The Tate loans Eleanor Antin's "Blood Of The Poet Box" to Dwan Gallery show at LACMA

"Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 - 1971" on view through September 10, 2017

April 15, 2017

Eleanor Antin's early conceptual work, “Blood Of The Poet Box” (1965-68) is currently on view at LACMA, through a loan by The Tate Gallery (UK), in "Los Angeles To New York: DWAN Gallery, 1959-1971" (Resnick Pavilion).  Antin's "Blood Of The Poet Box" was originally exhibited in “Language III” at the Dwan Gallery, New York, in 1969.   This conceptual sculpture is a wood box containing 94 glass slides of blood specimens, and specimen list, from poets.  The first was her husband, David Antin, and subsequent specimens came from Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Peter Orlovsky, and others. Antin alluded to the romantic notion of artists putting their lifeblood into their work, and yet she later cast doubt on the authenticity of the samples: “If you thought there was a relationship between the blood and the name, there was one; if you didn’t, there wasn’t.” 
LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK: DWAN GALLERY, 1959 - 1971, Resnick Pavilion, LACMA, Mar 19 — Sept 10, 2017