On Fire

On Fire
by Jonathan Griffin

96 Pages, 6 x 8 1/2 in., perfect-bound
Retail $16.00 Wholesale $9.60
ISBN 978-0-9797575-6-3
Edited by Paper Monument
Designed by Project Projects
Release date: 2/10/16

Artists’ studios have been burning down for centuries. In Paper Monument’s newest publication, On Fire, author Jonathan Griffin asked ten contemporary artists how they recovered after their studios went up in flames. Talking to them, he gained surprising insights into their working methods, their relationship to their chosen profession, and their reasons for making art.

On Fire is at once an oral history of the phenomenon of the studio fire—a catastrophic but potentially transformative event in the lives of a surprising number of artists—and a behind-the-scenes look at daily life in the artist’s studio. As Griffin writes in his introduction, “For each of these artists there was an instant when time spun on its axles, when they realized that the tiny refuge of safety and freedom that they had won for themselves was gone. It would take months and years, resources and resolve to claim it back. But in the process, something unexpected and valuable—career-altering, in many cases—was revealed to them about the stakes and the possible rewards of their lives as artists.”

On Fire includes writing on Matthew Chambers, Anthony Pearson, Christian Cummings, Catherine Howe, Erik Van Lieshout, JP Munro, William J. O’Brien, Kate Ruggeri, John Riepenhoff, and Brendan Fowler.

Jonathan Griffin is a writer, critic, editor and curator. Born and raised in London, he now lives in Los Angeles. He is a contributing editor for Frieze magazine, and has written for publications including Art Review, Apollo, The Art Newspaper, Art in America, and The Financial Times. He has contributed essays for monographs on artists including Michael E. Smith, Hernan Bas, Ross Chisholm, Annika Ström, and Eric Bainbridge. He is currently working on a biography of William Copley.

On Fire is Paper Monument’s second single-author title.

On Fire

Paper Monument at the 2015 NYABF!

Stop by to see Paper Monument this weekend at Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair , September 18th through 21th at MoMA PS1. We’re particularly excited about debuting our new poster featuring Ben Davis’ 9.5 Theses on Art and Class. Come check out it out, as well as our books, journals, and artists multiples. We’ll be sharing booth C01 on the first floor with our friends from Inventory Press.

The fair is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Paper Monument Seeks Manager

Manager, Paper Monument
Organization: Paper Monument
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Position Level: Manager/Supervisor
Education Requirement: 4-Year Degree
Position Type: Part Time Permanent

Organization Description:

Since 2007, Paper Monument, a subsidiary of the 501(c)3 n+1 Foundation, has published a contemporary art journal, a critically acclaimed and contributor-driven book series examining art world culture, and single author books of criticism and contemporary art history. Through these publications, Paper Monument seeks to provide clear and intelligent writing on the arts for a general audience, and to broaden the understanding of contemporary art.

Job Description:

The Manager of Paper Monument oversees all aspects of operation. Duties include but are not limited to:

Working closely with editors, authors, and designers to manage projects and maintain editorial vision.

Acting as liaison between editors, designers, and printers during book and journal production.

Planning events to correspond to the release and promotion of publications.

Promoting publications to journalists, critics, Paper Monument readers, and bookstores.

Maintaining a social media presence.

Updating the Paper Monument website on WordPress and managing the Paper Monument online store through PayPal.

Overseeing distribution of publications by managing sales to and maintaining good relationships with bookstores, libraries, wholesalers, distributors, and individuals. This responsibility involves creating invoices and tracking orders with Quickbooks, shipping publications, maintaining inventory, and receiving payments.

Maintaining monthly sales records and paying royalties to Paper Monument authors.

Tabling two or three trade shows a year.

Grant writing and other fundraising activities.

Providing editorial assistance on web and print publications.


An ideal candidate will have at least two years experience in arts administration and fundraising, a bachelor’s degree in an art related field, and knowledge of Quickbooks, WordPress, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign, Mail Chimp, and Paypal.

