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ForYourArt and Goodreads present EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers Read from their Favorite Books
February 12, 2016

Readings by Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Janet Fitch, Alex Israel, Miranda July,

Kori Newkirk, Vanessa Place, Aram Saroyan, Barbara T. Smith, Mary Weatherford and more

Moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist


February 12, 2016, 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm


Million Dollar Theater

307 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013


On February 12, in the indomitable spirit of the writer Arnold Samuelson, ForYourArt and Goodreads, in conjunction with Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, will bring together a group of artists and writers to share their handwritten lists of books that will inspire the artist in everyone.

At the age of 22, Samuelson hitchhiked from Minnesota to Key West to meet his favorite writer, Ernest Hemingway. He left with a handwritten list of fourteen novels and two short stories that Hemingway recommended to him, which became an incomparable resource for the young writer’s future work. 

Now, eighty years later, a group of innovative artists and writers including Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Meg Cranston, Bret Easton Ellis, Janet Fitch, Andrea Fraser, Camille Henrot, Alex Israel, Miranda July, Terence Koh, Harmony Korine, Kori Newkirk, Vanessa Place, Ana Prvački, Sterling Ruby, Aram Saroyan, Jesse Stecklow, Mungo Thomson, David Ulin, and Mary Weatherford have contributed handwritten lists as part of an ongoing project at Many will gather at the Million Dollar Theater to read excerpts from the texts on their own essential reading lists.

EVERBOOKS is moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, who in a similar inquisitive vein regularly invokes Letters to a Young Poet, a collection of personal letters of advice from Rainer Maria Rilke to the younger poet, Franz Xaver Kappus. A broadsheet of all of the reading lists will be available for free at the event, and the handwritten lists will be published on Obrist’s Instragram handwriting project at, Goodreads, and in a book next year.

Through the participation of Goodreads, this event and its master list of books will reach a vast community of readers, many of whom may not regularly come into contact with the art world and contemporary artists. ForYourArt thus hopes to circulate what are often ephemeral and privately shared passions in order to provoke a diverse public towards creative action, and to bridge the distance that separates everyday life and artistic motivation.

Space is limited, rsvp here. ForYourArt and Goodreads readers use code “ForYourArt” or “Goodreads” for free tickets.

This event is part of ForYourArt’s 10 Year Anniversary programming throughout 2016.

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. will have selections by the participating artists and writers’ and from their lists available for purchase at the event.


About Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist curated his first exhibition in his kitchen when he was twenty-three years old. Since then, he has staged more than 250 shows internationally, among them many of the most influential exhibitions of our age. Currently, Hans Ulrich Obrist is co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and director of International Projects for the Serpentine Galleries in London. Obrist is also the author of The Interview Project, a growing archive of conversations with contemporary artists and innovative thinkers that already contains more than 2,000 hours of interviews. The Project represents Obrist's desire to preserve the testimonies of those living in the past century and reflects an interdisciplinary and transgenerational campaign against forgetting the voices that have and continue to shape, change, and expand our world. 


About Goodreads

With more than 45 million members, Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler founded Goodreads in 2007 with the belief that the right book in the right hands at the right time can change the world. Today, 8 books are added to "want to read" every second. Goodreads also supports the work of literacy and arts non-profits through its monthly newsletters and employee events.


About ForYourArt

Much in the spirit of Los Angeles, ForYourArt is a fluid, independent platform that has produced over 200 projects as well as a weekly guide in support of artists. In the words of artist John Baldessari, “ForYourArt is a neutral space.” ForYourArt is always evolving, and seeks to advance a spirit of patronage and a culture of dialogue by perceiving all media, sites, and relationships as potential for artistic transformation.


We take our responsibility as a trusted resource for seeing, engaging, and supporting art seriously. Each week, ForYourArt produces a snapshot of the depth and breadth of activity and opportunities for patronage and more in Los Angeles and beyond. The volume of exhibitions and programs we highlight continues to expand very much in parallel with increasing activity in Los / 

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