Friday, November 16, 2018

Jenny Holzer | Untitled from the Survival Series



Jenny Holzer
Untitled from the Survival Series
New York City, USA: Self-published, 1986
10 x 20.5 cm.
Edition of 15

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Complete Works of Barbara Bloom



Barbara Bloom
The Complete Works of Barbara Bloom
Berlin, Germany: Edition Block, 1990
30 x 131.5 x 21 cm.
Edition of 12 signed and numbered copies

For The Reign of Narcissism, Barbara Bloom created a museum devoted to herself, which included Greek-style sculptures, vitrines containing tea sets and chocolates emblazoned with her likeness, a tombstone, and this shelf of 38 gold-embossed books which purport to be her complete works. Bloom described the work as being "less related to Freudian narcissism than it is to the narcissistic aspects of artmaking and collecting.”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Maddie Lychek | You Spent Thousand of Dollars to Draw Vaginas and Make Soft-Core Porn







Maddie Lychek
You Spent Thousand of Dollars to Draw Vaginas and Make Soft-Core Porn
Guelph, Canada: Self-published, 2018
40 pp., 14 x 21.5 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

An effective bookwork comprised of a series of text messages and drawings of dick pics. The hand-scrawled texts document a recent break-up precipitated by the artist's practice, which the author deems pornographic.

His passive-aggressive missives drip with narcissism, dismissing Lychek as "just a product of the times", but himself as "a jewel of the past" who is seeking a more "old-fashioned, modest girl". Whilst obnoxiously trying to signal his virtue, he announces that he is looking for more than a "boner garage". "Laugh with your feminist friends all you want," he says, "it's something I value."

If the inconsiderable penises in the drawings belong to him, the notion of 'revenge porn' feels somewhat justified, not only for their ability to form a portrait of the sanctimonious little prick.

You Spent Thousand of Dollars to Draw Vaginas and Make Soft-Core Porn is part of the exhibition Feelings, curated by Samantha Jessica Jones and Leonard Jessica Walsh at the Vs Studio (25 Polson Street, Toronto), which closes today at 5pm. The publication is accompanied by one of the video works the ex took offence to, and an audio reading of his texts.



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ulrich Rückriem | Rückriem Skulpturen









Ulrich Rückriem
Rückriem Skulpturen
Monchengladbach, Germany: Stadtisches Museum Monchengladbach, 1973
20.5 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm.
Edition size unknown

A cardboard box containing a pencil drawing on smooth cardboard (20.4 x 15.0 cm) and the publication Ulrich Rückriem Sculptures 1968 - 1973, Cologne DuMont Schauburg, 1973.

Other artists included in the boxed catalogue series (above, bottom) include Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht & Robert Filliou, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Hanne Darboven, Braco Dimitrijevic, Joel Fisher, Jonas Hafner, Jasper Johns, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Piero Manzoni, Panamarenko, Gerhard Richter, Lawrence Weiner and Stanley Brouwn (whose box only exists conceptually, in keeping with his long standing practice of not documenting his works in catalogues).


Saturday, November 10, 2018

David Platzker talk tomorrow



David Platzker will be giving a talk tomorrow at the at the St Louis Museum of Art about editions, multiples, artists' books and other printed matter of the 1960s to the present in conjunction with Elizabeth Wyckoff and Gretchen Wagner's show "Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now." The talk begins at 2pm and admission is five dollars (free to members).

Click here for more information.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Stanley Brouwn | 100 this-way-brouwn-problems for computer I. B. M. 360 model 95



Stanley Brouwn
100 this-way-brouwn-problems for computer I. B. M. 360 model 95
Köln/New York, Germany/USA: Verlag Gebr. König, 1970
[208] pp., 23 x 23 cm., softcover
Edition of 300

"Stanley Brouwn began working with distance and direction in the early 1960s. During this period he made work by asking random pedestrians to describe a route to another point in town. The resulting sketch or unmarked piece of paper if the description were entirely verbal, would then be stamped This way Brouwn. In the early 70s, Brouwn began to make books. In one of his first publications, 100 this-way-brouwn problems for computer IBM 360 model 95, Brouwn lists This Way Brouwn questions to be posed to a computer beginning with: "show Brouwn the way in all cities, villages, etc. on earth from point x to all other points in that cities, villages etc." Too complex for even a computer to solve, this list of questions is designed to reveal the infinitely complex possibilities implicit in the idea of a This Way Brouwn."

