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Mika Rottenberg: The Production of Luck
Introduction by Christopher Bedford
Texts by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Mika Rottenberg
Published in association with the Rose Art Museum

Mika Rottenberg creates highly inventive and distinctly original video and sculpture installations that have a way of collapsing distances–between unique characters, remote places, and disparate activities–and exposing hidden or imagined connections and causalities that underlie global capitalist production. Over the last decade, Rottenberg’s elaborately constructed narratives and environments have garnered serious critical attention and have been the subject of major exhibitions at public institutions around the world.

Mika Rottenberg: The Production of Luck offers a comprehensive assessment of Rottenberg’s career to date. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of the major works for which the artist has become known, culminating in her newest work Bowls Balls Souls Holes (2014), commissioned by the Rose Art Museum on the occasion of the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States. The individual works are illustrated through an abundance of installation views, video stills, planning diagrams, and source materials, and further illuminated through accompanying texts by Rottenberg herself. The book also collects the artist’s drawings and photography, significant bodies of work not previously explored in book form, as well as a complete biography and bibliography of the artist.

Featuring a major new text in response to Rottenberg’s work by award- winning poet, novelist, and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as texts on the artist by Rose Art Museum director Christopher Bedford, and scholar and critic Julia Bryan-Wilson, Mika Rottenberg: The Production of Luck is a comprehensive resource on the work of one of today’s most compelling and groundbreaking artists.

Mika Rottenberg’s debut solo exhibition with Andrea Rosen Gallery, featuring the New York premiere of Bowls Balls Souls Holes, is on view from May 7 - June 14, 2014. For more information, please visit www.

Hardcover, 8 x 10 in., 292 pages, 204 color

ISBN 9781941366004
Published September 2014

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