Fondazione Antonio Ratti

John Knight

COMO 2020

Artists' Research Laboratory (XXVI CSAV)
2–26 July 2020


For several weeks in July, we will be given the time, space, and the luxury to engage in an open-ended exchange of ideas about structures of production. And, what nascent possibilities that might be available for consideration as replacements for some of the tired models of aesthetic production that rationalizes our present conundrum.
(John Knight)

Annie Ratti
Associate Directors
Lorenzo Benedetti
Gregorio Magnani

Invited artist

Since the late 1960's, the elusive Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday conventions. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight's multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global politic.

John Knight (b. 1945) lives in Los Angeles and works in situ. Recent exhibitions include CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan (2019), Ordet, Milan (2019), établissement d'en face, Brussels (2018), Cultuurcentrum, Strombeek (2017) Sculpture Project Mà¼nster (2017), SMAK, Ghent (2017), Cabinet, London (2016), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2016), Art Institute of Chicago (2015), Greene Naftali, New York (2015), Portikus, Frankfurt (2013), Galerie Neu/MD72, Berlin (2013), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012), Whitney Biennial (2012), MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2009).

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