June 1, 2004 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Artists’ Favourites
June 1, 2004

Artists’ Favourites

Artists' Favourites

An Exhibition in Two Acts
Act I: 5 June – 23 July 2004
Act II: 30 July – 5 September 2004

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Mall, London SW1
Phone: +44 (0)20 7930 3647
Fax: +44 (0)20 7306 0122
Email: info [​at​] ica.org.uk


Laura Ford, Giraffe, 1998 Courtesy of Houldsworth London, and Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London    Artists’ Favourites

Act I
Artworks chosen by:
Pawel Althamer, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Victor Burgin, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Liam Gillick, Nan Goldin, Brian Jungen, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Tim Lee, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Jonathan Monk, Mariko Mori, Gabriel Orozco, Yvonne Rainer, Anri Sala, Yinka Shonibare, Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Act II
Artworks chosen by:
Art & Language, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ghada Amer, Daniel Buren, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Ceal Floyer, Liam Gillick, Eberhard Havekost, Susan Hiller, Koo Jeong-a, Cildo Mereiles, Vik Muniz, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cornelia Parker, Tino Sehgal, Luc Tuymans, Gillian Wearing.

Which artworks do artists consider important and influential? Which pieces would artists like to see exhibited? What artworks have had an influence on other artists’ work? Artists’ Favourites investigates these questions inviting a distinct group of internationally active artists to each select and introduce an artwork of personal significance. In addition, each artist has been asked to elaborate on the reasons behind her or his choice. These statements are presented alongside the artworks in the gallery spaces. By selecting on of their favourite artworks the artists begin a conversation regarding their own individual practice and about particular influences on their work. Consequently building a net of relationships, references and affinities that go further than their own practice and the artwork they have selected for the exhibition. In essence the selected works hold an altered significance, standing not only for themselves and the artists that created them but in addition representing the artists who selected them. The result – a subjective and multifarious collection of artists’ individual choices – suggests the associative relationships between artists and artworks, whilst at the same time mirroring the broad spectrum of contemporary practice. The selected works include pieces by artists such as:

Act I
Robert Barry, Andre Cadere, John Cage, Martin Creed, Walt Disney, Laura Ford, Hollis Frampton, Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Hujar, Sarah Jacobs, Alfred Johansen, Donald Judd, Judson Dance Theater, Sol LeWitt, Philippe Parreno, Robert Smithson, Rirkrit Tiravanjia, Christopher Williams…

Act II
Chantal Akerman, Carl Andre, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Gary Hill, Martin Honert, Jeff Koons, Piero Manzoni, Chris Marker, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Fred Sandback, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner…

An exhibition brochure in two volumes with an introduction by Jens Hoffmann, ICA Director of Exhibitions, and statements by the invited artists will accompany the exhibition and will be available via Revolver Publishers Frankfurt: www.revolver-books.de.

ISBN 3-937577-76-9

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