This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists
03 Jun - 02 Sep 2018
A Painting That Is Its Own Documentation, 1966–1968
Acrylic paint on multiple canvases
6 panels: original canvas, 68 × 56 5⁄8 × 1 in (172.7 × 144 × 2.5 cm); 5 additional canvases, 34 1⁄4 × 56 5⁄8 × 1 in. each (87 × 144 × 2.5 cm); 68 × 226 5⁄8 × 1 in. (172.72 × 575.31 × 2.54 cm) overall
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional and promised gift of Norah and Norman Stone in honor of John Caldwell, Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1989–93)
The selected works included in the exhibition range from signage, wall paintings, and individual canvases to large-scale installations. This Brush For Hire will also include two major installations: Mike Kelley’s Proposal for the Decoration of an Island of Conference Rooms (with Copy Room) for an Advertising Agency Designed by Frank Gehry (1991–92)—which has not been presented since 1992—and a new, site-specific work by Arturo Herrera in the Courtyard.
A short film on the life and work of Norm Laich will be on view in the exhibition. Directed and produced by Los Angeles filmmaker Pauline Stella Sanchez, the film provides an intimate glance at Laich’s work and friendships with a number of local and national artists. Featured in the film will be short interviews conducted by Cranston with Laich, John Baldessari, Stephen Prina, Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Alexis Smith, Gary Simmons, and more.
Michael Asher, John Baldessari, John Boskovich, Karen Carson, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Meg Cranston, Kim Fisher, Scott Grieger, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Norm Laich, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Renée Petropoulos, Amanda Ross-Ho, Stephen Prina, Kay Rosen, Alexis Smith, Lawrence Weiner