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Dan Graham
Beyond

Dan Graham is one of the most significant figures to emerge from the 1960s moment of Conceptual art, with a practice that pioneered a range of art forms, modes, and ideas that are now fundamental to contemporary art. The thrust of his practice has always pointed beyond: beyond the art object, beyond the studio, beyond the medium, beyond the gallery, beyond the self. Beyond all these categories and into the realm of the social, the public, the democratic, the mass produced, the architectural, the anarchic, the humorous. Graham’s early work, Homes for America–a series of snapshots of suburban New Jersey tract housing accompanied by short parodic texts, made as a page layout for Arts magazine–announced a critical art grounded in the everyday, and it merged the artist’s interest in cultural commentary with art’s most advanced visual modes. His 1984 “video-essay” Rock My Religion traced a continuum of separatism and collective ecstasy from the American religious sect the Shakers to hard-core punk music.

This volume, which accompanies a major retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, offers the first comprehensive survey of Graham’s work. The book’s design evokes magazine format and style, after Graham’s important conceptual work from the 1960s in that medium. Generously illustrated in color and black and white, Dan Graham: Beyond features eight new essays, two new interviews with the artist, a section of reprints of Graham’s own writing, and an animated manga-style “life of Dan Graham” narrative. It examines Graham’s entire body of work, which includes designs for magazine pages, drawing, photographs, film and video, and architectural models and pavilions.
Essays : Chrissie Iles on Graham’s performance work; Bennett Simpson on Graham’s interest and works in rock music; Beatriz Colomina on Graham’s architectural pavilions; Rhea Anastas on Graham’s early formation and short-lived operation of the John Daniels Gallery; Mark von Schlegell on Graham’s interest in science fiction; Mark Francis on Graham’s Public Space/Two Audiences (1976); Alexandra Midal on Graham’s conceptual works for magazine pages and magazine design; Philippe Vergne on Graham’s puppet opera Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty (2004); Kim Gordon interview with Graham on their collaborations and music; Rodney Graham interview with Graham on jokes and humor in art.

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John Chamberlain
A Catalogue Raisonne of the Sculpture 1954-1985


John Chamberlain – A Catalogue Raisonne of the Sculpture 1954-1985, first edition, published in 1986 by Hudson Hills Press, New York, and MOCA, L.A.

For some thirty years, John Chamberlain has cajoled, crushed, melted, and embraced the detritus of American consumerism to create, casually and forcefully, sculptures whose provocative beauty is as visually brilliant as it is formally intelligent. Employing means as ordinary as his materials, he has reinvented casting and modeling and liberated them from expressive, technical, and aesthetic restraints. Moving out of both the Cubist-Constructivist gridlock and the Surrealist symbolism that together threatened to trap so much sculpture of the 1950s, Chamberlain found a way to add the dimension of volume to the urgent spontaneity and procedural clarity so crucial to the Abstract Expressionist painters. Engaging chance and intuition, he transgressed lavishly the prohibition of color in sculpture, employing hues that ranged from the virginal to the lurid as major protagonists of sculptural structure.

This heavy and comprehensive volume presents a catalogue raisonne of Chamberlain’s sculptural output in this period, with numerous examples of his crushed automobile, welded metal, foil, foam and polymer works, amongst others. Densely illustrated with images of all of his sculptural works in black and white and colour (some 800 photographed works!), alongside text by Julie Sylvester with an essay by Klaus Kertess.

Still probably the best and most exhaustive book on the modern sculptor’s work.

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Lawrence Weiner
As Far as the Eye Can See


The first major United States retrospective of the work of New York-based artist Lawrence Weiner (b.1942, Bronx, NY), one of the key figures associated with the emergence and foundations of conceptual art in the 1960s, Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE provides a comprehensive examination of Weiner’s remarkable and cohesive oeuvre, assembling key selections and bodies of work from throughout his 40-year career.

A comprehensive catalogue, co-published by MOCA and the Whitney Museum and produced in close collaboration with the artist, accompanies the exhibition. Designed by award-winning graphic designer Lorraine Wild, the publication features essays by Kathryn Chiong, Liam Gillick, Edward Leffingwell, Dieter Schwarz, and Gregor Stemmrich, along with exhibition curators Donna De Salvo and Ann Goldstein, and a special contribution by Alice Zimmerman.

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