Sunday, March 31, 2019

Lee Henderson | Palliative Care (1985-1992)

Lee Henderson
Palliative Care (1985-1992)
Toronto, Canada:  Zalucky Contemporary, 2016
SD DVD 25:00
Edition of 20

Lee Henderson's epic edit Palliative Care (1985-1992), is featured in the current V-Tape group exhibition ... any resemblance to real persons, dead or alive, is purely coincidental. Curated by shell projects (Maegan Broadhurst and Barbora Racevičiūtė), the show features works that deal with television, mortality, and grief, and also features work by Liz Knox, Eve Tagny, and Stan Douglas.

Palliative Care is a supercut of every reference to death found in the 180 episodes of the NBC sitcom
"The Golden Girls".

The show runs until April 6 at 401 Richmond in Toronto.

An except from the project can be seen at the artist's website, here:

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Martin Creed | Work No. 117

Martin Creed
Work No. 117
Paolo Vitolo Gallery, Milano, 1995
10.9 x 8.7 cm.
Edition of 500

Side A                        
All the sounds on a drum machine played one after the other, in their given order, at a speed which makes the piece last for one minute.

Side B
All the sounds on a drum machine played one after the other, in reverse of their given order, at a speed which makes the piece last for one minute.

Friday, March 29, 2019

George Brecht | The Paradox Shirt

George Brecht
The Paradox Shirt
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Francesco Conz, 1989
160 × 112 cm.
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

A nightshirt silkscreened with the phrase "On my back is a lie" on the front and "On my chest is the truth" on the verso.

The work was issued in an edition of one hundred, housed in a cardboard box. A t-shirt version was reportedly also available, in an edition of 150 copies.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rachel Whiteread | Untitled (Black Books)

Rachel Whiteread
Untitled (Black Books)
London, UK: Self-published, 1996
30.2 x 101.9 x 23.4cm.
Edition of 10 numbered and initialed copies

A shelf of cast books, made from black pigment, plastic and steel.

With an estimated value of between $75 000 and $100 000.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Victor Vasarely | Stèle

Victor Vasarely
Paris, France: Galerie Denise René, 1988
12.5 x 8 x 2"
Edition of 100

Hand Painted Signed Wood Sculpture signed in ballpoint pen. Valued at approximately $6000.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Barbara Kruger | You're Right (And You Know It and So Should Everyone Else)

Barbara Kruger
You're Right (And You Know It and So Should Everyone Else)
New York City, USA: Editions and Artist's Books Fair, 2010
23 x 61 cm.
Edition of 200 [+50 AP]

A lithograph on wove paper, initialed and dated in pencil.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize

For immediate release:

Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize

World-class scotch whisky leader Glenfiddich has awarded Canadian artists Christof Migone and Marla Hlady the 2019 Artist-in-Residence prize. Valued at $20,000, the prize includes airfare, accommodation, living expenses and a substantial production budget. Migone and Hlady will be spend the summer working on a new project together, at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The three-month program hosts eight artists from around the globe to produce new works  inspired by the distillery, history, heritage, people, and craftsmanship of the surrounding area. While in Dufftown, the artists live in crofts, and are encouraged to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. Hlady and Migone’s proposal to explore the congenial gesture of ‘raising a glass’ perfectly encapsulates this spirit.

Marla Hlady is a kinetic and sound artist who works in sculpture, drawing, audio and installation. Christof Migone is an artist, curator, and writer who often works with language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity, and endurance. Their work is celebrated across the country, and internationally.

"We're excited to be among those chosen for the 2019 Glenfiddich Residency,” says Hlady. “We each have long-standing individual art practices and started to work collaboratively in 2015. What we envision for our time at The Glenfiddich Residency can only occur as a collaboration, as we focus on the it-takes-two gesture and custom of ‘the toast’, its impetus, dynamism, spirit. What better place?”

Established in 2002, the Glenfiddich Artists-in-Residence program has become wildly acclaimed in the art world for providing artists an original setting, space, and community to create new work. The program captures the maverick spirit of the scotch whisky maker to relentlessly push boundaries and experiment with new ideas. Since its inception, the program has hosted more than 150 artists from 20 countries. Fourteen Canadian artists have previously participated, including Jon Sasaki (Toronto), Daniel Barrow (Montreal), Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver), Lee Henderson (Toronto), Vanessa Maltese (Toronto), Damian Moppett (Vancouver), Eleanor King (Halifax), and the late Annie Pootoogook (Cape Dorset).

