Saturday, August 31, 2019

Kiki Smith | RE

Kiki Smith
Santa Barbara, USA: Turkey Press, 1994
33 x 12.1 cm.
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

Adapted from an Egyptian cosmology, the text was printed from handset Bembo in an expanded 8-fold format. A photoengraved image of the artist is printed on 1954 Whatman watermarked paper with adhered gampi silk tissue. This project was produced for the University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara,  in conjunction with a solo exhibition of Smith's work. The work is housed in a signed and numbered Roma envelope.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Richard Edson | Movie Life

Richard Edson
Movie Life
Bywater Bros. Editions, 2019
120 pp, 16 x 24.7 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Richard Edson was the original drummer for Sonic Youth, from 1981 to 1982. After the release of their self titled debut, he left the band to play with Konk, who remained active as part of New York’s post-punk dance scene until 1988, playing alongside bands such as Liquid Liquid, Bush Tetras, ESG, and John Lurie's Lounge Lizards.

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch cast Edson and Lurie in his second film, Stranger Than Paradise (1984), a low budget indie that went on to win the Camera d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1985 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film. Since then Edson has appeared in over 100 films, including Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel, Oliver Stone's Platoon, and Alex Cox’s Walker. 

Edited by Edson and publisher Roger Bywater, Movie Life is an inside portrait of the film industry by the veteran character actor. The black and white photographs were taken over a period of 30 years and feature portraits of famous friends and colleagues such as Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Dee Dee Ramone, Ed Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Holly Hunter and John Sayles. The book features images of film production, location shoots, press junkets and promotional interviews.

“Becoming an actor was a good excuse to take photographs. The places I was went, the people I met, plus being involved in the whole machinery of film making was a subject that was too great to pass up.”
- Richard Edson, epilogue

Available for $35 from the publisher, here.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jeremy Deller Stickers

Jeremy Deller's political slogan stickers from the 11th issue of Noon Magazine. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


The summer hiatus may continue for a bit, but in the interim, follow
where I suspect at least half of the posts will invariably deal with artists' books, multiples and editions. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

George Brecht | Bronze

George Brecht
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Francesco Conz, 1981
10 × 30 × 0.7 cm
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies

The word bronze, spelled out in bronze. Available from Harry Ruhe's Multiples store, here.

Brecht was born on this day in 1926.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon, Otherwise Studios - ran by Abby Nowakowski and Ahmri Vandeborne - will play host to Pop-Up Shop, a market of artists' multiples and editions.

Otherwise is located at 490 York Rd, Building I Suite 201, in Guelph, Ontario. The event runs from 2 to 5 pm. Admission is PWYC.

For more information, visit the website, here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Takis |Signal No. 20

Signal No. 20  - Série 1
Peyrat-la-Nonière, France: Société Branger Lajoix, 1974
201 x 21 x 24.2 cm
Edition size unknown, titled and dated

A floor-standing electric multiple comprised of metal casing with textured black finish, a blue Plexiglas light filter, a metal rod support and a beige painted metal base.

Takis died this week, at the age of 93. His work is currently the subject of a major survey at the Tate Modern in London, on view through October 27, 2019.

The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden

In late April, the Art Production Fund and White Columns launched a joint venture called “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden”, featuring benches by Laurie Anderson, Judith Bernstein, Barbara Bloom, Rafael Ferrer, John Giorno, Hans Haacke, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Glenn Ligon, Zoe Leonard, Jonas Mekas, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner and others.

Based on a curatorial initiative of Matthew Higgs, “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” is an extension of an existing NYC Parks “Adopt-A-Bench” program, which allows individuals to create a personal memorial for a loved one in a public space. Thirty-four New York- based artists were invited to dedicate a park bench to a person – or an entity – of their choosing.

The subjects of the dedications include author and activist James Baldwin, filmmaker Maya Deren, musician Alice Coltrane and art historian Linda Nochlin. Martha Rosler dedicated hers to David Antin, whom she describes as "Poet, mentor, friend, foe".

