Liz Deschenes

Liz Deschenes

Edited by Eva Respini

Published by The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,
DelMonico Books, and Prestel, 2016

Contributions by Sarah Charlesworth, Eric Crosby,
Roxana Marcoci, R. H. Quaytman, and Lynne Tillman
Hardcover 254 x 325.12 mm, 78 color/8 b&w illus., 160pp.
ISBN 978-3-902592-63-7

Presented in conjunction with Liz Deschenes' first, mid-career survey exhibition at the ICA, Boston, June 29  – October 16, 2016, this catalogue features engaging texts by Eva Respini, Roxana Marcoci, Lynne Tillman, Sarah Charlesworth, Eric Crobsy, and a special gatefold presenting a visual conversation between the artist and R. H. Quaytman.

"One of the quiet giants of post-conceptual photography" (The New York Times), Liz Deschenes continually challenges photography’s traditional conventions. Since the mid-1990s her work has evolved as a stripping away of photography’s inherent interference with its subjects. Making use of the medium’s most fundamental aspects—paper, light, chemicals—she produces camera-less pieces that not only remind viewers of photography’s essential goal of reflecting light and color but also expand its scope into the realm of sculpture. Filled with dazzling reproductions of Deschenes’s installations and lush work, the only comprehensive publication devoted exclusively to the artist includes her key bodies of works, from early color studies to recent hybrid photo-sculptural installations that playfully interact with their environment. An interview captures Deschenes's voice and point of view and a series of critical essays rounds out this unparalleled exploration of an exciting, boundary-pushing artist working at the height of her powers.