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SOL LEWITT — BOOK AS SYSTEM

Printed Matter and editor and curator Emanuele De Donno present BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT, an exhibition of over seventy-five book works—including octavo paperbacks, staple-bound booklets, and folio sets—lending “insight into LeWitt’s interests across conceptual, minimal and post-minimal art, and his return to series and systems across various material forms.”*

“Known primarily as an installation artist and sculptor, LeWitt also produced many dozens of artists’ books starting in the late 1960s—often in association with gallery shows—until his death in 2007. LeWitt was among the first wave of conceptual artists who helped to establish a new radical framework for the publication-as-artwork, and his exemplary approach was instrumental in charting out the reaches of the medium.”*

Work includes LeWitt’s collaborations with Seth Siegelaub (Xerox Book), Art & Project, Amsterdam, and Aspen magazine. On the occasion of the exhibition, Printed Matter and Primary Information will co-publish a facsimile reprint of LeWitt’s FOUR BASIC KINDS OF LINES & COLOUR (1977). 

BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT

Opening night: Friday, June 28, from 6 pm.

Roundtable discussion: Saturday, June 29, from 5 pm.

Exhibition runs through September 29.

Printed Matter

231 Eleventh Avenue (at 26th Street), New York City.S

Sol LeWitt, from top: Plate from Untitled (Xerox Book) , 1968, offset lithograph, published by Wendler, New York, and Seth Siegelaub, New York, © 2019 Sol LeWitt and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Serial Project #1, 1966 (2), Aspen magazine, no. 5 + 6; Art & Project, Bulletin 43, and LeWitt proposal, 1971 (2); Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour, 1971, offset on paper, staple bound, 36 pages, collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; works in the exhibition Book as System (4). Images courtesy and the estate of Sol LeWitt and Printed Matter.

GROUNDINGS

GROUNDINGS, organized by Grace Deveney and Tara Aisha Willis, explores movement—seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity.

Over the run of GROUNDINGS, performers will hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.

GROUNDINGS artists include Katinka Bock, Blythe Bohnen, George Brecht, John Cage, Martin Soto Climent, Julia Dault, JimmyDeSana, Jonas Dovydenas, Adam EkbergWhit Forrester, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, IsaacJulien, Annette Kelm, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jack Pierson, Stan Shellabarger, Nancy Spero, Dannielle Tegeder, CarrieMae Weems, and James Welling.

GROUNDINGS

Through May 12.

MCA Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

From top:

John CageA Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity, 1978. Felt-tip pen on map. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 1993 John Cage TrustPhotograph © MCA Chicago.

Annette KelmUntitled, 2012. Chromogenic development print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Jimmy De SanaCowboy Boots, 1984. Vintage cibachrome. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Courtesy of the JimmyDe Sana Trust and Salon 94, New York.

Rashid Johnson, Multiple Consciousness, 2010. Gelatin silver print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 2010 RashidJohnsonPhotograph by Nathan Keay© MCA Chicago.

CLAUDIA RANKINE AND WILL RAWLS — WHAT REMAINS

“I’m still thinking about the potential of using abstraction to speak to identity: How can these two things fit together when identity is so much about announcing, concretizing, and naming, and abstraction is about undoing? Of course, abstraction has roots in something real…

“What does it mean to break apart language, and its history, and to work with it pictographically? Dance has this process built into it already: its visual and affective impact scrambles language. It produces and speaks other languages of and about the body.” — Will Rawls*

WHAT REMAINS—a collaboration between poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, dancer/choreographer Will Rawls, and filmmaker and photographer John Lucas exploring how “erasure and exposure shape black American life”—comes to MCA/Chicago’s Warehouse this week.

Performers include Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, and Tara Aisha Willis. The sound design is by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, production design by David Szlasa, and costume design by Eleanor O’Connell.

Tonight, the museum presents Rankine and Rawls for a discussion about their practice.

TALK—CLAUDIA RANKINE WITH WILL RAWLS

Tuesday, December 4, at 8 pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

 

WHAT REMAINS

Wednesday through Sunday, December 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, at 7:30 pm.

MCA Warehouse, 1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago.

*”Will Rawls: 1000 Words,” Artforum, October 2018, 194.

Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, and John LucasWhat Remains. Photographs © Julieta Cervantes, courtesy Live Arts Bard.

MERCE CUNNINGHAM — CLOUDS AND SCREENS

MERCE CUNNINGHAM—CLOUDS AND SCREENS, part of many upcoming worldwide celebrations of the choreographer’s centenary, will be up at LACMA into 2019.

The exhibition includes video installations by Charles Atlas and Andy Warhol, as well as two video projections of early dances by Cunningham.

 

MERCE CUNNINGHAM—CLOUDS AND SCREENS

Through March 31.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Above: Merce Cunningham and John Cage in an image from the 2017 exhibition catalog Merce Cunningham—Common Time. Image credit: Walker Art Center, MCA/Chicago, and LACMA.

Below: Charles AtlasMC⁹, 2012, Walker Art Center. Photograph by Gene Pittman, © Charles Atlas, courtesy Walker Art Center.