Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cary Leibowitz

Cary Leibowitz


New York City, USA: Self-published, 2001
49.8 × 25.8 cm.
Signed and numbered edition

Produced for an exhibition at the Andrew Kreps gallery in 2001, this printed metal can features an image of the artist at his Bar Mitzvah, circa 1976. On the verso is the title phrase in a pink and yellow western/circus typeface.

In his review of the exhibition for the New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote:

"Questions about appearance and identity are a running gag. Dozens of cylindrical metal umbrella stands -- also identified as garbage cans -- at the center of the gallery are decorated with a bar mitzvah photograph of Mr. Leibowitz looking plump, stunned and very 1970's in a bulky all-white suit. [...] Being perpetually out of step is a career move that makes [Leibowitz] an artist for all seasons."

Leibowitz has explained the work as an "hourly mantra to survive adolescence and start [his] fabulous life" and “The cans with the picture of Fatso also have the text GAIN! WAIT! NOW!, which is very much in keeping with my longstanding history of wanting/needing/hoping/praying for things to improve in my own impatient way.”

The end-use of the work dictated the price: the cans initially sold for $50 if the buyer requested a garbage can, but $52 if they asked to purchase an umbrella stand. The following year some were made into lamps. 

The work is available now for $175 US, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where the retrospective exhibition Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show (pictured above) closes today. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Bill Burns Show (Part 3)

The third and final iteration of the The Bill Burns Show at MKG127 closes today. For more information, visit the gallery website, here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Jenny Holzer | With all the holes in you already, ...

Jenny Holzer
With all the holes in you already, ...
New York City, USA: Edition Barbara Gladstone Gallery, [c1983/85]
15.7 x 28 cm.
Edition of 10

Aluminium cast sign from the Survival Series.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Günther Uecker | Kite

Günther Uecker
Germany: Self-published, 1967
117 x 83 cm.
Edition of 100 signed and dated copies

A self-portrait as a kite by the Zero Group member best known for his work with nails. The Serigraph on transparent PVC-foil, stretched on wooden struts is valued at approximately $1000 US.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show

Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum closes this Sunday, June 25th. The exhibition is the first comprehensive career survey and solo museum exhibition devoted to Leibowitz, who once (and sometimes still) uses the alias Candyass. I kick myself for missing it, but I will be there in February 2018, when the show travels to Philadelphia. 

For more information, visit the gallery website, here. Or read Wallpaper's review "Pathetic aesthetic: Cary Leibowitz’s zingers are more relevant now than ever", here

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists' Books

The Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists' Books closes this Sunday, June 25th.

Curated by Rena Hoisington, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, the exhibition presents over than a hundred artists’ books and related prints by more than fifty artists, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol, Grace Hartigan, Francesco Clemente, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, Kiki Smith, Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha. Thirty authors are featured, including Stephen King (pictured above, a collaboration with Barbara Kruger), Frank O’Hara, and Robert Creeley. More than half of the works have never been exhibited before at the BMA.

For more information visit the gallery website, here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Isa Genzken | Glanzwasser

Isa Genzken
Cologne, Germany: Self-published, 1994.
26 x 8 cm.
Edition of 100 signed, dated and numbered copies

Glass bottle, foil, resin, funnel.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This week on Tumblr: Henri Chopin

Nothing Else Press

Last day of the fair (noon to 6) today. Visit Nothing Else Press in Room 108 for works by Jonathan Monk, David Shrigley, Paul Butler, Alex Snukal, Micah Lexier, Kelly Mark, VSVSVS, Joy Walker, Karen Azoulay, Garry Neill Kennedy, Jon Sasaki, Dean Baldwin, Yoko Ono, Vanessa Maltese, Daniel Eatock, Claudia Rick, Cary Leibowitz, Yoko Ono and others. 

Vienna Pighin | Single Use Functioning House Key

Vienna Pighin
Single Use Functioning House Key
Toronto, Canada: ESA, 2017
5 x 2 cm.
Edition size unknown

A resin cast of the artist's personal house key is available at the Toronto Art Book Fair, at the booth for Etobicoke School of the Arts, organized by Matthew Varey. The accompanying key chain identifies the title, which suggests both a warm, welcoming gesture, and perhaps a bit of a trap.

