Kim Gordon and Isabelle Graw discuss their recent book releases, No Icon (Rizzoli, 2020) and In Another World: Notes, 2014–2017 (Sternberg Press, 2020).
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and Skylight Books, in cooperation with Sternberg Press
Both books are available to purchase through Skylight Books.
This online event brings together long-time acquaintances Kim Gordon (artist, author, and co-founding member of the band Sonic Youth) and Isabelle Graw (art historian and publisher of the journal Texte zur Kunst) for a discussion of how their new respective publications relate to their current interests and past projects.
While taking different approaches to the form of the memoir, both books touch on similar themes, especially the role of art—writing, painting, music—in processing loss and abrupt change as well as overcoming deeply rooted patterns.
The authors will reflect on capturing the social dimension of personal experience in writing without losing its emotional specificity.
Kim Gordon is an American musician, singer, songwriter, visual artist, and actress. She was the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. Her autobiographical memoir, Girl in a Band, 2015, is a New York Times best seller. She is represented by 303 Gallery in New York City and has had solo shows at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
Isabelle Graw is the publisher of the journal Texte zur Kunst, which she cofounded with Stefan Germer in 1990, and professor of art history and art theory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. Her previous books include The Love of
Painting: Genealogy of a Success Medium (2018), High Price: Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture (2010), and Die bessere Hälfte: Künstlerinnen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts (2003). Graw lives in Berlin.