Carol Bove: Polka Dots

Text by Johanna Burton. Photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Offering a unique glimpse into an artist’s studio, this publication visually explores both the process and the finished work of one of today’s leading contemporary artists.

Built around a series of photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath taken over the course of multiple visits to Carol Bove’s studio in Brooklyn, this catalogue offers a behind-the-scenes look into her practice. Through the photographs, the reader experiences not only the development of her most recent body of sculptures—referred to by the artist as “collage sculptures”—but also the materials and conditions that contribute to their creation. They are constructed from square steel tubing that has been crushed and shaped at the studio, found scrap metals, and shallow, highly polished discs. Painted in vivid colors, the sculptures appear lightweight and improvisational despite their heavy materiality. In addition to Konrath’s rich and intimate photographs, also included are images of individual works shown silhouetted out of their original context, an attempt by the artist to draw the viewer away from typical ways of experiencing sculpture.

Created by the artist in close collaboration with designer Joseph Logan and published on the occasion of her eponymous show at David Zwirner, New York, in November 2016, Polka Dots features an essay by Johanna Burton that charts Bove’s fascination with process and commitment to disrupting traditional ways of seeing. A chronology provides a summary of Bove’s exhibitions and installations in major museums and private institutions around the world, offering a thorough resource for those interested in the artist’s development across time.


Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Artists: Carol Bove

Contributors: Johanna Burton, Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Designer: Joseph Logan

Printer: VeronaLibri, Verona, Italy

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Pages: 74

Reproductions: 29 color, 31 b&w

ISBN: 9781941701515

Retail: $45 | £35 | $350 HKD | €48

Status: Out Of Print

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Carol Bove

Carol Bove (b. 1971, Geneva) is an American artist known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects. Carefully arranged on pedestals, elevated platforms, or directly against walls and ceilings, these yield unexpected, poetic, and multilayered meanings, which seem to derive from the composition of the objects rather than the inherent substance of the individual components. Using a wide range of materials, including books, driftwood, peacock feathers, metal, concrete, foam, and loans from other artists, Bove’s works are subtle assemblages resisting categorization despite their determined relationships with modernist display methods.

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Johanna Burton

Johanna Burton is the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum, New York. Her writing has appeared in journals and publications, including Artforum, Parkett, October, and Texte zur Kunst.

Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Andreas Laszlo Konrath is a New York–based British photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Interview, Newsweek, Time, W, among others. In 2008, he cofounded Pau Wau Publications, which produces limited edition zines and artists’ books. For David Zwirner Books, he has contributed to Raymond Pettibon: To Wit and Jordan Wolfson: California.