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Goings On: posted week of November 16, 2006

1. John Jesurun, FF Future of the Present 2006-07 recipient, at The New School, Dec 7-10
2. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Pierogi, Brooklyn, opening Nov 18, 7-9 pm
3. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at New Jersey City Univ., Jersey City, opening Nov 20
4. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Missoula Art Museum, Montana, thru Jan 12, 2007
5. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, NY, Dec 6-9, 8 pm
6. Sabrina Jones, Laura Hoptman, FF Alumns, at The Jewish Museum, TONITE
7. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, in Wroclaw, Poland, Nov 24-Dec 31
8. John Baldessari, Kathryn Hargreaves, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Prince, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, FF Alumns, in Los Angeles, opening November 17, 7-10 pm
9. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in Berlin, Germany, Nov 23, and more
10. Kiki Smith, FF Alumn, at Philoctetes Center, NY, Nov 30
11. RENO, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Nov 25, 8 pm
12. liveartwork DVD issue 4, Nov 2006 now available
13. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, Dec 2, 1-4 pm
14. Art/Sci Collision: DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life, at American Museum of Natural History, Nov 28, 7:00 pm
15. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in International Flip Book Festival, now touring
16. Sol LeWitt, Dread Scott, Erika Van Horn/Simon Cutts, FF Alumns, at NY Art Book Fair, Nov 18-19
17. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in Time Out New York cover story, Nov 9

1. John Jesurun, FF Future of the Present 2006-07 recipient, at The New School, Dec 7-10

Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts and The Arts Concentration present



In conjunction with the students at the New School's Eugene Lang College, John Jesurun will present the first phase of his FIREFALL project. The "drama" and content of this piece is its continuous struggle against being consumed by its own naturally expanding form. Seven performers strive to maintain the order of the memorized text while accessing and contributing constant live web interventions. FIREFALL is a project that will potentially exist in several linked dimensions.

100 seat Theater

$10 general admission; $5 students with ID

Tickets can be purchased from The New School Box Office (66 West 12th Street -between 5th and 6th Avenue) or calling at 212-229-5488 or by visiting boxoffice@newschool.edu


"Firefall/Phase 1" written and directed by John Jesurun and will be performed at The New School for Drama Third Floor Theater (151 Bank Street)
December 7, 8, 9 at 7:00pm
December 10 at 5pm

This work was made possible in part by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and Jerome Foundation


2. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Pierogi, Brooklyn, opening Nov 18, 7-9 pm

Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, presents “Hopelessly Devoted”
at Pierogi, 177 N. 9th St., Brooklyn NY,
opening on November 18th from 7-9 pm.
The exhibition continues through December 23, 2006.


3. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at New Jersey City University, Jersey City, opening Nov 20

‘The Open Book’ on Exhibit November 20 - December 15 in Campus Gallery at NJCU

“The Open Book,” an exhibit of works by 20 book artists from throughout the world, will be shown Monday, November 20 through Friday, December 15, at New Jersey City University in the Visual Arts Building Gallery, 100 Culver Avenue in Jersey  City.

Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.  
An opening
reception will be held 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 20.  
Admission is free.

Curated by Mary-Ellen Campbell, an NJCU professor of art, the exhibit will feature works by Adele Outteridge and Vim de Vos of Australia; Mary Ellen Long of Colorado; Susan Weinz of Maine; Bonnie O’Connell of Nebraska; Kumi Korf, Anne Gilman, Ed Hutchins, Doug Beube, Miriam Schaer, Beatrice Coron, Janet Goldner, and Ms. Campbell of New York; and Chuck Miley, Liz Demaree, Pat Malarcher, Shellie Jacobson, Maria Pisano, Rocco Scary, and Sam Forlenza of New Jersey.

