Brian Wilson: An Art Book is a reader on Brian Wilson’s life and work written from a contemporary art perspective by artists and leading art writers.
It’s also a musee imaginaire of works from the 1960s to today by twenty-six artists - using the pages of the book as gallery walls - that echoes the trajectory of Wilson’s work and the milieu it so uniquely evokes. Significantly half the artists featured come from Los Angeles. The project has had a second and third manifestations as a site-related exhibition entitled ‘If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson – an Art Exhibition’ at Tate St Ives in Cornwall (summer 2007) and CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux (fall 2007 – spring 2008).
Texts by: Peter Blake, Thomas Demand, Michael Duncan, Alex Farquharson, Andrew Gellatly, Jeremy Glogan, Bruce Hainley, Jennifer Higgie, John McCracken, Dominic Willsdon.
Images by: Billy Al Bengston, Peter Blake, Mel Bochner, John Cage, Brian Calvin, Vija Celmins, Thomas Demand, Richard Diebenkorn, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Jeremy Glogan, Joe Goode, Rodney Graham, Roger Hiorns, Corita Kent, John McCracken, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Pettibone, Ken Price, Bridget Riley, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Jim Shaw, Fred Tomaselli, Pae White.