Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Hans Arp | Seuil Configuration

Jean (Hans) Arp
Seuil Configuration
New York City, USA: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977
16.8 x 17.1 x 3.8 cm.
Edition of 300 numbered copies

A brushed aluminum multiple, with stamped signature. Valued at approximately $4000 US. 

Arp was born on this day in 1886. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Image Bank Annual Report

Image Bank
Image Bank Annual Report
Vancouver, Canada: Self-published, 1971
18 pp., 28 x 22 cm., loose leaves in folder
Edition size unknown

An annual report published two years into into the Image Bank project, which was founded by Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov and Gary Lee-Nova, in order to use the postal system to facilitate the exchange of ideas, images and information between artists. 


Friday, September 3, 2021

Gilbert & George | Last of the Pink Elephants

Gilbert & George
Last of the Pink Elephants
London, UK: Art For All, 1973
13.9 x 8.9 cm.
Edition size unknown

Eight letterpress and lithograph greeting cards with eight envelopes, on the theme of alcohol. Individual titles include 'London Dry', 'Bristol Cream', 'The Majors Port', and 'Dom Perignon'. Each card is signed by Gilbert & George. 

The above examples are addressed to Christo, art historian and former Kröller-Müller Museum director E.J. van Straaten, curator Jennifer Licht and the "directors" of the Amsterdam periodical Art & Project Bulletin (to which Gilbert and George contributed issue #73 to the series).

Originally distributed for free, the series has a value of approximately ten thousand dollars now. 

"We invented “Postal Sculptures” because we had no access to gallery or museum spaces. But we still wanted to speak as artists. The “Postal Sculptures” short-circuited the art world—going through letter boxes directly to the human living space. They were an enormous success, and we had an amazing response from all over the world. [...] The “Postal Sculptures” were sometime in a series of eight, as we wanted time to create an ongoing emotional relationship with our recipient."
- Gilbert & George, 2015