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Joseph Beuys | Objekt zum Schmieren und Drehen





Joseph Beuys
Objekt zum Schmieren und Drehen 
Mönchengladbach, Germany: Museumverein Mönchengladbach, 1972
3.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm. (can) 13 cm. (screwdriver)
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

Objekt zum Schmieren und Drehen, or Object to Smear and Turn, is a can of grease painted with Beuys' signature red cross and a screwdriver, accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate. In addition to the 100 copies of the edition, there were reportedly a few unnumbered artist proof copies.

The work has a value of approximately $9000 US.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vanessa Maltese Book Launch







Vanessa Maltese
CLUES
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2018
96 pp., 12.7cm x 20.32 cm., softcover
Edition of 90 [+ 10 AP]


Tomorrow night at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, Vanessa Maltese launches her new risograph book CLUES, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

"CLUES is a new editioned bookwork by Vanessa Maltese containing 90 photographs of peculiar cloud formations and subsequent overlaid drawings. Captured over the course of a three-month residency at Glenfiddich in Dufftown, Scotland, CLUES examines the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia, a circumstance in which the brain perceives recognizable and meaningful patterns in random visuals where no patterns actually exist."

In addition to the book launch, there will be cocktails provided by Barchef and an exclusive pre-release sample of Glenfiddich Experiment #04 Fire & Cane.

The artist will be in attendance, as will Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence program curator Andy Fairgrieve, and Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers.

Artists interested in applying for the 2019 Artist in Residence program should attend an information session with Fairgrieve at Erin Stump Projects on Thursday November 9th, at 6:30 pm. There will be a whiskey tasting there, also.




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press launch at Printed Matter



Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins launches at Printed Matter on Thursday, November 8th, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a wide-ranging conversation (beginning at 6:30) about Dick Higgins's writings and legacy with curator/art historian Alice Centamore, Higgins editor and Granary Books publisher Steve Clay, Siglio publisher Lisa Pearson, and Emily Harvey Foundation director Christian Xatrec.

A review of this title is in the works and will be posted shortly.

"[On] Thursday, just two days after the election, Siglio is launching Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins at Printed Matter in New York. While the book is certainly a reclamation project of sorts, Higgins was deeply forward thinking. Not only his writings and the radical project of the Something Else Press, but also his humanity, sense of humor, and his omnivorous intellectual appetite serve as a beacon for many of us committed to independent publishing and the place for culture in our world—a world that I hope we will change for the better on November 6."
- Lisa Pearson, Siglio publisher


John Waters | Have Sex in a Voting Booth








Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Book Arts Newsletter No 121




Sarah Bodman's latest Book Arts Newsletter No 121 can now be downloaded at  http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/newsletters/

The deadline for the next issue is the 17th of November for the December 2018 - January 2019 newsletter.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Jon Sasaki at North American Souvenirs






My favourite booth at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair this weekend was North American Souvenirs, from Miami/Detroit. Despite producing multiples, North American Souvenirs offered nothing for sale at their booth, but instead provided a phone-charging service for fair vendors and visitors. The device, by Jon Sasaki, above, is made from a car battery, padlocks, binder clips, necklaces, pairs of scissors and other random household items. A video projector presented other examples from his Improvised Travel Adaptors series.

The booth also offered free postcards, fortune cookies and a variety of halloween candy over the weekend.

Operated by Pete Rozek and Hernan Bas, North American Souvenirs host artist residencies and stage "visual arts productions in some of our favorite communities to connect you to neighborhood places and cultural heritage. We offer limited edition souvenirs as keepsakes of our experiences, but hope the places we have toured together will create memories you won’t soon forget." Their programming is based on "long-range government plans, philanthropic institutions’ policy initiatives, and community development objectives."

