Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zoe Leonard | I want a president: transcript of a rally

Zoe Leonard
I want a president: transcript of a rally, November 6, 2016
New York City, USA: Self-published, 2017
50 pp., 28 x 22 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 100

Documentation of an event held on New York City’s High Line, two days before the election. Participating artists include Sharon Hayes, Wu Tsang, Mel Elberg, Eileen Myles, Pamela Sneed, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, Alexandro Segade, Layli Long Soldier, Malik Gaines, and Justin Vivian Bond & Nath Ann Carrera.

"'I want a president: Transcript of a Rally' documents an afternoon of readings, speeches and performances on Nov. 6, 2016 on New York City’s High Line. Two days before the general election, the event convened artists, poets and performers to reflect on political leadership and community action in relation to my 1992 text I want a president. After the election, the memory of that day took on a different meaning, and we decided to make this book as a way to mark these ongoing conversations, and our continuing belief in the possibility of an equitable, sustainable and compassionate society." 
— Zoe Leonard, 2017

 The work is available for $9.71 US, here, and for free, as a PDF, here. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the paper edition are earmarked for Black & Pink, a national organization that provides support for LGBTQ prisoners, currently and formerly incarcerated, through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

“I want a dyke for president. I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to AIDS, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no air-conditioning, a president who has stood in line at the clinic, at the DMV, at the welfare office, and has been unemployed and laid off and sexually harassed and gaybashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a Black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown. Always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker. Always a liar, always a thief, and never caught.”

- Zoe Leonard, 1992

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Arrigo Lora Totino | EÈ

Arrigo Lora Totino

Torino, Italy: Mutltiart, c1967
7 x 20 x 20 cm.
Edition of 100 numbered copies

Friday, April 28, 2017

Symposium: Fluxus | Film

A week from today the Logan Center hosts a two-day symposium and screening series that looks at the contributions that Fluxus and Fluxus related artists contributed to cinema. Film and video work will be screened by Wolf Vostell, Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, George Maciunas, George Brecht, Albert Fine, Ludwig Schönherr, Paul Sharits, Joe Jones, Carolee Schneemann (whose 1964 film Meat Joy is pictured above) and Eric Andersen, who also serves as the keynote speaker.

May 5, 4-8pm, Logan Center Performance Penthouse
May 6, 9am-6pm, Logan Center, Room 201

Tickets are free, but may be reserved at:

Vito Acconci

[Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar, editors]
Avalanche: Vito Acconci Issue
New York City, USA: Avalanche, 1972
80 pp.,
Dimensions, 23.5 x 23.5 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

The sixth issue of Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar's Avalanche Magazine is devoted to entirely to the works of Vito Acconci. The issue serves as a kind of catalogue of Acconci's early performances, featuring documentation of pieces such as Trademarks, Rubbing Piece, Waterways, Centers, Shadow Box, See Through, Prying, Sound Barrier, Memory Box, Control Box, Supply Room, and perhaps the artists' most notorious work, Seedbed (in which the artist masturbated beneath a ramp for two weeks inside the Sonnabend Gallery).

Acconci died earlier today, from a stroke. He was 77 years old.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Simon Cutts Piano Stool Footnotes

Simon Cutts
Piano Stool Footnotes
Winston-Salem, USA: The Jargon Society, 1982
224 pp., 15.4 x 13 cm., softcover
Edition of 1000 [fifty of which are signed and numbered]

Cutts' first collection of concrete poetry for The Jargon Society, the independent press founded by poet Jonathan Williams, which has been called "a paradoxical fusion of fine printing and samizdat diffusion."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Keith Haring | Bi-Box [Condom Case]

Keith Haring
Bi-Box [Condom Case]
New York City, USA: The Pop Shop, 1987
2.5 x 3 x 0.25"
Edition size unknown

Produced by Haring as part of the "AIDS: Don't Die of Ignorance" educational campaign, this plastic condom box with belt-clip features an image of Haring's three-eye smiling face from 1984. It holds a single condom.

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.