Specimen, Le Feu Sacré

December 8th, 2015

Au printemps 2012, Thomas Bizzarri et Alain Rodriguez conçoivent l’identité graphique de la maison d’édition Le Feu Sacré. Pour ce faire, le duo réalise deux caractères : le Feu, un alphabet au dessin géométrique original dont l’usage se limite aux couvertures des ouvrages, et le Thermidor, employé pour les textes courants des éditions.
Suite à la parution des trois premiers ouvrages de la maison, Fabien Thévenot (directeur de publication) envisage de publier un spécimen relatif au Thermidor — c’est-à-dire une démonstration des possibilités offertes par le caractère ainsi qu’une mise en valeur des enjeux formels et techniques qui l’accompagnent. Le studio de graphisme propose dès lors à l’artiste Ève Chabanon d’imaginer comment dépasser la vocation purement formelle d’un spécimen typographique, inversant au passage les rapports conventionnels établis entre leurs professions.
Conçu à partir d’un alphabet préexistant, le Thermidor relève d’un genre de caractère habituellement désigné sous le terme de « revival ». Les enjeux de sa conception induisent des notions de temporalité, d’appropriation et d’actualisation. Devenu sujet, le Thermidor est dès lors prétexte à invitations. Différents auteurs issus des champs de l’art ou du design se prêtent ainsi à l’exercice du Spécimen, permettant au caractère de revêtir des formes diverses en fonction des domaines invoqués. Parfois, certains auteurs franchissent les frontières présupposées de leurs disciplines, permettant des détours tant théoriques, littéraires qu’artistiques.
Le Spécimen n’est donc pas à proprement parler un ouvrage spécialisé sur la typographie ou sur la question de la « reprise », mais bien plutôt un recueil de textes que le lecteur est convié à ouvrir en fonction de ses propres points de curiosité.
Lancement le 16 décembre 2015, 18h30, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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The Chair Affair – publication

December 4th, 2015

Of course: an interior constitutes a comfort zone. But when we zoom in closer on this interior, we can see how thighs are shifting on seats, how hands are caressing arms, how people snuggle up against the back of their chairs and how their feet curl around the legs. It is obvious: sitting is a physical pleasure: sitting is intimate. Could sitting even be driven by desire? And: what is the chair’s role in all of this?
Artist Margriet Craens and designer Lucas Maassen are not just intimate with each other. They also wondered to what extend chairs might get intimate, reflecting on the various chairs lucas Maassen had previously brought to life, letting them do yoga and having them sing or act in a comedy. Together they made The Chair Affair, a photo series of chairs that were involved with each other the way a person might get involved with their intimate partner (chair or person). Each chair (or person) has a particular character, which can sometimes lead to unsuspected combinations. Theatre-maker and actor Twan van Bragt, friend on a strictly amicable basis and a neutral party as such, has provided this intimacy with the necessary facts and fictions, which serve as captions to accompany the pictures.

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Boooook: The Life and Work of Bob Cobbing

December 4th, 2015

Boooook: The Life and Work of Bob Cobbing is the first comprehensive overview of the life and work of the pioneering British concrete and sound poet Bob Cobbing (1920–2002). Boooook addresses all aspects of Cobbing’s rich career, with new essays detailing his key roles in London Film-makers’ Co-op, Better Books, abAna, as well as his involvement in the Destruction in Art Symposium, Fylkingen, and his publishing imprint Writers Forum.
Edited by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper – and illustrated with numerous reproductions of artworks, documents, posters, poems and film stills from the Bob Cobbing family collection – Boooook features contributions by Adrian Clarke, William Cobbing, Rosie Cooper, Arnaud Desjardin, Sanne Krogh Groth, Will Holder, Gustav Metzger, Marc Matter & Tris Vonna-Michell, David Toop, Steve Willey, Andrew Wilson and Maxa Zoller.
Launch, December 10, 8pm, San Seriffe, Amsterdam.

