Morgan Bassichis's The Odd Years

December 2020

The Odd Years (Wendy’s Subway), by Morgan Bassichis, is among my favorite books of the year. Is it poetry, comedy, a book of to-do lists? Yes! It is also a historically important artist’s book that I place in a lineage with Ed Ruscha’s A Few Palm Trees (1971), Lawrence Weiner’s Works (1977), Martha Rosler’s Service: A Trilogy on Colonization (1978), and Glenn Ligon’s A People on the Cover (2015), as well as canonical pieces of Conceptual art such as Lee Lozano’s language pieces and Hanne Darboven’s calendars, marked with her distinctive spirals. The Odd Years is a collection of weekly to-do lists scrawled on found pieces of paper or on the title and index pages of books. Each list is beautifully scanned and all are bound together in one purple hardcover volume. A Conceptual art book for our time, The Odd Years combines Conceptualism’s protocols with the anxiety of the absurdly

— Gregg Bordowitz

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