Guestbook: Leanne Shapton in conversation with Judith Clark – 3rd April, 7pm


We are so pleased to welcome back artist and author Leanne Shapton, to discuss her new collection of short stories, found photographs, and other artworks, Guestbook, with curator Judith Clark.


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A genre-bending, surreal collection of short stories told through words and images from the acclaimed writer and artist Leanne Shapton.
A tennis prodigy collapses after his wins, crediting them to an invisible, not entirely benevolent presence. A series of ghosts appear at the foot of their former beds, some distraught, some fascinated at the sight of their unfamiliar occupants. A woman returns from a visit to Alcatraz with an uncomfortable feeling. The spirit of a prisoner has attached himself to you, a friend tells her.
What haunts us? What can’t we let go of? In more than two dozen stories and vignettes accompanied by an evocative curiosity cabinet of artifacts and images – found photographs, original paintings, Instagram-style portraits – Guestbook presents the glimmering, unsettling evidence that marks our paths through life. Shapton explores the earthly and sublime experience of existence by expanding the traditional ghost story into a new constellation.
Leanne Shapton is an artist, illustrator, and writer who was born in Toronto and lives in New York. She is one of the founders of J&L Books, a non-profit publishing company specializing in new art and writing and the author of several books, including Women in Clothes (with Heidi Julavits) and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.
Judith Clark is a curator and exhibition-maker based in London. She is Professor of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion, UAL, where she teaches on the MA Fashion Curation and in 2014 co-founded the Centre for Fashion Curation. In 2017 Clark commissioned Leanne Shapton to create a series of portraits and fictional fashion notes within the Chloé fashion house archive in Paris.

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Event Details

Date: April 03, 2019

Start time: 19:00

End time: 20:00

Venue: Lutyens & Rubinstein

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