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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Jackson Mac Low | Doings: Assorted Performance Pieces 1955-2002

Jackson Mac Low
Doings: Assorted Performance Pieces 1955-2002
New York City, USA: Granary Books, 2005
248 pp., 10.5 x 8", softcover
Edition of 1000

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum

[Sarah Sze]
Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Philadelphia, USA: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2014
80 pp., 12 x 0.8 x 12.8", hardcover
Edition size unknown

Featuring texts by Arthur Danto, Jonathan Gilmore, Jeffrey Kastner and Marion Boulton Stroud, this volume documents an exhibition of site-specific artwork at The Fabric Workshop in 2014.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Richard Tuttle | The End

Richard Tuttle
The End
Los Angeles, USA: Gemini Editions, 2014
11 x 9 x 7 cm.
Edition of 75 signed and numbered copies

Ceramic Earthenware with Low fire Black and Ultramarine Gloss Glaze, produced in an edition of 75, of which 38 created for the Whitechapel Gallery and 37 for Tate, each accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born on this day in 1928.