Tuesday, March 19, 2019

George Brecht | Closed on Mondays

George Brecht
Closed on Mondays
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1969
10 x 12 x 1.6 cm. (sizes varied)
Edition size unknown

An opaque plastic Canal street box contains adhesive material to secure itself permanently shut (it can only be opened very slightly). A black and white image designed by George Maciunas (see his mechanical for the layout, above) is adhered to the lid in which five children gather in front of two large double doors, with two of them doodling on the ground. The title appears as part of the graffiti on the doors, “Closed on Mondays, A Fluxgame, by George Brecht.”

Brecht's original prototype (above, bottom) was a wooden box held closed with a rubber band.

The idea comes from seeing signs in restaurant windows (Ferme le lundi), but functions just as well as a comment on the inaccessibility of art on Mondays (when many galleries are closed). The work also sits along other Fluxus kits which comment on their own opening and closing, such as Ken Friedman's Open and Shut Case.

"I made a box in Villenfranche - it had a rubber band inside. And then George came with this other thing using rubber cement and he had this photo made. That's more or less his recreation of the original model [which] has a little plastic sign on it with engraved white letters."

- George Brecht, 1983

Friday, March 15, 2019

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian-French artist often considered the "grandfather" of Op art, died 22 years ago today.

Christian Marclay | Krak

Christian Marclay
London, UK: White Cube, 2007
44 x 45.2 cm.
Edition of 100 signed, numbered and dated copies

Archival pigment print on paper, a reproduced shred of comic with the onomatopoeia of title. From the collection of the singer George Michael.

Bid here, from today to March 15th.

Tracey Emin | Every Part of Me's Bleeding

Tracey Emin
Every Part of Me's Bleeding
London, UK: Self-published, 1999
67 x 187.5 cm.
Edition of 3

Blue neon with an approximate current value of $100,000 CDN. The piece was the title work for a May to June 1999 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York, her first solo show in the United States. The exhibition also included large-scale sculptures, drawings, video, a quilt, a seaside beach hut and other neons.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hans Peter Feldmann | Untitled (David)

Hans Peter Feldmann
Untitled (David)
Düsseldorf, Germany: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1991
23 x 12 x 12 cm. (overall)
Edition of 30 numbered copies

A painted plaster cast multiple painted in colours on the original metal plinth, valued at approximately $3000 US.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

This week on Tumblr

This week on Tumblr: Books, photographs, editions and video works by Carolee Schneemann, who died earlier this week, at the age of 79.