Monday, January 23, 2017

This Week on Tumblr

This week on Tumblr: Chocolate by artists, including works by Paul McCarthy, Dieter Roth, Barbara Bloom, Joseph Beuys, Janine Antoni and others.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dora Garcia | News from Second Home

Dora Garcia
News from Second Home
Brussels, Belgium: MOREpublishers, 2017
dimensions vary
Edition of 20 signed and numbered copies [+ 10 H.C.]

A facsimile of a series of letters, which also reproduces the rhythm of the original exchange. Buyers subscribe to the project and receive fifteen envelopes over the course of the year. The correspondence
documents a conversation between Garcia and Agnieszka Gratza a resident of Second Home, London. Second Home is a "creative workspace and cultural venue, bringing together diverse industries, disciplines and types of social businesses."

The facsimile letters will periodically be accompanied by additional items, such as postcards or clippings. The suite of letters constitutes the complete work.

The project is the 85th in the hors série, and follows a similar format to Jonathan Monk's postcard project A copy of Richard Hamilton Whitley Bay, 1965 (#43), and Liam Gillick’s A Question of Development (#66).

The subscription price is 350 €. For more info, please contact

Les Levine | Levine’s Restaurant

Les Levine
Levine’s Restaurant
Filderstadt, Germany: Edition Domberger, 1969
50 x 65 cm.
Edition of 100

From March to September 1969, Les Levine operated "New York's only Canadian restaurant" at 19th Street and Park Avenue South. The venue featured "deplorable food and dismal light." Some examples of the former include Salmon Steak Halifax, Chopped Chicken Liver Levine, and London Broil.

The above souvenir from the project is featured in an exhibition titled Transmedia, which opens today at 2:30pm at Oakville Galleries. Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan, the show presents a selection of the artist's key works from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s.

For more information, visit the gallery website, here.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jeff Koons: Art Edition for Taschen

Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons: Art Edition for Taschen
Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2008
606 pp., 49 x 37.5 x 9.5 cm., hardcover
Edition of 1500 signed and numbered copies [+ 200 A.P.]

An exhaustive monograph edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth which features a biographical essay by Ingrid Sischy, and texts by Eckhard Schneider and Katy Siegel. Arranged in chronological order, the volume traces Koons' career from 1979 to 2008. 

A further deluxe edition (above, bottom two images) comes with a lithograph titled Waterfall, which is signed, dated and numbered in an edition of 100.

The book is valued at between $3000 and $4500 US., with the special edition approximately twice that price.

Koons turns 62 today.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Noah Lyon | FUCK TRUMP Button

Noah Lyon
Brooklyn, USA: Retard Riot, 2016
Edition size unknown

Available for $2.00 from Printed Matter, who are closed today, in solidarity with the #J20 Art Strike, as an act of non-compliance on inauguration day. Signatories to their petition include artists Mel Bochner, Paul Chan, Liz Deschenes, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Joan Jonas, Silvia Kolbowski, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Walid Raad, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Hirschhorn, Danica Phelps, Jochen Gerz, Kay Rosen, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jon Hendricks, Kate Millett, Moyra Davey, Dara Birnbaum, Martha Wilson. Tauba Auerbach, Carolee Schneemann and countless others.

Other institutions closing today include Blum & Poe, Canada, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Cheim & Reid, The Kitchen, Lisson Gallery, Primary Information, Queens Museum, Radiator Gallery, Recess, SculptureCenter, Sean Kelly Gallery, White Columns and numerous others.

For information about visit the #J20 Art Strike website, here.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sophie Calle | The Address Book

Sophie Calle
The Address Book
Los Angeles, USA: Gemini G.E.L., 2009
35.6 x 39.4 x 3.8 cm.
Edition of 45

In June 1983, Sophie Calle found a lost address book on the street in Paris. She promptly returned it to it's owner, but not before photocopying the contents. She then began contacting the people listed in the book and asking to meet, to discuss Pierre, the book's owner. Some refused (a Louis S. exclaimed over the phone “I’ll have no part in this! It’s an outrage!”) but others were more than happy to meet and divulge personal information about their friend/acquaintance/lover/etc.  One friend told Calle, for example, "His personality developed what could be called a 'dirty side'."

In August and September of 1983 the artist published accounts of these ongoing meetings in the newspaper Libération. Pierre D. threatened to sue and demanded that Libération publish nude photographs of Calle as retaliation for the invasion of his privacy. The newspaper obviously did not comply, but Calle agreed not to move forward with the complete project until after the subject's death.

He reportedly died in early 2012, the year that Siglio press released a trade edition of the Address Book. This portfolio predates that by three years, though and it's unclear how the original deal was circumvented.

This portfolio of prints consists of 28 pages, each with text and photographs, in a screenprinted binder; one etching with gold leaf, one blind embossment and one 5-color lithograph with collage. It is available for $12 000 US, from the publisher, who are donating 15% of all sales tomorrow (January 20th, the inauguration of Donald Trump) to People for the American Way.

Larry Clark turns 74 today