“The Open Book” includes books that can stand, hang, unroll, and be seen in their entirety.  The books feature a wide assortment of experimental and traditional bindings, tell stories, and behave as sculptures, drawings, and prints.  In addition to paper and board, the books are made of clay, fabric, plexiglas, and steel.  Some incorporate found objects, some are alterations of old books, and others tell stories in such unusual formats as scrolls, hanging panels, or boxes.

In addition to their unusual structures, all books in the exhibit deal conceptually with a broad variety of topics, ranging from obsolescence and war to women’s and environmental issues.

Many of the exhibiting artists have been working in the book format for almost 30 years and are among the top-showing book artists in the country.    

For information call Dr. Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU director of campus galleries, at (201)200-3246


4. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Missoula Art Museum, Montana, thru Jan 12, 2007

Release online: http://news.boisestate.edu


Two exhibitions sponsored by the Idaho Center for the Book at Boise State University will be on display at the Missoula Art Museum. “James Castle: From Icehouse Unto Early Attic” and “Silver Lining: Pass Mine Artists’ Books” will be on display from Nov 15-Jan 12.

The Castle exhibition features books and art by the Idaho artist and bookmaker. Castle, a lifelong Idahoan who was most likely autistic, was self-taught. “Icehouse Unto Early Attic” features rare, early Castle works discovered in an icehouse in Garden Valley, Idaho, including soot-and-saliva drawings created with a stick or twig pen.

“Silver Lining” displays bookworks inspired by, and artifacts related to, a silver mine near Hailey, Idaho, that was bequeathed to Boise State. Boise State students created the ten unique, handmade books.

Boise State professor Tom Trusky, who is the curator of both exhibitions, will give opening addresses and walk-through lectures. For further information on his lectures or the exhibitions, contact Stephen Glueckert of the Missoula Art Museum at (406) 728-0447 or stevegl@missoulaartmuseum.org, or Trusky at ttrusky@boisestate.edu.

Contact: Tom Trusky, English, (208) 426-1999, ttrusky@boisestate.edu.
Media Contact: Julie Hahn, University Communications, (208) 426-5540, juliehahn@boisestate.edu

Where you see blue, we see the largest institution of higher education in Idaho. For the ninth time in the last 10 years, Boise State University has set an all time state record with a fall enrollment of 18,876 students. Since 1996, Boise State’s student population has increased 25 percent.


5. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, NY, Dec 6-9, 8 pm

The Kitchen presents:
Koosil-ja’s Dance Without Bodies
Dec 6-9 (Wed-Sat) at 8pm  

Drawing on her performance work with The Wooster Group and the ideas of philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Bessie-award winning choreographer Koosil-ja presents a new dance work built around two simultaneous, yet spatially disconnected solos that question the fundamental role of "presence" in performance and allude to an understanding of the "self" as a subject always in process. Created in collaboration with dancer Melissa F. Guerrero, Benton-C Bainbridge (video), and Geoff Matters (music, video, and software design), Koosil-ja's "live processing" performance method requires the dancers to synthesize, in real-time, the action depicted in multiple videos and then to generate, from these randomly combined sources, new movement that is neither pure improvisation nor set choreography, yielding unique results each evening.

Dance without Bodies is made possible with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program and The Fund for Creative Communities, the Greenwall Foundation, Experimental Television Center Presentation Fund and Finishing Fund, Meet The Composer Creative Connections, the Jerome Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The American Music Center Live Music for Dance program, and The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund.


6. Sabrina Jones, Laura Hoptman, FF Alumns, at The Jewish Museum, TONITE

Dear friends & comics fans,

The "Master of American Comics" Exhibit at the Jewish Museum does not include any women - but they have invited a few of us for an evening of slides and talk. I hope you will join us.

Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm
The Jewish Museum is located at:
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York , NY 10128
Tickets: $11 general; $9 students/over 65; $5 members

In Focus: Women Comic Artists Panel Discussion

Influential comic artists discuss how women have contributed to the development of the comics medium.

