Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Thing Quarterly, RIP

First Parkett earlier this year, and now The Thing Quarterly has decided to cease publishing. The next project, by Dave Muller, will be the 34th and final issue. Originally intended as a one-year experiment, The Thing Quarterly will celebrate it's tenth anniversary in June.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lucio Fontana | Concetto spaziale

Lucio Fontana
Concetto spaziale
Milan, Italy: Achille Mauri Editore, 1968
30 × 30 cm
Edition size unknown

Printed cardboard box housing a book with texts by Giorgio Colombo and photography by Ugo Mulas, and a thermoformed plastic multiple.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Enrico Castellani | Estroflessione

Enrico Castellani
Milan, Italy: Achille Mauri Editore, 1968
30 x 30 cm.
Edition of 1000

Estroflessione (which translates to Extroversion in English) is an early catalogue on the work of the Italian artist who Donald Judd viewed as "the father of minimalism", accompanied by a thermoformed plastic multiple. It's estimate value is between six and seven thousand dollars.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Geiger 3


[Maurizio Spatola, editor]
Geiger 3
Torino, Italy: Edizioni Geiger, 1970
[unpaginated], 25 x 23 cm., softcover
Edition of 300 numbered copies

An anthology of visual poetry, concrete art, and theoretical text/objects by 40 artists curated by Mauricio Spatola. Includes signed pieces by Jochen Gerz, Luigi Ferro, Jean-Claude Moineau and Christian Frougny, Franci Zagorichik, F. Tiziano, Gianni Bertini, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Timm Ulrichs, Sandro de-Alexandris, Matjaz Hanzek, Tomaz Kralj, Ketty La Rocca, Michelle Perfetti, Giulia Niccolai, Adriano Spatola, Achille Bonito Oliva, Francesco Guerreieri, Julien Blaine, Jiri Valoch, Lia Drei, J.F. Bory, Robert Joseph, Massimo Pellegrini, Maurizio Nannucci (eve, above), Marina Apollonio, Marko Pogacnik, Franco Vaccari, Girogio Nelva, Maurizio Spatola, William Xerra, Fernando Millan, Sebastiano Vassalli and Giorgio Fonio, Herman Damen, Rinaldo Nuzzolese, Mario Torchio, Hans Clavin, Valerio Miroglio, and Sandro Beltramo.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Herman de Vries | Random Shapes

Herman de Vries
Random Shapes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Stedelijk Museum, 1975
27.5 x 20.8 cm.
Edition of 2200

A folded card folio containing 10 loose leaf cardboard pieces, random in shape. The publication was produced to accompany an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum that ran between February 7th and April 6th, 1975. For much of this decade the museum produced artist books in lieu of catalogues, or artist book/catalogue hybrids. The folio also includes a folded sheet of A4 paper with biographic information about the artist, and another with information about the exhibition, including the 61 pieces in the show. Both are in both Dutch and English.

I can't track down where I learned of the edition size, which seems high. The work would have been cheap to produce, but I'm can't imagine that high a demand, at the time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

DADA Egg Cup

A miniature Duchamp-style bone china urinal as egg cup, by designer Peter Ibruegger. Available at the MoMA gift shop:


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Maurizio Cattelan | L.O.V.E.

Maurizio Cattelan
Cicognara, Italy: Seletti, 2015
40 x 18.03 x 18.03 cm.
Open edition

Last week the Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who produced the  7000-pound bronze Wall Street Stock Exchange statue Charging Bull, charged that the Fearless Girl sculpture placed in front of it's path "corrupts the artistic integrity" of his work. He is demanding that it be removed. 

The stock exchange in Italy also features a contentious public monument - L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan. It consists of a four metre high marble hand missing three fingers, with the middle finger remaining and erect. It sits on a base that brings the work to a height of 11 metres. L.O.V.E. stands for Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità, which translates to Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity. 

Installed in 2010, the sculpture was - like Fearless Girl - originally intended to be on display for only a few weeks, but local government extended its stay. The Borsa Italiana is located in Milan, the third-largest market for contemporary art after London and New York City. A search of Google maps reveals that the work is currently (or as recently as the last Google car drive by) wrapped in a pink Cancer Awareness ribbon. 

This 2015 cast cement version is produced as a 1:28 model of the original. It is listed as an open edition, but copies are already selling for upwards of $1500 at auction. Some sites list than only 200 were produced. 

L.O.V.E.  is also available as a snowglobe and music box.