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Art as a social practice: Chris Kraus and Ellen Mara De Wachter *SOLD OUT*

Wednesday 31st October 19:00 at London - Gower Street

A border isn't a metaphor. Knowing each other for over a decade makes us witnesses to each other's lives. My escape is his prison. We meet in a bar and smoke Marlboros.

Waterstones Gower Street is thrilled to present an evening with Chris Kraus, as she discusses Social Practices her new collection of essays on and around art and art practices with writer, curator and author of Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration, Ellen Mara De Wachter. 

Mixing biography, autobiography, fiction, criticism, and conversations among friends, with Social Practices Kraus – author of I Love Dick – continues the anthropological exploration of artistic lives and the art world begun in 2004 with Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness. All art, she implies, is a social practice.

Chris and Ellen will be in conversation and there will be an opportunity for audience questions; afterwards, Chris will be signing copies of Social Practices.

Please note that this event has now sold out.


 

More about the book
Social Practices
includes writings from and around the legendary "Chance Event-Three Days in the Desert with Jean Baudrillard" (1996), and "Radical Localism," an exhibition of art and media from Puerto Nuevo's Mexicali Rose that Kraus co-organized with Marco Vera and Richard Birkett in 2012.

Attuned to the odd and the anomalous, Kraus profiles Elias Fontes, an Imperial Valley hay merchant who has become an important collector of contemporary Mexican art, and chronicles the demise of a rural convenience store in northern Minnesota. She considers the work of such major contemporary artists as Jason Rhoades, Channa Horowitz, Simon Denny, Yayoi Kusama, Henry Taylor, Julie Becker, Ryan McGinley, and Leigh Ledare. Although Kraus casts a skeptical eye at the genre that's come to be known as "social practice," her book is less a critique than a proposition as to how art might be read through desire and circumstance, delirium, gossip, coincidence, and revenge.

Further details: 0207 636 1577.

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Wednesday 31st October 19:00
£18 book and ticket
£9 / £7 concession

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