The beautiful exhibition catalog for MADE IN L.A. 2020: a version—available to order from the Hammer Store—includes a folio of collages by Hedi El Kholti bound into the book, as well as a conversation with El Kholti and Chris Kraus. The artist-designer-editor has also created two posters, available as exhibition takeaways at the HammerMuseum and the Huntington.
I never really had a plan, except to express myself as purely as possible… I still make work on my own body first, as I always have. I can only understand it from the inside. — Michael Clark
MICHAEL CLARK—COSMIC DANCER, recently at the Barbican, was the first comprehensive retrospective of the British dance artist. Interrupted by the pandemic shutdowns, the exhibition lives on in the catalog, edited by Florence Ostende.
Bringing together materials from his choreographic work and collaborations with artists—including Elizabeth Peyton, Silke Otto-Knapp, Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans, LeighBowery, Peter Doig, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Duncan Campbell—the book is a beautiful complement to MICHAEL CLARK, a 2011 monograph edited by Suzanne Cotter and RobertViolette.
The touring exhibition PATI HILL—SOMETHING OTHER THAN EITHER is in its last weeks in Switzerland. The show is “the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works to date—an artist who was equally an author, columnist, model, antiques dealer, and gallerist.”*
Hill’s oeuvre includes four novels, short stories, artist’s publications, a collection of instruction manuals, and the invention of a new Symbol Language (1977–1978), as well as thousands of photocopies from 1974 onwards.*
Sometimes I am boggled by the gallery of souls I’ve known. By the lore. The wild history, unsung. People crowd in and talk to me in dreams. People who died or disappeared or whose connection to my own life makes no logical sense, but exists, as strong as ever, in a past that seeps and stains instead of fading. The first time I took Ambien, a drug that makes some people sleep-fix sandwiches and sleepwalk on broken glass, I felt as if everyone I’d ever known were gathered around, not unpleasantly. It was a party and had a warm reunion feel to it. We were all there.
But sometimes the million stories I’ve got and the million people I’ve known pelt the roof of my internal world like a hailstorm. — Rachel Kushner*
A series of online events:
On Tuesday, Kushner will join Hal Foster to talk about her new book of essays TheHard Crowd. The following day she will join Dana Spiotta in conversation. And a week after that, Kim Gordon will sit down with the author.