Chicago-based artist William J. O'Brien (b. 1975) works in multiple media: drawing, painting, ceramic and metal sculpture, installation, and assemblage. His prolific output in these various media offers a visual profusion of color, pattern, and exuberant excess. This volume, part of the MCA Monograph series, accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition of O'Brien's work in the United States. Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the MCA, and contributing author Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum, place the artist's work in the context of postmodern art history and examine his guiding interest in physicality and the handmade at a moment of digital profusion. Art critic Jason Foumberg contributes a creative text inspired by the artist's working process. Copublished by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with ARTBOOK|D.A.P, the catalogue is as expansive as O'Brien's practice itself.
Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn. Text by Naomi Beckwith, Trevor Smith, and Jason Foumberg. Softcover, 104 pages, 8" x 10".
The exhibition William J. O'Brien is presented at the MCA Jan 25-May 18, 2014. Learn more.