Cover for Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
This book offers a mid-career retrospective of the work of Diana Thater, one of the most important and innovative artists working today.
Edited by Lynne Cooke and Lisa Gabrielle Mark with Christine Y. Kim, with contributions by Giuliana Bruno, Lynne Cooke, Michael Govan, Lisa Gabrielle Mark, and Jason E. Smith
Designed by Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang, Green Dragon Office

2015 AIGA 50 Books|50 Covers

Published 2015 | ISBN: 9783791354736

For more than two decades, Diana Thater has been creating groundbreaking installations that build upon the basic visual language of film and video by integrating architecture, applied color, and artificial and natural light. Depicting a range of natural phenomena, her work is largely organized around an exploration of the subjectivity of animals. This lavishly illustrated overview shows how Thater has radically re-envisioned both the ways in which film and video are deployed in siterelated installations and the relationship between subject and object. Luminous images of eighteen projects such as China, Abyss of Light, knots + surfaces, and gorillagorillagorilla are accompanied by quotes and fictional writings that have long served as Thater’s touchstones. Also included are an interview with the artist and essays on a wide range of topics that Thater addresses in her work—from the history and politics of the Chernobyl disaster to beauty and Baroque architecture. This publication also gives readers exclusive access to a moving image supplement, featuring a film conceived and created by Thater in collaboration with production designer Patti Podesta, as well as an illustrated checklist with short video clips.