August 29 2014

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When most premature “obituaries” of Kate Moss (this was post-drug allegations, back when it looked like her career was in permanent nosedive) took the form of “Kate Blows” T-shirts, British-born artist Adam McEwen brilliantly skewered our mean-spirited fixation on watching stars fall from the limelight by writing a New York Times-style obituary of Moss for the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Now McEwen, who read English lit at Oxford, cues up feelings of schadenfreude over today’s technology-induced epidemic of flagging language skills. At Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, which brings the spirit of the East Village to the Hamptons, McEwen presents a series of haiku messages, written like texts. Sparky, smart and sharp, these little missives might be missing punctuation and conventional spellings, but their gritty articulate observations and clever wording remind us that good writing, like Ms. Moss’s eternal allure, will never die. “Adam McEwen: Chicken or Beef” opens tomorrow, August 8.

Photo: Adam McEwen, courtesy of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Dept. of Culture