HELP/LESS

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  • Phaedrus Pron        Paul Chan        Books        $25.00
  • Abraham Lincoln        Rachel Harrison        Books        $34.00
  • Canal Zone; Richard Prince; YES RASTA        Greg Allen and editor.        Books        $18.00
  • Page Count        Amanda Andersen        Books / Signed        $20.00
  • Blacked Out Magazine        Anderson and Amanda        Books / Signed        $25.00
  • Vanishing Point: How to Disappear in America Without a Trace        Susanne Bürner        Books / Artists' Books        $8.00
  • Class of 2008        Rutherford Chang        Books        $50.00
  • Black and White Reproductions of the Abstract Expressionists        Brian Kennon        Books        $22.00
  • Charley        Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick        Books        $10.00
  • Real Estate Opportunities        Eric Doeringer        Books        $30.00
  • Some Blood Some Tears        Joshua Deaner        Books        $65.00
  • Corrections and Clarifications        Anita Di Bianca        Books        $1.00
  • Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get A Straight Line (Best Of Thirty-Six Attempts)        Eric Doeringer        Books        $300.00
  • Various Fires : And Four Running Boys        Thomas Galler        Books        $18.00
  • Arcs, Circles & Grids        Eric Doeringer        Books        $35.00
  • The Xeroxed Book        Eric Doeringer        Books        $80.00
  • Survival Strategies: Take The Book, Take The Money, Run        Ciprian Homorodean         / Zines        $5.00
  • Veneer        Flint Jamison        Periodicals / Signed        $25.00
  • The Keeper        Shuruq Harb        Books / Signed        $25.00
  • October Jr.        Steve Kado        Books        $50.00
  • Notes On the Elimination of the Audience        Allan Kaprow and Sean Joseph Patrick Carney         / Zines        $8.00

For our 2012 summer exhibition, Printed Matter hosted an ambitious instore exhibition entitled HELP/LESS, organized by artist Chris Habib. The store-wide show included over 200 works that explore the fluidity of authorship in artists’ books and multiples. A program of hands-on workshops and other events took place during the exhibition. From the press release: Including original artworks, book objects, prints and a tremendous selection of artists’ books, HELP/LESS looks to the various modes and methods of appropriation in contemporary art, including: plagiarism, re-authorship, identity subversion, copyism, substration, redaction, curation from the Commons, collective authorship, forgery, theoretical translation, narrative appropriation and reprography. The books gathered in the show represent many of the significant works that have, by choice or not, framed the conversation about fair use, derivation and the nature of contemporary practice. In the spirit of the books, ephemera and multiples it presents, HELP/LESS re-considers the exhibition space as an object to upset. It considers its viewers and featured artists accomplices. More here on the origins of the show from Chris Habib. HELP/LESS includes many classic and rare books that address ideas of authorship or gain mileage from pre-existing texts. Works of interest include Buzz Spector’s Altered LeWitt, in which the artist had made vertical tears into LeWitt’s untitled 1972 work published by Gian Enzo Sperone, creating a new sculptural book object in the fragments of layered pages. In Burning Small Fires, Bruce Nauman has set fire Ruscha’s Various Small Fires and Milk, creating a new artists’ book from the documentation of the torched pages. Brian Kennon’s Good Boy by Christopher Wool, a collection of altered Wool paintings created from Misfits song titles, is itself taken up by Visitor, who reimagines a storified version of the oversized book using Samhain lyrics. Broodthaers’ Un Coup de Des Jamais N’abolira le Hasard offers a take on Mallarmé’s 1897 poem by the same name, with the artist reproducing the original work, only with all the text redacted. Access a PDF for more on the origins of the show here

Checklist
  1. Paul Chan
    Phaedrus Pron
    New York, NY: Badlands Unlimited, 2010
    1000
    $25.00
  2. Rachel Harrison
    Abraham Lincoln
    New York, NY: Printed Matter Inc., 2011
    1000
    $34.00
  3. Greg Allen and editor.
    Canal Zone; Richard Prince; YES RASTA
    Washington DC: greg.org, 2011
    Open
    Out of stock
  4. Amanda Andersen
    Page Count
    Berlin, Germany: Shot Put, 2011
    100
    Out of stock
  5. Anderson and Amanda
    Blacked Out Magazine
    Berlin, Germany: Shot Put, 2011
    100
    $25.00
  6. Susanne Bürner
    Vanishing Point: How to Disappear in America Without a Trace
    Frankfurt and Paris, Germany and France: Revolver and Toastink Press, 2006
    1000
    $8.00
  7. Rutherford Chang
    Class of 2008
    New Yrk: R. Chang, 2012
    open
    Out of stock
  8. Brian Kennon
    Black and White Reproductions of the Abstract Expressionists
    Los Angeles, CA: Brian Kennon, 2002
    150
    Out of stock
  9. Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick
    Charley
    Dijon, France: Les Presses du Réel, 2003
    size unknown
    $10.00
  10. Eric Doeringer
    Real Estate Opportunities
    Brooklyn, NY: E. Doeringer, 2009
    1000
    $30.00
  11. Joshua Deaner
    Some Blood Some Tears
    J. Deaner, 2010
    Unknown
    $65.00
  12. Anita Di Bianca
    Corrections and Clarifications
    Berlin, Germany: A. Di Bianco, 2010
    size unknown
    $1.00
  13. Eric Doeringer
    Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get A Straight Line (Best Of Thirty-Six Attempts)
    Toronto, Canada: Copycat Industries, 2010
    200
    $300.00
  14. Thomas Galler
    Various Fires : And Four Running Boys
    Zurich, Switzerland: Edition Fink, 2009
    500
    $18.00
  15. Eric Doeringer
    Arcs, Circles & Grids
    USA: Copycat Publications, 2011
    unknown
    $35.00
  16. Eric Doeringer
    The Xeroxed Book
    New York, NY: E. Doeringer, 2010
    250
    Out of stock
  17. Ciprian Homorodean
    Survival Strategies: Take The Book, Take The Money, Run
    Paris, France: La Bibliothèque Fantastique
    Unknown
    $5.00
  18. Flint Jamison
    Veneer
    Portland, OR: Marriage, 2007
    1000
    Out of stock
  19. Shuruq Harb
    The Keeper
    Ramallah, Palestine: S. Harb, 2012
    200
    Out of stock
  20. Steve Kado
    October Jr.
    Toronto, Canada: S. Kado, 2010
    30
    $50.00
  21. Allan Kaprow and Sean Joseph Patrick Carney
    Notes On the Elimination of the Audience
    Portland, OR: Social Malpractice Publishing, 2011
    Out of stock
Last updated 11/20/2013
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