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In his book A Lover's Discourse, Roland Barthes attempted to theorize the language used by lovers to describe each other. It is arguably a text about loneliness, suggesting that even romantic language confesses the distance that always exists between people: if we could achieve perfect unity with others, language would not be necessary. This catalogue documents an exhibition about how "couples" discourse--about the ways in which artists cope with the social connections and practicalities of being artists in a couple. It is about the commonalities as well as the differences, the intimacies as well as the public articulations--in other words, the negotiations that are required in any relationship.
Featuring the work of twenty-one contemporary artist-couples, the Couples Discourse exhibition & catalogue also featured images of the artist-couples in their homes & studios. Photographed together, in some cases for the first time publically, Jenny Rogers is able to capture the unique spirit of each couple in their environment; featured artists include Eleanor and David Antin, Nene Humphrey and Benny Andrews, Patricia Cronin and Deborah Kass, Joyce and Max Kozloff, Helen and Brice Marden, Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt, Julie Burleigh and Catherine Opie, Roy Dowell and Lari Pittman, Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Mangold, Lisa Sigal and Byron Kim, Nancy Spero (recently widowed), Deborah Willis (recently divorced), and Betty and George Woodman. Couples Discourse was edited by Joyce Henri Robinson and features an essay by Sarah K. Rich.
It might be a truism to say that the very notion of "the couple" is undergoing significant transformation at the moment. Legal changes now allow many same-sex marriages in the United States, even as increasing numbers of people both gay and straight choose to enjoy unions and family structures beyond such conventional forms. Now is, of course, the perfect time to investigate more carefully the ways in which artists construct and articulate their positions as "couples."
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it." - Cesare Pavese
These 3 sets of images document recent travel projects in France, Greece & Israel.