Visit their website for more information here. And see more of the Improvised Travel Adaptors at Sasaki's site, here.


"We do the boring work so you don’t have to, and try to limit your experiences to what we hope you’ll enjoy as fun, recreational opportunities."
- North American Souvenirs





Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dave Dyment | Watching Night of the Living Dead




Dave Dyment
Watching Night of the Living Dead
Winnipeg, Canada: Platform Gallery, 2018
19 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm., 136 min Blu-Ray disc
Edition of 250

A feature length remake of the George Romero original (which debuted fifty years ago this month), in which characters from other films and television shows watch Night of the Living Dead on TV, at the cinema and at drive-ins.

Due to the omission of the copyright symbol on the early prints of the film, the work was never protected by copyright.

The Blu-Ray is available at the Platform booth at the Edition Art Fair this week, and the official launch is Monday October 29th, at the Revue Cinema, where the film will be screened followed by a brief Q&A. There will be door prizes and the concession stand is licensed.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hito Steyerl | Gosprom



Hito Steyerl
Gosprom
Berlin, Germany: Self-published, 2015
70.0 x 70.0 cm
Edition of 35 signed and numbered copies

A silkscreen in seven colors, on Invercote G 380 g/m2 paper.

Yesterday the Akademie der Künste in Berlin named Steyerl as the winner of the 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. The $13,600 prize recognizes international multimedia artists based in Germany and is accompanied by an exhibition and a publication. Previous recipients include Adrian Piper, Corinne Wasmuht, Douglas Gordon, and Mona Hatoum.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Derek Sullivan | A piece of glass



Derek Sullivan
A piece of glass 
Toronto, Canada: Paul+Wendy Projects, 2018
50" [approx.]
Edition of 100

A glass prism, metal rings, coloured cord, foil stamped die-cut cards. The first 15 copies are signed and numbered and feature metallic gold foil stamp with gold cord, and sell for $250. The remaining 85 are grey foil stamp with blue cord and are available for $75.

"A publication to hang in a window, a bit of wonder when conditions permit."
- Derek Sullivan


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mammalian Diving Reflex | Haircuts by Children



Mammalian Diving Reflex
Haircuts by Children
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2018
41 x 27.2 cm.
Edition of 25 signed and numbered copies [+ 5 AP]

The Nothing Else Press is pleased to launch a new photo edition of John Lauener's iconic image of Mammalian Diving Reflex's Haircuts by Children. 

In the event - which the Calgary Herald called “Part performance art, part public service, part therapy” - kids are given the tools to become working hairdressers and the public is invited have their hair cut, by nine and ten year olds. A simple premise, with deep implications. The project tests our trust in the next generation and measures how far we’re willing to go to empower youth.

This print features an image of Coach House Press founder Stan Bevington as he sits for a haircut by a pair of adorable kids. It is available in an edition of 25, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Mammalian Diving Reflex, a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere and dismantling barriers between individuals of all ages, cultural, economic and social backgrounds

The work sells for $75.00 and is available this week at the Edition Toronto Art Book Fair, or here.








Josef Albers Wood Puzzle Set





[Josef Albers]
Josef Albers Wood Puzzle Set
New York City, USA: MoMA/Galison, 2018
27.4 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm.
Edition size unknown

A set of six 5 x 3" puzzles, each with 25 pieces, featuring images by Joseph Albers, housed in a wooden box with a silkscreened lid. The paintings reproduced include are all from the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection: Full from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers, 1962; Midnight + Noon V from Midnight and Noon, 1964; Patina from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers, 1962; Wide Light from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers, 1962; Day + Night VIII  from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers, 1962; and Tenuous from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers, 1962.

Available from the Type Books booth at the Edition Art Fair this weekend.


Marcel Dzama | All my very bats....



Marcel Dzama
All my very bats.... 
Toronto, Canada: Paul+Wendy Projects, 2018
3 x 2.5 x 3"
Edition of 30 signed and numbered copies [+ 3 AP]

The 47th edition by Paul + Wendy Projects (and their third with Dzama and second with bats) is a rubber stamp accompanied by a stamped card, numbered and signed by the artist.

