Ellen Harvey: Museum of Failure
Text by Henriette Huldisch
Artist interview with Adam Budak
From her earliest experiments with oil-painting Old Master landscapes as graffiti on the streets of New York, to her recent project The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. (2013), a large-scale installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, Ellen Harvey has applied her unique and humorous perspective to unpacking the history of art and aesthetics.
Taking its title from the ongoing project featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, a rear-illuminated wall of plexiglass mirrors in ornate frames, Ellen Harvey: Museum of Failure is the first major retrospective publication on the artist's work, looking at each of the major projects she's undertaken in the last 20 years. Harvey's practice incorporates painting, photography, video, installation, and public participation to examine our expectations about art and cultural production, their proper contexts and what constitutes appropriate engagement, all with a disarming charm.
With a major new text on the artist by curator Henriette Huldisch, and an in-depth interview with the artist. Fully illustrated with color images of nearly every work Harvey has produced, and beautifully designed by the award-winning studio Project Projects, Ellen Harvey: The Museum of Failure documents the development of this charismatic and highly original artist.
Hardcover, 9 x 11 inches, 302 pages, 200+ color images
Published Fall 2015