“Goes to LA once” would be one way to describe “Sunset,” the Los Angeles debut of Scottish-born, London-based painter Caroline Walker, for its preoccupation with warm, reflective surfacesbut such an indictment may not be entirely warranted. Walker’s fixation on Southern California stretches back to 2016 at least, as manifested in her solo outing at Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam, “The Racquet Club,” for which the artist drew from Palm Springs to articulate her peculiar nostalgia for midcentury resort living. The banality that underwrites her ritzy panoramas decelerates her finish fetish, giving
Adam Pendleton is an artist based in New York whose work disrupts the burden of representation in images and texts through two-dimensional objects and installations. Here he talks about the link between education and language in the context of his forthcoming book, Black Dada Reader, to be released later this year by Mousse Publishing, and his current exhibition, “Becoming Imperceptible,” which is on view at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans through June 16 and will also travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver from July 15 through September 25, 2016.
I’M NOT A PARTICULARLY DIDACTIC
Karen Finley is a performance artist based in New York who has long charted the political underpinnings and trauma of stigma and notoriety through her performances and writings. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its initial publication, City Lights is reissuing Shock Treatment, her provocative collection of monologues and poetry this September. Additionally, from October 28–31, 2015, Finley will perform several of the monologues at the Barbican Centre in London. Here, Finley reflects back on this work and its significance.
IN THE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS since Shock Treatment appeared, the one
Since the late 1980s, New York–based artist Yuji Agematsu has amassed a collection of photos and detritus assembled from his daily perambulations around the city. For inaugural programming at its new location, the Whitney Museum of American Art commissioned the artist to develop Walk On A,B,C, as well as performances with live sound improvisations that continue his investigations into the overlap between the forces of habit, dislocation, and trauma that structure everyday urban experience. Here he discusses his process and the show, which runs from May 6 to May 11, 2015, in the Susan and John