Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jake and Dinos Chapman | Bring Me the Head of...

Jake and Dinos Chapman
Bring Me the Head of... 
London, UK: Karsten Schubert, 1996
VHS, 30 min
Edition of 200 signed and numbered copies

A thirty-minute film in which two porn actresses pleasure themselves using the head of gallerist Franco Toselli, whose nose has been replaced with a phallus (see previous post).

"I like the way pornography is like an industrial process of the thing which is the most unmechanical and unindustrial: the sexual act or the acts around the sexual act. Constantly in our work there is an attempt to make an object and run around the other side to watch it, in the same way as anyone else would watch it. That is the most infantile aspect of our work. It is a reflective narcissism. We like to be spectators of our own work. The video is the same thing. We wanted to submit this head to the people who made the video and say ‘We want you to neutralize this object’."

- Jake Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman | Bring Me the Head of...

Jake and Dinos Chapman
Bring Me the Head of...
Self-published, 1994
40.7 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
Edition of 15

In 1994, the Milan gallerist Franco Toselli was slated to exhibit the Chapmans’ sculpture Mummy and Daddy Chapman, produced the year before. When Toselli received the work - two mannequins with genitalia sprouting from various parts of their bodies - he refused to show it.

As revenge, the Chapmans remodelled the head of ‘Daddy Chapman’ and substituted a dildo for his nose. The work was cast in fibreglass and resin, painted and given a wig.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Again and Again

[Klein and Co.]
Again and Again
Toronto, Canada: MKG127, 2017
[unpaginated], 18.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm., boxed
Edition of 500

Michael Klein opened MKG127 ten years ago last month, and this gorgeous catalogue (and its accompanying exhibition) celebrates the gallery's milestone.

Housed inside a screen-printed clear box are single-fold booklets for each artist represented by the gallery, an accordion-fold timeline of every exhibition and project from the last decade, and a booklet of texts. The latter includes an interview with Klein by Robert Enright (whose previous interview subjects include Christo, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, composer Gavin Bryars, filmmaker Peter Greenaway, etc. etc.), alongside personal essays by Sky Glaboush, Dan Adler, Elle Kurancid, Christina Ritchie and myself.

I confess to having had some serious skepticism about the project (the potential for navel gazing in an anniversary publication typically overwhelms), so consider this my volte-face. The title certainly includes some (earned) love and affection, but never tips over into outright sentimentality, and giving each artist their own brochure allows them to present their own work (sometimes documentation, sometimes an artist project for the page) on its own terms. Despite the fast turn around, nothing in the book feels hurried, which is a testament to Kleins Michael and Lily, and to Alex Bowron, who were responsible for wrangling the two dozen or more participants.

The project is beautifully designed by Emma Wright, and features a cover graphic by Laurel Woodcock. The book is dedicated in her memory.

Visit MKG127 here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Long | River Avon Book

Richard Long
River Avon Book
Bristol, UK: Self-published, 1979
[34] pp., 15.8 x 14.2 x 1 cm., slipcase
Edition of 106

"I think the first mud work on paper was River Avon Book of 1979, where I had the idea to make this book with the pages dipped in muddy water. So I got all these sheets, quite big sheets, and after they had been dipped in the muddy water they were cut down and bound into these books. That was the first time I used paper with mud on it."
- Richard Long

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gerhard Richter | Eis

Gerhard Richter
Rome, Italy: Galleria Pieroni, 1981
158 pp., 20 cm x 12 cm., softcover
Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies [+APs]

Published by Galleria Pieroni, who exhibited the works on the walls in 1981, Eis (Ice) is an artist book containing photographs of Greenland that the artist took 9 years prior, in 1972. The covers are each unique, made with lacquer on card, and folded into a dust jacket (see image 4, above).

The book has been reprinted as a facsimile in 2016 by Salon Verlag, Cologne, Germany, in an edition of 350 (see below) and in 2011 was released as a more standard trade edition.

A full accounting of the edition, from the artists' website:

• 90 copies, signed in pencil, numbered on the first page.
• 10 copies, signed in pencil, numbered with Roman numerals on the first and last page.
• 16 artist's proofs, signed in pencil, marked on the first page: a.p.
• 1 artist's proof without inside flaps, signed in pencil, marked on the first and last page: a.p.
• 2 copies, unmarked.
• Unknown (low) number of copies with offset printed colour cover, unmarked.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Brian Kennon | Secession - Christopher Wool [Josh Smith]

Brian Kennon
Secession - Christopher Wool [Josh Smith]
Los Angeles, USA: Self-published, 2011
48 pp., 20.3 × 29.8 cm., softcover
Edition size undefined

The third volume in Kennon's series of altered Christopher Wool facsimile reprints (see below posts) is subtitled Josh Smith and features images of works by the New York painter, who collaborated with Wool on the bookwork Can Your Monkey Do The Dog? (named after this excellent Rufus Thomas song).

The title is available for €55.00, from Motto, here. Visit the artist's website, here: