Join us for a discussion with artist and writer Walead Beshty, on occasion of his new publication 33 Texts: 93,614 Words: 581,035 Characters from JRP|Ringier and Les presses du réel. Beshty will be joined by George Baker, Johanna Burton and Liam Gillick in a conversation about the collection of selected writings. This event is presented with Petzel Publications.
Los Angeles–based artist Walead Beshty has long maintained an active writing career alongside his work in the visual arts. Writing on a variety of media, including essays on cinema, painting, sculpture and photography, and texts on artists such as Jay DeFeo, Sharon Lockhart, Kelley Walker, Luisa Lambri, Annette Kelm and Michael Asher, among others, Beshty has been widely published in both books and magazines. This book, the latest in JRP|Ringier’s Positions series copublished with Les presses du réel, gathers together a selection of these essays, often hard to find, in partially reedited forms. Together these texts appear as a parallel production to Beshty’s artistic work: they reflect on the conditions of the realization and circulation of images, undermining distinctions between media, abstraction and figuration, and proposing new aesthetic criteria for the works examined.