The work is available for $200 CDN at Table 38 of the Edition Art Fair, or from their website, here.


Micah Lexier | A Minute Of My Time






Micah Lexier is launching a suite of three ceramic plates at the Art Toronto Fair this weekend. Produced in an edition of 15, the individually numbered plates are sold separately. They are available
at Birch Contemporary, in the solo section of the fair, booth S5, which will present  "Micah Lexier: A Minute of My Time – A Survey and New Works". The solo booth will also be accompanied by a free, 24-page newspaper, featuring two essays about the A Minute of My Time series, written by Ian Thom – one essay written in 1997 and a follow up essay written 21 years later, in 2018.

A Minute of My Time (September 22, 2007 01:14 – 01:15), 2018
ceramic plate, 8.25 inches diameter

A Minute of My Time (September 22, 2007 01:24 – 01:25), 2018
ceramic plate, 8.25 inches diameter

A Minute of My Time (September 22, 2007 01:26 – 01:27), 2018
ceramic plate, 8.25 inches diameter


Tucker Nicols | Vote Them Out



A free downloadable graphic from Tucker Nicols, with the instructions to "Print this PDF and put it wherever you can think of—your front window, your car, your dog. Let’s turn the tide and bring responsible adults back into government."

Available here





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jon Sasaki | Something Difficult Done Easily







Jon Sasaki
Something Difficult Done Easily
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2018
8.5 x 29 x 8.5 cm.
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies

The Nothing Else Press is pleased to announce the launch of a new edition by Toronto artist Jon Sasaki.

Typically, building a model ship in a bottle requires hundreds of hours of patient finicky work, inserting tiny parts individually through the neck of a bottle and cementing them into place.
In this multiple, a model ship has been made from superabsorbent polymer, the same material used for novelty "grow in water" dinosaurs. After pushing it into the bottle and filling it with water, the ship will expand approximately 500% in volume.

The work is available for $75 at the Edition Art Book Fair from Thursday to Sunday. Booth number and other fair information to follow. Or reserve a copy by emailing nothingelsepress@rogers.com. 


Jon Sasaki | In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock on the morning






Jon Sasaki
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock on the morning
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2014
9 x 7 x 3 cm
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies.

Two potatoes wired to power a science toy clock broadcast a distressing message.

Packaged in a clear plastic box, the work includes the altered clock (a wired LCD screen, copper and zinc electrodes), extra nails and an instruction sheet. Potatoes are not included.

“[The buyer] becomes complicit: they have to stab these two potatoes with electrodes and watch the system run itself down. It’s tragedy, but really only tragicomedy. If it were a sentient being it would be tragedy. It’s comedy because it’s just a potato. There’s something heartbreaking and funny about empathizing with an inanimate object.”

- Jon Sasaki, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2014

Available at the Edition Art Fair from Thursday to Sunday, where a new edition by Sasaki will also be launched (see following post).


Dean Baldwin | Eel’s Wallet



Dean Baldwin
Eel’s Wallet
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2014
16 x 11 x 3.5 cm (closed) 16 x 21.5 x 2 cm (open)
Edition of 47 signed and numbered copies

A continuation of the artist's many alcohol-themed projects (including bars for Nuit Blanche, the Venice Bienalle, etc., etc.) this eel-skin wallet contains virtually every possible event drink ticket currently in use. Buy one, and wherever you are the drinks are always on the house.


"Named after Dick Higgins' Fluxus-heavy press of the ’60s and ’70s, Something Else Press, this young publisher seemed the only ones present to have produced an entire new line of works especially for the Fair. My favourite? “Eel’s Wallet” by Dean Baldwin, an edition of 47 wallets stuffed full of drinks tickets, which bizarrely becomes some sort of “book” for which we have no name."

- AA Bronson, Time Out Magazine "Five Picks from the London Art Book Fair"


Available from the Nothing Else Press at Edition Toronto this weekend.