Coinciding with Frieze Week in London, this conversation will explore Childish’s decades-long career as he approaches a new series of paintings, inspired by a book of intimate autobiographical photographs—billy childish, photography 1974–2020 (BC Studio Editions, 2020). The photobook will be released in conjunction with the residency.
About the Photo Book
Title: Billy Childish, Photography 1974–2020
Publisher: BC Studio Editions, 2020
The book is a collection of black and white photographs taken by Billy starting in the late 70’s/early 80’s and then dipping in and out of time up until present day. Snapshots and studies for paintings mixed with pinhole photographs and photobooth portraits. His hometown, girlfriends and family.
About the residency
Dates: October 5–25, 2020
Billy Childish will transform the space into an active studio and develop a series of new paintings on-site inspired by a book of intimate autobiographical photographs to be published on the occasion of this residency: billy childish, photography 1974 – 2020 (BC Studio Editions, 2020). Intended as an immersive experience, the public will be invited to witness Childish’s creative process firsthand.
Childish will host open studios at Cromwell Place on the following dates:
- Monday, 5 October, 1–5 PM
- Thursday, 8 October, 1–5 PM
- Friday, 9 October, 1–5PM
- Wednesday, 14 October, 1–5 PM
About Lehmann Maupin London
Lehmann Maupin London will function as a dynamic multi-purpose space, offering an alternative to the traditional gallery model. Conceived in response to the shifting needs of its artists and the broader arts community, Lehmann Maupin London will forego a fixed exhibition program and instead engage site-specific activations, installations, and performances. This innovative model will allow the gallery to develop focused presentations that highlight critical issues of the day, while also providing a platform for artists to think outside of the traditional presentation of a new body of work. In addition, the gallery will host a regular series of public programs to keep audiences engaged in the current practices and concerns of its artists.
Billy Childish, Touching Two Gravestones, 2018