|Author/Contributor(s):||Najafi, Sina ; Warsza, Joanna ; Schwabsky, Barry ; Niesluchowski, Warren|
A composite portrait of a wandering dandy scholar whose life and art merged in the margins of the art world
Warren Niesluchowski (1946-2019), one of the most charismatic and eccentric figures in the art world, was at once an exhilarating conversationalist, a polymath, an attentive companion of artists, a polyglot translator, a networker without status, a walking bibliography and a dandy, to name a few. From 2003 till the end of his life, he had no home of his own, instead traveling from city to city to live as the guest of others. He lived--as he himself used to say, paraphrasing Duchamp and Derrida--the life of a "guest, host, ghost."This publication focuses on Niesluchowski's homeless years, and features his email correspondence with close friends, many of whom are remarkable artists and intellectuals; artworks made about, or in partnership with, Niesluchowski; and documentation of his travels. This material offers a complex picture of a radical, transcultural existence, with contributions from Barry Schwabsky and Carol Szymanski, Bettina Funcke, Joan Jonas, Michael Taussig, Raymond Pettibon, Rebecca Quaytman and many more.