Leela Corman's graphic novels include the 2000 Xeric Grant winner Queen's Day, and Subway Series.
Joan Hilty is the creator of the comic strip Bitter Girl, distributed by Q Syndicate. She is also an editor at DC Comics.
Sabrina Jones is a cartoonist and editor of World War 3 Illustrated and Girltalk, creator of Prisoners of the War on Drugs, and a contributor to Wobblies! A Graphic History.

Trina Robbins is a writer and pop-culture historian. She is the author of numerous books, including The Great Women Cartoonists.

Moderator: Laura Hoptman is Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She has curated numerous exhibitions including a retrospective of R. Crumb's work.

Drop in any time: www.sabrinaland.com


7. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, in Wroclaw, Poland, Nov 24-Dec 31

Body Double
Curated by Raul Zamudio
November 24- December 31, 2006
FORUM + Elzbieta Koscielak Gallery
Cultural Center Zamek
Lesnica Castle, Wroclaw, Poland.

Exhibition will also tour the following cities: Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan. Body Double is a part of the Elzbieta Koscielak project Art Identities, and is sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture.


Oreet Ashery/London, Karlos Carcamo/New York City, Cleverson/New York City/Brazil, Alejandro Diaz/New York City, Andrea Frank/New York City, Erika Harrsch/Mexico City, Scott Lifshutz/New York City, Katja Loher/Berlin, Emma McCagg/New York City, Yasira Nun/New York City, Edgar Orlanieta/Mexico City, Dan Perrone/New York City, Riiko Sakkinen/Toledo/Finland, Svai & Paul Stanikas/Paris/Lithuania, Sari Tervaniemi/ Helsinki; video works: Robert Boyd/New York City, Teresa Serrano/Mexico City, Stuart Croft/London, Ferran Martin/New York City/Madrid

The exhibition Body Double takes its name from the 1984 film by Brian De Palma, but it is also a film production term. A ‘body double’ is a person who stands in for a performer to enact certain types of scenes or to facilitate special effects: it is an individual who takes the place of a well-known actor. Taking that into consideration, then, Body Double is an exhibition of international artists that explores the conceptual possibilities of figuration in its literal and metaphorical guises. This endeavor is ample in scope and manifests not only literally as in mimetic representation or even in the purely abstract, but also included in the exhibition are works that refer to the body both through its absence as well as its presence. The viability of this proposal partially rests on new configurations of the somatic explored and proposed in other disciplines including science and the medical field.


8. John Baldessari, Kathryn Hargreaves, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Prince, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, FF Alumns, in Los Angeles, opening Nov 17, 7-10 pm

Kathryn Hargreaves is pleased to have art works in this show, "Gift Shop," at another year in LA.
"Gift Shop"

Opening next Friday in Los Angeles and Worldwide on the Internet!
November 17, 7pm - 10pm PST

This massive group show features almost anyone you can think of including Marcel Duchamp, John Baldessari, Stephen Kaltenbach, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Prince, Damian Hirst, Christo, Jasper Johns, Mark Mothersbaugh along with many, many East and West Coast artists as well as Europe.

Since our last update, we have contracted with an video conferencing company to provide a live streaming video and audio feed from our reception. This is a significant improvement over our last publicized annoucement where only still images would be seen.

Not only will you see the many people in attendance at the opening reception in Los Angeles but you will be led on a VIP tour of all work on exhibit as well as interviews with some of the artists in attendence and LA art writers and you will be able to purchase work live during the reception using your computer to buy anything on sale in this exhibition during the reception!

Therefore, for those around the world, who cannot attend our 2006 blockbuster show in Los Angeles on Friday, November 17, 7pm - 10pm PST, you will be able to log onto your own computer with the password that must be purchased by Monday, November 13 for only $5.00.

Also the first 100 to register for the Internet reception will receive a limited edition artwork by David E. Stone absolutely free.

