By Susan Silton
Essay by Liz Kotz
Who's in a Name? began as an intervention in a public project by artist John Baldessari. In January 2011, Baldessari launched YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS on the façade of the Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia. Leading up to the launch of the project and during its three-week duration, viewers were invited to register their names on a dedicated website. Participants were then informed when their names would be illuminated on a nearly 100-foot L.E.D. screen; the website presented a 24/7 streaming image of registered names coming in and out of view every fifteen seconds. In January 2011, when Silton first learned about the project, she invited artist friends and colleagues to each register the name of an artist who had committed suicide. These names she culled from a Wikipedia site devoted to the archiving of artists (and others) who had ended their lives.
Fifty-nine artists, including Silton, agreed to participate. Subsequently the artist asked eleven young art historians/writers to rewrite 200-word bios of all of the living and non-living artists. These biographical entries, along with screengrabs Silton captured of all of the suicidees' registered names, and an essay by art historian Liz Kotz, are gathered together in the book.
Suzanne Adelman, Lisa Anne Auerbach, S.A. Bachman, Judie Bamber, Laurel Beckman, Lynne Berman, Kaucyila Brooke, David Burns, Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Callaghan, Rebecca Campbell, Anthony Carfello, Carolyn Castaño, Young Chung, Marcus Civin, Ginny Cook, Eileen Cowin, Robert Crouch, Mara De Luca, Ken Ehrlich, Robert Fontenot, Micol Hebron, Annetta Kapon, Farrah Karapetian, Dawn Kasper, Sant Khalsa, Alex Klein, David Lamelas, Eve Luckring, Audrey Mandelbaum, Yong Soon Min, Brian Moss, Amitis Motevalli, Sandeep Mukherjee, Hillary Mushkin, Meena Nanji, Pat O’Neill, Adam Overton, Taisha Paggett, Sheila Pinkel, Job Piston, Nancy Popp, Yvonne Rainer, Rachelle Rojany, Connie Samaras, Joe Santarromana, Margie Schnibbe, Kim Schoen, Betsy Lin Seder, Susan Silton, Alex Slade, Jen Smith, T. Kim-Trang Tran, Carrie Ungerman, Stephen van Dyck, Matias Viegener, Austin Young, Jody Zellen, Bari Ziperstein.
143 pages/ color illustrations
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