Originally published in 1978 and produced here in facsimile form, Theatre is an artist’s book documenting seven early performance works by Dan Graham (born 1942) taking place from 1969 to 1977, with notes, transcripts and photo documentation for each performance. These performances catch the artist at a unique moment, as he shifts away from his early media works and towards his hallmark video and written work around underground music and youth culture. The works in Theatre focus primarily on the psychological and social space between individuals and the roles they serve inside the arena of performance, subverting them by creating conditions by which a performer or audience simultaneously functions as both (creating a type of feedback loop through social transgression). Like most of Graham’s work, these performances also serve as a critique of cultural norms, with many of the performances utilizing quotidian, social acts that are amplified over time.
Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty is a satiric entertainment continuing Dan Graham's (born 1942) cultural analysis of the ’60s, which began with his 1981 video "Rock My Religion.” Don't Trust (the DVD of which is included here) is set in the period when hippies moved their counterculture to the countryside.
Published by Dia Art Foundation. Text by Dan Graham.
This video and publication are based on Dan Graham’s (born 1942) Rooftop Urban Park Project, which opened as an extended exhibition at Dia Center for the Arts in 1991. Re-released as a DVD and packaged with the original 1992 publication, this title includes an essay by the artist and a 20-minute video.
New and Old Writing on Art, Architecture, and Culture
Published by JRP|Ringier. By Dan Graham. Edited by Kathy Slade.
Dan Graham (born 1942) began his career directing the John Daniels Gallery in New York City in 1964, where he mounted Sol LeWitt’s first one-man show. His acclaimed group shows included works by artists such as Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Smithson. Like them, Graham considered himself a writer–artist, publishing essays and reviews on topics ranging from rock music to Eisenhower’s paintings and Dean Martin’s television show. His earliest projects dealt with the magazine page, and one of his seminal early works was a series of magazine-style photographs with text, “Homes for America” (1966–1967). Today he is among America’s most prominent artists, both as a practitioner and as a well-respected critic and theorist. This important and substantial collection brings together an assortment of texts both old and new, with writings on art, artists’ books, architecture and various artists Graham admires, such as Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Wall and John Chamberlain. Also included is a selection of interviews conducted since the 1990s, most notably on his large-scale installations and pavilions incorporating mirrors--a culmination of his long examination of the psychological relationship between people and architecture. This book is part of JRP|Ringier’s Positions series, co-published with Les Presses du réel.
Published by Koenig Books. Illustrations by Meiko Meguro.
Artist Dan Graham and writer Jessica Russell's playful Architecture/Astrology considers some of the most important and innovative figures in the world of architecture from an angle few would expect: their star signs. Originally published as a column for Domus magazine, Graham and Russell's book integrates critical analysis with astrology and mythology to offer alternative perspectives on the work and personalities of artist/architects including Frank Gehry (a restless, dreamy Pisces), Frank Lloyd Wright (a romantic Gemini with one foot in the past and the other in the future), Eero Saarinen (a dynamic, dramatic Leo) and Le Corbusier (a logical, balanced Libra). With accompanying illustrations by Mieko Meguro, Architecture/Astrology itself resembles the best sort of architect, one who is at once rigorous and whimsical, with his feet on the ground and his head in the clouds.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Since the mid-1960s when he started out as a fledgling critic, Dan Graham has carved out a unique role for himself, expanding the scope of the Conceptual artist to incorporate art criticism, music criticism, photography and architecture. For this volume, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist met with Graham on several occasions to discuss the artist's work, life and the numerous interests he passionately follows. The conversation thus wanders seamlessly from architecture to rock and roll, philosophy to astrology, Graham's early performance pieces, photography and articles, to the films and glass pavilions for which he is best known today. A fountain of art folklore, Graham offers recollections of friends and colleagues, art work and influences, providing an invaluable insight not only into the New York art scene of the 60s and 70s, but also one of its most influential representatives.
Published by Lisson Gallery. Edited by Dorothy Feaver. Text by Brian Hatton.