This is a not to be missed historic opportunity!
For more information and to register NOW -


The scheduled hours for seeing work on exhibit during the month.
12pm - 5pm, Monday - Wednesday
1pm - 4pm, Sunday
and by appointment (323-223-4000)
Closed Thursday - Saturday (NOT THIS WEEK)

2121 N. San Fernando Road, #13, LA 90065
For online directions and maps, go to www.anotheryearinla.com/Directions.htm


9. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in Berlin, Germany, Nov 23, and more


Penny Arcade is doing one performance at Berlin's King Kong Club Mitte thursday November 23 rd One show at Frankfurts Mousonturm Monday November 27th and one show at Leipzig's Lofft Theatre November 29th Wednesday The King Kong Show will be a special presentation. Mousonturm and Lofft will get a peek at Phase two of Denial Of Death...My Life As History. www.pennyarcade.tv


10. Kiki Smith, FF Alumn, at Philoctetes Center, NY, Nov 30

at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute

invites you to a Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:30pm at

The Philoctetes Center
247 East 82nd Street (Auditorium)
Kiki Smith: Squatting The Palace

A Film by Vivien Bittencourt & Vincent Katz

Followed by a Discussion with the Artist and Filmmakers

The Philoctetes Center is proud to host an evening centered on artist Kiki Smith, whose work is now the subject of a show at the Whitney entitled "Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005," which runs from November 16, 2006 to February 11, 2007. Following the screening of "Squatting the Palace," Ms. Smith and filmmakers Vincent Katz and Vivien Bittencourt will discuss issues raised in the film, with special attention on the artist's creative process. The panel will then address questions from the audience.

From the Checkerboard Film Foundation website: "This video takes a circular approach to an artist who works in overlapping spirals of creative energy. Smith works in her home -- not in a space specifically designed as a studio but on the 2nd floor of her East Village townhouse. There, amid her books, a pet bird, and tiny kitchen, Smith goes from drawing to collaging to modeling clay to painting plaster casts and back, again and again, moving from one discipline to another in a way that can seem aimless to a casual observer, but which is actually modus operandi of a highly sophisticated visual artist. Over the course of the video, it becomes apparent that many of the pieces Smith is creating -- including sculptures, photographs, prints and furniture -- are intended for an eight-room installation at the Fondazione Querini Stamplia in Venice, to open contemporaneously with the 2005 Venice Biennale."

The Center gratefully acknowledges Checkerboard Film Foundation for permission to screen this film.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come basis.

The mission of the Philoctetes Center is to foster the study of imagination -- funding research, organizing roundtable discussions, offering courses and programs open to the public. The Center publishes a newsletter, Dialog, and is developing a web-based clearing house on work related to imagination. In addition, the Center will publish its journal, Philoctetes, in the coming months. Visit www.philoctetes.org for more information. You may call at 646-422-0645.


11. RENO, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Nov 25, 8 pm



These people committed a whole range of nasty behaviors many of which are beyond impeachable offenses and all the world needs to know that the OFFICIAL STORY is Finally synonymous with REALITY.

SATURDAY after Thanksgiving, Nov 25 @ 8PM
308 BOWERY (just N of Houston)
212 614-0505
Tickets: Virtuous.com/or at Door - $15,$10 underemployed


12. liveartwork DVD issue 4, Nov 2006 now available

November sees the release of the fourth issue of liveartwork DVD, a unique publication which showcases contemporary, international performance art work.

Issue 4 features documentation of recent solo performances from Julie Andrée T. ( Montreal), Nezaket Ekici ( Berlin) and Andrea Saemann ( Basel). There is also documentation of Gob Squad's performance/installation 'Room Service', which is one of the groups most acclaimed works of recent years. Toronto based duo Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson are represented with documentation from a performance made last year as part of their 'Duorama' project that now has encompased over 100 performances. Lastly, I am pleased to feature 'ANTIC' - a performance for camera by Brian Catling, one of the UK's leading performance artists.

With a new issue published every three months, liveartwork DVD aims to present an overview of contemporary performance art practice to an international audience.

