Art and Architecture: Liz Deschenes | Liz Deschenes, Eva Respini, Lynne Tillman | Art and Literature Series Event

June 8, 2016

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On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading of her fiction piece included in the publication. 

Gallery 7, 2014. Silver-toned gelatin silver prints mounted to aluminum, pigment prints on acrylic, artist’s frames inset, and aluminum picture hanging rail, eleven parts, each 62 x 38 x 8 inches, 157.5 x 97.5 x 20.3 centimeters. © 2016 Liz Deschenes

The only comprehensive monograph devoted exclusively to “one of the quiet giants of post-conceptual photography” (The New York Times), Liz Deschenes celebrates the artist’s twenty-year career with immaculately produced images, an interview with Deschenes, and critical essays.

Since the mid-1990s, Liz Deschenes’s work has evolved as a stripping away of photography’s inherent interference with its subjects. Making use of the medium’s most fundamental aspects—paper, light, chemicals—she produces camera-less pieces that not only remind viewers of photography’s essential goal of reflecting light and color but also expand its scope into the realm of sculpture. Filled with dazzling reproductions of Deschenes’s installations and lush work, this book includes her key bodies of works, from early color studies to recent hybrid photo-sculptural installations that playfully interact with their environment. An interview captures Deschenes's voice and point of view and a series of critical essays rounds out this unparalleled exploration of an exciting, boundary-pushing artist working at the height of her powers.

Advance copies of Liz Deschenes (Prestel, 2016) are available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.

Liz Deschenes is known for her lushly beautiful and meditative work in photography and sculpture.  Since the early 1990s, Deschenes has produced a singular and influential body of work that probes the relationship between the mechanics of seeing, image making processes, and modes of display. Recent solo presentations of her work have been organized at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2015), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014) and her work has recently been included in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2012).

Gallery 7, 2014, silver-toned gelatin silver prints mounted to aluminum,   pigment prints on acrylic, and artist's frames, eleven parts, each 62 x 38 x 8   inches. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2015. © 2015 Liz Deschenes
Gallery 7, 2014. Silver-toned gelatin silver prints mounted to aluminum, pigment prints on acrylic, artist’s frames inset, and aluminum picture hanging rail, eleven parts, each 62 x 38 x 8 inches, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. T.B. Walker Acquisitions Fund, 2015.
Installation view,Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, and Campoli Presti, London and Paris.
Photo by Gene Pittman © 2016 Liz Deschenes

Eva Respini is the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She was formerly a curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, where she organized major retrospectives of the work of Walid Raad (2015), Robert Heinecken (2013), and Cindy Sherman (2012), as well as thematic exhibitions such as Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960 (2011), and Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990 (2004). She publishes frequently on contemporary art.

Lynne Tillman’s novels include Cast in Doubt (1992), No Lease on Life (1998)––a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award––American Genius, A Comedy (2006), and Men and Apparitions (forthcoming in 2017). Her short story collections include Someday This Will Be Funny (2011). Her essay collection What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (2014) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006.

Conceived and organized by Arezoo Moseni, and in its sixth year, Art and Literature Series events bring forth pollinations across the literary and visual arts with readings and discussions by acclaimed artists, authors and poets.

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