My Gallery is the World Now: Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub

Organized by Michalis Pichler, Independent Curator and Artist

This exhibition features work by Seth Siegelaub, gallerist, curator, researcher, activist and editor of conceptual art publications in the 1960s and early 70s, and investigates recent work by contemporary artists that re-stage and create new related bookworks. Sieglaub organized important exhibitions presented in the form of an artist’s book. Even though Siegelaub is probably still one of the most underestimated art players of 20th century, in the last few years there have been a growing number of contemporary artists who refer to him and the publications he produced between 1968 and 1971. The exhibition features both original bookworks and catalogues published by Seth Siegelaub, some presented through the Seth Siegelaub Online Archive recently established by Primary Information. Also on view are explicitly related contemporary bookworks, which directly refer to past Siegelaub projects, including work by including work by The Banner Repeater, Arnault Desjardin, Eric Doeringer, Maria Eichhorn, “greatest hits”, la biblotheque fantastique, Emmanuel Herve/Florence Loewy (ed.), Steven Leiber (ed.), Doro Boehme/Daniel Mellis (ed.), Jonathan Monk, Rollo Press, Stefan Schuster/Barbara Buchmaier (ed.), Derek Sullivan and several other artists.

Image: Michalis Pichler, Seth Siegelaub, Amsterdam, 2012

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SYMPOSIUM: Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub
Friday, November 22
Introduction: My Gallery is the World Now
Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub by Michalis Pichler, Independent Curator & Artist
Panel 1: Books as Evidence of Absent Works of Art, Books as Works of Art themselves, and Books as Documents of Documents
* Christiana Dobrzynski Grippe Archivist, Documenting Conceptual Art: The Seth Siegelaub Papers from the Archivist’s Perspective
* Miriam Katzeff/ Primary Information The Seth Siegelaub Online Archive
* Phil Aarons, Collector and Chair Board of Directorsof Printed Matter, books as the primary expression of conceptual art: a collector’s perspective
* discussion
Panel 2: Art, Work and Art Work
* Sara Martinetti, PhD Student, An Homage to All Seth Siegelaubs: Conceptual Art, Mass Media, Textiles
* Lauren van Haaften Schick, Independent Curator, dialectics of circulation and commodification (AWC, W.A.G.E., etc.)
* Salem Collo-Julin/Temporary Services, ART WORK
* discussion

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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