Friday, March 23, 2018

Sarah Robayo Sheridan | Les Levine: Transmedia 1964-1974

[Sarah Robayo Sheridan, editor]
Les Levine: Transmedia 1964-1974
Oakville, Canada: Oakville Galleries, 2018
188 pp., softcover
Edition size unknown

The catalogue for the touring exhibition of the same name launches tomorrow at Art Metropole, from 2 to 4 pm. Join curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan in conversation with Ihor Holubizky, and catch a rare opportunity to see Les Levine's video Express Doubt.

"For more than five decades, the work of Irish-American artist Les Levine has taken shape across a wide range of techniques, media and approaches. Born in Dublin, Levine immigrated to Toronto in 1957, where he enjoyed his first acclaim as an artist through solo exhibitions at the David Mirvish Gallery, Hart House, the Isaacs Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. On his move to New York City in 1964, Levine's practice quickly proliferated; he would go on to become one of the most exhibited artists of his generation. This beautifully composed monograph surveys the first prolific decade of this highly influential artist's work and brings together a selection of Levine's key works from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. Working across, beyond, and through media, Levine would become known for developing new approaches to artmaking, establishing new categories such as camera art, disposable art, media sculpture, software art, body control systems, and what he would term Mott art. Constantly expanding the parameters of what could be understood as art, Levine's artworks addressed the conditions and experiences of a rapidly changing media landscape in ways that proved uniquely prescient of contemporary concerns and sensibilities."

- publisher's blurb

Art Metropole / 1490 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Saturday 24 March 2018, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rodney Graham | God Bless Tiny Tim

Rodney Graham
God Bless Tiny Tim
Brussels, Belgium: MOREpublishers, 2018
68 x 94 cm.
Edition of 25 signed and numbered copies [+ 5 A.P.]

Graham turns the title of a 1968 LP by ukulele player and falsetto singer Tiny Tim into a tribute to the late musician, best known for "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and for marrying his 17 year old bride on the Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson officiating (power companies reported overloads when more than 40 million people tuned in to watch).

God Bless Tiny Tim is the beak-nosed troubadour's first album, produced by Richard Perry (Captain Beefheart, Harry Nilsson, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr). It featured an orchestrated version of the 1929 song "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips" (which reached #17 on the hit parade) and a version of Sony and Cher's "I Got You Babe", in which Tiny Tim duets with himself, performed both the baritone and falsetto roles.

Tiny Tim died in 1996, onstage, singing his signature song.

Graham's MOREpublishers edition is a silkscreen print on C-MAT, 150 gram paper. It is available for 350 €. For more information, contact

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Janet Cardiff | The Secret Hotel

Janet Cardiff/George Bures Miller
The Secret Hotel
Bregenz, Austria: Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2006
107 pp, 25 x 22 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

Published in April 2006, in conjunction with a collaborative installation by Cardiff and Miller at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria. Edited by Eckhard Schneider, with essays by Jörg Heiser and Matthias Lilienthal, the book contains text in both German and English, and is accompanied by a CD and vinyl single. The latter contains excerpts from the pair's "Opera for a Small Room."

"The artists break down music, noise, speech, physically and optically accessible spaces, perspectives, found objects, architectonic sculptures, filmed images, and constructed images, then rearrange the constituent parts. The elements coalesce in their works to form a passage through intensified sense impressions, a passage during which it is difficult to distinguish clearly between actual experience and artistically produced perceptual constructs."

- Preface

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hanne Darboven | Opus 17A

Hanne Darboven
Opus 17A
New York City, USA: DIA Centre for the Arts, 1996
Audio CD, 12.4 × 12.7 cm.
Edition size unknown

A sixty-nine and a half minute long work for Double Bass, performed by Robert Black, produced in association with the exhibition "Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983", 1980-83
at Dia Center for the Arts, March 28, 1996 to June 29, 1997.

Darboven died on this day, nine years ago.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Georges Perec

Georges Perec died 36 years ago today, in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, at the age of 45.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jim Dine and Rory McEwen | Songs-Poems-Prints

Jim Dine and Rory McEwen
New York City, USA: Museum of Modern Art/Atlantic Records, 1969
Edition size unknown

A sixteen-track phonograph LP record with Mylar prints by both artists, housed in a gatefold sleeve. Valued at around a hundred dollars US, without the prints, and two hundred with.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Louise Lawler | Napkin produced for The Museum as Muse

Louise Lawler
Napkin produced for The Museum as Muse 
New York City, USA: Museum of Modern Art, 1999
12.9 × 13.1 cm.
Edition size unknown

A letter-pressed paper napkin featuring text formatted as a checklist. Distributed at the opening of the exhibition Museum as Muse held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York,  March 14 - June 1, 1999.