Collection Rotation: Tammy Fortin – New Covers for Old Classics

The return of our regular feature Collection Rotation! Each month someone special organizes a mini exhibition from our collection works online. Today, please welcome (back) writer and rock ‘n’ roll star Tammy Fortin.

Last month I relocated from San Francisco to Lansing, Michigan, for my wife’s job. While she was at work every day, I myself, being unemployed and highly organized, began the slow process of unpacking and putting things away. I started with, arguably, the most important objects in any home, the books. I emptied them all out onto the floor and started stacking them according to subject, and as I was doing this, I began fantasizing new covers for some old classics, sparking an idea for this collection rotation.

I give you:

New Covers for Old Classics (caution: spoilers)

Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace









Ernesto Neto, My Little Castle… Blue (two times for infinity), 2005

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Agnes Martin, Falling Blue, 1963

Two Serious Ladies, by Jane Bowles

Nan Goldin, Jimmy Paulette & Misty in a Taxi, NYC, 1991

The Waves, by Virginia Woolf

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), from the portfolio Untitled, 1975, 1975


The Call of the Cthulhu, by H. P. Lovecraft











Bruce Conner, SOUND OF ONE HAND ANGEL, 1974

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Roger M. Parry, Untitled [Train] from Banalité, 1929

 The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil

Tom Friedman, Untitled, 1996

Labyrinths, by Jorge Borges











Katharina Fritsch, Warengestell mit Gehirnen (Display Stand with Brains), 1989, 1997

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams

Tina Barney, Tim, Phil & I, 1989

La Batarde, by Violette LaDuc

Richard Prince, Untitled (Three Women with Heads Cast Down), 1980

Valis, by Philip K. Dick

Anthony McCall, You and I, Horizontal, 2005

Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor

Raymond Saunders, Beauty as Syntax, 1992

Ulysses, by James Joyce

John Harding, Mars Alley, San Francisco, 1984


Tammy Fortin is a writer and producer living in Lansing, Michigan. She has written for numerous publications and art blogs. Her very first micro-novel will be completed in December 2012.

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