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Tapeheads: California Video
The Getty rarely acts in small measure,
especially when it comes to acquiring
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Institute’s acquisition in 2005 of the
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Long Beach Museum of Art video archive,
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a West Coast haul. No money was exchanged,
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in this case, but the Research Institute
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tapes, which had been languishing in a
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storeroom for nearly a decade.
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This formidable collection makes its first

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major public appearance in California Video,
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a sweeping 40-year survey of the region’s
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momentous contribution to the medium.
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With 65 works by 58 artists, the show spans
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multiple generations, from early luminaries
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like Allan Kaprow, John Baldessari and

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Eleanor Antin to relative newcomers Enid
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Baxter Blader, Cathy Begien and Brian Bress.

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Martha Rosler, Paul McCarthy, the Kipper 6
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Kids, Martin Kersels, Bill Viola, Tony
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Oursler, Euan Macdonald and Diana Thater
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also appear, among many others.
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Highlights include a reconstruction of the
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original 1975–6 installation of The Eternal
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Frame – a reenactment of John F. Kennedy’s
Like the dandyish time-
sexuality. A follow-up show,
assassination – by the San Francisco Bay
travelling protagonists of a
opening this month, trades
Area collectives Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco;
gay adventure novel, McDermott
deviant desire for idol
a 27-monitor tower by Paul Kos that
& McGough treat historical
worship, while sustaining the
replicates a stained-glass window in
periods – particularly those
same campy fascination with
Chartres Cathedral; the West Coast premiere
of the late-nineteenth and
that time. Here a series
of Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done series (2005);
early-twentieth century – as
of painted television sets
and a new site-specific projection by
so many variations on a shared
will frame movie stills of
Jennifer Steinkamp. Holly Myers
theme. Which is not to say
Bette Davis and other starlets
that the pair have been
CalIFornIa VIDEo, 15 MARCH – 8 JUNE
of the era doing their best
immune to the fickle waves
GETTy MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
glamour puss or vamp-vixen.
of the New york economy;
WWW.GETTy.EDU
originally hoisted by Julian
At the same time, Dublin’s IMMA
Schnabel into a 1980s
will house a comprehensive
artworld sympathetic to their
retrospective of the artists’
expensively maintained
photographic work. The images
lifestyle, they too suffered
may as well be a roll-call
from the market’s collapse,
of 1980s artworlders – dealer
relocating to Ireland and
Harry Lunn, curator Trevor
exhibiting no paintings or
Fairbrother – but the artists’
photographs for ten years.
adherence to wet plate and
gum bichromate render them
Since returning to the circuit
utterly ghostly: caught between
in 2002, the couple’s
eras in an impeccably designed
historical net has continued
world of McDermott & McGough’s
to grow. Their 2006 painting
own making. Tyler Coburn
show at New york’s Cheim &
Read offered a Pop portrait
MCDERMOTT & MCGOUGH:
of mid-century American
BECausE oF HIM
suburbia, implicitly seen
CHEIM & READ, NEW yORK
from the eyes of a teenage 21 MARCH – 26 APRIL
boy, in which every picket
WWW.CHEIMREAD.COM
fence, manicured lawn and
an ExpErIEnCE oF aMusIng
newfangled product doubled as
CHEMIsTry, IMMA, DUBLIN
Nancy Buchanan, Tech-Knowledge, 1984, single-channel video, colour,
UNTIL 27 APRIL
sound, 16 min. Courtesy the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, a potential locus of aberrant
Research Library, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
WWW.IMMA.IE
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