Published by Inventory Press/New York Consolidated. Text by Alissa Bennett & Mel Ottenberg, Michael Bullock, Dale Corvino, Thomas Eggerer, Svetlana Kitto, Patrick McGraw, Dave McKenzie, Chris Morten, José Muñoz, Debbie Nathan, Yigal Nizri, Nicole Otero & Martine Syms, Mychal Denzel Smith, Natasha Stagg, Lincoln Tobier, Jordan Teicher. Interview with Becca Albee, Malik Gaines & Alex Segade, Chitra Ganesh, Pearl Hsiung, Jennifer Moon, Seth Price, Elisabeth Subrin.
In the wake of the Trump election, artist Matt Keegan (born 1976) began investigating the Democratic Party’s shifts over recent decades. In the late ’80s, members of the Democratic Leadership Council successfully moved the party’s platform to the right by including a pro-business, pro-military, interventionist agenda, and downplaying social infrastructure as a calculated break from its New Deal-era foundation. This shift led to Bill Clinton’s consecutive terms.
1996 captures this pivotal time in American politics and society through the experience of artists who completed their undergraduate studies in that year and voted for Clinton, and others who were born in 1996 and voted for the first time in 2016. Essays focus on cultural and ideological shifts from that time, such as the 1994 Crime Bill, 1996 Immigration Act, the Telecommunications Act, the start of Fox News and beyond.
Published by Inventory Press. Text by Tom McDonough, John Miller. Interviews by Sara VanDerBeek, Anna Craycroft. Contributions by Uri Aran, Leslie Hewitt, James Richards.
This is the first significant publication to explore the output of Matt Keegan, the New York-based artist known for his work across mediums, as well as independent publishing including the acclaimed editioned art journal North Drive Press. This monograph expands on a recent solo exhibition by the artist at Rogaland Kunstsenter; Stavanger, Norway, titled “Portable Document Format.” The show was organized as an idiosyncratic retrospective, with Keegan remaking sculptures dating from 2006 to 2015, initially fabricated in Sheetrock and steel, in cardboard. Like the exhibition, the publication serves both as a project and a reference for the artist’s work.
Essays by Tom McDonough and John Miller theorize Keegan’s production, while interviews with Sara VanDerBeek and Anna Craycroft underscore the artist’s ongoing engagement with his peer group. Furthered by contributions from colleagues Uri Aran, Leslie Hewitt and James Richards, situated alongside full-color installation photos and reproductions of work from the past decade, Matt Keegan: OR provides a solid introduction and layered overview of the artist’s multifarious practice.