Oddly, the other purchase I made yesterday is a book called Hardcore Architecture, which uses Google Street View to present the homes behind the addresses in hardcore zines from the eighties where one would write away to purchase DIY cassettes, 7" singles or band merch.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fiona Banner | FONT BOOK

Fiona Banner
London/Toronto/Vancouver: Vanity Press/Bywater Bros. Editions/Presentation House Gallery, 2016
144 pp., 17.8 x 11 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

The 11th title in the Lynn Valley series is available at the Bywater Bros booth at the Toronto Art Book Fair, today until 8pm and tomorrow noon to 6.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Michael Dumontier | Open Book

Michael Dumontier
Open Book
Toronto, Canada: Paul + Wendy Projects, 2017
8.5 x 11"
Edition of 25

A gorgeous five piece puzzle made of painted MDF in a silkscreened box is available for $300 CDN at the Toronto Art Book Fair this weekend, and at Paul + Wendy Projects after the fair.

Casey House

Casey House is Canada’s first and only stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS, dedicated to providing compassionate and dignified hospice and home care, as well as outreach programs.

The yearly fundraising auction Art With Heart is in it's 24th year. For most of those years a limited edition artists' project has been published, with works by BGL, Jon Sasaki, Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Vanessa Maltese, Barbara Aston, Paul Butler, Jaime Angelopoulos, and many others.

At the Toronto Art Book Fair this week, many of these editions are available for sale for the first time outside of the auction, with some deeply discounted. Visit Jennifer Simaitis at the booth in room 108, today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Garry Neill Kennedy

For the Toronto Art Book Fair, Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby are presenting a two fold exhibition featuring the artists' personal collection of printed matter, specifically political posters that span from the 1960s to the early 2000s, and a showcase of artists' books by students from the Printed Matter course taught by Garry and Cathy (separately and together) from 1990-presently at NSCAD and UBC.

A public discussion between Roger Bywater (at the fair with Bywater Brothers editions), Garry Neill Kennedy, and Cathy Busby at the Toronto Art Book Fair (180 Shaw St - Studio 101) starting tonight at 6:30pm.

Watch Kennedy in conversation with Kasper König on Youtube, here.

Yoko Ono credited as co-writer of Imagine

John Lennon's signature solo song Imagine was released in 1971 as the title track to his second studio album, co-produced by himself, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector. It has been named one of the top 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century, with cover versions by Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, Elton John, Neil Young, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and hundreds of others.

Forty-six years later, Ono is being given co-writing credit for the song. On Wednesday, at a meeting of the National Music Publishers Association, where the song was bestowed the "Centennial Song award, CEO David Israelite announced "Tonight it is my distinct honour to correct the record some 48 years later and recognize Yoko Ono as a co-writer of the NMPA centennial song Imagine, and to present Yoko Ono with this well-deserved credit.”

Lennon often cited Ono's classic artist book Grapefruit as inspiration for the song: “Imagine should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song,” he said. “Because a lot of it — the lyric and the concept — came from Yoko. But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book. There’s a whole pile of pieces about ‘imagine this’ and ‘imagine that.’”

Ono, recently released from hospital, accepted the award in a wheelchair, pushed by Sean Lennon, who tweeted that it was the proudest day of his life.

With Ono operating the Lennon Estate the financial implications of the change would seem minimal, but from a publishing standpoint this addition has major implications. The copyright act of 1976 stipulates that: "from the moment of its creation and gives it a term lasting for the author’s life plus an additional 70 years."Lennon was killed in 1980, making the song subject to public domain in 2050.

The next line in the act states "For a “joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire,” the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author’s death." This would mean that the song would remain generating income for the publishers for another forty or fifty years after 2050.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Aleksandra Mir | Keep Abortion Legal

Aleksandra Mir
Keep Abortion Legal
Toronto, Canada: Nothing Else Press, 2017
18.8  x  9.4 cm.
Vinyl Bumper Sticker
Open Edition

While living in New York City in the 1990’s, Aleksandra Mir encountered countless Anti-Abortion protests, many of which included graphic and grisly images of aborted fetuses. The artist's response is a simple message in the Helvetica typeface, in baby blue and pink colours. Not unlike Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace project or General Idea’s Image Virus [AIDS], Mir had the design printed on as many surfaces as possible: as silkscreens, postcards, manicure sets, pen knives, dental floss, sewing kits, cigarette lighters and handbags. Keep Abortion Legal has also appeared in numerous museum exhibitions, often meeting with controversy.

Given the current political climate and the increasing threats against funding for Planned Parenthood, the project unfortunately feels as timely as ever. Three days ago the work was installed as a massive public billboard alongside Interstate 70 in Missouri.

At the Toronto Art Book Fair this weekend, the Nothing Else Press will release a vinyl bumper sticker for $3.00. Stick it on your car, guitar, notebook, laptop, skateboard, water bottle or bulletin board.