Saturday, September 15, 2018

Jenny Holzer | Truth before power

Jenny Holzer
Truth before power 
Munich/New York City, Germany/USA: Edition Schellmann, 2004
4 pp., 56 x 46 cm., loose leaves
Edition of 40 signed and numbered copies [+7 AP, 2 PP]

Set of four digital pigment prints on Hahnemühle photo paper housed in a grey paper folio.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Laurie Anderson | Hearring

Laurie Anderson
Zurich, Switzerland: Parkett Editions, 1997
10.2 x 4.5 x 2 cm.
Edition of 150 signed and numbered copies

Produced for Parkett issue #49 (which featured Anderson, Jeff Wall and Douglas Gordon), this single earring consists of a brass, copper, circuit board, loudspeaker, lithium battery, Plexiglas and wires. It features a playable sound message of approximately twenty seconds.

Released in 1997 for $440, the edition remains available from the publisher, though the price has now more than tripled. In 2008, it was raised to $600 US and to $900 US by 2012.  A copy sold in September of 2013 at a Christies auction for 750 GBP ($1205 US) and the Parkett site now lists the work at € 1,400.00.

The jewelry is by Josiah Dearborn, and the 'engineering design' is by Bob Bielecki, who previously collaborated with Anderson on works such as her signature magnetic tape violin. The audio varies, and may include a violin solo, or a short story.

The above fax to Jacqueline Burckhardt indicates that Anderson had originally considered a pair of earrings, along with five alternate ideas: a thermometer, a tie, a grain of sand, a wine glass and a laser earring.

Hearring is available here, from the publisher.

“Firmly rooted in time and in the world, her art explores a territory between keen wakefulness and (day)-dreams, where things of the real world and visions together penetrate consciousness, where perception stimulates dreams, and dreams sharpen perception. …For almost three decades, ceaselessly circling themes and motifs in text, image, and music have been coupled in Laurie Anderson’s performances and installations with new material, forever evolving in a cosmology-in-flux, in the endless flow of a great work in progress.”

- Jacqueline Burckhardt Parkett No. 49, 1997 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pitchfork Top 200 LPs of the 80's

Today Pitchfork ran an article titled The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s. Included on the list were several artist's records - mostly by women - including: Yoko Ono's Season of Glass at #188, Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster's Panaiotis at #164, Meredith Monk's Dolmen Music at #153, La Monte Young's box set of The Well-Tuned Piano at #150 and Laurie Anderson for Big Science, at #22.

Also on the list: David Bryne, Philip Glass, Psychic TV, Malcolm McLaren, Steve Reich, and Brian Eno, who appears twice for collaborative albums and twice as a producer (for U2 and Talking Heads).

Four of the two hundred discs have covers by visual artists: Fischli & Weiss contributed the cover image to Liliput's 1982 debut, Gerhard Richter's 1983 painting Candle was used for Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, and Robert Longo appears twice: once for the cover of Glenn Branca's The Ascension from 1981 and later for The Replacements' 1985 album Tim. 

Read the full article here:

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Micah Lexier | 8-pc Puzzle

Micah Lexier
8-pc Puzzle
Calgary, Canada: TrépanierBaer Gallery, 2003
7.5 x 9.9 x .65 cm.
Edition of 24

A laser-cut acrylic puzzle in a custom-printed box, each copy unique. Available from Printed Matter, here, for $900.00 US ($810.00 for members).

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Nam June Paik | Reclining Buddha

Nam June Paik
Reclining Buddha, 1994
2 color televisions, 2 Pioneer laser disk players, 2 original Paik laser disks, found object 'buddha'
50.8 × 61 × 35.6 cm.
Edition size unknown

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Claudia de la Torre | The Silver Metal Lover

Claudia de la Torre
The Silver Metal Lover
Berlin, Germany: Back Bone Books, 2018
21 x 29.7 cm.
Edition of 3 signed and numbered copies [+1 AP]

The Silver Metal Lover by Claudia de la Torre takes the 1981 science fiction book of the same name (from the S.I.L.V.E.R. series, by Tanit Lee) and folds the corners pointing to colors within the story, and then paints the dog ears the appropriate colour, creating new abstract compositions.

de la Torre is the founder and proprietor of the Berlin-based Back Bone Books.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The John Giorno Band | I'm Rock Hard

The John Giorno Band
I'm Rock Hard
New York City, USA: Red Bull Arts, 2017
2 12" vinyl LPs
Edition of 200 signed copies

Released in collaboration with the Vinyl Factory, this double-LP features nine tracks from between the years 1982 and 1989, including Scum & Slime (1985); Stretching it Wider (1982); Life is a Killer (1982); Sucking Mud (1986); Exiled in Domestic Life (1983); It’s a mistake to think you’re special (1989); I gambled with my anger and lost (1983); The Strength of Pleasure (live) (1984); and Stretching it Wider (live) (1982).