One of the most influential American conceptual artists of the late 1960s, Dan Graham (born 1942) is particularly celebrated for his pavilions: interactive spaces that walk the line between sculpture and architecture, many of which include the use of two-way mirrors or “looking-glasses.” These installations allow the visitor to ponder himself or herself in the mirror as they walk through the pavilion, watch as others inspect their own reflections, or even catch another’s eye through the glass. Not Yet Realised: Pavilion Drawings, published on the occasion of the 2012 exhibition Dan Graham’s Pavilions at the Lisson Gallery in London, presents numerous drawings and proposals for possible future pavilions. Some of the plans are thoroughly developed, with straight lines and precise measurements, while other more quickly drawn sketches capture his initial ideas as they arise.
PUBLISHER Lisson Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.75 x 8.5 in. / 94 pgs / 52 color / 25 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/31/2012 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2013 p. 125
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Published by Lars Müller Publishers. Edited by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh.
This title, published in 1979 and long since out of print, now appears as a reprint from Lars Müller Publishers. The original book was released in the series of publications Source Materials of the Contemporary Arts initiated by Kasper König and produced by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The publication represents an important document in Dan Graham’s artistic examination of the video medium. Graham’s installations and performances with video from the years 1970–78 are documented with numerous illustrations, photos, and brief descriptions. In addition, the volume contains an essay by the artist in which he examines the various possibilities and forms of representation offered by the video medium, and draws the boundaries between these and representational spaces in television, film, or architecture.The book also offers contributions by Michael Asher and Dara Birnbaum, as well as an annex with a biography and bibliography.
Dan Graham, born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1942, is one of the most renowned contemporary artists. His work often focuses on cultural phenomena, incorporating materials as diverse as photography, video, performance, glass, and mirror structures. Dan Graham lives and works in New York.
Published by Lars Müller Publishers. By Dan Graham.
Dan Graham, one of America’s most important contemporary artists, is best known today for his sculptural works and installations. His photographic works are generally not so well known, despite the fact that he first became famous for his photographic series, Homes for America, pictures of typical American suburbia in New Jersey. To this day the theme of architecture and its surfaces represents an extremely important facet of his work, as does the question of what role it plays in postmodern society and in the context of everyday culture. This publication presents new photographs by Dan Graham, taken in the context of a study trip with the architecture faculty of Columbia University, together with a selection of original photographs from the Homes for America series. The new images exhibit stark similarities to the old pictures, because they were taken in the same locations, in the same deserts of suburban streets and housing that Graham had photographed in the 1960s. This creates a fascinating reference system of repetitions and differences, in terms of both the temporal and the spatial, that asks questions of the viewer about architecture, public space, and their function in society.
One of today’s most influential Conceptual artists, Dan Graham (born 1942) is one of that generation's most eclectic practitioners, in the range of materials and disciplines he has requisitioned for his art. Graham is also an autodidact who has turned his hand and mind to many disciplines: photography, performance, audio, film and video installations, sculptures and architecture have all played a role in his activities. Graham has also authored numerous articles on music and art. In this superb survey of several decades' worth of activity, replete with color illustrations and commentary by the artist, Gregor Stemmrich traces the fascinating unfolding of Graham’s career.
As admired for his writing as for his work in art, photography and architecture, Dan Graham was one of the first contemporary artists to embrace Punk, Postpunk and No Wave, becoming a figurehead for those movements, and an early supporter of (and friend to) Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth among many others. Rock/Music Writings collects 13 of Graham's most influential writings, on bands ranging from The Kinks to Bow Wow Wow, first published in art journals such as Real Life, Open Letter and ZG between 1968 and 1988, and in the now rare volume Rock My Religion. It includes such landmark essays as “Punk as Propaganda,” which explicates the self-packaging and media critique of The Ramones, Devo, the Sex Pistols, the Desperate Bicycles and others; “Rock My Religion,” in which Graham traces themes of ecstatic reverie in rock performance (with a focus on Patti Smith), through a beautiful composite of quotation, commentary and photography; and “New Wave Rock and the Feminine,” which discusses the onstage personae of Lydia Lunch, Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux, and the gender politics of all-female groups such as The Slits, The Raincoats, Bush Tetras and others. Throughout Rock/Music Writings, Graham's appraisals are clear-eyed, sophisticated and poetically constructed, a genre of their own within artists' writings.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 224 pgs / 29 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/30/2009 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 77
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Published by Ediciones Polígrafa. Text by Gloria Moure.
