From the 1960s right up until his death in 2016, Tony Conrad was a prolific, all-purpose experimenter whose innovations in avant-garde film, photography, minimalist music and activist performance art remain influential to generations of artists. But few even of his most die-hard fans have been exposed to his writings. The new book Tony Conrad: Writings from editor Andrew Lampert, collects nearly 60 pieces of Conrad’s rare and unpublished texts, intellectual, witty and occasionally surreal compositions written between 1961-2002 and addressing art (his own and others’), music, politics and related theories. At today’s L.A. book launch, Lampert reads from the book and converses with writer Tosh Berman and filmmaker Tyler Hubby — the acclaimed writer and director of the recent award-winning documentary Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present.
Artbook at Hauser & Wirth, 917 E. 3rd St., downtown; Sat., Jan. 4, 3 p.m.; free. artbook.com/artbook-hw-la.html.