Goshka Macuga

b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland


Goshka Macuga
Goshka Macuga, After In Our Time by R.B. Kitaj, 2005, installation view, We Will Live, We Will See, 2011 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Stephen White




Goshka Macuga's series After In Our Time by R.B. Kitaj takes its cue from In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part (1969) by the late R.B. Kitaj, an American writer and painter. A series of fifty screen prints, Kitaj's work reproduced the front covers of his most beloved books. Macuga's collection replaces Kitaj's favourites with her own — reproduced in large format, their wear and tear, materiality and vulnerability visible. As a homage to Kitaj, Macuga's screen prints emphasise that art historical narratives — and culture in general — are collective in scope and subject to remaking and reinterpretation.