Walead Beshty - Industrial Portraits


Los Angeles-based artist and writer Walead Beshty started his Industrial Portraits series in 2008. He realises them wherever he goes, asking all the art people he works with to pose in their working environment and working clothes: studio assistants, gallery staff, curators, lab technicians, critics, fellow artists, collectors, art handlers and even the "machines", which contribute to an artwork's progress from studio to gallery and beyond. This book gathers portraits created between 2008 and 2012. Captioned first as "framer," "Fedex courier" or "darkroom assistant" and then identified with their initials and the location and date of the shoot, together his models form a non-hierarchical, kaleidoscopic yet very detailed "Facebook" of the art world, following in part the tradition of great American anthropological photographic surveys. A second volume will be published to span the subsequent years. Published by JRP|Ringier (Zurich). 

608 pages, 10 x 16 cm, softcover, JRP|Ringier (Zurich).