Christian Marclay: Festival

Christian Marclay: Festival
Library Shelf Location 18.MARC
Publication Date 2010
Description Artist/composer Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is known for his distinctive fusion of image and sound. Celebrated as a pioneer of turntablism, Marclay transforms sound and music into visual and physical forms through performance, collage, sculpture, large-scale installations, photography, and video. This groundbreaking Whitney exhibition—activated by daily concerts and continually evolving—explores Marclay’s approach to the world around him with a particular focus on his “graphic scores” for performance by musicians and vocalists. Visitors to the Whitney will be encouraged to mark up a wall-sized chalkboard, with musical staff lines, thereby creating a collective musical score which will be performed throughout the run of the show. Other Marclay scores, including the premiere of a new scrolled vocal work forty feet in length and three scores conceived as projections, will be continually on view and performed on a regular basis. World renowned musicians and vocalists, some of whom have been regular collaborators with the artist for three decades, will interpret a dozen scores, enabling museum audiences to experience a less well known aspect of Marclay’s varied art practice. Published in a 3-volume magazine format, this exhibition catalogue aims to capture the spontaneity of his process-oriented practice. Although the structure of the magazines is intentionally loose, there are some themes that each issue addresses: the first issue historically contextualizes Marclay’s work; the second addresses his early work and discusses the performances taking place at the Whitney; and the third looks at his later work and video scores. As a whole, Christian Marclay: Festival is a thoughtful and creatively packaged document that captures how this artist’s compelling practice has evolved over time and continues to expand and develop.
ISBN 9780300169003
Quantity 1
Pages 240
Authors Christoph Cox, Liz Kotz
Format 3 paperbacks in cardboard sleeve
Publisher Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Related Artist Christian Marclay
Categories Audio/Sound Art/Music, Live Art/Performance
Keyword Sound Art
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

Other Artists

Other Recent Books