The Halifax Conference

Published by New Documents, Los Angeles, 2019, 184 pages (b/w ill.), 12 × 19 cm, English

Price: €18

The Halifax Conference presents a transcript of a conference held at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design on October 5–6, 1970, transcribed and adapted by artist Craig Leonard.

Organized by Seth Siegelaub, the Conference was conceived as a means of bringing about a “meeting of artists…[from] diverse art making experiences and art positions…in as general a situation as possible.” Infamously, the conference was held in the college’s boardroom, while students and other interested parties watched the proceedings on a video monitor in a separate space. The result was a conversation that devolved—technologically and ideologically—into a quasi-tragicomic farce, punctuated by remarkable moments of rupture initiated by activist resistance to the Conference from the outside and dissenting voices from within.

Attendees at the conference included Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E.Thing Co. (Iain and Ingrid Baxter), Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, and Lawrence Weiner.

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Documenta 5

Published by Verlag Documenta GmbH, Kassel, 1972, 850 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 27.5 × 32 cm, German

Price: €150 (Out of stock)

Catalogue produced for Documenta 5, 30 June and 8 October 1972 in Kassel, Germany. The artistic director Harald Szeemann channeled many of the curatorial concepts for the exhibition into the design of the catalogue itself.

Including artists such as; Art & Language, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Hanne Darboven, Hans Haacke, Edward Kienholz, David Lamelas, Agnes Martin, Paul Thek, Franz Erhard Walther, La Monte Young, & Marian Zazeela, Richard Tuttle, Paul Sharits, Gustav Metzger, Mario Merz, Joan Jonas, Eva Hesse, Dan Graham, Joseph Cornell, Tony Conrad, Stan Brakhage, KP Brehmer, James Lee Byars, Daniel Buren, stanley brouwn, Lothar Baumgarten amongst others.

Cover designed by Ed Ruscha.

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Fabro, Kounellis, Merz, Paolini

Published by Kunsthalle Bern, 1980, 22 pages (b/w ill.), 15 × 21 cm, German

Price: €12 (Temporarily out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of Fabro, Kounellis, Merz, Paolini at the Kunsthalle Bern, 29 February – 7 March, 1980. With Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini and an illustration by A.R. Penck.

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Mario Merz – Künstler Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst

Published by Verlag Weltkunst und Bruckmann, München, 1988, 16 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 29.5 cm, German

Price: €9

A key figure of Arte Povera, Mario Merz investigates and represents the processes of transformation of nature and human life: with in particular, the igloos, visually traceable to primordial habitations, become for the artist the archetype of inhabited places and of the world, as well as a metaphor for the various relationships between interior and exterior, between physical and conceptual space, between individuality and collectivity. These pieces are characterized by a metal structure coated in a great variety of common materials, such as clay, glass, stone, jute, and steel—often leaning or intertwined in an unstable fashion—and by the use of neon elements and wording.

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