Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
Michael Rakowitz was born in 1973 in Great Neck, New York. In January of 2010, Tate Modern mounted The worst condition is to pass under a sword which is not one's own, a solo project linking western science fiction and military-industrial activities in Iraq during and after Saddam Hussein's regime. His work has appeared in exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the Queens Museum of Art, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, White Columns Gallery and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York and the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia; the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania; and ACC Galerie in Weimar, Germany, among many others. He is a professor of art theory and practice at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he lives and works.
Published by SBC galerie d'art contemporain. Text by Stephanie Smith, Jean Gagnon, Nicola Setari.
An inspiring blend of sculpture, politics and gesture, the art of Michael Rakowitz (born 1973) makes a direct engagement with the larger dilemmas of the present, with ecological solutions and civic interventions. These include projects such as paraSITE, a series of inflatable plastic homeless shelters, each of which was tailored to the occupant's needs, and which was designed to inflate by latching on to heat-exhaust ducts on the sides of buildings. In The invisible enemy should not exist—his most famous project to date—Rakowitz faithfully replicated the objects known to be missing or looted from the Iraqi National Museum during the U.S. invasion, using the cheap paper packaging of Middle Eastern import foods. This handsome volume surveys these and other recent projects.
PUBLISHER SBC galerie d'art contemporain
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 9.25 in. / 96 pgs / 13 color / 26 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 60
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782981046543TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $30.00
Published by Onestar Press. Interview by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Afterword by Giuliana Carusi Setari.
To circumvent is to get around the rules, to find loopholes, to initiate idiosyncratic solutions, to employ subtle metaphor to highlight problematic situations. Michael Rakowitz does just that, combining architecture, design, agitational techniques and a poetic sensibility to create installations and performances that touch on issues of power, visibility and memory. His paraSITe shelters are custom-built tents for homeless people that attach to the hot exhaust vents of buildings, creating not only a heated abode but one much more visible than a cardboard box. Rise conducts the smell of Chinese pastries from a Chinatown bakery to the decidedly un-local art exhibition in an adjacent building. And in Minaret, Rakowitz uses an alarm clock bought in Jordan to broadcast the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, to a city where minarets are otherwise quieted.
PUBLISHER Onestar Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.75 in. / 156 pgs / 80 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/2/2004 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782915359046TRADE List Price: $19.95 CDN $25.00