Posts tagged conceptual art
Michael Asher: There is Never Enough Time to Get Everything Said by Thomas Lawson
In 1983 The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design published Michael Asher’s Writings 1973 – 1983 on Works 1969 – 1979. The book was edited by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, and in his preface he notes that the motive he and Asher shared was to make accessible an artistic project that was by its nature transient. As is typical for a small college press, the book was published in a small edition, and has long been out of print. For years students and fans have shared tattered PDFs, but now Primary Information has republished it, giving Thomas Lawson an opportunity to reconsider a number of projects that Asher completed in art school contexts, just as he was beginning a long career as a transformative teacher at CalArts.
Allen Ruppersberg: Certain of His Books by Susan Morgan
Every good book is essentially a mystery. What secrets might be revealed between the covers? Whose story is it that is being told? Where are we going? How will it all end? Can we ever really understand? Why is so much so easily forgotten? What is it that we are longing to remember?
Artists at Work: Jim Shaw by Julian Hoeber
Jim Shaw is a major figure in contemporary art whose career began in music, with his early collaborative work with Mike Kelley in the 1970s anti-rock band Destroy All Monsters. Since then, he has gone on to work in a range of media, from drawing and sculpture to performance, producing a perverse and radical reimagining of American culture. I worked for Shaw for several years, getting an up-close view of how he developed his work, which often started with a joke or coincidence that would later become a beautifully crafted object. We met in October 2013 to discuss art history, psychoanalysis, and the ways that unconscious processes inform his highly conceptual practice.