Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reiner Ruthenbeck | Quadratic plate with angled corner

Reiner Ruthenbeck
Quadratic plate with angled corner
Remscheid, Germany: Edition Vice Versand,
black metal plate with angled corner
42.5 x 42.5 cm
Edition of 10 signed and numbered copies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Keith Arnatt | TV Project Self Burial

Keith Arnatt
TV Project Self Burial
Dusseldorf, Germany: Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum, 1969
18 pp., 14.5 x 21 cm., softcover
Edition of 500

This series of nine photographs was broadcast daily at 8:15pm (and again an hour later) between the 11th and 18th of October, in 1969. Each image was aired for between two and four seconds, without introduction or commentary. The work is often heralded as a seminal example of artists' interventions into television, but the piece was not originally conceived of to be transmitted, and is arguably more effective as a series of prints, or indeed an artist book.

Produced at Tintern in Monmouthshire in June or July of the same year, the work was originally titled The Disappearance of the Artist. It was aided by Ed Herring, a former colleague at Manchester College of Art where Arnatt taught. Herring filled in the hole around the artist in between photographs, which he took under Arnatt’s direction.

Notably, the artist emphasised that ‘the “burial” was done in order to arrive at the photographic sequence. They are not a record or documentation of a performance.

To mark the occasion of broadcast on West German television, this small brochure was produced by Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum and distributed for free. It contains, alongside the nine images, facsimiles of the TV schedules.

"I regarded Self Burial, at the time I did it, as a purely behavioural response to certain thoughts about art behaviour. I was then certainly drawn towards art which reflected procedures which might be described as “extreme”, or, perhaps, even “novel”, and the sort of art which interested me mostly was the art made by “radical” means. In such art, I felt, the procedures involved in making it had a ritualistic character (though one was not always very clear about the significance of the “ritual”). Therefore, the aspect of the nine Self Burial photographs that I initially considered important was the way I felt they must draw attention to the physical behaviour involved in the burial procedure itself. And though it was intended that the photo- graphs should convey the impression that something was happening to me, they really record— stage by stage— the product of a quite elaborate, uncomfortable and lengthy behaviour pattern. It was, perhaps the character of the behaviour that concerned me rather than its possible interpretation (something which did interest me immediately afterwards)."
- Keith Arnatt

The work is available, price upon request, from

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NGV Art Book Fair

From the Sydney Morning Herald today (tomorrow, actually, in Australia):

"New York's Printed Matter is much more than a bookstore. It's the world's leading non-profit organisation dedicated to books by artists.
It's also the force behind two leading fairs, in New York and Los Angeles, for artists' books.

So it is exciting news that Printed Matter will be a special guest when the NGV inaugurates Melbourne's first major art-book fair in May.

"This inaugural event will lay the foundations for a continued forum around art books and bring together the most influential publishers both locally and internationally," NGV director Tony Ellwood says.

Other highlights include a visit and lecture from esteemed Australian designer-publisher Stuart Bailey (formerly of Dot Dot Dot magazine) and the launch of a book by Melbourne artist Jon Campbell.
The fair kicks off with a ticketed preview on Friday, May 1, for those who want first dibs on some of those rare, limited editions, and runs until May 3."

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Book As A Work of Art

Giorgio Maffei , Maura Picciau [eds]
The Book As A Work of Art
Mantova, Italy: Edizioni Corraini, 2007
160 pp., 24 x 17 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Multiples, Multiples, Multiples: Public Lecture & Art Fair

I've just finished amassing images of over 500 artists' multiples for a slide show to accompany a panel discussion about artists editions tomorrow night at Ryerson University.

Myself, Derek Sullivan and Roula Partheniou will each present some of our own work and some of our favourites, and then participate in a moderated discussion, followed by audience Q&A. I will also  present a brief introduction on the historical origins of editioned artworks.

Multiples, Multiples, Multiples is a Free Public Lecture & Art Fair presented as part of the The Converge Lecture Series.

Tuesday February 24th
7:00 to 9:00pm

School of Image Arts
3rd Floor Soundstage
Ryerson, University
122 Bond St.
Toronto, ON

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FluxBooks: From the Sixties to the Future

The Luigi Bonotto collection [see below post] focuses on Fluxus and Experimental Poetry (Concrete, Visual and Sound), and bookworks from the Fluxus collection form the basis of an exhibition opening across two venues in Venice next month.

FluxBooks: From the Sixties to the Future, opens at the Palazzetto Tito and the Galleria di Piazza San Marco on March 4th. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Bonotto and the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundations. The show will present artist's books produced by artists affiliated with Fluxus, and the works of Bevilacqua La Masa's young artists.

Curated by Giorgio Maffei and Patrizio Peterlini, FluxBooks: From the Sixties... will take place at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Galleria di Piazza, San Marco, San Marco 71c – 30124 Venice. It will feature books produced within Fluxus, from the early sixties to the late seventies. Five thematic sections form the exhibition: the book as book, book as memento, book as object, book as plot and book as box.

This show will include works by Marcel Alocco, Eric Andersen, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, José L. Castillejo, Giuseppe Chiari, Philip Corner, Willem De Ridder, Jean Dupuy, Robert Filliou, Albert M. Fine, Henry Flynt, Bici Forbes Hendricks, Ken Friedman, Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Juan Hidalgo, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Joe Jones, Allan Kaprow, Milan Knížák, Alison Knowls, Arthur Koepcke, Jackson Mac Low, George Maciunas, Walter Marchetti, Jonas Mekas, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Dieter Roth, Takako Saito, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Daniel Spoerri, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams and La Monte Young.

FluxBooks... to the Future is curated by Stefano Coletto and Angela Vettese and takes place at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Dorsoduro 2826-30123 Venice.

It will focus on the works of young artists of the Bevilacqua La Masa Atelier, produced during study stays with the Fondazione Bonotto. Many of the works reflect on the work of Fluxus artists, and these books will be presented in dialogue with the works of: Eric Andersen, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Henry Flynt, Ken Friedman, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Gianni Emilio Simonetti and La Monte Young.

Participating artists include Giuseppe Abate, Paola Angelini, Anemoi (Daniela Da Silva Ferreira, Laura Di Nicolantonio, Maria Elena Fantoni e Nataša Vasiljevi ć), Marko Bjelan čević, Pamela Breda, Saverio Bonato, Samuele Cherubini, Graziano Meneghin, Jacopo Trabona, Fabrizio Perghem, Fabio Roncato, Caterina Erica Shanta, Gli Impresari (Edoardo Aruta, Marco Di Giuseppe, Rosario Sorbello) and Eleonora Sovrani.

The exhibition will remain open at both locations until 26 April, 2015 and will be followed by a two-volume publication.