art & project bulletins 1-156/september 1968 – november 1989

art & project bulletins 1-156/september 1968 – november 1989

From the earliest days in 1968 when the bulletin appeared Under the title of « Architectural Research » the Small statement printed on the bottom of the front page rings out with the spirit of its time : « art & project plans to bring you together with the ideas of artists, architects and technicians to discover an intelligent form for your living and working space. Art & project invites you to participate in its exhibitions which will explore ways in which art,architecture and technology can combine with you own ideas »

This statement was to prove prophetic. The bulletin became well-known and as the gallery in Amsterdam grew,it attracted artists all over the world who wanted to contribute to or use the bulletin to explore their own work. It appealed to artists in the Conceptual Art movement to whom the bulletin was a way of conveying art ideas from the artists to the viewer/reader at a low cost : it did not have a value except for the ideas it contained ; bulletins were mailed free to an international mailing list or distributed from the gallery to visitors. The bulletins contained original material in a sequence which is determined by the arttist, but the viewer/reader can read the material in any order but the artist présents it as s/he thinks it should be. As Lawrence Weiner,who made five bulletins states « THEY (BOOKS)ARE PERHAPS THE LAST IMPOSITIONAL MEANS OF TRANSFERRING INFORMATION FROM ONE TO ANOTHER (SOURCE). …

Until December 23th 2011
Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris

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