Please send letter of inquiry and CV by Monday, May 25 to info(at)papermonument.com


Dushko Petrovich and Roger White
Paper Monument
68 Jay St. #405
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Paper Monument at the L.A. Art Book Fair

Come join us at the L.A. Art Book Fair this week! We’re sharing a booth (O15) with our friends at Inventory Press. Get your copy of The Miraculous and then hear author Raphael Rubinstein read from it on Saturday afternoon. Plus: deals, deals, deals.

Paper Monument at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair
Thursday, January 29–Sunday, February 1
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Booth O15

Raphael Rubinstein reads “The Miraculous”
Saturday, January 31, 4:00–5:00 pm
The Classroom at the L.A. Art Book Fair
Gallery E



The table of contents for n+1′s newest book MFA VS NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction:

Introduction, Chad Harbach
The best way to approach this book is as a kind of jointly written novel—one whose composite hero is the fiction writer circa 2014. Her voyage is a long one, and she has her frailties: her concentration is fragile, she wakes up too late and checks her email too often, she drinks too much coffee in the morning and too much wine at night. But she is always working, working, working, trying both to pay her rent and to put the way the world feels into words.

MFA vs NYC, Chad Harbach
The university now rivals, if it hasn’t surpassed, New York as the economic center of the literary fiction world. Everyone knows this. But what’s remarked rarely if at all is the way this balance has created, in effect, two literary cultures.

A Mini-Manifesto, George Saunders
As in all things, we have to look at particulars. If someone says, “Creative writing programs are bad,” I think we’d want to ask: “Which one?” And: “When?”

The Pyramid Scheme, Eric Bennett
The Iowa Workshop, then, attained national eminence by capitalizing on the fears and hopes of the cold war. And the creative writing programs founded in Iowa’s image did not, in this respect, resemble it. No other program would be celebrated on the glossy pages of Look and Life.

The Fictional Future, David Foster Wallace
In order to remain both helpful and sane, the professional writer/teacher has got to develop, consciously or not, an aesthetic doctrine, a static set of principles about how a “good” story works. Otherwise he’d have to start from intuitive scratch with each student piece he reads, and that way the liquor cabinet lies.

My Parade, Alexander Chee
Fame seemed like a terrible, even a stupid thing to want, but it also could protect you from vanishing forever, especially if you were a gay writer, already disadvantaged when it came to publication, much less posterity.

How to Be Popular, Melissa Flashman
The praise was not enough to cut through the fizz and champagne that characterized the late stages of an asset bubble. No one wanted to hear bad news—or at least they didn’t want to use their second mortgages to pay twenty-four dollars for it in hardcover.

Into the Woods, Emily Gould
It’s hard to write about being broke because brokeness is so relative; “broke” people run the gamut from the trust-funded jerks whose books you buy because she’s “so broke right now” to the people who sleep outside the bar where she’s whining. But by summer 2012 I was broke, and in debt, and it was no one’s fault but mine.

The Disappointment Business, Jim Rutman
There’s love-love: the elusive, transfixing devotion you feel for your favorite books, regardless of when they were written or by whom. But love-love is so rare that work-love necessarily comes into play, and work-love is a slippery, contingent thing.

People Wear Khakis, Lorin Stein with Astri von Arbin Ahlander
She introduced herself as the mistress of a writer whose book I had just read. And I had never met somebody who introduced themselves as somebody’s mistress before, so I was perfectly happy to go stand in a corner with this nice middle-aged German lady.

Nine Lives, Jynne Martin
I’ve experimented with a variety of ways to get media and booksellers excited about the writers I work with. I’ve snatched up an auction lot of vintage Vegas postcards on eBay, had moonshine smuggled up from North Carolina, and bulk-ordered boxes of flapper-era black wigs. “Etsy that shit out” is gospel among my current team.

