Dan Graham: Beyond

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Dan Graham is one of the most significant figures to emerge from the 1960s moment ofConceptual 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 ...

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Overview

Dan Graham is one of the most significant figures to emerge from the 1960s moment ofConceptual 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, afterGraham'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 DanGraham" 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.EssaysChrissie 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 onGraham's early formation and short-lived operation of the John Daniels Gallery • Mark vonSchlegell on Graham's interest in science fiction • Mark Francis on Graham's Public Space/TwoAudiences (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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933751122
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Chrissie Iles is the Anne and Joel Ehrankranz Curator at the Whitney Museum of AmericanArt.

Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jeremy Strick Strick, Jeremy 12

Acknowledgments Bennett Simpson Simpson, Bennett Chrissie Iles Iles, Chrissie 14

A minor threat: Dan Graham and music Bennett Simpson Simpson, Bennett 34

Holes and Lights (1968) Dan Graham Graham, Dan 37

You are the information: Dan Graham and performance Chrissie Iles Iles, Chrissie 54

Interview from The Early Show Dan Graham Graham, Dan 57

Dan Graham interviewed by Rodney Graham 91

Minimal difference: the John Daniels Gallery and the first works of Dan Graham Rhea Anastas Anastas, Rhea 110

Disposable magazine, permanent contents Alexandra Midal Midal, Alexandra 130

Don't trust anybody Philippe Vergne Vergne, Philippe 138

Dan Graham interviewed by Kim Gordon 167

A public space: context and history Mark Francis Francis, Mark 182

Beyond pavilions: architecture as a machine to see Beatriz Colomina Colomina, Beatriz 190

Children's pavilion (1989) Dan Graham Graham, Dan Jeff Wall Wall, Jeff 203

Dan Graham SF Mark von Schlegell von Schlegell, Mark 208

Garden as theater as museum (1989) Dan Graham Graham, Dan 238

Signs (1981) Dan Graham Graham, Dan 254

Transcript of the second performance of Performer/Audience/Mirror at P.S. 1, New York (December 1977) Dan Graham Graham, Dan 261

Art as design/design as art (1986) Dan Graham Graham, Dan 267

Dan Graham interviewed by Nicolas Guagnini 277

Manga Dan Graham Story Fumihiro Nonomura Nonomura, Fumihiro Ken Tanimoto Tanimoto, Ken 285

Checklist of the exhibition 317

Selected exhibition history and bibliography Christine Robinson Robinson, Christine 324

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