Friday, August 29, 2014

John Baldessari | I will not look at any more boring art

John Baldessari
I will not look at any more boring art
Los Angeles, USA: Freeway Eyewear, 2013
Printed sunglasses
Edition of 200

An entirely unnecessary update to Baldessari's classic I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (which he had previously been revisited for the printed wallet that read I Will Not Buy Any More Boring Art), available in an edition of 100 black with white text and 100 white with black text and green lenses.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Marilena Bonomo (1928–2014), Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922–2014)

Art historian and curator Jean Sutherland Boggs died last Friday, at the age of 92. Boggs worked as a curator at the AGO, the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was the first female director of the National Gallery of Canada. The gallery released the following statement:

"Jean Sutherland Boggs is a key personality in the history of the National Gallery. The acquisitions of international art that she championed are among the most beloved of Canada's national collection. She established photography as a new collecting area for the Gallery, initiating a collection that is now among the finest in the world. Moreover, Jean Boggs was given the responsibility to deliver a grand new home for Canada's national collection; the success of that project was such that its architect, Moshe Safdie went on to build many more art museums. She is among my heroes and we strive daily to maintain the standards of excellence that she established," said NGC Director and CEO, Marc Mayer."

Marilena Bonomo, pictured above with Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Lorenzo Bonomo, Mel Bochner, Sol Lewitt and (separately) Joseph Beuys, an Italian art dealer who ran Galleria Bonomo Bari, died on Sunday August 24th. Bonomo founded the gallery in 1971 and was influential in promoting and supporting the early careers of artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Sol LeWitt, and Mimmo Paladino.

Lorenzo Madarao, writing for La Reppublica, called Bonomo a “fundamental figure in contemporary art” whose gallery was “celebrated in Italy and abroad for its avant-garde work.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Robert Watts | Stamps

Robert Watts
New York City, USA: Robert Watts Studio Archive, 1999
28 x 21.5 cm.
Edition size unknown

Commissioned by the Newark Museum for the Rutgers University exhibition OFF LIMITS and the Avant Garde, 1957-1963, this sheet of perforated postage stamps contains a selection of reprints from the artist's 1960s originals.

"Robert Watts is considered the "father" of stamp art. His earliest stamps - beginning in 1960 - were dispensed in stamp machines that he loaded with his own stamps. Several of the machines and the sheets he created are in major art collections world wide.


The stamps on this sheet are reprints from the original sheets of the earliest stamps : SAFEPOST/K.U.K - FELDPOST/JOCKPOST (W.C.Fields) (1961); YAM-FLUG 5-POST-5 (1962) and BLINK (1962-63). The Blink stamp image is a collaboration of Robert Watts, George Brecht and Alison Knowles."

- Publisher's blurb

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moez Surani | عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация

An excerpt from Toronto poet Moez Surani's عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация, an inventory poem that collects the names of military operations by UN-member countries from the founding of the United Nations to the present, appears in the current issue of Harpers.

The excerpt, titled Noms de Guerre, features a selection of names since the year 2000. The full poem spans 193 countries and 69 years, and contains the names of over 2,300 operations.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Louise Lawler | Untitled (Wheel)

Louise Lawler
Untitled (Wheel)
New York City, USA: The Museum of Modern Art, 1999
2 1/8 x 3 1/2"
Edition size unknown

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, this crystal paperweight features an image of Marcel Duchamp's earliest (Assisted) Readymade, Bicycle Wheel, in situ at the museum.

Rob McLennan | Convivial

Rob McLennan
Armstrong, Canada: By The Skin of Me Teeth, 2009
18 pp., 16.5 x 11.5 cm., sewn-bound
Edition of 26 numbered copies

Hand-bound with greeting card covers with a Letraset title, and housed in a printed envelope, this book of eleven short poems is published by poet, artist, and performer kevin mcpherson eckhoff. By The Skin of Me Teeth is his "minuscule press dedicated to publishing the absolute dullest writing by both emerging & established authors", which produces chapbooks and artists' books in very limited editions. eckhoff is in town for a performance at Videofag last Thursday.

​Author rob mclennan, born and currently residing in Ottawa, has written nearly thirty books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012.

His forthcoming poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks) launches Thursday the 25th September at Pressed Café (750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa) at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Emmett Williams | Chicken Feet, Duck Limbs and Dada Handshakes

Emmett Williams
Chicken Feet, Duck Limbs and Dada Handshakes
Vancouver, Canada: Western Front, 1984
64 pp., 7-1/8" x 5-1/2", softcover
Edition of 500

Produced during a residency at the Western Front in September 1984, this book tells the story of Fluxus artist Williams meeting various members of the Dada movement. He recounts shaking hands with Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Man Ray, Richard Hulsenbeck and Marcel Duchamp. He never met, shook hands or laid eyes on Picabia, but notes that he shook hands with many of his mourners, on the afternoon of his funeral.

The text is handwritten by Williams and the book is illustrated with his doodles (similar to the cover) and with prints made by using chicken and duck feet as rubber stamps. The artist is photographed with a hammer in hand and a duck's foot in the other, in his 1992 autobiography My Life in Flux and Vice Versa.

"So much happened during month-long residency at the Western Front cultural centre that I recall it as a simultaneity, with no sense of chronology...Kate Craig, curator of the Front's video productions suggested that we work up a video project, but I was so busy seeking out gourmet Chinese restaurants  in Chinatown, and making my book".
My Life in Flux and Vice Versa

The only copy on ABE is listed at $195 (here), but still available from the publisher for $30.00, here.