Publications

2020
Simmons, William J., Sally Mann. “Portfolio by Sally Mann.” BOMB Magazine, 2020. Link to portfolioAbstract
Excerpt: I recall these art historical obsessions with negation in order to frame Sally Mann’s own absences, which I will present unceremoniously and unpoetically as a list. She is absent from conventional, academic art histories, which resent her for eluding appropriation, for being a photographer and not an artist-using-photography, for intersecting with the popular imagination, and for sidelining academic discourse in her writings in favor of the poetic. Relatedly and always surprisingly, she is largely absent from feminist art histories, save a smattering of essays, such as those by Anne Higonnet (2001), Jennifer Friedlander (2008), and Claire Raymond (2017). Finally, she is absent from queer histories of censorship and the Culture Wars, with Robert Mapplethorpe and all his cold and careless handsomeness dominating that discussion at the expense of others, like Mann, the Guerrilla Girls, and Judy Chicago—each of whom faced censorship in the same period. 
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Simmons, William J.Love and the Paraliterary: On Barbara Kruger's Picture/Readings.” Flash Art, 2020, 329. barbara_kruger_flash_art_2020.pdf
Simmons, William J.Conversation with Monica Majoli.” Artillery Magazine, 2020. Link to interview
2019
Simmons, William J.Review of Nicolas Winding Refn's Too Old to Die Young.” Flash Art , 2019, 327. Link to review review_nicolas_winding_refns_too_old_to.pdf
Deitch, Jeffrey, ed.Jordan Casteel by William J. Simmons.” In Unrealism: New Figurative Painting. London: Rizzoli, 2019. Link to the book jordan_casteel_william_j_simmons_from_unrealism.pdf
Elizabeth Orr: A Gorgeous Profile.” La Kaje Gallery, 2019. orr_willjsimmons_lakaje_text.pdf
Simmons, William J.Portfolio with Eve Fowler.” BOMB Magazine, 2019. Link to BOMB portfolio_by_eve_fowler_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.On Affect and Criticality in Steve McQueen’s Widows.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 59 (2019). Link to essayAbstract
This essay argues not only for the centrality of non-white emotionality to progressive film criticisms, but also for the importance of fostering a dialogue around artists of color that does not center on deconstruction or opposition.
on_affect_and_criticality_in_steve_mcqueens_widows_by_william_j._simmons.pdf
Simmons, William J.Portfolio with Collier Schorr,” 2019. BOMB Magazine portfolio_by_collier_schorr_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.Portfolio with Collier Schorr,” 2019. BOMB Magazine portfolio_by_collier_schorr_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.Interview with MUNA/Dyke Nurse.” King Kong Magazine, 2019, 8. King Kong Magazine muna.pdf
Simmons, William J.An Aesthetics of Self-Hatred.” King Kong Garçon, 2019, 2. King Kong Magazine self_hatred.pdf
Neo-Noir-Americana: On Nostalgia and Melodrama in Contemporary Culture.” In Other Words, 2019. neo-noir-americana_-_art_agency_partners.pdf
Simmons, William J.Portfolio with Math Bass.” BOMB Magazine, 2019.Abstract
Anne Carson writes: “Desires as round as peaches bloom in me all night, I no longer gather what falls.” We might never harvest Math Bass’s forms, and maybe we shouldn’t; maybe conversely we let the orchard become overrun, Gothic, a place where the fruit just serves worms and curious children. Another quote exterior to me: the Log Lady says, “My log does not judge.” One could say perhaps that the log does not interpret; the log does not tell histories, only stories. What is the difference, anyway? The log can’t or won’t tell you, for instance, if something is sufficiently ambiguous or undecidable to be considered queer. 
portfolio_math_bass_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.Jamming Opposites Together: Anna Sew Hoy Interviewed by William J. Simmons.” BOMB Magazine, 2019. jamming_opposites_together-_anna_sew_hoy_interviewed_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.History As Imitation of Life: Sherrie Levine by William J. Simmons.” BOMB Magazine, 2019. history_as_imitation_of_life-_sherrie_levine_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.Organizing Accidents: Charlotte Gainsbourg Interviewed by William J. Simmons.” BOMB Magazine, 2019. organizing_accidents-_charlotte_gainsbourg_interviewed_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.Misplaced Empathy: Amy Bessone Interviewed by William J. Simmons.” BOMB Magazine, 2019. misplaced_empathy-_amy_bessone_interviewed_-_bomb_magazine.pdf
Simmons, William J.; Paula Hayes. Paula Hayes: Lemon Tree Mind. New York: ERL Press, 2019.
Simmons, William J.A Certain Inevitability: On Alfonso Cuarón's Roma.” Flash Art, 2019. a_certain_inevitability_flash_art.pdf

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