Andy Coolquitt

Overview

Andy Coolquitt makes objects and environments that exist in symbiosis with human relationships. During the 1990s, his life and work revolved around an expansive studio/artist commune/performance space/living sculpture/party place on the east side of Austin, Texas, where he continues to live, work, and host events. Intrigued by social contracts, Coolquitt creates artwork that facilitates conversation and interaction, augmenting the energy and frictions generated by individuals forming a community. He chooses ...

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Overview

Andy Coolquitt makes objects and environments that exist in symbiosis with human relationships. During the 1990s, his life and work revolved around an expansive studio/artist commune/performance space/living sculpture/party place on the east side of Austin, Texas, where he continues to live, work, and host events. Intrigued by social contracts, Coolquitt creates artwork that facilitates conversation and interaction, augmenting the energy and frictions generated by individuals forming a community. He chooses materials that show the wear and tear of practical use, and, over the years, he has refined an artistic practice based on the collection, study, and reuse of things scavenged from the streets around him. Since his 2008 solo exhibition iight in New York City, Coolquitt's work has gained a wide national and international audience.

Andy Coolquitt is the first comprehensive monograph on the artist's work. Published in conjunction with a solo museum exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum, this volume displays the full range of Coolquitt's work over the past twenty-five years, including images of site-specific installations that no longer exist. Accompanying the color plates are an introduction and chronology of the artist's work by exhibition curator Rachel Hooper, an essay tracing Coolquitt's connections to other contemporary artists and designers by Frieze magazine senior editor Dan Fox, an in-depth exploration of Coolquitt's concepts and process by art writer Jan Tumlir, an interview with Coolquitt by director and chief curator of White Columns Matthew Higgs, and Coolquitt's biography and bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292738942
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hooper was Associate Curator and Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2011. She is currently a Ph.D. student in art history at Rice University.

Andy Coolquitt has had recent solo exhibitions at such galleries as Locust Projects, Miami; Lisa Cooley, New York; and Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco. Select group exhibitions include There Are Two Sides to Every Coin, and Two Sides to Your Face, Galerie Xippas, Paris; Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining hard materials—typically stone such as marble—or metal, glass, or wood. Softer (“plastic”) materials can also be used, such as clay, textiles, plastics, polymers, and softer metals, Galerie Johann Koening, Berlin; Real Estate, Zero Gallery, Milan; and Dwelling, Marianne Boesky, New York.

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Table of Contents

Director's Preface and Acknowledgments (Claudia Schmuckli)
Curator's Acknowledgments (Rachel Hooper)
jsut that way (Rachel Hooper)
The Plastic Trade (Dan Fox)
This Is Mine (Jan Tumlir)
Andy Coolquitt: 20 Questions–a project by Matthew Higgs
Artist's Biography
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
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