Leonard Koren and guests
a three-day conversation
Undesigning the Bath / Leonard Koren

Leonard Koren and guests is a programme of conversations focussing on a set of ideas that run through the practice of artist and writer Leonard Koren whose primary medium is publishing. A selection of Koren's publications will serve as the point of departure to discuss recurring themes and interests including aesthetics, editorial sensibilities and "what artists do."

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About the artist  

Leonard Koren (°1948, New York) is an American artist, aesthetics expert and writer living in San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from UCLA with a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1972, he started organising bath events, creating unusual bathing environments, and producing paper works about bathing. In 1976 Koren founded WET Magazine dedicated to gourmet bathing. In 1981, he shut down WET magazine and began travelling to Tokyo to work on music videos for Japanese television, and where he wrote a series of works on aesthetics. Books by Leonard Koren include Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (1994), Undesigning the Bath (1996), Gardens of Gravel and Sand (2000), 13 Books (2001), Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement (2003), The Flower Shop: Charm Grace Beauty, Tenderness in a Commercial Context (2005), Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions (2010), Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing (2012) Wabi-Sabi: Further Thoughts (2015) and What Artist Do (2018).