Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World is published in conjunction with the first North American retrospective of the artist’s work. Featuring an array of Durham’s sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos, this beautifully illustrated catalogue explores his singular and vital contributions to contemporary art since the 1970s, both in the United States and internationally. With a major essay by exhibition curator Anne Ellegood and contributions by renowned scholars and writers- Jennifer A. González, Jessica L. Horton, Fred Moten, Paul Chaat Smith, MacKenzie Stevens, Elisabeth Sussman, and Jessica Berlanga Taylor- the catalogue examines the impact and importance of Durham’s work within the context of American art; recounts his participation in New York’s downtown art scene in the 1980s and his time living in Cuernavaca, Mexico; explores his attentiveness to materials and inventive use of humor and language; and highlight his ongoing emphasis on acts of resistance, ambiguity, and art as a critical and social discourse. An interview with Durham and a detailed chronology explore his philosophy and ethics and detail the early years of his career and subsequent practice in Europe, where he has lived since 1994. A selection of Durham’s poetry and essays dating from 1974 to the present are featured prominently.
By Anne Ellegood
11 ¼ × 8 ¾ in. (portrait)