Kevin Beasley: A View of a Landscape
The most ambitious publication devoted to American artist Kevin Beasley’s work to date, A view of a landscape consists of a monograph and a double LP record, designed and conceived by the artist as equal, integrated elements. A view of a landscape is a wide-ranging presentation of Beasley’s work in sculpture, sound, and performance. It illuminates how his practice is grounded in his family’s land in Virginia, a place that he considers here in connection to larger American histories. Along with texts by nine writers, this substantial book features an array of images that present Beasley’s work and related material from his research collection of images. The double LP gathers newly recorded tracks by musicians and artists from Beasley’s close creative circles, produced in partnership with London-based record label Hyperdub. Each musician’s tracks are uniquely their own, but they all sample recordings that Beasley made, some of them on his family land, reflecting an ongoing spirit of collaboration.
The book includes essays by Andy Battaglia, Kevin Beasley, Daphne A. Brooks, Adrienne Edwards, Leon Finley, Mark Godfrey, Thomas Lax, Ralph Lemon, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Fred Moten, and an introduction by Karsten Lund and Solveig Øvstebø.
Published by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago