Artists' Artists: Martine Syms

Renée Green, Import/Export Funk Office, 1992


Renée Green, Import/Export Funk Office, 1992, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016

Renée Green, Import/Export Funk Office, 1992, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016

My first encounter with Renée Green’s Import/Export Funk Office was in 2001 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, on a field trip with my eighth-grade class. I appreciated the architecture created by the shelving and walked around it several times before picking up a copy of The Source. I scanned the magazine pages, yelling out the names of the rappers I knew. I recognized many of the books on display. My brother had been reading Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice (1968) and wouldn’t shut up about it. At the time, it didn’t occur to me that this piece had an author. I just liked being in that room.

Martine Syms lives in Los Angeles, USA. In early 2017, she had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Camden Arts Centre, London, UK; and, as part of CONDO, Bridget Donahue hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, London. 

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