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Offprint Paris 2015

November 4th, 2015

Offprint Projects is an independent publishing fair and forum that focuses on specific thematic areas in numerous locations; featuring publications on art, photography, design, experimental music, open culture and activism. Focusing on discerning practices in these fields, we aim to offer members of these communities a context in which they can maintain their integrity, their critical voice and their social role while dealing with external factors (the market, urbanism, press and communication). Acknowledging the qualitative and unique publishing practices, Offprint also seeks to bring a larger and dedicated audience into contact with these publishers, both online and offline. Crossing over between disciplines is an integral part of this process. From its origins, as an arts organization supporting artist projects as well as mounting the annual Offprint Paris publishing fair, Offprint stands for the legitimacy of our field and its discourses. At the same time, however, it aims to reconnect the arts with society; putting aside a market imperative for novelty in favour of art-based projects with broader social concerns. We strongly dismiss any use of art as a strategy for social discrimination. Finally, Offprint operates chiefly as a non-profit, with participants motivated by ideals, in order to promote invention and experimentation within the art world – and beyond.
Offprint Paris 2015 showcases more than 125 publishers from some 20 countries, from November 12 to 15, at Beaux-Arts de Paris.

PERFECT DOCUMENTS – Chaise Musicale

November 3rd, 2015

Thomas Mailaender and Ivan Mietton have the pleasure of announcing the creation of their publishing house: Perfect Documents.
Perfect Documents’ originality lies in the choice of its production as all the selected objects have the particularity to be “forgotten” objects. Until till now they remained buried in the state of project and were never fabricated for reasons that history will reveal for each new production. Sometimes left in the state of non-conclusive prototypes, these pieces are real historical documents that Perfect Documents aims to present to the public. Finally, these forgotten projects are the testimony of creative experiments by artists known to evolve outside the sphere of design in different activities.
The Chaise Musicale by Boris Vian, first piece of the collection highlights this concept.

The story behind the production of this chair by Perfect Documents is quite a singular one. Whilst flicking through the illustrated biography dedicated to Boris Vian in the BIZARRE magazine (éditions J.J. Pauvert at a bookstand in Paris), Thomas Mailaender discovers published a drawing and a photo of the writer’s chair. Curious of the form of this chair, the two founders of Perfect Documents got in touch with the Boris Vian estate to know more about this object without knowing that it was still there in the writer’s apartment in between his photographs, his jazz records and the pataphysics diplomas of the famous writer.
From Boris Vian’s original drawings that Perfect Documents was able to consult in the archive of his estate, and thanks to the numerous anecdotes told by Nicole Bertolt in charge of the artist’s artistic heritage, we discover that Vian had imagined a chair in the shape of a star, with slightly elevated seat in order to leave room for his large legs when playing the lyra-guitar. He then set out and made the chair using lengths of pine wood assembled by nails and held together by hemp rope.
Perfect Documents produced a facsimile named “Chaise Musicale” (musical-chair) in the Ateliers Antoine Daniel as an homage to the passion the artist devoted to music.

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Tennis by Peder Alexis Olsson

November 2nd, 2015

Tennis, by Peder Alexis Olsson, is a poem in the form of a book, a border, a constellation, a figure, a chart of self-explanatory data, a power structure, a conflict, an apparatus, a grid, a sous rature, an inner and outer limit, a zero point, etc., which consists solely of a graphic representation of the lines of a tennis court, including the net, in the scale of 1:1. Throughout Tennis the narrative of the line is broken up in various paths, following the court in its entirety as it unfolds over 772 pages.

Tennis comes with an appendix including Peder Alexis Olsson’s notes for a lecture, “A Genealogy of the Line”, on the rules, history and language of Tennis, as well as an essay by the artist Yara Flores, “Harold and the Janus-Faced Line”, on the split personality of lines in the works of children’s book author Crockett Johnson.

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UGO RONDINONE : I LOVE JOHN GIORNO

October 27th, 2015

‘In the early 1960s, I had the good fortune of meeting a lot of artists. Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Trisha Brown and Carolee Schneeman. These artists and painters were the real influence on me, as a poet. Whether it was a performance or a painting, they did what arose in their minds, and made it happen. It occurred to me that poetry was seventy five years behind painting and sculpture and dance and music. I said to myself, if these artists can do it, why can’t I do it for poetry?’ John Giorno

UGO RONDINONE : I LOVE JOHN GIORNO – until January 10, 2016, Palais de Tokyo, Paris – is the first retrospective of the life and work of the American poet John Giorno (born 1936, lives and works in New York), a key figure of the American underground scene of the 1960s. The exhibition is conceived by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (born 1964, lives and works in New York) as a work in its own right. ‘I structured the exhibition in eight chapters, each representing a layer of Giorno’s multifaceted work. Taken as a whole, they reflect how he works and help us to understand the dual influences that American culture and Buddhism had on his life and art,’ Rondinone explains.

