Friday, July 25, 2014

Fiona Banner | Table Stops

Fiona Banner
Table Stops
London, UK: The Multiples Store, 2000
30 x 30 x 16cm
Edition of 100

Fiona Banner followed the ‘wordscapes’ for which she became known - sprawling objective texts describing films ranging from Lawrence of Arabia to Point Break to pornography and, in her book The Nam, films about the Viet Nam War - with works using only punctuation, and no words. The ‘full stop’ (or ‘period’ in American English) became the subject of a series of graphite drawings and sculptural works made out of styrofoam and, later, concrete (see below).

Table Stops is a collection of seven glazed ceramic full stops, housed in a compartmentalized wooden box. Each full stop presents a different font reimagined as a three-dimensional object: Avant Garde, Courier, Formata, Klang, Nuptial, Optical and Slipstream. They are enlarged to the same scale, though vary considerably in size and shape.

"Table Stops are abstract points of focus. Like tableware, or executive toys, they are to be handled and moved around. The act of arranging and rearranging them enacts a silent conversation.”
- Fiona Banner

Available here for £1,750 inc VAT.

Bookworks Sale

Bookworks begins a two-day sale on artists'  books, posters and prints, today at noon.

Their offices, at 19 Holywell Row in London (UK, EC2A 4JB), will be open from 12 to 8pm today and 12 to 6pm tomorrow and will offer discounted prices on "recently published titles by Céline Condorelli, Samuel Hasler, Laure Prouvost and Slavs and Tatars, and a discount on backlist titles by Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean and Susan Hiller among many others."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nam June Paik | Werke 1946 - 1976

[Nam June Paik]
Werke 1946 - 1976
Cologne, Germany: Kölnischer Kunstverein, 1977
168 pp., 20.5 x 15 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

Edited by Wulf Herzogenrath, this monograph is divided into three sections: Music, Fluxus and Video. It includes essays by Herzogenrath, Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Fluxus artist Tomas Schmidt.

Text in German.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Matthew Varey | Pulled Grenade Pin

Matthew Varey
Pulled Grenade Pin
Toronto, Canada: Self-published, 2014
8 x 7 x 4”
Edition of 10 numbered copies

The pin from a used grenade cast in sterling silver and housed in what looks like a found military case, accompanied by an etched stainless steel certificate. The work is produced in an edition of ten (one for each finger?) as part of the artist's exhibition To Witness, which also includes a series of sculptural utopian outfits that "embody a Ray Bradbury-esque science fiction". The show runs from the 25th of July to the 24th of August at Peninsula Art Space in Brooklyn, with an opening reception on Friday, from 7 to 10 pm, with the artist in attendance.

For more information, visit the gallery site, here and the artist's website, here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Annette Messager | Ma Collection de Proverbes

Annette Messager
Ma Collection de Proverbes
Paris, France: Michèle Didier, 2012
6 x 42 x 35 cm
Edition of 24 copies (+6 AP)

A wooden slipcase housing fifteen pieces of embroidered fabric of “misogynist proverbs", from a collection that the artist has been compiling for many years. Each of the 24 copies contains thirteen standard texts, and two unique.

The work is available for 6 000 €, from the publisher, here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

On Kawara | One Million Years

On Kawara
One Million Years
Brussels, Belgium: Editions Micheline Szwajcer and Michèle Didier, 1999
2012 pp., 15.1 x 10.9 x 4.4 cm., leather bound (each volume)
Edition of 500 numbered copies, 60 signed and numbered copies (+10 AP)

A slipcase houses two volumes, Past and Future. The first, "Past – For All those who have lived and died", starts in 998031 BC and ends a million years later in 1969 AD. The second volume. The second volume, "Future – For the last one", begins in 1993 AD and ends in 1001992. fThe text of each page is laid out in 10 columns and subdivided in 5 blocks of 100 years.

Readings from the books were also published as a box set of 24 CDs in 2002. See earlier post, here.

On Kawara died in New York at the age of 81 in late June, though the news was not released until July 10th. A New York Times Obituary can be read here, and one from the LA Times, here.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Martin Kippenberger | Pop In

Martin Kippenberger
Pop In
Graz, Austria: Forum Stadtpark, 1987
7" vinyl record
Edition of 500 copies, with 25 signed and numbered

Two vocal tracks by Kippenberger: "Yuppi Du", backed with "Bang Bang". Both tracks appear on the anthology collection MARTIN KIPPENBERGER - MUSIK / 1979 - 1995. 

"Yuppi Du" can be heard on Youtube, here. "Bang Bang" can be heard here

The signed copies have an estimated value of approximately $2000.