Friday, January 20, 2017

Noah Lyon | FUCK TRUMP Button

Noah Lyon
Brooklyn, USA: Retard Riot, 2016
Edition size unknown

Available for $2.00 from Printed Matter, who are closed today, in solidarity with the #J20 Art Strike, as an act of non-compliance on inauguration day. Signatories to their petition include artists Mel Bochner, Paul Chan, Liz Deschenes, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Joan Jonas, Silvia Kolbowski, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Walid Raad, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Danica Phelps, Jochen Gerz, Kay Rosen, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jon Hendricks, Kate Millett, Moyra Davey, Dara Birnbaum, Martha Wilson. Tauba Auerbach, Carolee Schneemann and countless others.

For information about visit the #J20 Art Strike website, here.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sophie Calle | The Address Book

Sophie Calle
The Address Book
Los Angeles, USA: Gemini G.E.L., 2009
35.6 x 39.4 x 3.8 cm.
Edition of 45

In June 1983, Sophie Calle found a lost address book on the street in Paris. She promptly returned it to it's owner, but not before photocopying the contents. She then began contacting the people listed in the book and asking to meet, to discuss Pierre, the book's owner. Some refused (a Louis S. exclaimed over the phone “I’ll have no part in this! It’s an outrage!”) but others were more than happy to meet and divulge personal information about their friend/acquaintance/lover/etc.  One friend told Calle, for example, "His personality developed what could be called a 'dirty side'."

In August and September of 1983 the artist published accounts of these ongoing meetings in the newspaper Libération. Pierre D. threatened to sue and demanded that Libération publish nude photographs of Calle as retaliation for the invasion of his privacy. The newspaper obviously did not comply, but Calle agreed not to move forward with the complete project until after the subject's death.

He reportedly died in early 2012, the year that Siglio press released a trade edition of the Address Book. This portfolio predates that by three years, though and it's unclear how the original deal was circumvented.

This portfolio of prints consists of 28 pages, each with text and photographs, in a screenprinted binder; one etching with gold leaf, one blind embossment and one 5-color lithograph with collage. It is available for $12 000 US, from the publisher, who are donating 15% of all sales tomorrow (January 20th, the inauguration of Donald Trump) to People for the American Way.

Larry Clark turns 74 today

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Andy Warhol | Warhol Ones

Andy Warhol
Warhol Ones
New York City, USA: Self-published, 1971
6.35 x 15.88 cm.
Open edition

Experiments in Art and Technology (or E.A.T.) was founded in 1966 by Billy Klüver, Fred Waldhauer, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, to foster relationships between artists and engineers and serve as a catalyst for stimulating the involvement of industry and technology with the arts.

The above bills were from a 1971 event held by E.A.T. called the "Art Cash Benefit for Television Programming fundraising", which was in aid of the Community Television Center and the Artist's Television Project at Automation House, New York City.

Both Whitman and Rauschenberg designed currency for the casino event, as did Warhol, Tom Gormley, Red Grooms and Marisol Escobar. (above, bottom). Oyvind Fahlstrom had proposed an image but it was deemed too controversial and wasn't produced.

The bills were printed by the American Banknote Company on the same paper used for U.S. currency (though without the anti-counterfeiting microfibres present in actual currency). Attendees at the fundraiser each received an envelope containing one of each of the six bills.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lawrence Weiner, Matt Mullican | In the Crack of the Dawn

Lawrence Weiner, Matt Mullican
In the Crack of the Dawn
Lucerne, Switzerland /Brussels, Belgium: Mai 36 Galerie / Yves Gevaert, 1991
[26 pp.], 10.5 x 14.7 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

Comic book collaboration as exhibition catalogue. The edition size is not noted, but there was a special edition signed by both artists and numbered from 1 to 100.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Robert Lax | Color

Robert Lax
Florence, Italy/Lugo, Spain: Exampla/Exit, 1975
26 pp., 21 x 28 cm., cardboard folder, loose leaves
Edition of 125 signed and numbered copies

Twenty-six silkscreens by American poet Robert Lax (1915 – 2000), housed in a portfolio. The work appears at auction periodically, typically for around a thousand dollars.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

David Shrigley | It Wasn't My Idea tape

David Shrigley
It Wasn't My Idea tape
Copenhagen, Denmark: Flying Tiger Copenhagen, 2016
9 x 5 cm.
Unlimited edition

Packing tape adorned with the title phrase. From a series of recent notebooks, pencils and other stationary made for the Danish (deluxe) dollar store Flying Tiger.

“The nice thing about working with Flying Tiger Copenhagen is that they make things that everybody can have,” Shrigley says. They are very humble as objects and I kind of like the humility of those artworks. It is about reaching a very big audience with art objects and for them to be very accessible. You don’t want it to be an exclusive thing. You want it to be a democratic thing.”

- David Shrigley