The benches are located in Jackson Square Park, open from 6am to 1am daily, and on view for the next ten years.

Monday, August 12, 2019

GuyGuyGuy | Esker Bookshop Pin

Esker Bookshop Pin
Calgary, Canada: Esker Foundation, 2019
Edition of 250

A silver and magenta hard enamel pin designed by GuyGuyGuy on the occasion of Esker Foundation’s Bookshop launch. Available for $5.00 from the publisher, here.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sound Journal Do-Nothing

[Various Artists]
Sound Journal Do-Nothing
Japan/Canada: Slow Editions, 2018
Audio cassete, 37:31
Edition of 260

Released in September of last year, the inaugural issue of Sound Journal, curated by Masahiro Takahashi, features six ambient musicians from Belgium and Japan responding to the theme of  "music you listen to when you don’t want to do anything".

A1 –夕方の犬(u ・ェ・) Feel Good 4:41
A2 –H. Takahashi Water Lily 9:15
A3 –Hegira Moya Efflux 4:39
B1 –Takao Good Times 3:49
B2 –Endurance (6) One Summer 5:56
B3 –Lieven Martens The Garden Gnome (Draft Version) 9:11

Available from the publisher, here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Scott Blake | Hole Punch Flipbook #4

Scott Blake
Hole Punch Flipbook #4
Omaha, USA: Self-published, 2015
[36] pp., 13.5 x 13.5 cm., screw binding
Edition of 33 signed copies

Available from Printed Matter, for $60 US, here.

Friday, August 9, 2019

George Maciunas | Mask of John Lennon

George Maciunas
Mask of John Lennon
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1970
28 x 21.6 cm.
Edition size unknown

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Carolee Schneemann | Ice Naked Skating

Carolee Schneemann
Ice Naked Skating
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Francesco Conz, 1988
100 × 71 cm.
Edition of 60 signed and numbered copies [+ 4 AP]

A cardboard portfolio containing a cover page, a silkscreened colophon and 6 silkscreens images of the artist skating naked. She was living in London at the time and homesick for New York City winters.

Available here, for £ 10,000.00 + VAT.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Simon Cutts | Quelques Pianos

Simon Cutts
Quelques Pianos
Kendall, UK: Jargon Society, 1976
[24] pp., 16 x 21 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown

Fifteen short poems on the theme of pianos, with references to Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, etc.

"The book's power was to throw the reader's mind into relief with each reading. One looked and saw clearly; each moment being like the instant when a difficult problem suddenly resolves itself"
-William Oxley

Available here, for $15.00.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Queer Publishing - A Family Tree

Berhard Cella, Orlando Pescatore [Eds]
Queer Publishing - A Family Tree
Vienna, Austria: Salon für Kunstbuch, 2019
94 pp., 19 x 13 cm
Edition size unknown

The Queer Tree of Life maps the international landscape of LGBTQ publishing from the present and back almost a hundred and fifty years, much of it clandestine out of legal necessity. The over-four hundred examples of artists' books, zines, academia and porn focus on identity and "image constructions of queer lifestyles."

Released in June of this year, the title is available from Motto Distribution for €19.50, here. A poster version, produced in an edition of 500, is also available,  for €2.00, here.

Richard Prince celebrates his 70th birthday today

Monday, August 5, 2019

Frederic Lieberman | Divertevents One

Frederic Lieberman
Divertevents One
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1968
10.2 × 12 × 1 cm.
Edition size unknown

Plastic box containing ten offset cards, featuring nine 'connect the dots' games, most of which reveal a straight line or simple geometric shape. The tenth card is George Maciunas' "name card" for Lieberman, who only produced this single multiple for Fluxus.

According to Jon Hendricks' Fluxus Codex, the work was never offered as an individual work, but was instead included in the collective work Flux Year Box 2, typically in a manilla envelope. It is unclear if the plastic box versions are only the Reflux versions produced by Barbara Moore after Maciunas' death.