Giorno was an iconic character in Andy Warhol’s early films who found inspiration in the appropriation of found images by Pop artists and captured the real-life colloquial language of advertisements, television, newspapers and street slang. A leading figure in the lineage of the Beat Generation, he revived the genre of ‘found poetry’ and worked to make poetry accessible to all.

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A collection of nine Kippenberger editions, one Boetti watch, a cigarette and yellow

October 21st, 2015

In a play on the imprint’s focus on developing collectable objects, A collection of nine Kippenberger editions, one Boetti watch, a cigarette and yellow by Jonathan Monk appropriates the new InOtherWords publication to showcase a collection of his own: editions and multiples created by artists Martin Kippenberger and Alighiero Boetti.

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Opus 1. The Artists Beginnings

October 16th, 2015

Whenever we set out to tackle an artist’s oeuvre we generally try to trace the “decisive moments” – the turning points, the interruptions, the final work… There is one “key moment”, however, that seems virtually to guarantee the ultimate understanding of the oeuvre – its beginning, its Opus 1. It is not without some justification that the inception of the oeuvre or artistic activity is surrounded by myth and mystification. As will appear time and time again in Opus 1. The Artists Beginnings, the oeuvre and the Opus 1 are “constructions”. Whatever one regards as the oeuvre and whichever Opus 1 is pointed out, those choices are always based on a predetermined and well-defined image of the artists production.

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VOL. XVI – Haris Epaminonda

September 22nd, 2015

The work of the Cyprus-born artist Haris Epaminonda, who currently lives and works in Berlin, comprises films, sculptures and installations that incorporate images and objects borrowed from various origins and epochs, staging multiple encounters, while cultivating an explicit relationship with the past. Pages of old books, vases or statuettes are put into relation through visual associations that form a fictional space.
For the exhibition VOL. XVI at le plateau in Paris, September 24 to December 6, the artist has devised an all-encompassing environment that occupies the cleared spaces with a series of cubicles, platforms and screens conceived both as sculptures and presentation devices. Including other elements, films and sound, the whole set exceeds the exhibition space itself with parallel and temporary appearances connecting the inside and outside of le plateau, shaping a kind of inhabited archipelago in constant evolution. By condensing the different angles of her approach, in which the idea of travelling and movement – in time and in space – plays a fundamental role, the exhibition as a whole will offer a unique opportunity for a simultaneously sculptural, spatial and filmic experience.

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La Librairie & Voilà

September 14th, 2015

Oraibi + Beckbooks, Geneva, brings together two bookshops in one common space, with the purpose of welcoming and promoting artists and art editors through a series of events and an international catalogue of publications. The selection of books—new and second-hand—covers cultural theory, art criticism, artists’ writings, monographs, exhibition catalogs, contemporary literature and poetry, with a focus on publications as a medium for art practice and discourse. A project by Géraldine Beck, Tiphanie Blanc and Ramaya Tegegne. Opening September 17, 2015, from 5pm.

On this occasion, and among others, launch of Voilà by Miriam Laura Leonardi. The French weekly paper VOILÀ was founded by Gallimard in 1931 and distributed until World War II. Amongst the contributors were writers such as Albert Londres, Joseph Kessel, Georges Simenon, the aviator Mermoz as well as photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. A selection of articles addressing key events of the past as well as every day matters are reassembled and modified by Leonardi to highlight their ongoing relevancy; here reprinted in a new publication. While the orginal layout remains, words or sentences are rearranged to offer a more abstract but direct meaning. The contemporary speed of information is thus questionned through this new format allowing an accelerated reading of the original content.

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Open Books Volumes A – E

September 11th, 2015

The Open Books project explores connections between printed objects and forms of exhibitions. It consists of a series exhibitions, events, and a publication that offer potential spaces to experiment with these interactions.

Open Books Volumes documents this research as it goes along, questioning its own status as a catalogue. Each iteration gives birth to new content that complements the previous one. As a pile of books stacking up in a library, invariably connected to one another by their successive readings…
Volumes is a catalogue, a collection of captions, images, a series of invitations, a bookmark left in places where the editors would like someone to stop. Or is it the actual archiving of an object in real time? In any case, it is what accompanies, completes and supports a research, somewhere between an open book and an exhibition, with a permeability flowing constantly from one another.
Available from publisher Hato Press website, and during the London Art Book Fair and New York Art Book Fair.

