Library: Spencer Sweeney

Greenwich June 22nd, 2022

This library selection is inspired by Spencer Sweeney’s exhibition, Perfect, on view at The Brant Foundation’s Greenwich space (May – September 2022).

About The Brant Foundation Library

The Brant Foundation’s library program was established in 2009 to facilitate the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and to advance our mission of promoting arts education. As both a museum and art study center, the Foundation’s library serves as a crucial resource for students, scholars, and educators by providing access to a unique collection of hard-to-find materials. After noticing the difficulties of obtaining contemporary art publications, typically as a result of rarity or expense, the Foundation was inspired to make efforts to broaden their holdings and increase accessibility to the public.

By reaching out to the surrounding arts community for help, the Foundation has accumulated an actively growing, rich collection of contemporary art books. With the contributions from the many organizations and institutions that share our vision, the public gains access to a wider range of materials used for the scholarly study and examination of contemporary art. Housing over 1,000 volumes – from exhibition catalogs and artist monographs to art criticism texts and periodicals – the library reflects the Foundation’s collection and admiration of contemporary art. Because of the rarity and value of the materials, our library is non-circulating, but we welcome and encourage the public to make use of the study center during operating hours. Please contact to make an appointment to visit The Brant Foundation’s library

Spencer Sweeney

Spencer Sweeney has been an indelible, irreplaceable, and essential part of New York City’s cultural landscape for almost two decades. He connects to deep historical roots in many fields–music, art, and life after dark. This hefty volume is filled with the evidence: pages of fascinating interviews with fellow faithfuls, archival photos documenting the countless moments, both legendary and obscure, and, of course, hundreds of his offhand and thrilling paintings that synthesize our life in NYC in the second decade of this new century. Includes conversations with Abel Ferrara, Alex Bag, Ali Van, Carlo McCormick, Danny Krivit, Edek Bartz, Elizabeth Peyton, Gee Vaucher, Glenn O’Brien, Harmony Korine, Jennifer Herrema, Jim Lambie, Jim Toth, Johan Kugelberg, John Giorno, Josh Diamon, Kembra Pfahler, Larry Clark, Lutz Bacher, Marian Young, Mary Heilmann, Natasha Lyonne, Nicky Siano, Nona Hendryx, Paul Major, Rob Pruitt, Tony Shafrazi, and Will Oldham.



Spencer Sweeney and Urs Fischer

This exciting 18 volume collection brings together the vibrant and varied drawings from HEADZ NYC – a weekly gathering of food, music, and creativity.

HEADZ was hosted by Urs Fischer, Spencer Sweeney, and Brendan Dugan – October 2017 to July 2018 in Chinatown, NY.

This set is housed in a custom screen-printed box. Each volume in interspersed with photos of collaborators, showing the space they created, as well as the weekly flyers for the event as a fold-out insert.