Stan, Sara, and Johannes VanDerBeek
This book, which accompanied a groundbreaking exhibition, presents a multilayered picture of influence and experimentation between a family of artists.
A few years before his death in 1984, the conceptual artist Stan VanDerBeek recalled a dream he had of the ideal exhibition space, which he playfully referred to as »Amazement Park«. Taking inspiration from that dream, this project combines artwork by the influential filmmaker and artist with work by his daughter, Sara, and son, Johannes, both contemporary artists. This unique book captures the ensuing exhibition: a studio-like space that changed every month for one year and featured works by all three artists. The drawings, photographs, video, and sculpture that revolved in and out of the exhibition reflect the artists’ common interest in recombination and collage, ephemeral materials, and architectural forms.
Ian Berry is Associate Director and The Susan Rabinowitz Malloy Curator of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
ANNE ELLEGOOD is the Executive Director of the ICA LA and former Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum.