August 19th, 2018

“This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists” at ICA LA

Karen Carson

Artists: Michael Asher, John Baldessari, John Boskovich, Karen Carson, Meg Cranston, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Kim Fisher, Scott Grieger, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Norm Laich, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Renée Petropoulos, Stephen Prina, Kay Rosen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Alexis Smith, Lawrence Weiner

Venue: ICA LA

Exhibition Title: This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists

Organized by: John Baldessari, Meg Cranston

Date: June 3 – September 2, 2018

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6. Brush for Hire 16

Alexis Smith

Mike Kelley

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of ICA LA. Photos by Brian Forrest.

Press Release:

This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists surveys an array of world-renowned artists and one indispensable assistant—the Los Angeles-based artist, sign painter, and fabricator Norm Laich. The exhibition will consist of paintings and graphic installations fabricated by Laich over the past three decades. Laich has been a key contributor to the production of many iconic works by a range of artists including Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy, Barbara Kruger, Allen Ruppersberg, and Jenny Holzer, among many others.

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.

Link: “This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists” at ICA LA

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