08.11.2017 / Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017. Kunsthalle Wien.

Posted in events, exhibitions, Motto Books on November 9th, 2017
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Opening November 7th, at Kunsthalle Wien. Starts at 7PM.
Exhibition 
08.11.2017 – 28.01.2018

What is the role of art publishing today? How have artists adapted modes of publishing as a tool for their practice? How has the notion of artists’ publishing activity changed, given the ever-increasing amount of fairs and an ever-evolving number of book-related collections in contemporary art museums? Publishing has developed a favorite site and medium for aesthetic and artistic experimentation. It has also become an alternative space for promoting unrestricted individual or collective discourse. The multi-part exhibition project Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 explores the potentials of publishing – in the form of books, magazines, journals, artistic interventions, websites – as a particular medium and context both to circulate information, knowledge – and to produce art.

Instead of looking at the already historicized and analyzed period of the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition will highlight how a recent generation of artists use publishing as a productive tool for their practice. The focus lies on the period from 1989 until 2017, taking 1989 as symbolic date to underline the shift from analogue to digital. On a political level, 1989 with the fall of the Berlin wall marks a significant date. On a social level, it is an important year as it indicates the invention of the World Wide Web.

THE BOOKSHOP AS MEDIUM

The bookshop curated by Gregorio Magnani and Motto Books presents a selection of artist’s books published between the late 1980’s and the present. Together these publications offer a privileged overview of the unexpected flourishing of the book as artistic and creative medium. At the same time the bookstore highlights the wide international network of artists and small independent publishers whose collaborations and shared interests are the motors for the artist’s book renaissance.

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Browse the selection of 160 publications included in the show here

Brian Kennon at Motto. 06.06 – 31.07.2017

Posted in exhibitions, Motto Berlin store on July 6th, 2017
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‘Dream the Reanimator Flux Acre’. Fritz Welch @ Motto Berlin. 25.04-27.05.2017

Posted in exhibitions, Motto Berlin store on May 2nd, 2017
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Browse Publications and artworks by Fritz Welch Here

YES YES YES Alternative Press Exhibition @ Motto Berlin

Posted in exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on March 22nd, 2017
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YES YES YES Alternative Press @ Motto Berlin

from 04.02 – 31.03.2017

 

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YES YES YES Alternative Press, Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin

Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with COLLI Independent
Exhibition from 4rd February – 11th March, 2017

artists / poster projects:
Dallas, Dexter Sinister, Experimental Jetset, Will Holder, Pauline Kerleroux & Adéla Svobodová, Prill Vieceli Cremers, Studio Hato, Batia Suter.

YES YES YES Alternative Press
’66-’77 from Provo to Punk

Co-published by VIAINDUSTRIAE publishing / A+mbookstore, Milano
in collaboration with COLLI publishing platform

Edited by Emanuele De Donno / Amedeo Martegani
Graphic Design, Dallas (Francesco Valtolina & Kevin Pedron)

Interviews and texts by Melchiorre Gerbino, David Goines, Matteo Guarnaccia, Steven Heller, James Herod, Coupey Pierre, Trina Robbins, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Coen Tasman, John Wilcock.

Newspapers and Zines
Aloha, Avatar, Bauls, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Big Muddy Gazette, The Black Dwarf, The Black Panther, The East Village Other, Fapto, Fire!, Freedom News, Friends, Gay, Gay Power, Gay Scene, Gay Sunshine, Georgia Straight, Good Times, The Great Speckled Bird, The Haight Ashbury Free Press, Helix, Hitweek, Idiot International, Iets, Insekten Sekte, The International Times, Juche, Kabouterkrant, Kaleidoscope, King Kong International, Kiss, Liberated Guardian, Los Angeles Free Press, Loving Couch Press, Mondo Beat, Muhammad Speaks, The New York Review of Sex, Nola Express, Old Mole, Open City press, Oracle Los Angeles, Oracle San Francisco, Other Scenes, OZ, Peninsula Observer, Pleasure, Provo, Quicksilver Times, Rat (Rat Subterranean News), Real Free Press, Re Nudo, Revo, Rising Up Angry, San Francisco Ball, San Francisco Express Times, Screw, Search & Destroy, The Seed, Sniffin’ Glue, Southern Free Press, Spy-In, Styng, Suck, Virginity, Washington Free Press, Witte Krant

496 pages: illus. BW and colour
second edition: 1000 copies
language: english
size: 23×31 cm
50,00 €
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YES YES YES Alternative Press. Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with Colli Independent. Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin. 03.02.2017

Posted in events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on January 27th, 2017
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YES YES YES Alternative Press, Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin

Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with COLLI Independent

Opening Friday 3rd February from 6:30pm
Exhibition from 4rd February – 11th March, 2017

artists / poster projects:
Dallas, Dexter Sinister, Experimental Jetset, Will Holder, Pauline Kerleroux & Adéla Svobodová, Prill Vieceli Cremers, Studio Hato, Batia Suter.