Dan Graham's body of art and theory--which dates from shortly after he moved to New York in 1964--has become a key part of the Conceptual art canon. He is a highly influential figure in the field of Contemporary art, both as a practitioner and as a well-respected critic and theorist. Best known for his large-scale installations incorporating mirrors--in which viewers become lost in a maze of reflections that they must navigate and interpret as they simultaneously see themselves and other viewers reflected--Graham has long examined the psychological relationship between people and architecture. This volume looks at Graham's key works and incorporates a collection of his seminal writings. A second edition, this important expanded monograph contains new material not found in the first.
Published by Charta. Essays by Adachiara Zevi and Pietro Valle.
In honor of the centenary of the birth of architect Giuseppe Terragni, Dan Graham was invited to install a project in Como, Italy, on the square in front of Terragni's 1936 Casa del Fascio, a landmark of modern European architecture. Always interested in the way conventions of community create meaning, Graham designed a pavilion called “Half Square Half Crazy,” which straddles the line between contemplative object and meeting point, a place of both reflection and exchange. The structure is made of reflecting glass and stainless steel and consists of four perpendicular sides, two of which are curved. This book presents exhaustive documentation of the Como pavilion together with a selection of recent works by Graham and two interviews with the artist. In addition, a DVD records the life of the pavilion from construction to inauguration, for valuable insight into Graham's working process.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 11 x 11 in. / 80 pgs / 23 color / 12 bw / 1 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/15/2005 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 142
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Published by Richter Verlag. Essays by Marianne Brouwer, Eric Bruyn, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Thierry de Duve, Corinne Diserens, John Miller, Markus Muller.
Since the 1960s, Dan Graham has carved out a unique space in the field of contemporary art, combing his work as an artist and as a critic of architecture and art in a unique fusion of theory and practice. From the outset, Graham engaged seriously with the aesthetic and political ramifications of Structuralism, taking the artist's critical perceptions of reality to an increasingly conceptual level. His early articles grappled with the question of architecture, arguing that behind the high-rise apartment complexes and housing projects spreading over the Western world lay the phenomenon of economic and social rationalization. Since the beginning of the 1970s Graham has pursued these and other observations with installations, videos, films and large-scale pavilions that serve as thought-models for his critical insights. This catalogue raisonné provides a comprehensive, chronological documentation of 165 works and writings from 1965 until the present day, and includes articles, written sketches, Graham's reports about his artistic activities, art critical essays, film stills, architectural models, pavilions and video rooms, as well as an extensive bibliography. With essays by preeminent critic/philosophers Benjamin Buchloh and Thierry de Duve, among others, the result is a complete and edifying look at one of the premier artist-scholars of the past thirty years.
Published by Ediciones Polígrafa. Essays by Alexander Alberro, Dan Graham, Friedrich Wolfram Heubach, Brian Hatton, Mark Francis, Gloria Moure, Christine van Assche and Adachiara Zevi.
This remarkably detailed and thoroughly illustrated book is an absolutely essential reference to the work and thought of the American artist Dan Graham. As both an artist and a theoretician and critic of art and architecture, Graham's work in the media of video, installation and sculpture rigorously explore the artistic ramifications of human imposition on the natural and built environment, often situating itself at the intersection of art and architecture. This volume includes extensive notes by Graham describing each project, its installation and its intention. Along with two interviews with the artist, it provides unprecedented insight into his ideas and their expression.
Published by Dis Voir. Artwork by Dan Graham. Contributions by Jacinto Lageira, Marc Perelman, Alain Charre.
Architecture is a recurrent theme in Dan Graham's work, as much in his photographs as in his installations and writings. This compilation of essays tracks how questions of urbanism, public and private space, social life and self-perception animate his work. The broad-ranging critique casts a sharp sidelight on our artificial distinctions between art and architecture.