About The Book
American painter Ross Bleckner (born 1949) has long been an avid reader of The New York Times, with decades’ worth of clippings from the paper to prove it. In this artist’s book, Bleckner has now orchestrated his archive into a beautifully printed “homage to print media” (as he described it on The Martha Stewart Show, where this volume was prominently previewed). My Life in The New York Times constitutes a kind of collaged media commonplace book, compiling fragments of advice, wisdom and comment, sequenced into a loose narrative based on the cycle of life, from childhood and school to career and ultimately death, with attendant themes of ambition, success, disappointment and tenacity tackled en route. Details such as scotch tape bleeding through the paper are lovingly reproduced here, projecting a charming mortality of materials amid the poignancy of the thoughts Bleckner gathers. This volume is available in a limited edition of 500 copies.
About The Author
ROSS BLECKNER is an American artist and the current goodwill ambassador to the United Nations. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum had a major retrospective of his works in 1995, summarizing two decades of solo shows at internationally acclaimed exhibition venues such as SFMoMA, Contemporary Arts Museum, Stockholm Moderna Museet, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Works by Bleckner are also held in esteemed public collections throughout the world, including MoMA, MoCA, Astrup Fearnley, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Not only has Bleckner had a profound impact on the New York art world, his philanthropic efforts have enabled many community organizations to perform their vital work. He lives in New York City.