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Roberts Projects invites you to explore our gallery publications with a curated selection now available to view online or download in PDF format. Our publication division was formed in 2003 to produce books and catalogues that focus on exhibition surveys, contemporary artists and art historical monographs.

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Betye Saar: FESTAC '77

Betye Saar
FESTAC ‘77, 2018

Text by Camille Mary Weiner.

Published for the artist's solo presentation at Frieze New York, Betye Saar: FESTAC '77 includes a selection of the artist's work organized around her participation in the festival FESTAC '77. The exhibition highlights how, inspired by her FESTAC journey, Saar's assemblages and collages from the period investigate concepts of the ritual, community, inherited traditions, and how objects retain the histories of their owners. Betye Saar: FESTAC '77 is conceived and designed by the 91 year-old artist.

FESTAC '77, or the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, was a major international arts festival held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. In terms of scale and ambition, FESTAC '77 had no precedent. The month-long event showcased internationally a wide range of African fine art, literature, drama, dance, and music. 16,000 participants, representing 56 African and African Diaspora nations and countries, performed; the American delegation included artists Betye Saar, Samella Lewis, Faith Ringgold, Barkley Hendricks, Nathaniel Bustian, Ta-coumba T. Aiken and Noah Purifoy.  Despite its historical importance, FESTAC '77 remains relatively unknown.

Saar's participation was part of a new, vigorous interest in the political potentialities that crystallized during the U.S. Black Arts Movement. The festival provided a forum for diverse contributions divesting from European-derived aesthetics and thematics, representing a broadening of focus within Afrodiasporic studies. Betye Saar captured the optimism of FESTAC '77 in her sketches onsite. Her subsequent assemblages and collages absorbed the multiple social and political influences, specifically African-American women's political mobilization, collective action, and historical traditions of resistance.

This publication accompanies the exhibition Betye Saar: FESTAC ’77 at Frieze New York, Roberts Projects Stand SP17 (May 3 - 6, 2018).

Published by Roberts Projects, Culver City, California, 2018
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9 inches / 30 pages / 24 color images
English
ISBN: 9780991488988

Ed Templeton: The Prevailing Nothing

Ed Templeton
The Prevailing Nothing, 2003

Perhaps no young contemporary artist today captures the insecurity, pain, fearlessness and innocence of youth better than Ed Templeton. A California native, Templeton grew up (and still resides) in the suburbs of Orange County. His works tell the story of a disaffected youth set against the picture perfect landscape of the tract housing and sub-divisions of this region. Templeton is entirely self-taught. As a teenager, he learned the story of art from studying illustrations he would find in books in his local shopping mall. It would be a mistake, however, to label him an outsider artist. He is well aware of what he is doing, and after years of studying his craft he has become quite savvy. Templeton is already a minor celebrity among legions of young fans due to his success as a professional skateboarder, and this has allowed him a rare insiders view into the unique and sometimes wild lives of his subjects. He still spends a good majority of his time on tour with his team, traveling the world and documenting his adventures. His museum installations almost always take the form of life-size journals. They include paintings, photographs, works on paper as well as pages torn from sketchbooks and other random detritus from the artist’s life. Works are hung floor to ceiling, are comprised of hundreds of elements and include images and text applied directly to the wall.

Ed Templeton The Prevailing Nothing accompanies the artist's solo exhibition at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California (November 15 - December 20, 2003).

Published by Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California, Iconoclast Productions and RVCA, 2003
Format: Softcover, 10.75 x 14.25 inches / 26 pages / 14 color images / 12 bw images
English
ASIN: B000OE4NZU

Jeffrey Gibson: People Like Us

Jeffrey Gibson
People Like Us, 2018

With unique collaboration between Jeffrey Gibson and Demian DinéYazhi'

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice of more than a decade since the completion of his Master of Arts degree from The Royal College of Art, London in1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Drawing influence from popular music, fashion, literature, cultural and critical theory, and his own individual heritage, Gibson's work recontextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and the assimilation of modernist artistic strategies within contemporary art.

Demian DinéYazhi ́ (b. 1983) is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist born tothe clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) & Tódích'íí'nii (BitterWater). Growing up in the colonized border town of Gallup, New Mexico, the evolution of DinéYazhi ́’s work has been influenced by their ancestral ties to traditional Diné culture and ceremony, matrilineal upbringing, the sacredness ofland, and the importance of intergenerational knowledge. Through research, mining community archives, and social collaboration and activism, DinéYazhi ́ highlights the intersections of Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist identity and political ideology while challenging the white noise of the contemporary art movement. They have recently exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art (2018), Henry ArtGallery (2018), Pioneer Works (2018), CANADA, NY (2017); and Cooley Gallery (2017). DinéYazhi ́ is the founder of the Indigenous artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. DinéYazhi ́ also serves as co-editor of Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. They are the recipient of the Henry Art Museum’s Brink Award (2017) and a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2018) and Eiteljorg Fellow (2019).

This publication accompanies the presentation Jeffrey Gibson: People Like Us at Art Basel Miami Beach, Roberts Projects Nova Sector Stand N5 (December 6 – 9, 2018).

Published by Roberts Projects, Culver City, California, 2018
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9 inches / 52 pages / 29 color images
English

Betye Saar: Ritual

Betye Saar
Ritual, 2016

Text by Camille Mary Weiner.

Published for the artist's solo presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, Betye Saar: Ritual spans three decades of work organized under the unifying idea of ritual. The presentation centers around a major historical assemblage - Mti, 1973 - which takes its form as a freestanding altarpiece fusing together gypsy, Indian, and voodoo cultural symbols. Accompanying assemblage and collage works chosen for their reoccurring themes exploring the transformation of rituals and cultural symbols will be arranged in three distinct groupings on the surrounding walls. The resulting installation renegotiates the aestheticization of ritualized action, concepts of power and display, the transferal of installation as sculpture, and how agency simultaneously resides in the objecthood of art and its transmitted communicative qualities.

This publication accompanies the exhibition Betye Saar: Ritual at Art Basel Miami Beach, Roberts & Tilton Stand S06 (December 1 - 4, 2016).

Published by Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California, 2016
Format: Softcover, 8 x 10 inches / 42 pages / 25 color images
English
ISBN: 9780991488964

Lenz Geerk: Painting Book 1

Lenz Geerk
Painting Book 1, 2020

A facsimile edition of an unpublished sketchbook dated November 2019 made when the artist was sequestered in a hotel room. Giving an intimate glimpse into his process, the book brings together familiar motifs, depicting his interest in the human form and the evolution of his uniquely charming style.

Published by the artist, 2020
Format: PDF, 5 x 8 inches / 38 pages / 17 images
English

Downloadable Media

Betye Saar: FESTAC '77
Betye Saar: FESTAC '77
Ed Templeton: The Prevailing Nothing
Ed Templeton: The Prevailing Nothing
Jeffrey Gibson: People Like Us
Jeffrey Gibson: People Like Us
Betye Saar: Ritual
Lenz Geerk: Painting Book 1, 2020
Lenz Geerk: Painting Book 1, 2020