Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sophie Calle | Souris Calle

“When you say you’re sad about [a dead] cat, it’s a bit obscene for people," Sophie Calle recently told ArtNet. "You can’t say that. I mean, if I say my mother or my father is dead, everyone tells me ‘Oh, poor thing, she lost her mother, oh, poor thing, she lost her father,’ but if we say that about our cat, we seem ridiculous. It makes me laugh, when for me, in my daily life, it was almost more violent, because I lived with my cat. I didn’t live with my parents.”

Calle is talking about a forthcoming 3 LP set that pays tribute to her dead pet, with contributions by Pharrell Williams, the National, Bono, Michael Stipe, Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, Pascal Comelade and many others.

Titled Souris Calle, the 37 tracks of the tribute were first debuted during Calle’s solo show at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, which opened on Saturday. Visitors to the exhibition can both hear the music and watch videos Calle sent to the musicians for inspiration, along with accompanying texts and photographs.

The album is now available to order in a standard 3xLP edition for 100 Euro, and a deluxe, signed and numbered version for the considerably higher price of 1500 Euro, here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos
New York City, USA: The Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968
27.6 x 17.6 cm.
Edition of 2000

One of Ramos' best known works is a series of paintings of nude women emerging from candy wrappers (Snickers, Oh Henry, Butterfinger, etc). This cardboard cut-out piece, from SMS #5, could therefore be seen as an instructional, three dimensional Pop Art sculpture.

The instructions are as follows:

1. Cut out candy wrapper and figures with single edge razor blade
2. Cut slots a,b,c,d,e. Fold on dotted lines and insert tabs.
3. Paste back of Fig. A to back of Fig. B. Place figure in wrapper and stand on end.

Ramos died of a heart attack Sunday, at the age of 83.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Watching Night of the Living Dead

A screening and Blu-Ray release party for my film Watching Night of the Living Dead takes place two weeks from tonight, at the Revue Cinema. Details to follow. 

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved here:

Nonesuch Records single day sale

Today Nonesuch Records announced a single-day sale during which every item in their online store,  from records to CDs to digital downloads and merchandise, is half-price.

The list of available material includes artists that cross over into the pop world (or vice-versa) such as Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and David Bryne, composers and avant-garde performers (Philip Glass, John Adams, Steve Reich, The Kronos Quartet, John Zorn), as well as acts such as The Magnetic Fields, Bjork, Caetano Veloso, etc. etc.

Enter the promotional code AUTUMN when checking out to receive the 50% discount.

Takehisa Kusogi, RIP

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wolf Vostell

Wolf Vostell was born on this day, in 1932.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sylvie Fleury | His Mistress’ Toy

Sylvie Fleury
His Mistress’ Toy
Zurich, Switzerland: Parkett, 2000
11.2 x 9.5 x 19.5 cm.
Edition of 99 [+15 AP]

A pair of women's polyurethane mules, with an integrated noise maker that produces a squeak sound. Produced for Parkett #58. The work is long sold out and has an estimated value of between $800 and $1200 US.

Hear the squeak sound here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Keith Sonnier | Chandelier Project

Keith Sonnier
Chandelier Project
New York City, USA: Self-published, 2000
82.9 x 61 x 45.7 cm.
Edition of 12 initialed, numbered and dated copies.


YVES KLEIN: BY THE BOOK opens today at the Gagosian Shop in Paris. The exhibition runs until the 22nd of December.
"Gagosian Shop, Paris, is pleased to present Yves Klein: By the Book, a tribute to the artist in what would have been his ninetieth year.

A major figure of the French avant-garde movement Nouveau Réalisme, Yves Klein (1928–1962) continually sought to create more direct ways of experiencing reality. His paintings, sculptures, photographs, books, and performances often blurred the boundaries between observation and sensation—from his studies of speed to his use of “International Klein Blue” (IKB), the eponymous pigment that he developed with a chemist. Klein experimented with IKB throughout his oeuvre as a way to communicate his utopian vision of the world. As he stated in a 1959 lecture at the Sorbonne, “Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not. . . . All colors bring forth specific associative ideas, tangible or psychological, while blue suggests, at most, the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual nature what is most abstract.” This line of inquiry led to Klein’s “The Monochrome Adventure: The Monochrome Epic” (1960), in which he wrote that he saw vast expanses of color as “a window opened onto the freedom to become impregnated with the immeasurable state of color in a limitless, infinite manner.” Though Klein’s life came to an untimely end in 1962, at the age of thirty-four, the profound impact of his work and career is still felt today.

