Mar 02, 2015

"Walking the Sea" book launch and conversation with Katherine Carl

In concurrence with exhibition
“Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art” that continues at
e-flux (311 East Broadway, Lower East Side, Manhattan) -installation of Walking the Sea
and The James Gallery (365 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan) through March 28.

Conversation Katherine Carl and Anton Ginzburg
Katherine Carl is curator of the James Gallery and deputy director of the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center. Her other projects include School of Missing Studies. She was curator at The Drawing Center and has worked at Dia Art Foundation, ArtsLink, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her co-edited books are Lost Highway Expedition Photobook (2007) and Evasions of Power (2011).

Book presentation of Anton Ginzburg: Walking the Sea
Published by Hatje Cantz

Texts by Melanie Marino, Claudia Schmuckli, Olesya Turkina.
Interview by Dan Graham.
graphic design by Project Projects


In Walking the Sea, Anton Ginzburg (* 1974 in St. Pe­tersburg) charts a twenty-six-thousand-square-mile area between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan known as the Aral Sea, an environmental ruin of the Soviet era. Drawing on the tradition of American Land Art from the late sixties and early seventies, Ginzburg ap­proaches the waterless sea as a ready-made earth­work in order to make visible a territory, history, and a potential imaginary space that remain largely inac­cessible. The resulting film, photographs, and sculp­tures refer to regional histories and cultural myths, ranging from the figure of the plein-air painter as a traveling dervish to the idea of the landscape as shaped like an Aeolian harp, and the belief in a sub­terranean “inner sea” into which the Aral Sea has dis­appeared. The book pays homage to a rich history of artists who have approached the world from the per­spective of a wanderer and who have mapped and re­shaped both landscapes and urban environments through the act of walking.

March 2, 2015 (Monday) at 7:30pm

287 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013