Money (2006), Keith Gessen
Poor publisher—last week he became so discombobulated by the “realities of the publishing industry” that he paid $400,000 for the first novel of a blogger. “He’ll be promoting the book on his blog!” the publisher tells his writer over seared ahi tuna. “Which, you see, is read by other bloggers!”

Money (2014), Keith Gessen
These were the times we were living in. I was on a college campus. I was a visiting professor. And I was sitting in my office, bearded and wise-looking, and, in all seriousness, discussing orcs.

Seduce the Whole World, Carla Blumenkranz
The best instructors learn to cultivate and deflect the interest of their students, and the most attentive students are able to play along, to everyone’s satisfaction. Both teachers and students create the possibility of seduction in the workshop, as a way of heightening its potential, but most often an understanding is maintained that nothing may happen between them.

Application, Diana Wagman
In retrospect, I can see we were all frightened. Not just me, not just the students, but the entire faculty. I’ve admitted I thought teaching there would help my writing career. Some better-known author would write “luminous” in a jacket blurb for me. But everybody wanted the same thing and so everyone got petty and snide.

The Invisible Vocation, Elif Batuman
The novelistic hero is by definition someone whose life experience hasn’t yet been fully described, possibly because of his race or class, but more broadly because he didn’t exist before, and neither did the technology for describing him. The latest novel is immediately absorbed into the field of pre-existing literature, and becomes the thing the next novel has to be written against.

Dirty Little Secret, Fredric Jameson
What initially looked like a “culture of narcissism” now unexpectedly begins to generate new social formations and a new kind of non-introspective literature to express them.

Reality Publishing, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
You could argue that writers’ magazines provide a substitute education for thousands of dreamers without access to writing classes or MFA programs. What you see on the magazine racks, however, is a glut of hard-sell techniques. What you see says publishing is all about Winners and Losers.

A Partial List of the Books I’ve Written, Eli S. Evans
Then I wrote a very bad novel, about 500 pages long, called Dreaming of Heidegger, that I don’t even want to talk about.

The Final Assignment Mug


Michael Smith’s Final Assignment mug

The text: Smith’s contribution to Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment, in full.
The color: white on cobalt blue.
The price: $13.00.

The occasion: the launch of our website, drawitwithyoureyesclosed.com.

The mug, perfect for artists, art educators, students, and anyone needing a pick-me-up.

Available here.


Paper Monument is headed to Los Angeles for Printed Matter’s first annual L.A. Art Book Fair. Join us February 1st through 3rd for books, ebooks, 3D iPad sculptures, and an edition by L.A.’s own Jon Pylypchuck. Look for us at booth A08 with our friends, Project Projects.

Hope to see you there!


Paper Monument rings in the holidays

When: Wednesday, November 28, 7 – 9 pm
Where: P!, 334 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Dear friends, readers, and supporters,

Please join us for a special Paper Monument party on November 28. We’re looking forward to

•Presenting recent multiples by Antoine Catala, Kerstin Braestch, and Jon Pylypchuk
•Sporting our stylish “How Artists Must Dress” tote bags, and
•Drinking hot mulled wine with all of our friends and supporters!

With your holiday gift needs in mind, we’re offering eminently stocking-stuffable items in affordable bundles. Please join us for mulled wine, conversation, and cheer! Hope to see you here.


Paper Monument

Paper Monument at the New York Art Book Fair


Dear Readers,

On September 28th through 30th, Paper Monument will share a booth with our friends, Project Projects, during Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1.

We’ll be featuring a new limited-edition art object for the iPad by Antoine Catala alongside beautiful multiples by Jon Pylypchuk and Kerstin Brätsch. We’ll be selling our books and journals as well—and even a top-secret new tote bag.

The fair is free and open to the public. Look for us at booth D04, across the hall from the first floor elevator.

Hope to see you there!

Draw It with Your Eyes Closed at the CAA

Dear Readers,

Our new book, Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment, will debut at this year’s College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, February 22 – 25.

We’re at Booth #140 in the Book and Trade Fair section, in the Los Angeles Convention Center (here’s a map).

