September 19, 2010 |
At the first Salon by the Shore to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, museum director Jeffrey Deitch introduced internationally recognized artist Doug Aitken and offered some explanations for L.A.'s ability to create so many great artists. Among other considerations, he named the landscape, climate and intellectual foundation of the city. "We're so lucky to have all this," said event co-chairwoman Lilly Tartikoff Karatz. "At one end of the city we have a great contemporary art museum and then, at the other end, we have the Pacific Ocean.
September 11, 2009 |
Discussing the genesis of his recent project, "Migration," which has its West Coast debut at Regen Projects this month, Doug Aitken tells the story of a conversation he had in Las Vegas with funk musician George Clinton. "He was staying at a Days Inn," Aitken recounts, "but he was playing at some really fancy casino. So I said to him, 'Why aren't you staying at the casino? I'm sure they would have given you a penthouse or something.' And he said" -- here Aitken slips into a low, world-weary, rock star voice -- " 'Yeah, you know, I've been on the road since, like, 1968 and I've been staying at the Days Inn since 1968, and all I want to do is fall asleep and wake up in the exact same place.
April 29, 2009
Hammer Museum event: A listing in the "Happening Today" column in Tuesday's Calendar section said an event with artists Doug Aitken and Catherine Opie was Tuesday at the Hammer Museum. Tuesday's event was actually with Jeffrey Kipnis and Thom Mayne. The event with Aitken and Opie is tonight.
July 30, 2006 |
DOUG AITKEN burst onto an international stage at the 1999 Venice Biennale, when he showed "Electric Earth" -- a three-screen video installation that filled a room with images of urban frustration and angst -- and walked off with one of the exhibition's top prizes. Now the Los Angeles-based artist is preparing to make a big splash on the streets of Manhattan.
April 16, 2006 |
DOUG AITKEN is pretty far removed from the stereotype of the artist, with its tropes of unrecognized genius, unheated garrets and the occasional missing ear. For more than a decade, in museums, galleries and festivals around the globe, the Los Angeles-based Aitken has exhibited complex, multiscreen video environments that are impossible to take in as a unitary whole.
March 25, 2006 |
Artist Doug Aitken is doing everything he can to liberate the 21st century message of his new book from the relatively staid confines of a Gutenberg-era medium. "Broken Screen" -- subtitled "26 Conversations With Doug Aitken: Expanding the Image, Breaking the Narrative" -- is, after all, a group portrait of unruly creative mavericks disinterested in traditional narrative forms.