GARDAR EIDE EINARSSON—CONSERVATOR’S NOTES is a new artist’s book—Risograph, 36 pages, black and white—that looks at twenty-six exhibited works by Einarsson.
Images courtesy and © the artist.
Printed Matter and editor and curator Emanuele De Donno present BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT, an exhibition of over seventy-five book works—including octavo paperbacks, staple-bound booklets, and folio sets—lending “insight into LeWitt’s interests across conceptual, minimal and post-minimal art, and his return to series and systems across various material forms.”*
“Known primarily as an installation artist and sculptor, LeWitt also produced many dozens of artists’ books starting in the late 1960s—often in association with gallery shows—until his death in 2007. LeWitt was among the first wave of conceptual artists who helped to establish a new radical framework for the publication-as-artwork, and his exemplary approach was instrumental in charting out the reaches of the medium.”*
Work includes LeWitt’s collaborations with Seth Siegelaub (Xerox Book), Art & Project, Amsterdam, and Aspen magazine. On the occasion of the exhibition, Printed Matter and Primary Information will co-publish a facsimile reprint of LeWitt’s FOUR BASIC KINDS OF LINES & COLOUR (1977).
Opening night: Friday, June 28, from 6 pm.
Exhibition runs through September 29.
231 Eleventh Avenue (at 26th Street), New York City.S
Sol LeWitt, from top: Plate from Untitled (Xerox Book) , 1968, offset lithograph, published by Wendler, New York, and Seth Siegelaub, New York, © 2019 Sol LeWitt and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Serial Project #1, 1966 (2), Aspen magazine, no. 5 + 6; Art & Project, Bulletin 43, and LeWitt proposal, 1971 (2); Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour, 1971, offset on paper, staple bound, 36 pages, collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; works in the exhibition Book as System (4). Images courtesy and the estate of Sol LeWitt and Printed Matter.
STOCK BOYZ is a “series of male pin-ups of anonymous figures in different stages of undress. In the early 2000s, they appeared on several obscure, mostly Eastern European and now defunct, fetish websites. Some appear to be the rough trade and/or gay for pay, while others come off as hustlers and exhibitionists by chance not choice.
“I started this series shortly before the devastating market crash of September 2008, using the charts graphics as an abstract background. Initially I thought of this series as a commentary on commodification of youth in our consumerist society. However, after the market crash, it gained the whole new, more sinister meaning. As economy kept getting worse, the numbers and graphics kept on changing dramatically. I continued collecting the charts and making new pin-ups, giving them names made of current headlines: Small Capitalization, Most Active, Slow Growth, Total Volume, Behind and Ahead, Gainers and Losers, New Highs and Lows, etc…
“While the rigid headlines, stripped off their actual meaning, sound frivolous and suggestive, the boys’ exposed fragile bodies, taken out of sexual context, slowly dissolve in the ocean of cruel digits. Bit by bit, they are swallowed by capitalist greed and over-indulgence.
“The original artworks are printed in different sepia tones on stock charts pages from business newspapers, the pages exposed to the sunlight for a period of one to four weeks, to give them different density of vintage fade. Then they’re sealed with acrylic on canvas panels, which prevents them from further fading.” — Slava Mogutin*
A limited risograph edition of STOCK BOYZ has been has been co-published by Printed Matter, Pogo Books, and Outer Space Press.
Slava Mogutin, Stock Boyz. Images courtesy and © the artist, Pogo Books, Outer Space Press, and Printed Matter.
New Documents (Los Angeles), onestar / Three Star (Paris), Printed Matter (New York), David Zwirner Books (New York), Art Metropole (Toronto), Sternberg Press (Berlin), and Roma Publications (Amsterdam) will join dozens of Asian publishers and artists at the inaugural BOOKED—TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY’S ART BOOK FAIR in Hong Kong.
Talks, workshops, launches, and performances will take place throughout the event’s duration, and the fair will close with a set by DJ Freckles.
Friday through Sunday, January 11, 12, and 13.
JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun
10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Kara Walker, MCMXCIX [sketches from 1999] (Amsterdam: Roma Publications, 2017).
Jumana Manna, A Small Big Thing (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2018)
Maria Fusco, Give Up Art (Los Angeles: New Documents, 2017).
Phile: The International Journal of Desire and Curiosity 2 (2018), Art Metropole.
Wolfgang Tillmans, DZHK Book 2018 (New York: David Zwirner Books, 2018).
Stefan Brüggemann, Timeless (Paris: Onestar, 2015).
Join Shirin Neshat for the launch of DREAMERS, her new book published by Ivorypress. Neshat will be joined in conversation by Phong Bui, artist and Brooklyn Rail publisher.
Thursday, December 20, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
231 Eleventh Avenue, at 26th Street, New York City.
Shirin Neshat, Dreamers. Image courtesy Ivorypress.