Andrew Durbin

Andrew Durbin

Andrew Durbin is a writer based in New York.


What artworks would you have/do you have in your drawing room?

I would reinstall Wolfgang Tillmans’s Concorde Grid (1997) from his Chisenhale show, I Didn’t Inhale. He photographed the jet at different angles as it passed over the countryside. That plane—a vexed symbol of technological progress and its possibility of reversal—has always captured my imagination. 


What books would you read/are you reading in your drawing room?

Diaries and letters by writers, artists, musicians, socialites, and politicians, with highlights from Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, Virginia Woolf, Victor Klemperer, Langston Hughes, Robert Duncan, Elizabeth Bishop, Herve Guibert, Susan Sontag, Derek Jarman, and Kathleen Collins.


What movies would you watch/are you watching in your drawing room?

Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (1928), G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (1929), Orson Welles’sThe Trial (1962), Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert (1964), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema (1968), Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s The Lost Honor of Katerina Blum (1975), Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground (1982), Gregg Araki’s Nowhere (1997), Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper (2016). In that order, and on a loop.


What music would you listen to/are you listening to in your drawing room?

Goldie’s Timeless (1997) and Madonna’s Ray of Light (1998). 


Who would you/do you invite into your drawing room?

It’s open to anyone, and all the above is subject to their review.