Saturday, December 7, 2019

Art-Rite Facsimile Reprint Launch on Tuesday


"ART-RITE launch event
A discussion with Walter Robinson, Pat Steir and Robin Winters
December 10, 2019 7PM

Join us for a special event to mark the launch of Art-Rite, a new facsimile reprint collecting the full run of the landmark periodical. Art-Rite editor Walter Robinson will be joined in conversation by artists Pat Steir and Robin Winters for a conversation on artists in Soho between 1973-1978. Moderated by Carlo McCormick, with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch.
Note that this event takes place at Jeffrey Deitch (18 Wooster Street, between Canal and Grand). Join on Facebook here.

Edited and published by Joshua Cohn, Edit DeAk, and Walter Robinson between 1973 and 1978 (Cohn would leave after issue 7), Art-Rite moved easily through the expansive community of post-conceptual, post-minimalist, performance, and video artists that made up New York’s vibrant downtown arts scene. With a sharp editorial vision, fanzine ethos, and proto-punk aesthetic, the magazine presented up-close coverage of the art world that was at once critical, humorous, and deeply knowledgeable, avoiding the formal tone and self-seriousness that characterized other art publications of the time. Over its five year run, Art-Rite would publish hundreds of interviews, exhibition and performance reviews, statements, and projects “by, with, and about” a generation of artists who felt accessible in these pages, even as many of them were, or would soon become, the defining voices of the era.

Art-Rite (2019) is co-published by Primary Information and Printed Matter, Inc."

Friday, December 6, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cosima von Bonin | Color Wheel

Cosima von Bonin
Color Wheel
Zurich, Switzerland: Parkett, 2008
47 x 6 cm.
Edition of 45 signed and numbered copies

Produced for Parkett 81 (below), this rolling pin as colour wheel is made of stainless steel with polypropylen handles, and is enamelled in 7 colours and released with the statement "Take the pastry of concept, roll it out with the colors of the rainbow, and serve it up with a dollop of debate."

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Robert Frank – Books and Film 1947-2014

[Robert Frank]
Robert Frank – Books and Film 1947-2014
Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2016
64 pp., 40 x 57 cm., newspaper
Edition size unknown

Edited by Axel Rühle, this exhibition catalogue takes the form of a special edition of the German newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It is printed on newsprint and follows the format and design of the daily paper, one of the largest in Germany.

Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, the exhibition focuses on Frank's influential bookworks and film projects. These are presented in the context of his life, creative processes, and wider cultural history. The images in the show are also printed on newsprint  -three metres long and installed directly onto the walls. Gallery staff destroyed them following the run of the exhibition.

The newspaper catalogue features interviews, essays, letters and opinion pieces alongside photo sequences. The unpretentious format appealed to Frank's sensibilities. “Cheap, quick and dirty, that’s how I like it!” he is reported to have said about newspaper.

The final two images above are from an exhibition of the same name, held at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax in 2014. Frank died in September of this year, in Inverness, Nova Scotia.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Meret Oppenheim | Handschuh (Glove)

Meret Oppenheim
Handschuh (Glove)
Zurich, Switzerland: Parkett, 1985
22.1 x 9.2 cm.
Edition of 150 signed and numbered copies

Produced for the 4th issue of Parkett Magazine, just prior to the artist's death at the age of 72. The work is based on a design she conceived of almost fifty years earlier, in 1936 - the same year as her famous “Furlined Teacup”.

The work consists of goat suede with silk-screen and handstitched blood vessels. It is signed with the artist's initials on the inside of the left glove and signed and numbered on the inside of the right glove.
In addition to the 150 copies, there were twelve artist's proofs labelled with roman numerals.

“Meret Oppenheim’s abstruse, multi-leveled work sometimes stubbornly eludes facile interpretation; her virtuoso performance on many instruments at once has long left viewers at something of a loss. On a picture done early in 1933 she wrote the laconic statement: ‘Well, then we’ll live a little later.’ Only gradually, after the critic’s stodgy demand for clear development and stylistic consistency had paled, yielding to a growing fascination for the unfettered approach of recent art, Meret Oppenheim has finally come into her own.”
- Jacqueline Burckhardt Parkett No. 4, 1985

Sunday, December 1, 2019

This week on Tumblr

This week on Tumblr: Rubber stamps by artists and rubber stamp artworks by Marcel Dzama, Ray Johnson, Dieter Roth, Fluxus, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, Jonathan Monk, Jenny Holzer, JH Kocman, Dick Higgins, David Horvitz, Lawrence Weiner, Maurizio Nannucci, Mel Bochner, Vincent Sardon, Dick Higgins, bpNichol, Andy Warhol, Ulises Carrión and others.