By Maria Fusco
The second of four special publications to accompany a display of works from Barcelona’s ”la Caixa” Collection at Whitechapel Gallery, selected by and featuring newly-commissioned fictional works by some of the most original English and Spanish-language authors writing today.
Established in Barcelona in 1985 by ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, the ”la Caixa” Collection features over 1,000 works of international contemporary art from the last 30 years, including artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Joseph Beuys, Cornelia Parker and Doris Salcedo.
For a major four-part display running from 2019–20, Whitechapel Gallery has partnered with ”la Caixa” to showcase key pieces from the Collection, with each of the four ‘chapters’ curated by a contemporary writer, who will also contribute a brand new work of fiction in response to their selection. Each display will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring the works displayed and the new text.
The second chapter, on display in Summer 2019, will be selected by Maria Fusco (b. 1972, Belfast; lives and works in Glasgow), a writer of fiction, critical and theoretical texts and screenplays, and ‘one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary writing in the UK’ (Artangel). She has published critical writings (collected in Give Up Art, 2018), short stories (The Mechanical Copula, 2011) and is founder/editorial director for the experimental art-writing journal The Happy Hypocrite.
Fusco has selected works by Alan Charlton, Esther Ferrer, Cristina Iglesias, Pello Irazu, Astrid Klein, Cindy Sherman, Ignacio Uriarte and Christopher Williams. An additional contribution by the art critic and curator Neus Miro introduces video art in ”la Caixa” Collection.
Paperback, 112 pages, 225 x 145 mm
12 colour illustrations
First published 2019