80WSE Gallery, 80 Washington Square East, New York, NY,
December 2 – February 14, 2015
The gallery is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 6:00pm.
The Gallery will be closed for winter break December 20th – January 5th.
Printed Matter, a pioneer in the field of artists’ books and a nerve center for New York’s alternative arts world for four decades, is the subject of the newest exhibition and publishing project at NYU’s 80WSE gallery, launching December 2. A public opening will take place on Friday, December 12th, 6-8PM.
A carefully selected amalgamation of books, records, exhibition documentation and flyers, Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter charts the organizational history of the New York non-profit in relation to the history of artists’ books and important movements in contemporary art from the 70’s to the present, encompassing the alternative space movement, downtown NYC counter-cultural scenes, and artist activism.
“The field of artists’ books traces the historical trajectory of contemporary art, and many pioneering conceptual artists produced books and publications in order to both reach wider audiences and to circumvent the market and the institutions that much of the work implicitly critiqued,” said Max Schumann, the Acting Executive Director and veteran of Printed Matter. “As one of the pioneering organizations in the field of artists’ books, Printed Matter has stood at the junction of the book as art-form, art-vehicle, art-concept and art-process throughout its 39 year history. The goal of this exhibition is to provide a space for the examination and celebration of this critical cultural activity.”
Printed Matter was founded in 1976 by Sol Lewitt and Lucy Lippard among others, and capitalized on the growing interest in publications made by leading contemporary artists, such as Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, Alison Knowles, Louise Lawler, Sol LeWitt, Edward Ruscha, and Lawrence Weiner. Through decades of its own records and files, Learn to Read Art provides a visual account of the history of the store’s collaboration with artists as well as the contemporary art scene in which it engaged.
Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter will be organized along a timeline of documents, ephemera, editions and publications, which will be presented alongside a chronologically arranged reading library of artists’ books from the corresponding decades, allowing for a hands-on, between-the-covers interaction with exhibition. (more…)
Launching RETARD RIOT issue #46! Signing copies of “FUCK YOU DUDE”!
New BUTTONS, T-SHIRTS, STICKERS! One of a kind Noah Lyon artist books!
MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York
Preview Party: Thursday,
September 25, 6–9pm
DJ set by JD Samson
Live performance by Thurston Moore
NOAH LYON + RETARD RIOT
Table A-30 outside in the
Xerox, Paper, Scissors section.
#NYABF Fair Hours:
Preview Thursday, September 25, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 26, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 27, 11am–9 pm
Sunday, September 28, 11am–7 pm
NOAH LYON + RETARD RIOT at The NY Art Book Fair 2014
Poster artwork : Cali Tornhill Dewitt & Savage James Rockin
Videos by : Maggie Lee
Music by : Chances With Wolves, Queen Majesty, Two Bundles of Joy.
Born To Kill
Pau Wau Publications
Research and Destroy N.Y.C.
Toilet Paper Magazine
The RETARD RIOT merch table will be in full effect this Saturday with new shirts and bootleg buttons.
The WFMU Record Fair takes place at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) in NYC Immerse yourself in a gigantic room filled wall-to-wall with LPs, 45s, CDs, videos, books, posters, collectibles and who knows what else! Oh wait, I know: special appearances by Dan Melchior, Laura Cantrell, the Flatmates, Ubu Sings Ubu Band, and more! Get $2 off admission with this coupon, be sure to check out the full schedule of events, and RSVP to the Facebook event.