Anne Bean is a noted international figure who has been working actively since the 1960s. The art of Anne Bean makes strange our sense of time, memory, language, the body, and identity, particularly through solo and collaborative performances along a vital continuum between art and life.
The first substantial survey of its kind, Anne Bean: Self Etc. brings together documentation of her performances, drawings, videos, installations, and sculptures, as well as writings, interviews and visual essays by the artist. A series of commissioned critical essays show her to be a prolific maker of acts, objects, and multiple ‘selves’.
This book includes extensive visual documentation of Bean’s performances, essays by and interviews with Anne Bean, Guy Brett, Dominic Johnson, Poshya Kakl, Rob La Frenais, Lynn MacRitchie, Ezra Rubenstein, and Richard Wilson, and a series of new visual essays by the artist.
Lavishly illustrated and including previously unseen images, Anne Bean: Self Etc. explores and expands the nature, form and contexts that artistic collaboration can take.
'While Bean might challenge fixed ideas of the self and the artist in her performances, this book does not attempt a similar dismantling. Nor does it indicate the disregard for archiving and posterity that Johnson attributes to Bean. A large square volume made for gallery and library shelves, it is co-published by the Live Art Development Agency as part of a series of surveys of individual artists; posterity is exactly what it aims for, and rightly so, given the lack of any other substantial study of Bean’s huge body of work'.
France Morgan on Anne Bean: Self Etc, for The Wire, March 2019
This publication is the sixth in the Intellect Live book series. Intellect Live is a collaboration between Intellect Books and the Live Art Development Agency. The series is characterised by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books that are created through close collaborations between artists and writers, and that are the first substantial publication dedicated to the artists' work.
Launch event on 29 November 2018 at the Live Art Development Agency (LADA)
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Intellect Books and Live Art Development Agency, 2018. Paperback, 320 pages, colour images throughout, 22 cm x 24.5 cm.
"The publication is a not just equally fascinating and important; for those wanting to engage in acts of intimate performance, it’s possibly the most comprehensive reference book available….Some bits made...
"a sumptuous and wide-ranging examination of the work of an inter- nationally significant interdisciplinary artist. Even before it is opened, the book makes a claim for the startling collisions of...
“Johnson’s committed, affectionate, and generous volume does an extraordinary job of paying homage to Athey, of grappling with the complexities of live art, and of doing justice to the wildness...