Monday, September 1, 2014

Peter Seville | Basic Knots

Peter Seville
Basic Knots
London, UK: Furnished Space, 2014
50 x 70 cm.
Edition of 75

A screenprinted cotton tea towel by artist and designer Peter Seville, best known for his work as the visual director of Factory records, and his iconic covers for Joy Division and New Order.

The work was commissioned by Tamsin Clark as part of Sex Shop for Folkestone Fringe 2014, where it remains on display until Saturday October 4th, from 11 to 5 pm on weekends at 5 Rendezvous Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 IEY. The design of the towel references the classic seaside souvenir fisherman's knot motif, but replaces them with knots commonly used in bondage.

Available for £30 from the publisher, here

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Xiu Xiu / David Horvitz

Xiu Xiu / David Horvitz
dnp 024
Los Angeles, USA: Doggpony Records, 2006
7” 33 1/3 rpm record
Edition of 600

Based on the way that this picture disc is advertised, it was seemingly designed as a collaboration between artist David Horwitz and California band Xiu Xiu. Websites for both are included on the enclosed postcard, which begins: “this is dip 024. music by xiu xiu. photographs by david horvitz."

Xiu Xiu (pronounced 'shoe shoe') takes its name from the 1998 directorial debut of Chinese actress Joan Chen, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, about a 15 year old traveling the countryside of Tibet. The band was formed in 2000 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who remains the only constant member of the group (and who plays virtually all of the instruments on this recording).

Their breakthrough came in 2003, with the release of their second album A Promise. The disc was given 8.6/10 on and gained notoriety for its cover image (taken by Stewart) of a nude young, gay Vietnamese prostitute. The record included a stripped down version of Tracy Chapman’s hit Fast Car, which also led to increased attention. Subsequently, the band has covered songs by Bauhaus, Big Star, Bjork, David Bowie, New Order, Nina Simone, The Smiths and Throwing Muses. The group's discography lists fifteen albums (including two compilations and a live disc) and twenty-five singles and EPs (some of them split with other artists, such as Devendra Banhart).

Artist David Horvitz, known for his artists' books and mail art projects, has reportedly served as the group's tour manager, and previously published a book of polaroids of the band. He also plays koto on the b-side track Saint Pedro Glue Stick (the only performer other than Stewart).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Erwin Wurm | Deleuze Kneeling Down

Erwin Wurm
Deleuze Kneeling Down
86 × 36 × 41 cm
Edition of 8 (+2AP)

A resin sculpture (in a wool sweater) of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Friday, August 29, 2014

John Baldessari | I will not look at any more boring art

John Baldessari
I will not look at any more boring art
Los Angeles, USA: Freeway Eyewear, 2013
Printed sunglasses
Edition of 200

An entirely unnecessary update to Baldessari's classic I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (which he had previously been revisited for the printed wallet that read I Will Not Buy Any More Boring Art), available in an edition of 100 black with white text and 100 white with black text and green lenses.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Marilena Bonomo (1928–2014), Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922–2014)

Art historian and curator Jean Sutherland Boggs died last Friday, at the age of 92. Boggs worked as a curator at the AGO, the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was the first female director of the National Gallery of Canada. The gallery released the following statement:

"Jean Sutherland Boggs is a key personality in the history of the National Gallery. The acquisitions of international art that she championed are among the most beloved of Canada's national collection. She established photography as a new collecting area for the Gallery, initiating a collection that is now among the finest in the world. Moreover, Jean Boggs was given the responsibility to deliver a grand new home for Canada's national collection; the success of that project was such that its architect, Moshe Safdie went on to build many more art museums. She is among my heroes and we strive daily to maintain the standards of excellence that she established," said NGC Director and CEO, Marc Mayer."

Marilena Bonomo, pictured above with Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Lorenzo Bonomo, Mel Bochner, Sol Lewitt and (separately) Joseph Beuys, an Italian art dealer who ran Galleria Bonomo Bari, died on Sunday August 24th. Bonomo founded the gallery in 1971 and was influential in promoting and supporting the early careers of artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Sol LeWitt, and Mimmo Paladino.

Lorenzo Madarao, writing for La Reppublica, called Bonomo a “fundamental figure in contemporary art” whose gallery was “celebrated in Italy and abroad for its avant-garde work.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Robert Watts | Stamps

Robert Watts
New York City, USA: Robert Watts Studio Archive, 1999
28 x 21.5 cm.
Edition size unknown

Commissioned by the Newark Museum for the Rutgers University exhibition OFF LIMITS and the Avant Garde, 1957-1963, this sheet of perforated postage stamps contains a selection of reprints from the artist's 1960s originals.

"Robert Watts is considered the "father" of stamp art. His earliest stamps - beginning in 1960 - were dispensed in stamp machines that he loaded with his own stamps. Several of the machines and the sheets he created are in major art collections world wide.


The stamps on this sheet are reprints from the original sheets of the earliest stamps : SAFEPOST/K.U.K - FELDPOST/JOCKPOST (W.C.Fields) (1961); YAM-FLUG 5-POST-5 (1962) and BLINK (1962-63). The Blink stamp image is a collaboration of Robert Watts, George Brecht and Alison Knowles."

- Publisher's blurb

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moez Surani | عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация

An excerpt from Toronto poet Moez Surani's عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация, an inventory poem that collects the names of military operations by UN-member countries from the founding of the United Nations to the present, appears in the current issue of Harpers.

The excerpt, titled Noms de Guerre, features a selection of names since the year 2000. The full poem spans 193 countries and 69 years, and contains the names of over 2,300 operations.