Monday, February 17, 2020

Wim Delvoye | SeXrays

Wim Delvoye
Luxembourg: Beaumont Public, 2002
[94] pp., 30.5 x 23 cm., spiral-bound
Edition of 220

Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name, this title features twenty-five X-ray images of sex acts on acetate sheets from aluminum cibachromes, held together by spiral binding underneath a card cover book. With the help of a radiologist, the artist invited several friends to paint themselves with small amounts of barium and perform explicit sexual acts in medical X-ray clinics.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Keith Haring

Keith Haring died on this day thirty years ago, at the age of 31.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Willem de Ridder & Wouter Klootwijk | Good News

Willem de Ridder & Wouter Klootwijk
Good News
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Bill Daley, 1968
[12] pp., 42 x 60 cm., folded newsprint
Edition size unknown

A collaboration between Dutch Fluxus artist Willem de Ridder and journalist Wouter Klootwijk, consisting almost entirely of black-and-white photographs, along with a few drawings and comics.

Friday, February 14, 2020

This Week on Tumblr: I Love

In the mid-seventies in New York City crime was at an all-time high and tourism at an all-time low. The New York State Department for Economic Development tasked Madison Avenue ad firm Wells Rich Greene to develop a marketing campaign that would counter the negative coverage of riots, blackouts, muggings, fires, the Son of Sam killer, garbage strikes, a drug and crime epidemic, and neighbourhoods that had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The resulting 1977 campaign included the Steve Karmen song "I Love New York" as a commercial jingle and a now-ionic log by Milton Glaser (previously best known for a psychedelic poster of Bob Dylan). The logo was conceived in a taxi cab, with "I  ❤ NY" scribbled in crayon in a single line, which later changed to the present stacked letters (which Glaser later admitted might have been "subliminally" influenced by Robert Indiana's LOVE), and the serif typeface American Typewriter.

The campaign was truly a labour of love, with Karmen relinquished his publishing rights for the song, and Glaser also working pro bono. “You want to do things like that, where you feel you can actually change things,” he said in a recent interview in The Believer.

The campaign was launched forty-two years ago today, on Valentine's Day, with TV commercials featuring eighty Broadway actors, singers and dancers performing the "I Love New York" theme song. Originally intended as a five-week campaign, it continues to this day. 

Glaser's original concept sketch (above, top) and presentation boards are currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The New York State Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic development agency, holds the trademark to the “I Love New York” logo, and licenses its use. It's estimated that sales of merchandise such as mugs and t-shirts emblazoned with Glaser’s design generates more than $30 million a year. The state fights to uphold its trademark with over 3,000 objections against imitators so far, and an average of 100 trademark objections and cease-and-desist letters filed yearly.

The works above presumably fall under fair use. They are by Cary Leibowitz, David Shrigley, Mark Pawson, Sarah Nasby, Jeremy Deller, Claude Closky, Ross Sinclair, Adam Rolston and Ugo Rondinone (about Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol, John Giorno, John Cage, Claude Closky, etc.)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Christian Boltanski | Le Lycée Chases

Christian Boltanski
Le Lycée Chases
Düsseldorf, Germany: Kunstverein für Rheinland und Westfalen, 1987
62 pp., 29.5 x 20.8 cm., boxed
Edition of 18 signed and numbered copies

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of Christian Boltanski in the Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia, Düsseldorf, from August 29 to October 11, 1987, this artist's book features eighteen reproduced photographs of the pupils of the final class at the Lycée Chases in Vienna in 1931, on black tracing paper. It is accompanied by a gelatin silver print and a text by Jiri Svestka, and is housed in a metal box.

Available from Copyright Bookstore for €5000, here.

Herman de Vries | to be

Herman de Vries
to be
Self--published, 2000.
25 x 35.2 x 7.8 cm.
Edition of 6

Limestone with chiseled and gilt lettering.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Claes Oldenburg | Typewriter Eraser

Claes Oldenburg
Typewriter Eraser
New York City, USA: Leo Castelli Gallery, 1977
81.3 x 88.9 x 58.4 cm.
Edition of 18 [+5 AP]

Twenty-two years prior to the towering five ton public sculpture works of the same name (located at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Seattle Art Museum and the City Centre Fine Arts Collection in Nevada) this replica of a pink rubber typewriter eraser and blue brush was produced by Oldenburg at the Lippincott foundry. The work is made of acrylic on aluminum, ferrocement and stainless steel. One of the 23 copies recently sold for over a million dollars.