Published by Hauser & Wirth Publishers. Text by David Platzker. Interview by Cherise Smith.
New work by pioneering conceptualist Charles Gaines, translating Southern California’s palm trees into his signature luminous grid
Featuring a group of new works in the Numbers and Trees series by Los Angeles artist Charles Gaines (born 1944), this volume extends Gaines’ decades-long Gridworks project with images of palm trees from the California desert translated into Gaines’ signature luminous numbered grid.
A pivotal figure in the history of conceptual art, Gaines has long employed rigorous, rule-based processes to create works in a variety of mediums that interrogate the relationship between objects and their representations. On his commitment to using strict systems to generate new forms, Gaines has said: “The system has never changed, but the outcome is always different.”
The book features an essay by curator David Platzker and an interview by art historian Cherise Smith delving into earlier series within Gaines’s oeuvre, positioning this new work in dialogue with the artist’s paintings.
Published by The Studio Museum in Harlem. Edited by Naima J. Keith. Foreword by Thelma Golden. Text by Courtney J. Martin, Anne Ellegood, Howard Singerman, Ellen Tani, Malik Gaines, Bennett Simpson, Abbe Schriber, Jamillah James.
Widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of postminimalist art in the late 1970s, Charles Gaines (born 1944) is known primarily for his photographs, drawings and works on paper that investigate systems, cognition and language. Considered against the backdrop of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s and the rise of multiculturalism in the 1980s, the works in Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989 are radical gestures. Eschewing overt discussions of race, they take a detached approach to identity that exemplifies Gaines' determination to transcend the conversations of his time and create new paths. Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989 gathers significant examples from several of the artist's most important series, including 75 key works from the mid-1970s through the late 1980s. It features drawings and photographs from public and private collections--some of which were previously considered lost--and essays by leading scholars and curators.
PUBLISHER The Studio Museum in Harlem
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.75 x 10.25 in. / 168 pgs / 100 color / 70 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/31/2014 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 137
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780942949407TRADE List Price: $50.00 CDN $60.00
Published by Pomona College Museum of Art. Edited and with foreword by Rebecca McGrew, Ciara Ennis. Text by Michael Ned Holte, Charles Gaines.
In the Shadow of Numbers accompanies a survey exhibition and collects for the first time new writings and images on the influential Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines (born 1944). Gaines investigates the relationships between aesthetic experience, political beliefs and the formation of meaning. His work over the last 40 years has typically employed systems and rule-based procedures to explore how we experience and derive meaning from art. Although Gaines is often linked with Conceptual artists of the 1960s, he identifies more closely with John Cage’s examinations of indeterminacy in both composition and performance. The book includes an extensive selection of images of drawings, photographs, sculptures and video from several bodies of Gaines’s work over the last several decades.
PUBLISHER Pomona College Museum of Art
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8 x 10.75 in. / 96 pgs / 24 color / 12 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2012 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2013 p. 113
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780981895598TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00