YES YES YES Alternative Press
’66-’77 from Provo to Punk

Co-published by VIAINDUSTRIAE publishing / A+mbookstore, Milano
in collaboration with COLLI publishing platform

Edited by Emanuele De Donno / Amedeo Martegani
Graphic Design, Dallas (Francesco Valtolina & Kevin Pedron)

Interviews and texts by Melchiorre Gerbino, David Goines, Matteo Guarnaccia, Steven Heller, James Herod, Coupey Pierre, Trina Robbins, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Coen Tasman, John Wilcock.

Newspapers and Zines
Aloha, Avatar, Bauls, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Big Muddy Gazette, The Black Dwarf, The Black Panther, The East Village Other, Fapto, Fire!, Freedom News, Friends, Gay, Gay Power, Gay Scene, Gay Sunshine, Georgia Straight, Good Times, The Great Speckled Bird, The Haight Ashbury Free Press, Helix, Hitweek, Idiot International, Iets, Insekten Sekte, The International Times, Juche, Kabouterkrant, Kaleidoscope, King Kong International, Kiss, Liberated Guardian, Los Angeles Free Press, Loving Couch Press, Mondo Beat, Muhammad Speaks, The New York Review of Sex, Nola Express, Old Mole, Open City press, Oracle Los Angeles, Oracle San Francisco, Other Scenes, OZ, Peninsula Observer, Pleasure, Provo, Quicksilver Times, Rat (Rat Subterranean News), Real Free Press, Re Nudo, Revo, Rising Up Angry, San Francisco Ball, San Francisco Express Times, Screw, Search & Destroy, The Seed, Sniffin’ Glue, Southern Free Press, Spy-In, Styng, Suck, Virginity, Washington Free Press, Witte Krant

496 pages: illus. BW and colour
second edition: 1000 copies
language: english
size: 23×31 cm
50,00 €
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Everything is About to Happen (Porto): artists’ books and editions. Serralves. Porto. 14.10.2016

Posted in events, exhibitions on October 10th, 2016
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Everything is About to Happen (Porto): artists’ books and editions @ Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Opening Friday 14 October
Exhibition from October 15 2016 to February 12 2017.

Works by Patrícia Almeida and David-Alexandre Guéniot, Karl Holmqvist, Janice Kerbel, Sara McKillop, Kristen Mueller, Luís Muñoz-Santini, Preston is My Paris, Simon Popper, Erik Steinbrecher, Fritz Welch, Nicole Wermers.

‘Everything is About to Happen (Porto): Artists’ Books and Editions’ is dedicated to the most recent developments in the field of artists’ books as a medium and context for contemporary art. The exhibition presents more than 200 works ? many of them published in small, hard to find editions ? to give an overview of the most recent developments in the field of artists’ books. Through them it looks at burlesque reversals, authorship fluidity, sub-activism, unproductive labour, nonsensical and non-linear languages as tools to reaffirm and question our collective desire for collectivity. It suggests that artists’ books should be seen both as individual artistic expressions and as participants in a forum whose culture and freedom are essential to our future.

For the duration of the exhibition, the Serralves bookstore will become an integral part of the show and present recent artists’ books that respond to the concerns it articulates. The bookstore selection is curated by Gregorio Magnani in collaboration with Motto, Berlin.

Artists’ books ? works of art that adopt the format and particular modes of distribution of the book ? first came to prominence in the mid-1960s. They offered artists a cheap and easily distributed art form that responded to the widespread desire to bring art out of the gallery context. After almost disappearing from view in the 1980s, artists’ books found new energy as a form of artistic expression in the mid-1990s. Then, the wide availability of increasingly affordable digital editing and printing technologies paired with the ease of communication afforded by the internet made it relatively easy to publish or self-publish a book or fanzine. Artists could adopt the book as their chosen medium and become publishers of themselves or choose to rely on a vast network of artist lead, small, adventurous, and often short lived, publishing houses. It was a media that allowed them to be in full control of their own work ? from the first glimpse of an idea, through its development in editing and publishing, to its final marketing. This was liberating: it allowed free experimentation that bypassed the need for institutional support and validation and relied instead on an alternative peer-to-peer network. It also responded perfectly to the 1990s dream of self-empowerment embodying its promise to make each of us a one-man-act on a constant path of self-reinvention. Today the hope of a non-exploitative relation between capital and independent cultural producers seems as unrealistic as the 1960s notion of liberation through commerce. In the creative arts, self-expression reads more and more as labour performed as entertainment for somebody else’s gain. But the productive power of the shared language that constituted the community around artists’ books remains. It relies on low costs, high affective investments, peer-to-peer exchanges and on the focus on the ability of the book to create social exchanges. Threatened by capital’s capacity to survive its crisis through the consumption and production of social spaces, it reaffirms its communal energy by acknowledging the dangers it faces.