All issues of liveartwork DVD are available in both PAL and NTSC video formats.

See the liveartwork DVD website at www.liveartwork.com/dvd for full details about the publication, the artists and works featured on issue 4 as well as information about previous issues.


liveartwork DVD issue 4 is published on DVD-R, PAL or NTSC format discs and costs 10 Euros for individual orders (50 Euros for institutional orders), including international postage. liveartwork DVD can be ordered using most credit / debit cards, PayPal or bank transfer. For details of how to order see: www.liveartwork.com/dvd/order.htm

Copies of all previous issues of liveartwork DVD can also be ordered on the website.

liveartwork DVD welcomes submissions of video documentation of live performance art works for possible inclusion in future issues. If you wish to make a submission please read the guidelines at www.liveartwork.com/dvd/submissions.htm

Please also take a look at the liveartwork homepage at www.liveartwork.com
which provides a range of resources for the international performance art community.

Christopher Hewitt
liveartwork DVD


13. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, Dec 2, 1-4 pm




For directions & info contact: Mama Donna's Tea Garden: (718) 857-1343


14. Art/Sci Collision: DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life, at American Museum of Natural History, Nov 28, 7:00 pm

Linder Theater, first floor
$15 ($13.50 Members, students, senior citizens)

What do Roman mosaics, Islamic art, and M. C. Escher's drawings have in common with DNA molecules? Nadrian C. Seeman, recipient of the 2005 World Technology Award for Biotechnology from the World Technology Network, will explain how he finds connections between art and science by creatively using DNA to make objects, crystals, and nanometer-scale machines.

For ticket info: 212-769-5200
Please use the 79th Street security entrance at Central Park West


15. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in International Flip Book Festival, now touring

International Flip-book Festival
Exhibition thru 8 December 2006, The Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland

The International Flipbook Festival will be touring to Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Little Cakes Gallery in New York City; Western Front Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Currently the exhibition is at: The Reg Vardy Gallery - School of Arts, Design, Media & Culture, University of Sunderland, Ashburne House, Ryhope Road, Sunderland, SR2 7EF

Participating artists: Erika Adams, Jenna Adams, Scott Douglas Blake, Jill Blagsvedt, Sebastian Bodirsky, Nicolas Booth, Kyle Bravo, Robert Brown, Jen Bulthuis, Joanne Burke, Bruce Busby, Kelly Coats, Martin Collins, Eva De Leener, Stephanie Diamond, Andrea Dietz, Jessamy Dipper, Alex Dunbar, Brielle Duym, Stefan Endewardt, M. Kayvan Gahrahmat, Scott Gelber, Michael Gerkovich, Samantha Gerlach, Paul Gowland, Sergio Grimaldi, Tim Hailey, Erica Halliday, Lydia Hamann, James Hare, Libby Hartle, Katja Von Helldorff, Robert Hengeveld & Jen Hutton, Sa?rn த ez, Jason Hsu, Stuart Hughes, James Hutchinson, Mikhail Iliatov, Lana Kim & Saelee Oh, Selena Kimball, Tyler Kline, Annette Knol, Crystal Kovacs, Stan Krzyzanowski, Victoria Long, Clare Litis, Cybele Lyle, Victoria Long, Sara MacKillop, Harriet Malcolm, Frankie Martin, Jason Miers, Jason Monburg, Barb Moore, Josly Newman, Louise Nixon, Pauline Noyes, Austin Nunn, Sally Oviatt, Peter Pezzimenti, Andrew Pierce, Gene Pittman, Matt Pollard, Topsy Qur?et, Aubrey Reeves, Jodi Rice, Angela Richards, Stephanie Richards, Joyce Ryckman, Annette Rnol, Sabrina Russo, Joyce Ryckman, Ruth Scott, Nathalie Shepherd, Lance Simmons, Jennifer Stark, Julia Taylor, Kristen Thiele, Celeste Toogood, Kelly Turso, Tom Virgin, Catherine Wang, Phillip Warnell, Patrick Williams, Simon Woolham, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Lisa Young and Ruth Young.

