Friday, February 23, 2018

Paul Steiner | Johns in Art Galleries

Paul Steiner
Johns in Art Galleries 
New York City, USA: The Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968
[24] pp., 8.5 x 12.7 cm., loose leaves
Edition of 2000

A set of 24 coloured file cards, arranged alphabetically, each containing a brief review of public restrooms in New York City's art galleries and museums. Sample cards:

"Morgan Library: absolutely breathtaking and splendiferous, especially the ladies."

"American Academy of Arts and Letters: Ladies behind small drawing room with Childe Hassam oils. Gents' too complicated, better forget it."

"Whitehouse: Possibly the only private gallery in the Western Hemisphere with full-length, especially illuminated mirror".

Steiner, a writer, was asked to contribute a work to William Copley & Dmitri Petrov's periodical of objects, the SMS Portfolio. It was featured in the 6th and final issue of the project, alongside works by John Giorno, Bernar Venet, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Artschwager (the folder's cover) and others.

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