‘Everything is About to Happen (Porto): Artists’ Books and Editions’ is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and is curated by Gregorio Magnani.

How to (talk about) things that don’t exist. 31st São Paulo Biennial. Serralves

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions, painting, performance, politics, writing on October 4th, 2016
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How (…) things that don’t exist
How to (talk about) things that don’t exist focuses on the processes that led to the artworks and arguments in ‘How to (…) things that don’t exist — an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Pau¬lo Biennial’ presented at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. The publication continues the ide¬as and discussions that generated the exhibition and proposes unexpected synapses between different subject areas: Education; Reverse Colonialism; and Right to the City — Criminalization of the Poor. It includes a wide variety of texts, chronicles, lyrics, historical documents, drawings, collages, paintings, film stills and photographs many of which specifically conceived for this book by artists, curators, art historians, writ-ers, researchers, pedagogues, sociologists, urban planners, journalists, social workers and activists.

Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem
Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem centra‑se nos processos que conduziram as obras e discussões presentes na exposição “Como (…) coisas que não existem — uma exposição desenvolvida a partir da 31a Bienal de São Paulo” apresentada no Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves no Porto. A publicação propõe sinapses inesperadas entre os diversos temas tratados: Educação; Colonialismo Invertido; e Direito a Cidade ― Criminalização da Pobreza e inclui uma variedade de textos, cronicas, letras de musicas, documentos históricos, desenhos, colagens, pinturas, fotogramas e fotografias — alguns concebidos especificamente para este livro — da autoria de artistas, curadores, historiadores de arte, escritores, investigadores, pedagogos, sociólogos, urbanistas, jornalistas, assistentes sociais e ativistas.

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Dreams First. Erik Steinbrecher. Exhibition @ Motto Berlin from July 13th to August 25th.

Posted in art, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 26th, 2016
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Dreams First

During years Erik Steinbrecher sorted out daily dirt, leftovers and all kinds
of wrappings. The design of this artist book is based on photographes
of made layouts of waste, moody notes, scribbelings and liquid stains.

For this new episode the artist has decorated Motto’s vitrines in an instant and enjoyable way.

From July 13th to August 25th at Motto Berlin

 

The Non-Objective World: Art & Language Kabakov. Art & Language, Ilya Kabakov. Sprovieri.

Posted in distribution, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on July 4th, 2016
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The non-Objective World

Presenting a body of work made by Art & Language between 1965 and 1967 together with paintings by Ilya Kabakov made forty years later but very much concerned with the same critical aesthetic ideas, the publication aims to investigate the artists’ understanding and response to The Non-Objective World – Malevich’s seminal writings on Suprematism, written in 1927 and published in English in 1959 for the first time.

Edited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts with texts by Art & Language, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Ilya Kabakov, Rod Mengham and Andrei Nakov.

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Jonathan Monk. In Relief (My collection of Sol LeWitt books – exact size, shape and occasionally colour). Christoph Schifferli, Geraldine Tedder (eds.). Archiv

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on June 25th, 2016
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“I have been collecting Sol LeWitt books for some time now – initially these books were used as material for a series of animations – but slowly I started buying them just to complete a collection. The search for the white spine.

Sol’s books are predominately white and when going through the shelves of book dealers I always pull out the white books with hope… repetition and repeat is a constant – I often acquire the same book twice or even three times… they all look the same.

In 2005 I produced a book called Cover Version – it featured all the covers of my Sol LeWitt books – a kind of what’s in my library compendium.

For this new piece I have fabricated an abstract version of Cover Version.

The books were laid out as if on a small table top – each book carefully measured… height, width and thickness… Certain book sellers use a similar display technique.

This was then transformed into five medium density fibre board wall mounted relief panels. Expertly cut and routed (not by me) to follow the forms given by Mr LeWitt and his publications. The painted and sanded surface made by the fabricator has been left to give the appropriate patina to the entire piece.

Books are there to be handled and not just bought and sold.”

Jonathan Monk, 2015

With a text David Platzker
Edition of 400

 

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