MOCA Publishes a New Book about Contemporary Art for Young Audiences

洛杉矶当代艺术馆MOCA出版当代艺术儿童读物

洛杉矶当代艺术馆(The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles:MOCA)日前出版了一系列关于当代艺术的儿童读物,书名为:“打破陈规:什么是当代艺术”(Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?),作者是诸多文学奖得主苏珊 鲁宾Susan Rubin。这本64页的小册子旨在向8-12岁的儿童读者介绍MOCA举世闻名的永久当代艺术馆藏。内容主要是对部分永久馆藏艺术的创作者——25位当代艺术家的介绍,他们包括:Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alighiero Boetti, Chris Burden, 莫瑞吉奥·卡特兰Maurizio Cattelan, Vija Celmins, 托马斯·德曼Thomas Demand, 莱涅克·迪克斯特拉Rineke Dijkstra, 彼德.多依格Peter Doig, Victor Estrada, Llyn Foulkes, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Andreas Gursky, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Gordon Matta-Clark, 克莱斯·欧登伯格Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, 托尼·奥斯勒Tony Oursler, 罗伯特-劳森伯格Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Nancy Rubins, Edward Ruscha, Jim Shaw, 与田中敦子Atsuko Tanaka。

 

为了鼓励少年读者扩展其对艺术的理解以及艺术创作、阐释的方法,MOCA主持编订了本《打破陈规:什么是当代艺术》(Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?)书,全彩色的书页展示了绘画、雕塑、摄影、装置等众多艺术图片,及对应艺术家的座右铭、生平故事与励志的话。此外,内容还涵盖了艺术家简历、推荐参考书目以及全美当代艺术机构的地址目录。

MOCA教育部长Suzzane Isken表示:“《打破陈规》一书填补了当代艺术在少年儿童图书界的空白。如今,儿童艺术图书市场中铺天盖地的都是对安迪 沃霍Andy Warhol或罗伊 里奇特斯坦Roy Lichtenstein的介绍,但对其他更多当代艺术家的提及则是少之又少。本书很好地较为全面地介绍了当代艺术以及具有代表性的多位开天辟地、激动人心的当代艺术家,还涵盖了多名一线当代女性艺术家。”

MOCA永久馆藏共拥有六千件艺术品,年代上可追溯至1940年所有的视觉媒介,从抽象表现主义大师名作、波普艺术到当下最新的艺术创作都可在该馆藏中找到。《打破陈规:什么是当代艺术》一书中提及的大多数作品都来自于MOCA的馆藏,带领着小读者们探索当代艺术创作之旅——甚至大多数内容都是诸多画廊或美术馆从未播及的——从某种程度上来说,也是对“传统艺术(规矩)”的“打破”。她邀请年轻读者们打破陈规,打破思想的束缚,自由地探索新的艺术创作方法与艺术阐释理念。书中针对绘画、油画、版画或雕塑的教学性插画将颜料或金属替换为了孩子们熟悉的巧克力与糖果,所涉及的绘画工具也大多引用适合孩子们使用的安全用品。

MOCA首席执行官Charles E. Young表示:“与MOCA之前出版的、针对成人的当代艺术读本《这些不是用来看的:洛杉矶当代艺术馆MOCA永久馆藏精品解读》(This Is Not To Be Looked At: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles),《打破陈规》无疑更着意于打开孩子们的想象空间,引导他们去探索更多当代艺术的创作方式与内涵意义的可能。这是MOCA出版的为数不多的当代艺术教育性书本之一,我们一直都致力于通过这些充满建设意义的读物在当代艺术与其重要读者——或可成为未来的艺术家、美术馆参观者、赞助人——之间建立长久持续的关系。”

The Museumof Contemporary Art, Los Angeles(MOCA), announces the publication of a new children’s book about contemporary art, titled ‘Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?’. Written by award winning author Susan Rubin, the 64-page hardcover book is the first to make the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection accessible to young audiences (ages 8–12). It provides an introduction to the work of 25 contemporary artists represented in the museum’s collection, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alighiero Boetti, Chris Burden, Maurizio Cattelan, Vija Celmins, Thomas Demand, Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Doig, Victor Estrada, Llyn Foulkes, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Andreas Gursky, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Gordon Matta-Clark, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, Tony Oursler, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Nancy Rubins, Edward Ruscha, Jim Shaw, and Atsuko Tanaka. Designed to encourage young readers to expand their understanding of what art is and how it can be made and interpreted, ‘Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?’ features full-color reproductions of paintings, sculpture, photography, and installations accompanied by artists’ quotes and lively, engaging text. Artist biographies, a bibliography, and a resource for locating contemporary art nationally are also included.

“Breaking the Rules fills a gap in the kind of art presented to young audiences,” said MOCA Director of Education Suzanne Isken. “While art books for children about Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein multiply, texts about the more contemporary artists are few and far between. ‘Breaking the Rules’ expands the cannon and includes leading contemporary female artists as well as a multicultural group of some of the most groundbreaking and exciting artists of our time.”

MOCA’s permanent collection is comprised of nearly 6,000 works of art created since 1940 in all visual media, including masterpieces of abstract expressionism and pop art as well as inspiring new works by artists from around the world. ‘Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?’ explores some of the most intriguing works in the museum’s holdings, leading young audiences to examine the creative processes of artists working today—processes which often expand beyond the confines of museum or gallery walls and “break the rules” of traditional fine art. Inviting readers to think outside the norm and look for new ways to interpret and create the world around them, ‘Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?’ demonstrates that drawing with pencil, painting with paint, and sculpting with clay have been updated to include practices such as silk-screening with chocolate, sculpting with candy, and drawing with construction tools.

“Building on the popularity of MOCA’s permanent collection catalogue for adults titled ‘This Is Not To Be Looked At: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)’,’ Breaking the Rules’ utilizes the breadth of the museum’s holdings to capture the imagination of children and educate them about the possibilities for the making and the meanings of contemporary art,” said MOCA Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Young. “This is one of several important educational offerings presented by MOCA that creates meaningful and lasting relationships between contemporary art and a very important audience—future artists and museum visitors and supporters.”

MOCA will donate 200 copies of ‘Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?’ to Los Angeles County schools through the museum’s Contemporary Art Start (CAS) program. Generous support for Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art? was provided by The MOCA Projects Council. All proceeds from the sale of this publication support the museum. It is available for $14.95 at all MOCA Store locations or online at moca.org.

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