Monday, March 30, 2020

Jeremy Deller | I Love Joyriding

Jeremy Deller
I Love Joyriding
London, UK: Self-published, 1998
35.5 x 51 cm
Edition of 20 signed and numbered copies [+8 AP]

A Photograph of a police car sporting one of Deller's bumper stickers, and some for the buyer to affix.

"You put the sticker on, take a photograph, and then you run off," Deller told the Independent in 1998. "There's not much point in hanging around."

Deller turns 54 today.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Herman de Vries | Humulus Lupulus

Herman de Vries
Humulus Lupulus
Tuttlingen, Germany: Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen, 2016
16 x 25 x 4.5 cm.
Edition of 19 signed and numbered copies

Published on the occasion of the exhibition herman de vries – no beginning, no end, which ran from the 10th of September to the 16th October, 2016, this boxed work contains a selection of the hop cones used in the installation. The gallery image above is from the following year: one hundred and eight pounds of hops collected in Spain (Carrizo de la Ribera, León).

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Yayoi Kusama | Big Sticker

Yayoi Kusama
Big Sticker (Love Forever)
Tokyo, Japan: Mark's Inc., nd
8 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm.
Edition size unknown

Kusama turns 91 today.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Ben Vautier | Manuscrit Pour la Première Internationale Ethniste

Ben Vautier
Manuscrit Pour la Première Internationale Ethniste
Nice, France: Association La Différence, 1986
111 pp., 22 x 16.5 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Art Metropole Spring 1977 Catalogue

[Art Metropole]
Catalogue No. 4
Toronto, Canada: Art Official, 1977
39 pp., 8 x 10.5", staple-bound
Edition size unknown

The fourth sales catalogue issued by Art Metropole in the Spring of 1977, featuring a cover photo from Michael Snow's NSCAD Press book Cover to Cover.

Rosemarie Trockel | Moscow-Boston

Rosemarie Trockel
Boston, USA: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1991
3.75 x 4.25 x 1"
Edition of 37 (+3 AP) signed and numbered copies

Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art for their "Limited Editions Series", this faux crocodile patterned leather Russian billfold was produced following the artist's first trip to the USSR, made with the staff of the ICA. The object included inside the wallet (pills, coins, bills, a coupon, a black and white photograph with a handwritten note, a postcard mailed from the US, a bill, a ticket, a hand-scrawled note, etc.) are intended to imply a narrative.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Carolee Schneemann | Early Work 1960 / 1970

Carolee Schneemann
Early Work 1960 / 1970
New York City, USA: Max Hutchinson Gallery / Documentext, 1982
[unpaginated], 17.5 x 20.5 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Carolee Schneemann died last year on this day, at the age of 79.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Burt Payne 3 and Stephen Hillenburg | Frozen Walt Doll

Burt Payne 3 and Stephen Hillenburg
Frozen Walt Doll (Green Tie)
WALTsicle Productions, 1996
5 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8"
Edition of 1000 signed and numbered copies

Walt Disney, who reportedly smoked three packs of cigarettes a day, died of lung cancer on December 15th, 1966, at the age of 65. He was cremated two days later, but a popular myth of him being cryogenically frozen took hold in the early '70's.

In 1972, Bob Nelson, then the president of the Cryonics Society of California, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and mentioned that Disney had called and asked elaborate questions about the process, the facilities and the staff. Despite explicitly noting in the interview that Disney was cremated, the legend took hold that Walt was frozen and stored in the basement of Cal Arts, the prestigious art school founded by Disney (other have suggested he is hidden beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride).

In fact, the first frozen subject didn't take place until early 1967, a few weeks after Disney was cremated. “The truth is, Walt missed out,” Nelson later said. “He never specified it in writing, and when he died the family didn’t go for it. ... If Disney had been the first it would have made headlines around the world and been a real shot in the arm for cryonics.”

The myth is the subject of the Frozen Walt Doll, a collaboration between artist Burt Payne 3 and SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg. The original iterations (Black Tie, in 1989 and Red Tie, in 1991) were produced in an edition of 100 copies each. They helped finance their creators education at Cal Arts.

Hillenburg died of ALS in 2018.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Imin Yeh | I'm In Ya

Imin Yeh
I'm In Ya
Pittsburgh, USA: Self-published, 2019
[144] pp.,  7.62 x 12 cm., softcover
Edition of 200

Available from Printed Matter, here, for $20.00 US.

"In March of 2016, somebody made fun of my name, as it appeared on my Facebook profile. For 10 days, I received 70 + direct messages from strangers (all in the UK) making jokes about my name, referring to it as ‘I’m In Ya’ (as in I’m In You). It took me a while to understand the joke. In my life, I had never thought of my name, Imin Yeh, in that way.

‘I’m in Ya’ is about a strange event surrounding a strange name. It is also a story about parents who thought carefully and seriously about how to merge two languages and two cultures into naming their daughter. The text of ‘I’m in Ya’ is each message I received, as it appeared in my inbox. The images are reproductions, drawn in colored pencil, of the sender’s profile picture. "
- Imin Yeh

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Siglio Pop-up at MoMA

Beginning today and continuing until July 31st, the publisher Siglio Press has been invited as the second "limited circulation publisher" to be hosted at the newly designed Museum Store at The Museum of Modern Art.

Founded in 2008 by Lisa Pearson and now based in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Siglio is "driven by its feminist ethos and dedicated to publishing uncommon books that live at the intersection of art and literature." The word 'siglio' is defined as the inverse to a boundary (and the tongue-like organ of a bee).

Siglio will launch it's two spring releases—Memory by Bernadette Mayer and The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, edited by Lucy Ives - at the venue. Other titles featured include books by or about Joe Brainard, Marcel Broodthaers, Sophie Calle, John Cage, Dick Higgins, Dorothy Iannone, Ray Johnson and Nancy Spero.

They will also publish The Improbable, a tabloid-style bulletin modelled on Higgins’ Something Else Newsletter, in three issues over the course of the residency. They will include works in a range of forms (essays, treatises, lists, playlets, questionnaires, travelogues, visual art works, etc.) by an eclectic roster of poets, writers, artists, scholars, and curators: Claudia Rankine, Mary Ann Caws, Lucy Ives, Wayne Koestenbaum, Clive Phillpot, Mónica de la Torre, Nicole Rudick, Farnoosh Fathi, Sally Alatalo, Andrea Andersson, Amaranth Borsuk, Elizabeth Zuba, and Matvei Yankelevich, among others. Issues of  The Improbable will be available at the Museum Store at MoMA for free at the pop-up, while supplies last.

Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising, MoMA Retail says, “We are pleased to present Siglio’s list to our audience to further the work they have done to bring art and literature to life.”

Monday, March 2, 2020

Ulay | Marina Abramovic: Relation Work and Detour

Marina Abramovic | Ulay
Ulay | Marina Abramovic: Relation Work and Detour
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Self-published, 1980
236 pp.,  23 x 25 cm., hardcover
Edition of 2500 copies

An artists’ book documenting several collaborative performance pieces, including Meeting Decision, Relation Work, Interruption in Space, Breathing in, Breathing out, Expansion in Space, Relation in Time, Light/Dark, Balance Proof, Installation ‘One’, and The Brink.

Ulay died today at the age of 76.

His gallerist, Richard Saltoun, confirmed the news with the statement: “Ulay was the freest of spirits – a pioneer and provocateur with a radically and historically unique oeuvre, operating at the intersection of photography and the conceptually oriented approaches of performance and body art. His passing leaves a momentous gap in the world – one that will not be so easily replaced.”