Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“ELEANOR ANTIN: TIME’S ARROW”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
May 12–July 7, 2019

Curated by Michael Govan and Dhyandra Lawson

Before Eleanor Antin became a ballerina, nurse, or king, she made herself into a living statue, acting as both Pygmalion and Galatea. Carving: A Traditional Sculpture, 1972—composed of 148 gelatin silver prints in a grid—documents the artist’s naked body over thirty-eight days of dieting, during which she lost eleven pounds. For “Time’s Arrow,” Antin revisits this iconic work with a new piece, Carving: 45 Years Later, 2017, comprising five hundred pigment prints that display the artist’s no longer “traditionally” sculpted body, but rather the slow pace of an eighty-two-year-old metabolism, contextualized within the contemporary spectacle of selfie as commodity. The exhibition will also include The Eight Temptations, 1972, an octet of small color prints depicting the artist theatrically posing her refusal of cheese, bananas, and beer, among other foods, at the kitchen table, and a 2017 self-portrait titled, in another heroic gesture, !!!. Travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, August 17, 2019–January 5, 2020.