The Shop takeover will include rare books and ephemera, such as Klein’s Dimanche 27 novembre 1960 “Le journal d’un seul jour” (1960), Les Fondements du Judo (1954), and Triptyque de Krefeld (1961), as well as the LP of La Conférence à la Sorbonne 1959 (1962). Photographs by René Burri and Pierre Boulat will also be on view, the former showing Klein at work in his studio and the latter documenting the opening of the 1961 exhibition Yves Klein: Monochrome und Feuer, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany. Significant new and out-of-print monographs and exhibition catalogues will also be available.

The Paris Shop will be open along with our regular gallery exhibitions, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm. For inquiries about available publications, please contact or"
- press release

Carolee Schneemann turns 79 today

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS | a very anxious feeling

a very anxious feeling
New York City, USA: Self-published, 2007
15.2 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm.
Edition of 22 [+3 AP] signed and numbered copies

Laurie Anderson to be honoured as one of this year's "Friends of the Arts"

On Sunday October 21, at the Princeton Club, Town Hall will host its 97th Annual Gala, and will honor Laurie Anderson, Charlie Hall and Robert Hurwitz as this year’s "Friends of the Arts".

The event will include a concert, cocktails, dinner, and an awards presentation. Admission to the event is open to Town Hall Sustaining Members, contributors and guests. For more information, visit the website, here.

From the press release:

"One of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. As diverse as she is prolific, Laurie has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. In the early ‘70s, Laurie burst onto the New York avant-garde/music/art/performance scene and quickly acquired a fervent following in the underground arts community. In 1978, she performed at the Nova Convention with such counter-culture luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Philip Glass, Frank Zappa, Timothy Leary, John Cage, and Allen Ginsberg. Her recording career took off in 1981, when her song “O Superman” rose to #2 on the British pop music charts, leading to a seven-album deal with Warner Brothers. A deluxe box set of her Warner Brothers output, Talk Normal, was released in the fall of 2000 on Rhino/Warner Archives. The following year, she released her first record for Nonesuch Records, “Life on a String.” A year later, Live in New York, recorded at Town Hall, was released. Laurie has toured the United States and abroad numerous times with shows that range from simple spoken word performances to highly elaborate multimedia events like United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999-2000), based on the Herman Melville novel.   Her visual work has been presented in major museums in the United States and Europe.

As a composer, Laurie contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme; dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Molissa Fenley; a score for Robert LePage’s theater production, Far Side of the Moon; and pieces for National Public Radio, the BBC, and Seville’s Expo ‘92. Laurie is recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts. In the late ’90s, as a collaborator with Interval Research Corporation—a laboratory founded by Paul Allen and David Liddle—she created the Talking Stick, a six-foot-long MIDI controller that she used in the MobyDick tour. In 2002, she was appointed the first-ever artist-in-residence at NASA, a stint that yielded her 2004 solo piece, The End of the Moon.

In 2007 she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. In 2011, she was awarded Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award. Her Habeas Corpus exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016 garnered Yoko Ono’s annual Courage Award for the Arts. Laurie’s film and visual projects include numerous videos, the high definition film Hidden Inside Mountains, a series of audio-visual installations, Heart of a Dog which was an official selection of both the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and Chalkroom a virtual reality collaboration with Hsin- Chien Huang which received Best VR Experience at the Venice Film Festival 2017. Her virtual reality work is represented in many arts institutions, festivals and in the new wing at MassMoCa. Laurie has performed at The Town Hall over four decades. Laurie originally hails from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She graduated from Barnard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.A. in art history and in 1972, earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from Columbia University. In 2008, she married singer/songwriter/musician Lou Reed, with whom she collaborated on several works. She lives in New York City."

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jim Lambie | Dubtronic

Jim Lambie
New York City, USA: The New Museum, 2005
40.6 × 19.6 × 21.6 cm.
Edition of 30 [+6 APs] signed and numbered copies

"To create Dubtronic, Scottish artist Jim Lambie cast two functional lamps in concrete. The sculpture lights up when a thick, neon-colored power cord is plugged into an outlet. With Dubtronic, Lambie has given new life to ordinary desktop lamps by imbuing them with glamour. As a result, he extends these domestic objects into the realm of metaphor.

Lambie, a musician and DJ, frequently includes references to pop culture and rock ’n’ roll in his work. He is particularly interested in the reggae genre of dub, which involves DJs reinterpreting songs in battles with other DJs. The dub tradition informs Lambie’s appropriation and reworking extant objects. Just as a disk jockey puts his or her own twist on music, Lambie invites collectors to personalize Dubtronic by adorning it with colored lightbulbs of their choosing."
- New Museum press release

Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle turns 65 today.