The International Flipbook Festival is a celebration of hand-powered cinema designed and decorated by Rama Hoffpauir. This exhibition presents over one hundred flipbooks made by contemporary artists throughout Europe and North America. Devised four years ago by artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright as a film festival without the film, each of the flipbooks have been submitted into one of four categories: Live Action, Animation, Experimental, and Documentary. As in traditional film festivals The International Flipbook Festival will be awarding prizes in each category. Members of the Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind will be judging the festival.

Phillip Warnell is an interdisciplinary artist based in London. His flipbooks, ?Shock-One Second?, a Future Physical and Arts Council East commission from 2003, incorporates two flipbooks and a text by Ric Allsopp. The books couple four individual participants from a performative event where each was exposed to an offscreen acoustic shock. The accompanying video work was exhibited at Matts Gallery, London in 2005

"Warnell's work plays with the very issue of the responsive individual and their relationship to the camera. On each of the two monitors we see two people's shocked reflex reaction in extreme slow motion, becoming portraits of choreographed whiplash. They are set in a greenscreen environment, which further presses the artificial nature of technological mediation. Much more interesting than Sam Taylor Wood's comparable digital decaying still life, Warnell's portraits motion towards the possibilities that the camera offers art to capture and delay ? in the detail lost in reality - the most instinctive and fragile of human reactions."

Sarah James, Art Monthly ? October 2005

Gallery hours are: Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm, Wednesday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday by appointment. For more information please call 0191 515 2128.


16. Sol LeWitt, Dread Scott, Erika Van Horn/Simon Cutts, FF Alumns, at NY Art Book Fair, Nov 18-19

We hope we might see you over the course of the Fair*, with Coracle books and paraphernalia new and old. The Fair is open 11.00am to 7.00 pm Friday and Saturday November 18th, and 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday November 19th.

Our cell phone is 917 607 9074. Thanks, Erika and Simon

*NY Art Book Fair
Schedule of Events
Admission to the fair and all events is FREE.
Thursday, November 16
Benefit Preview

6 – 7pm Early admission to preview. Admission to the early preview is available at $7,500, accompanied by a limited-edition Richard Prince photograph and Chris

Johanson ticket edition.

7 – 9 pm General admission to preview. Admission to the general preview is available at $150, accompanied by a limited-edition Matthew Brannon silkscreen and a Chris Johanson ticket edition, or at $20, accompanied by a Chris Johanson ticket edition. Visit www.nyartbookfair.com for images and details.

Friday, November 17
1 – 1:50 pm Thomas Roma signs Prison Air (presented by powerHouse Books)
2 – 2:50 pm Bruce Hainley signs Foul Mouth (presented by 2nd Cannons Publications)
3 – 3:50 pm Walid Raad and Silvia Kolbowski sign Between Artists: Silvia Kolbowski - Walid Raad (presented by A.R.T. Press)
4 – 4:50 pm GAS 'zine launch (presented by Pork Salad Press)
5 – 6:45 pm Creative Time Who Cares launch party with Iraqi food presented by Michael Rakowitz. Performances and presentations by Seth Tobocman, Dread Scott

and Mark Tribe.

Saturday, November 18
1 – 1:50 pm Brian Chippendale signs Ninja, Julie Doucet signs Elle-Humour, Paper Rad signs Cartoon Workshop (presented by PictureBox)
2 – 2:50 pm Tom Sachs signs Tom Sachs (presented by D.A.P.)
3 – 3:50 pm John Lurie signs Learn To Draw (presented by Printed Matter)
4 – 4:50 pm Henrik Plenge Jakobsen signs J'accuse and Goodiepal performs (presented by Pork Salad Press)
5 – 6:45 pm Printed Matter 30th Anniversary panel moderated by Matthew Higgs- Can We Trust An Organization Over 30?