Hlady and Migone were selected from over 100 entries, by a panel of six esteemed artists, curators and educators from Canada’s arts community. From the applications, the jury creates a shortlist of ten finalists, and the winning selection is made by the program curator Andy Fairgrieve, who says:

“We are delighted to welcome Christof and Marla to be our fifteenth artists in residence for Canada. The standard of all this years short listed artists was as always, incredibly high so it was a very tough choice. However their proposal to explore the ritual and ceremony of toast making while drinking is clearly a perfect fit for a whisky residency. I do feel that drinking Glenfiddich is a very social activity and making toasts embodies this sociality with a sense of performance. There is also a very social aspect to our residency programme and I am sure this summers cohort of artists will be raising glassing on the odd occasion.”

Fairgrieve and the artists are available for interviews, please contact

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Liz Knox Book Launch at Art Metropole

Press release:

"Art Metropole is pleased to host the launch of Query: A compendium of Reddit threads, questioning the reality quotient of television shows, an artist’s book by Liz Knox.

Please join us on Saturday March 23rd between 2pm and 4pm to celebrate the release of this multifaceted inquiry into popular culture, contemporary identity building, and the drive to find authenticity in the scripted.

Query tracks the seemingly endless search for truth in fiction. Exploring everything from the attempt to understand one’s own identity through televised representations to how accurately a certain vocation is depicted, the book generates one long search for reality and self-identification in some of the most unlikely fictions.

Query will be available for purchase for $20.00 and the artist will be in attendance."

For more information, visit the artist's website, here, or Art Metropole, here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

George Brecht | Closed on Mondays

George Brecht
Closed on Mondays
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1969
10 x 12 x 1.6 cm. (sizes varied)
Edition size unknown

An opaque plastic Canal street box contains adhesive material to secure itself permanently shut (it can only be opened very slightly). A black and white image designed by George Maciunas (see his mechanical for the layout, above) is adhered to the lid in which five children gather in front of two large double doors, with two of them doodling on the ground. The title appears as part of the graffiti on the doors, “Closed on Mondays, A Fluxgame, by George Brecht.”

Brecht's original prototype (above, bottom) was a wooden box held closed with a rubber band.

The idea comes from seeing signs in restaurant windows (Ferme le lundi), but functions just as well as a comment on the inaccessibility of art on Mondays (when many galleries are closed). The work also sits along other Fluxus kits which comment on their own opening and closing, such as Ken Friedman's Open and Shut Case.

"I made a box in Villenfranche - it had a rubber band inside. And then George came with this other thing using rubber cement and he had this photo made. That's more or less his recreation of the original model [which] has a little plastic sign on it with engraved white letters."

- George Brecht, 1983

Friday, March 15, 2019

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian-French artist often considered the "grandfather" of Op art, died 22 years ago today.

Christian Marclay | Krak

Christian Marclay
London, UK: White Cube, 2007
44 x 45.2 cm.
Edition of 100 signed, numbered and dated copies

Archival pigment print on paper, a reproduced shred of comic with the onomatopoeia of title. From the collection of the singer George Michael.

Bid here, from today to March 15th.

Tracey Emin | Every Part of Me's Bleeding

Tracey Emin
Every Part of Me's Bleeding
London, UK: Self-published, 1999
67 x 187.5 cm.
Edition of 3

Blue neon with an approximate current value of $100,000 CDN. The piece was the title work for a May to June 1999 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York, her first solo show in the United States. The exhibition also included large-scale sculptures, drawings, video, a quilt, a seaside beach hut and other neons.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hans Peter Feldmann | Untitled (David)

Hans Peter Feldmann
Untitled (David)
Düsseldorf, Germany: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1991
23 x 12 x 12 cm. (overall)
Edition of 30 numbered copies

A painted plaster cast multiple painted in colours on the original metal plinth, valued at approximately $3000 US.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

This week on Tumblr

This week on Tumblr: Books, photographs, editions and video works by Carolee Schneemann, who died earlier this week, at the age of 79.