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In the current of the situation Ioanna Gerakidi and Danae Io

Published by Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2018, foldout pamphlet, 10.5 × 14.8 cm, English / Greek

Price: €3

Produced on the occasion of the performance Danae Io and Ioanna Gerakidi performing In The Current Of The Situation at Kunstverein, Amsterdam, June 7, 2018, a composition of oral stories and eroto-historiographies tracing the mnemonic representations of unrequited sentiments of eros, love, lust and desire.

Designed by Claes Storm.

You can find more on the event here.

#2018 #danaeio #ephemera #ioannagerakidi #kunstvereinamsterdam
Ernst Caramelle

Published by Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, 1998, 80 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.5 × 22 cm, German

Price: €15

Produced on the occasion of Ernst Caramelle being awarded the Kunstpreis der Stadt Nordhorn 1998.

#1998 #ernstcaramelle
Un jour sans pain* est un jour sans soleil Ana Jotta

Published by Keijiban, Kanazawa, 2021, Set of two leporellos (colour & b/w ill.), cover leporello: 15.2 × 21 cm (folded), 66 × 21 cm (unfolded), inner leporello: 14.5 × 21 cm (folded), 191.1 × 21 cm (unfolded), English

Price: €400

Edition of 26 copies and 4 artist’s proofs, numbered and signed by the artist.

Although the title of this edition, Un jour sans pain* est un jour sans soleil [“A day without bread is a day without sun”], sounds like a typical French saying, it is simply a sentence glimpsed in a bakery where Ana Jotta used to go in Paris. But the asterisk complicates things a little: on the back of the leporello, the artist instructs us to read “pain” in the English, thus adding a sarcastic touch to this commercial motto.

The (absence of) sun and the umbrella, as well as the wallpaper designed for the presentation of the edition at Keijiban, can refer to the tsuyu, the rainy season during which they were exhibited, in the open air.

#2021 #anajotta #artistedition #keijiban
Individual Works Allan McCollum

Published by John Weber Gallery New York, 1988, unpaginated (b/w ill.), 15.5 × 14.5 cm, English

Price: €20

Applying strategies of mass production to handmade objects, McCollum’s labor-intensive practice questions the intrinsic value of the unique work of art. McCollum’s installations—fields of vast numbers of small-scale works, systematically arranged, are the product of many tiny gestures, built up over time. With a text by Andrea Fraser.

You can read more on the Individual Works project here and see a video about it here.

*Please note this publication is secondhand and has some traces of previous ownership.

#1988 #allanmccollum #andreafraser
Fausto Melotti

Published by Galleria La Parisina, Torino, 1975, 24 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 21.3 cm, English

Price: €25

Italian sculptor, painter and poet, Fausto Melotti is considered a pioneer of Italian art and is acknowledged for his unique contribution to the development of mid-century European Modernism. Coming of age in prewar Milan, and living through the horrors of the Second World War, Melotti metabolized wartime devastation in his work by returning to Renaissance principles of harmony, order, geometry, and musical structure, which he integrated into a highly personal yet universally accessible artistic language that expresses the full range of emotional experiences in modern human existence.

#1975 #faustomelotti
I-80 Series Robert Barry

Published by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 1969, 4 pages (b/w ill.), 21.5 × 24 cm, English

Price: €35

Considered one of the founders of Conceptual art, Robert Barry was included—along with Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner—in both the 1969 “January” show organized by Seth Siegelaub and the first museum exhibition of this work, Information, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970.

#1969 #robertbarry