Cover for Charles Atlas: About Time
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA Boston)
Charles Atlas: About Time
Scintillating and significant, Atlas’ genre-defying, collaborative video art is on full display in this extensive survey.
Edited with text by Jeffrey De Blois. Foreword by Jill Medvedow. Text by Erika Balsom, Joshua Chambers-Letson, Eileen Myles, Drew Sawyer, Jordan Strafer, Martine Syms. Artwork by Nicole Eisenman, Ryan Trecartin
Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life
Published 2024 | ISBN: 9781636811444

American artist Charles Atlas (born 1949) is a leading figure in film and video art known for his pioneering work at the intersections of moving image, dance and performance. Alongside the artist’s first retrospective, About Time surveys 50 years of groundbreaking work through immersive multichannel video installations Atlas describes as “walk-through experiences.” These monumental installations reimagine his collaborations with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Michael Clark, Merce Cunningham and Yvonne Rainer in dynamic new spatial configurations. Taking in themes of performance and portraiture, gender and sexuality, and collaboration and friendship, About Time presents significant new scholarship on the artist’s work and legacy from some of today’s leading voices, foregrounding a diverse group of artists reflecting on Atlas’ influence.