Introducing Tony Conrad

A Retrospective

Throughout his six-decade career, Tony Conrad forged a unique path through numerous artistic movements and defined a vast range of culture, including rock music and public access television.

Published on the occasion of the first large-scale museum survey devoted to works he presented in museum and gallery settings, this richly illustrated catalogue offers an in-depth introduction to Conrad’s life and career, presenting new texts and the artist’s own writings about selected works dating from 1966 to 2016—his early structural films; projects in which he treated film as a sculptural and performative material; the Invented Acoustical Tools, presented as sculptures themselves; his ambitious films about power relations, set in the military and in prison; and his final sculptures and installations, which evoke and critique what he perceived as an emerging culture of surveillance, control, and containment.

Accompanies the exhibition Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, 3 Mar – 27 May 2018, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; a co-presentation of the same exhibition Oct 2018 – Jan 2019 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University and then on to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in February 2019.

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