Circulation wars

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This is my column from the September 2014 issue of ArtReview, which explores the art of Aaron Flint Jamison – whose eccentric projects include Veneer magazine, and who is one of the people behind Yale Union, an equally eccentric art venue in Portland, Oregon. (Image: Veneer Subscription Table, 2008-11).

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Edson Chagas

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Seeing the young Angolan artist Edson Chagas in London as part of the group exhibition Journal at the ICA (until 7 September) reminds me of the fantastic project that he made in Venice last summer as part of the Biennale. In Venice Chagas represented Angola, and the pavilion, Luanda, Encyclopedic City, which was situated in the Palazzo Cini, won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. (Image above: Edson Chagas, Found Not Taken, London, 2014).

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Definitions by Clive Phillpot

book  Collection of blank and/or image-bearing sheets usually fastened together along one edge and trimmed at the other edges to form a single series of uniform leaves.

art book  Book of which art or an artist is the subject.

artist’s book  Book of which an artist is the author.

book art  Art which employs the book form.

bookwork  Artwork dependent upon the structure of a book.

book object  Art object which alludes to the form of a book.

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The nuance of ‘normcore’

Here is the text of my column from the Summer 2014 issue of ArtReview, which traces the development of the ‘normcore’ meme – from its origins in a trend forecasting report by the New York collective K-Hole. (Image shows an illustrated page from the report.)

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The catalogue for Please Come to the Show has just been published by Occasional Papers. The project draws on the MoMA Library’s exhibition-related ephemera—invitations, flyers and posters, from the 1960s to the presentand the book includes new essays by Gustavo Grandal Montero, Will Holder, Antony Hudek, Angie Keefer, Clive Phillpot, David Senior and Suzanne Stanton. Edited by David Senior. See image gallery attached to this post. For my review of the exhibition see here.

Ray Johnson Designs

"The art of Ray Johnson was rooted in his constant practice of correspondence. He dispersed a copious amount of collages and other printed matter through the mail to friends and colleagues. The Museum of Modern Art Library received materials in the mail from Ray Johnson from the 1950s until his death in 1995. This exhibition focuses on Johnson’s early printed materials, especially his promotional flyers for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator." Ray Johnson Designs is on display at MoMA, New York, from 2 July to 29 September 2014, and is organised by David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library. See here.

Arcangel Surfware

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Arcangel Surfware is a new clothing and lifestyle merchandise line produced by the Brooklyn-based artist Cory Arcangel. According to the press release, the products “consist of everything one needs to ‘chill’ in bed all day and surf the Internet in comfort: sweat pants, sweat shirts, bed sheets, pillow covers, iPad and iPhone covers, magazines, and music.”

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Semiotext(e) at the Biennial: An Interview with Hedi El Kholti

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"Semiotext(e) is widely known as the publisher that brought French theory to America. Initially a scholarly journal founded in the early ’70s by Sylvère Lotringer and others at Columbia University, Semiotext(e)’s reach expanded into the underground and downtown scenes, creating and reflecting affinities between high theory and experimental art, literature, and performance practices." For an interview with Hedi El Kholti, one of the current editors of the Semiotext(e), conducted by Lisa Darms and posted on Hyperallergic, on the occasion of a special presentation of Semiotext(e) at the Whitney Biennial in New York this spring, see here. (Image shows installation at the Whitney by the article’s author).

Off the Press

This event looks great: “Off the Press will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2014 at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and WORM in Rotterdam. It consists of a two-day conference with speakers such as Alessandro Ludovico, Elizabeth Castro, Adam Hyde, Badlands Unlimited and Florian Cramer, an arts & Crafts session, workshops, and a Bazaar with drinks. The following questions will be addressed: How can arts publishers make their own e-publications and use the medium in a conceptually and aesthetically interesting way? How do new forms of digital publishing change the role of the designer? What change is needed in your production workflow, from manuscript to publication, if you want to switch to hybrid electronic and paper publishing?” 

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The Great Wave

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This is the text of my column from the Spring-Summer 2014 issue of ArtReview: Asia. It talks about a number of artists’ projects employing or invoking the microblogging platform Tumblr, including projects by Hito Steyerl, James Bridle and the Jogging.

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