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HARALD SZEEMANN — SELECTED WRITINGS

Harald Szeemann (1933–2005)—curator, artist, art historian, and “secretary general” of the legendary documenta 5—was an exhibition maker nonpareil. HARALD SZEEMANN: SELECTED WRITINGS—published in conjunction with last year’s exhibition Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions at the Getty Research Institute (home of the Harald Szeemann Papers)—brings together over seventy essays and interviews, many published in English for the first time.

Richly illustrated throughout, the book contains a 20-page section of plates, including Szeemann’s artwork, exhibition diagrams, installation views, archival photographs, and other ephemera.

“I’m an existentialist. You are thrown in the universe from somewhere and are, once here, responsible for your acts. But it’s always a privilege to fall into a well-made bed. In this case, the Kunsthalle Bern in 1961…

“The historical moment, when the image of the creator/curator became conscious and evident, happened in 1969, when I organized When Attitudes Become Form and the artists arrived and installed their works and the TV reports publicized it. Beuys put his grease on the walls, Heizer made a hole in the public sidewalk, Artschwager distributed his blps in the city, Barry put the building under radiation, Weiner removed a square meter of wall, Ruthenbeck ruined the wooden floor with his wet ashes, Serra threw melted lead against the wall, etc., etc. This was no longer perceived as an art exhibition but as an archaic provocation—not by the artists, but by the curator who allowed it.” — Harald Szeemann*

HARALD SZEEMANN: SELECTED WRITINGS. Edited by Doris Chon, Glenn Phillips, and Pietro Rigolo. Translated by Jonathan Blower and Elizabeth Tucker. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2018.

In New York, the Swiss Institute has restaged GRANDFATHER: A PIONEER LIKE USthe 1974 exhibition Szeemann organized in his Bern apartment two years after documenta 5.

HARALD SZEEMANN—GRANDFATHER: A PIONEER LIKE US

Through August 18.

Swiss Institute

38 St. Marks Place, New York City.

*”Making Things Possible: A Conversation with Harald Szeemann.” Interview by Beti Žerovc. In Harald Szeemann—Selected Writings, 383–393.

From top, left to right: Harald Szeemann, in the 1990s in the Fabbrica Rosa, his office and archive in Maggia, Switzerland, photograph Fredo Meyer-Henn, State Archive of Canton Bern; Szeemann’s address list for his 1968 research trip to New York—for the Kunsthalle Bern exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969)—includes contact info for Eva Hesse, Hans Haacke, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, and Lucas Samaras; Szeemann (seated) on the last night of documenta 5, 1972, photograph by Balthasar Burkhard; Getty Publications book cover; Lidija Delić, poster art commissioned by the Swiss Institute for the Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us exhibition; Oasis No. 7, Haus-Rucker-Co (Laurids Ortner, Manfred Ortner, Klaus Pinter, Günter Zamp Kelp), 1972, documenta 5: Questioning Reality—Image Worlds Today, Kassel, 1972; part of Szeemann’s rubber stamp collection; Szeemann. Images courtesy the Harald Szeeman Papers at the Getty Research Institute, © J. Paul Getty Trust.

SOL LEWITT — BOOK AS SYSTEM

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). 

BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT

Opening night: Friday, June 28, from 6 pm.

Roundtable discussion: Saturday, June 29, from 5 pm.

Exhibition runs through September 29.

Printed Matter

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.

JULIAN ROSEFELDT AND CATE BLANCHETT IN LOS ANGELES

On the occasion of JULIAN ROSEFELDT—MANIFESTO—, the West Coast premiere of the work as a 13-channel film installation, Cate Blanchett and CAP UCLA director Kristy Edmunds will join the artist in conversation.

Drawing on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, and Dogme 95—including Yvonne Rainer, Claes Oldenburg, Wyndham Lewis, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Kurt Schwitters, Elaine Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, and Werner Herzog—Rosefeldt directed Blanchett through her investigation of thirteen different personas, “from a factory worker to a television news anchor to a homeless man, performing various historical artists’ manifestos.

“The work pays homage to the long tradition and literary beauty of public statements made by artists, and serves to provoke reflection upon the role of the artist as an active citizen in society today.”*

JULIAN ROSEFELDT, CATE BLANCHETT, and KRISTY EDMUNDS IN CONVERSATION*

Saturday, October 27, at 3 pm.

Hauser & Wirth

901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Exhibition catalogue

(In 2017, Manifesto was commercially released as a 95-minute film, and played locally at the Monica Film Center.)

Cate Blanchett in Manifesto (3). Image credit: Julian Rosefeldt.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS AT THE GETTY

A book with a Plexiglas exterior stands upright with the cover open to reveal distressed pages of plastic-sealed cheese. The title poetrie appears in lowercase letters across the top of the first page.

A beautiful new exhibition of artists’ books is up now at the Getty Center.

The exhibition includes books by Nobuyoshi Araki, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Tauba Auerbach, Raffaele de Bernardi, Sandow Birk, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Jan Činčera, Johanna Drucker, Dave Eggers, Felipe Ehrenberg, Olafur Eliasson, Timothy C. Ely, Barbara Fahrner, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jennifer A. González, Katharina Grosse, Robert Heinecken, Leandro Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Daniel E. Kelm, Anselm Kiefer, Monika Kulicka, Sol LeWitt, Russell Maret, Didier Mutel, Katherine Ng, Clemente Padín, Felicia Rice, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Russell, Barbara T. Smith, Keith A. Smith, Buzz Spector, Beth Thielen, Gustavo Vazquez, Cecilia Vicuña, Ines von Ketelhodt, Zachary James Watkins, William Wegman, and Tian Wei.

 

ARTISTS AND THEIR BOOKS–BOOKS AND THEIR ARTISTS, through October 28.

GETTY CENTER—RESEARCH INSTITUTE, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

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Above: PoetrieDieter Roth, 1967. The Getty Research Institute. © Dieter Roth Estate. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Below: Stab/Ghost, Tauba Auerbach, 2013. The Getty Research Institute. © Tauba Auerbach. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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MCGINLEY’S MIRROR

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Inspired by instructional artworks by Miranda July, Sol LeWitt, Rob Pruitt, and Yoko Ono, photographer Ryan McGinley delivered cameras, rolls of film, mirrors, and sets of instruction to his subjects—who range in age from 19 to 87—and waited for the undeveloped film to be sent back to him.

McGinley’s edition of these selfies constitute the new show MIRROR, MIRROR, now on view.

Ryan McGinley, ‘Desmond’, 2018, Team Gallery

Rizzoli’s exhibition catalogue includes an essay by longtime PARIS LA contributor Ariana Reines:

“It is a peculiar gift to be trapped in something so recursive as the present, on a planet reflecting the circuits of the stars, in a society that would kill itself to become a star… If we could see and believe how lovely we are, I want to say, as the people in this book seem to do, we might not slide so endlessly down the back of the real the way it keeps happening, down the glass fronted skyscrapers, down the touchscreens our slaves made for us, scrolling down the long length of the think piece, and down the waxed anus of somebody else’s body…”*

Ryan McGinley, ‘Eric’, 2018, Team Gallery

RYAN MCGINLEY—MIRROR, MIRROR, through September 29.

TEAM GALLERY, 83 Grand Street, New York City.

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Exhibition catalogue: rizzoliusa.com/book

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From top: Jade, Eric, and Shane, all 2018. From the exhibition Ryan McGinley—Mirror, Mirror.

Images courtesy of the artists and Team Gallery.

Ryan McGinley, ‘Shane’, 2018, Team Gallery
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