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Take me (I’m Yours)

September 9th, 2015

Take Me (I’m Yours) is a collective and interactive exhibition which brings together the work of forty-four international artists under the curatorship of Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi. The exhibition, from September 16 to November 8, will turn the Monnaie de Paris’s 18th-century rooms into a venue for free and creative exchange, designed to unsettle the conventional relationship between a work of art and its viewer. Visitors are invited, even encouraged, to touch, use and take away the artists’ projects and ideas.
The exhibition curators, Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist, have taken the original principle which motivated them in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery and brought it up to date.
With more than forty projects, the Paris exhibition is greater in magnitude and scope. The project sees the return of artists who took part in the first event (Christian Boltanski, Maria Eichhorn, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jef Geys, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Christine Hill, Carsten Höller, Fabrice Hyber, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lawrence Weiner and Franz West), and has given rise to new collaborations (Etel Adnan & Simone Fattal, Pawel Althamer, Kerstin Brätsch & Sarah Ortmeyer, James Lee Byars, Heman Chong, Jeremy Deller, Andrea Fraser, Gloria Friedmann, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bertrand Lavier, Jonathan Horowitz, Koo Jeong-A, Alison Knowles, Angelika Markul, Gustav Metzger, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Philippe Parreno, Sean Raspet, Takako Saito, Daniel Spoerri, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Amalia Ulman, Franco Vaccari, Danh Võ and the artists Ho Rui An, Felix Gaudlitz and Charlie Malgat from 89plus, the multiplatform international research project designed to map the generation born on and after 1989 by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets. The exhibition is also an outlet for distributing issues of point d’ironie (agnès b.).
Displayed on the walls of the last factory in the centre of Paris, the exhibition is an opportunity to revisit the myth of the unique artwork and question its methods of production.

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Fiona Banner – SCROLL DOWN AND KEEP SCROLLING & FONT

August 31st, 2015

Scroll down and keep scrolling – October 10, 2015, to January 17, 2016, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham – is the most comprehensive exhibition of Fiona Banner’s work to date, re-presenting key early projects alongside recent and unseen works that span a period of 25 years. “It is not a survey – more of an anti-survey,” says the artist, “A survey suggests something objective, historical, and fixed. This is subjective; nothing else is possible.” Throughout the exhibition Banner revisits her work with intensity and humor.

Publishing is central to Banner’s practice and she often produces books through her own imprint The Vanity Press. For the artist the act of publishing is itself performative, and this exhibition at Ikon will display a wide archive of previously unseen publications and ephemera. In addition, the artist will also publish a major new book to accompany the exhibition, typeset in a new font created by the artist and entitled Font. Font is an amalgamation of typefaces Banner has worked with previously, and will be used throughout the museum for the duration of Banner’s show.

From September 18 to October 31, 2015, Font will also be on view at Frith Street Gallery in London, and will be available to download on www.fionabanner.com from 17 September.

No Reading No Cry!

August 24th, 2015

No Reading No Cry! – September 5 to 30, 2015, Open Graphic Art Studio – Museum of the City of Skopje, Macedonia – is an exhibtion curated by Mark Pezinger Verlag with Darko Aleksvoski, Felicia Atkinson, Andrew Gannon, Romain Gandolphe, Katrin Herzner, Florence Jung, Florian Köhler, Mikko Kuorinki, Darko Petrusev, Astrid Seme, Yann Vanderme and the Macedonian Artists’ Books Library*

“I’m never stocking them again, never! It’s been bedlam! I thought we’d seen the worst when we bought two hundred copies of the Invisible Book of Invisibility. Cost a fortune, and we never found them.“ This is how the manager of Flourish and Blotts, the bookstore in the book/film “Harry Potter” complains about the “Invisible Book of Invisibility”. This book about the power of invisibility is itself, of course, invisible. As manager of a bookstore invisibility is indeed frustrating, but from an artist’s perspective invisibility can encourage the viewer to re-imagine how we engage presence, memories or documentation. Following this idea Mark Pezinger Verlag brings 11 artists together that work along the margins of what a book is, how the book and its content disappear and when it can only be visualized through imagination.