Sunday, November 19
1 – 1:45 pm Books for Everyone!, a workshop on book-making with Mark Pawson
2 – 2:50 pm Josephine Meckseper and Sylvère Lotringer sign The Josephine Meckseper Catalogue No 2 (presented by r.a.m.)
3 – 3:50 pm Jen Denike signs Seven Suns (presented by Printed Matter)
4 – 5:45 pm PERFORMA presents a Clifford Owens performance, Fluxus Score by Benjamin Patterson (2006), followed by comments by RoseLee Goldberg.


REPLICATION: The Books of Sol LeWitt, an exhibition presenting a comprehensive look at artists’ books by Sol LeWitt.
Installations by Joshua Smith and Jan De Cock.
Interactive silkscreening station by j. morrison.
Poster series by Gerhard Richter.

For more information, please visit www.nyartbookfair.com

Media Contact:
Catherine Krudy, Bibliographer and Programming Assistant, Printed Matter, Inc.
T: 212 925 0325 F: 212 925 0464
E: ckrudy@printedmatter.org


17. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in Time Out New York cover story, Nov 9

Collect Yourself

One compulsive gatherer tells you how to get started, how to keep going and where to look for hidden treasures.

New Yorkers’ apartments—not exactly huge. So why are we intent on amassing so much junk? And when does all that crap turn into a collection? To help discern the difference, we called on Harley Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector, an obsessive New Yorker who collects, well, collections. In between running a website (inspectorcollector.com) and teaching classes on the fine art of gathering, Spiller took time to offer advice on acquiring, sorting and storing the stuff we love.

How does one begin a collection?

There are three basic ways. The first is, it just happens instinctively, naturally, organically. When I was two or three, I was on the beach with seashells, and in the park with sticks and rocks. I was doing that as a child before I even knew the word collection. The second way is, you see something and want it and want to learn more. A third way is via a gift from a parent or mentor. When I was five, I had a cold, and my dad threw a bag of pennies on the bed and a blue book you could pop the pennies into. I went through the bag and maybe found 18 that fit in the book. When I got healthy, I took the leftovers to the bank and exchanged them for new pennies. That habit went on for years.

When does something go from being junk lying around your apartment to a collection?

I say three is a collection. Two is a pair; three is when it starts being interesting. The vice president of Sotheby’s told me I was wrong. He said one is plenty enough for a collection. If you bought a Van Gogh painting for $40 million, you are a Van Gogh collector.

On your website, you say, “It’s not about your stuff, it’s what you know about your stuff.” What should collectors know?

Provenance is huge. Who had it before you? Where does it come from? You should read carefully, Google it, punch the patent number into the U.S. patent search, and find the original drawings and conception of your object. And you should share it with people of every stripe. When Andy Warhol’s stuff went up for auction, he had a Campbell’s Soup bowl, and in the bottom it said andy. There could’ve been a thousand of those bowls made; it was probably a promotional item. But come on, that one was Andy Warhol’s—so the provenance is everything.

What gives stuff value?

For me, it’s the emotional and personal that far outweigh the fiscal. I’m constantly asked, “How much is this worth?” And my answer is, “How much does it mean to you?”

What makes a good collection?

No one collection is better than another. All collections are equal. If we both have 12 pencils, the same 12, but one of mine has chew marks from my boss on it, then that’s the emotional investment that I have in the collection. You might have a perfect one, fresh, mint out of the box. I don’t care. I like mine. They auctioned two gloves from Marilyn Monroe: one white and one with an ink stain. The ink-stained one went for more money because it has a story to tell.

Any tricks for storing collections in small NYC apartments?

Collect small stuff. I only collect takeout Chinese-food menus; the leather hardback ones from the restaurants take up a lot of space. And be as organized as possible—limit. Part of the joy of collecting, as painful as it is, is winnowing. Less is more. If I showed you 800 spoons you’d be bored; but if I showed you 18, you’d be drooling for more. —Billie Cohen


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