It's available here, for $120 US.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kent Monkman | Miss Chief’s Praying Hands

Kent Monkman
Miss Chief’s Praying Hands (Red)
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2016
4.5” x 10.5”
Edition of 10 [+ 1 AP]

Praying hands made from the same silicone rubber, presumably, as sex toys. Also available in black, for $1,000.00 CDN, each, from Devan Patel's Project Gallery, where Monkman's exhibition of the same name is currently on view. Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street East, in Toronto, and the exhibition closes September 1st.

"Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who creates provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience – the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience – are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.

His gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in his work, reversing the colonial gaze and upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.

Monkman describes Miss Chief Eagle Testickle as “a gender bending time-traveling two spirited alter ego” representing “the gender variance that was present in traditional indigenous cultures across North America when the settlers arrived. She embodies the flawed and playful trickster spirit to tease out the truths behind life’s painful twists and turns. She is central to my work, reversing the gaze and representing an empowered antidote to colonized sexuality.”

Project is a commercial art gallery and studio in Toronto that exhibits a critical selection of artists, whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. It is located at 1210 Dundas Street East, in the heart of Leslieville with accompanying studios overlooking the Don Valley in Riverside."

- gallery press release

For more information, visit the gallery site here, or contact owner and director, Devan Patel at

Saturday, August 25, 2018

150 Beuys works donated to Münster Museum

Joseph Beuys
Felt Suit 
Berlin, Germany: Galerie René Block, 1970
177.5 × 71.4 × 13.5 cm.
Edition of 100

Joseph Beuys
Capri Battery
Naples, Italy: Edizione Lucio Amelio, 1985
8 x 11 x 6 cm.
Edition of 200 [+ a few a.p] signed and numbered copies

Joseph Beuys
Das Schweigen (The Silence)
Edition René Block, Berlin & Multiples Inc., New York, 1973
4 x 38 cm (each)
Five original 35 mm reels of Ingmar Bergman´s 1962 film The Silence, lacquered and plated in copper and zinc baths.
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies

The above three Beuys multiples, and about a hundred and fifty others has been donated to the Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster. The donation, by collectors Manfred and Ingrid Rotert of Osnabrück, was announced last week. The works will go on display next month, and remain on view for the rest of the year.

The Roterts began acquiring objects by Beuys in the early 1970s. Manfred Rotert told the German daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung “We were never so ambitious to own everything made by Beuys, but from our first purchase on, we knew: That’s it.”

One hundred and fifty represents about a quarter of Beuys' editioned output. The English collectors Andy and Christine Hall are said to have a near complete collection at 550 items, and Eli Broad purchased 570 Beuys multiples in 2006, for a price that was reported to be in excess of three million dollars.

For more information, visit the museum website, here.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Dieter Roth | Piccadilly Postcard puzzle

Dieter Roth
Piccadilly Postcard Puzzle
London, UK: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 2005
96 pp., 12 x 17 cm., boxed
Edition size unknown

A clamshell box containing reproductions of the '6 Piccadillies', each one enlarged and cut into 16 postcard-size pieces which can be sent out individually and reassembled at random.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ai Weiwei | Artist's Hand

Ai Weiwei
Artist's Hand
New York City, USA: Public Art Fund, 2017
10 x 10 x 13 cm.
Edition of 1000 signed copies

These cast urethane resin with electroplated rhodium hands were produced in an edition of 1000 signed (incised) copies, to raise funds for the 2017/2018 Ai Weiwei exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. The were co-published by eBay for Charity, and made available exclusively through Ebay, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the exhibition.

They went on sale in October of last year for $675 US and have sold at auction subsequently for almost ten times that amount, a mere ten months later.

The work recalls Ai Weiwei's Study of Perspective series, in which the artist photographed himself "giving the finger" or "flipping the bird" to world monuments and significant landmarks.