As a physical counterpart to the exhibition the Macedonian Artists’ Books Library brings together artist’s books from various publishers that are normally hard to be accessible in Macedonia. With 1:1, 1%ofOne Verlag, Back Bone Books, Ben K. Voss, Black Pages, BoaBooks, Edition Fink, Edition Taube, FuckingGoodArt, Gloria Glitzer, Harpune Verlag, Good Press Gallery, Humboldt Books, Kodoji Press, La Houle, Michalis Pichler Unlimited, More Publisher, Nieves, Section7Books, Sergej Vutuc, Shelter Press and Soybot.

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Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

August 19th, 2015

Corita Kent was an activist nun who juxtaposed spiritual, pop cultural, literary, and political writings alongside symbols of consumer culture and modern life in order to create bold images and prints during the 1960s. Also known as Sister Mary Corita, Kent is often seen as a curiosity or an “anomaly” in the pop art movement.
Corita Kent and the Language of Pop – September 3 to January 3, 2016 at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, and February 13 to May 8, 2016, at San Antonio Museum of Art – positions Kent and her work within the pop art idiom, showing how she is an innovative contemporary of Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and other pop art icons. The exhibition also expands the current scholarship on Kent’s art, elevating the role of her artwork by identifying its place in the artistic and cultural movements of her time.

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Upcoming Book Fairs Fall-Winter 2015

July 22nd, 2015


From Life’s a Beach by Martin Parr, Aperture, 2012

The London Art Book Fair 2015, September 10-13, Whitechapel Gallery, London
WIELS Art Book Fair 2015, September 11-13, Wiels, Brussels
Artists Print IV, September 11-13, Brass, Brussels
VOLUME 2015, September 11-13, Artspace, Sydney
NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 18–20, MoMA PS1, New York
The Tokyo Art Book Fair, September 19-21, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tokyo
2015 Vancouver ART/Book Fair, October 17-18, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Offprint Paris, November 13-15, Paris
Friends with Books, December 11-13, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Constellating Images

June 11th, 2015


Luis Jacob, Album VI.

After collage, the archive, and appropriation, the Villa du Parc, Annemasse, is devoting its summer exhibition, Constellating Images, from June 25 to September 20, to art practices that arrange images in constellations, images that are of different natures, provenances and periods. Appearing on the art scene in the first decade of this century, these practices are contemporaneous with the development of the internet, which has made an exponential access to images and a dehierarchized navigation possible thanks to search engines that reference and classify large bodies of information through keywords. And while similarities between the techno- logical tool (used daily) and artmaking can be seen, the choice of images in these works springs from a sensitive, differentiating selection and approach. The artists situate certain images within a multitude of signs and work to lend meaning and form to their particular grouping. Thus, from the continuous flow of images they strive to transpose, use, redefine, and extract plastic, material, and often tangible forms that are specific to contemporary art (paintings, video, installation, etc.)…

With artworks by Luis Jacob, Ryan Gander, Aurélien Froment, Alexandra Leykauf, Benoit Maire, Jonathan Monk, Sara VanDerBeek; with “The Infinite Library” by Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, and “Unpacking my Library, (re)composition” by Christophe Daviet-Thery.

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A Circular 3

June 4th, 2015

A Circular 3, edited by Pedro Cid Proença with Fatima Hellberg, features Xavier Antin, Patrick Coyle, Helen DeWitt, Maël Fournier Comte, Charmian Griffin, Will Holder, James Langdon, Roger Laporte, Isla Leaver-Yap, Lisa Maruca, David Morris, Jean Shepherd, Rosalie Schweiker, Stefan Themerson, and Alex Waterman. Launch June 11, 6.30pm, Cubitt, London.

Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture

May 17th, 2015

Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, from June 27, 2015, to March 6, 2016, MoMA, New York, considers the single-family home and archetypes of dwelling as a theme for the creative endeavors of architects and artists. Through drawings, photographs, video, installations, and architectural models drawn from MoMA’s collection, the exhibition highlights how artists have used the house as a means to explore universal topics, and how architects have tackled the design of residences to expand their discipline in new ways.
The exhibition also marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Viennese-born artist and architect Frederick Kiesler (1890–1965). Taking its name from an unrealized project by Kiesler, Endless House celebrates his legacy and the cross-pollination of art and architecture that made Kiesler’s 15-year project a reference point for generations to come.

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