So please stop by, say hello, and pick up your copy of this soon-to-be classic work of art pedagogy. It’s going to be de rigueur for conference-goers, along with your work clothes and job-interview anxiety.

Not in Los Angeles next week? You can pre-order it here.

Paper Monument Gives You Homework


Dear Readers,

As a preview of our forthcoming book, we will be discussing the art of the art assignment at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York tomorrow, Sunday, May 8. Topics will include: what makes a good or bad assignment? What are the best and worst ones you’ve ever heard of? Should art schools be more instructional or less? Audience participation will be strongly encouraged. Special guests will be provided.

After this discussion, you can tell us what you think and we’ll write it down; if you’re in need of direction, we’ll assign you some homework.

Then, stick around for the opening of an excellent show by Paper Monument Issue One contributor Hilary Harnischfeger.


Sunday, May 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Rachel Uffner Gallery
47 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

Presented as part of New York Gallery Week

Los Angeles Launch

Dear Friends,

Please join us on Saturday, July 24 for a reception to celebrate the new issue at

Ooga Booga
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Music by DJ SFV Acid and Dunes
6 – 8 PM

Hope to see you there!

Issue Three Launch Party


We will be celebrating the publication of our incredible new issue at The Drawing Center on Friday, May 21st, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Please join us for readings, drinks, magazines, and good cheer.

Admission is free, so bring all your friends.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York, NY, 10013

Friday, March 19

We Pictured You Reading This

We Pictured You Reading This
Organized by Paper Monument
Curated by James Bae
March 19 – May 1, 2010
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC

Matthew Brannon, Kerstin Brätsch, Munro Galloway, Elin Hansdottir, Hilary Harnischfeger, Dana Hoey, James Howard, David Kearns, Alex Klein, Jessie LeBaron, Dushko Petrovich, Jon Pylypchuk, Lara Schnitger and My Barbarian, Corinna Schnitt, Jessica Slaven, Amanda Trager, Dan Torop, Roger White

Utopia For Sale at Art Berlin Contemporary


Paper Monument is pleased to be participating in UTOPIA FOR SALE, a magazine exhibition featuring the archives of the most engaging publications in the current sphere. This exhibition will be held by abc, art berlin contemporary at Akademie der Künste.

Exhibition Dates: September 23 – 27, 2009
Location: Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hanseantenweg 10
Opening Date: September 22, 2009, 7pm (upon invitation)

international magazine meeting

I Like Your Party

Please join us on Saturday, August 1 for a party to celebrate the release of I like your work: art and etiquette.

Starr Space
108 Starr St (btw Knickerbocker and Wilson)
Brooklyn, NY 11237
9 PM — 1 AM

$10 = a copy of I like your work: art and etiquette + drinks etc.
Current subscription to Paper Monument = free party, free pamphlet.

MILK PLUS (Special Don’t Worry Chemical)


Milk Plus – (Special ‘Don’t Worry’ Chemical)
19th June – 19th July 2009
Private view: 19th June 6 – 9 PM
Fold Gallery
32 Fortesque Avenue E8
3QB London
020 8985 3590

Fold Gallery proudly presents Milk Plus, the first UK-based project curated by Chinese artist Mai-Lin Tan. Featuring Dylan Atkins, Andrew Ekins, Alexander Hoda, James Howard, Zhang Peng, Mai-Lin Tan with catalogue text by Dushko Petrovich and Christopher Hsu.

Hilary Harnischfeger

Paper Monument contributor Hilary Harnischfeger will be exhibiting her recent work at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in the Lower East Side from May 9 – June 21, 2009.

The Utne Independent Press Awards


Paper Monument has been nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award in the Best New Publication category. Please keep your fingers crossed until May 17, 2009. Thank you, Utne Reader! Thank you Paper Monument readers.

Art Mag Night


Four-Issue Release Party featuring:

Paper Monument

Party, Readings, and Performances

Wednesday, April 15, at 7 PM
Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn