Los Angeles is often referred to through clichés related to its climate, to Hollywood and to lifestyle in general, but there is another side to Los Angeles, a darker side, which has to do with the complexity of society in terms of race and class.
Los Angeles is a city with a flourishing diversity of artists who have created their own visions and artistic languages within the same social and geographical environment, but which have taken them on different routes. The concept of this exhibition is to create a fictional and subjective view of Los Angeles where many narratives generate a flowing synergy between the artworks. The artists range from those whose famous works have become synonymous with Los Angeles to younger figures who are offering a fresh take on the city.
Kelly Akashi, Kenneth Anger, John Baldessari, Math Bass, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Brian Calvin, Meg Cranston, John Divola, Hannah Greely, Samara Golden, David Hockney, Evan Holloway, Robert Irwin, Alex Israel, Stanya Kahn, William Leavitt, Nancy Lupo, Tala Madani, Paul McCarthy, Rodney McMillian, Nicole Miller, Michele O’Marah, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, Martine Syms, Henry Taylor, Ryan Trecartin/Lizzie Fitch, Kaari Upson and Jonas Wood.
Alongside the exhibition, in the form of a book, we also present a small and subjective selection of literature written in or about Los Angeles during the last 50 years. Quotes and extracts from these writings will be organised so that they in turn tell a potential story that acts as an amplification for the artworks.
Alex Abella, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kenneth Anger, Reyner Banham, Paul Beatty, Francesca Lia Block, T. C. Boyle, Vincent Bugliosi, Charles Bukowski, Octavia Butler, Amina Cain, Wanda Coleman, Michael Connelly, Bernard Cooper, Dennis Cooper, Mark Z. Danielewski, Trinie Dalton, Mike Davis, Joan Didion, Dominick Dunne, Bret Easton Ellis, James Ellroy, Steve Erickson, John Fante, Janet Fitch, Angela Flournoy, James Frey, Romain Gary, Ryan Gattis, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Hansen, Paul Haggis, John Haskell, Todd Haynes, David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood, Aris Janigian, Norman M. Klein, Chris Kraus, Rachel Kushner, Cameron Lange, Annette Leddy, Joe Linton, David Lynch, Esther McCoy, Terrence Malick, Joseph Mattson, Joyce Maynard, Jan Morris, Walter Mosley, Maggie Nelson, Victoria Patterson, Vanessa Place, Eric Puchner, Thomas Pynchon, John Rechy, Nina Revoyr, David Richards, Mary Rinebold Copeland, Jean Rolin, Martha Ronk, James Sallis, Christina Schwarz, Carolyn See, Lisa See, Mona Simpson, Jane Smiley, Jack Smith, Gary Snyder, Matthew Specktor, John Steppling, Matthew Stokoe, Donna Tartt, Karen Tei Yamashita, David Thomson, Rupert Thomson, Héctor Tobar, Bruce Wagner, Joseph Wambaugh, John Waters, Benjamin Weissman, Lawrence Weschler, Christa Wolf and Rudy Wurlitzer.
Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran (AFM), Thierry Raspail (MAC Lyon) and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, assisted by an advisory board including Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries, London), Ali Subotnick (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles) and artist Alex Israel.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway and Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France.
Astrup Faernley Museet