This conversation between Donna De Salvo, Toby Kamps, and Hamza Walker will explore Imi Knoebel’s practice as well as the artist’s work currently on view at Dia Beacon, revealing the ways in which he carved a unique path through postwar abstraction and his work’s relevance to art making today.
Toby Kamps is director of external projects at White Cube in London and an editor at large at the Brooklyn Rail, where he has written on Imi Knoebel’s work and career. For over twenty-five years, Kamps was a curator of contemporary art in various museums in the United States, most recently in Houston, where he was director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection, and senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum.
Hamza Walker is director of LAXART, Los Angeles, and an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining LAXART in 2016, he was director of education and associate curator at the Renaissance Society, Chicago. Recent exhibitions at LAXART include The Absolute Right to Exclude: Reflections on and Implications of Cheryl Harris’ “Whiteness as Property” with Cassandra Press (2021) and Some Reach While Others Clap with Postcommodity (2020).
Donna De Salvo is Dia’s senior adjunct curator of special projects. She recently organized Imi Knoebel’s exhibition at Dia Beacon, which is on view from May 28, 2021–May 14, 2023.Audio: A Conversation on Imi Knoebel with Donna De Salvo, Toby Kamps, and Hamza Walker