A More Store & A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)

Launch Event
April 15 - May 15, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM

To celebrate the launch of A Book About Colab (And Related Activities), Printed Matter presents a restaging of The A. More Store, a Colab-sponsored artists’ outlet for low-priced multiples. The selling exhibition includes over 100 artworks from over 50 participating Colab members, including works on loan from historic A. More Stores. Join us for the official launch of the publication and The A. More Store opening event with Colab on Friday, April 15, 6-8 PM.

The first A. More Store evolved from the Gift Shop at the legendary Colab-organized Times Square Show, and appeared shortly after on Broome Street in 1980 with the tag-line “You won’t pay more at the A. More Store”. Other iterations of the store were later presented at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Jack Tilton Gallery, White Columns, and Printed Matter.

The press release of the original store promised “rats and rip-offs, ray guns and rock bags,” and the new gathering of material brings in an equally eclectic mix of affordably priced artworks, apparel, prints and sculptural objects. Among these are original Colab creations including: ceramic plates, puzzle sets, pillowcases, a secular tree-topper, artist-designed iphone cases, and a hand-painted raincoat. Images from the Tom Warren Portrait Studio will also be included, depicting 16 Colab artists between the years 1981 and 1984.

On the occasion of the show, artist and Colab member Ilona Granet will create a new text work in the Printed Matter window, made in the style of the hand painted signs which announced the A. More Store more than 35 years ago.

                   <b>COLAB TALKS 
                 Thursday, April 28th, 6 PM</b>

Printer Matter presents COLAB TALKS, a group conversation with Colab:

An open inclusive format where all attending Colab Members have a chance to say whatever they want. The only restriction is time.

Two chairs, two mics, two minutes. One person speaks at a time.

A Book About Colab (And Related Activities)

The publication A Book About Colab (And Related Activities) traces the output of Collaborative Projects Inc. (aka Colab), the highly energetic gathering of young New York downtown artists active from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s.

Edited by Max Schumann – and with a foreword and afterword by art writer and Colab member Walter Robinson – the work pays homage to the group’s practice of collectivity and social engagement, while reflecting an iconic period of NYC cultural history. Advocating a form of cultural activism that was purely artist driven, the group created artworks, curated shows, and engaged in discourse that responded to the political themes and predicaments of their time. With extensive documentation of the printed material and media steadily produced in the course of their collaborative undertakings (as well as many new first-hand accounts), the publication offers a look into the diverse aesthetics and concerns of the group as they embarked on The Real Estate Show, The Times Square Show, the A. More Store, and other projects. Find out more about the publication here.

New fundraising edition by By Jenny Holzer and Tom Otterness in support of the publication

Printed Matter is pleased to announce Money Creates Taste?, a collaborative fundraising edition by Jenny Holzer and Tom Otterness. Funds raised by the sale of the edition will go to support Printed Matter’s new publication A Book About Colab (and Related Activities). The sculptural work incorporates a variation of a Truism written by Holzer in 1978, (around the time of the founding of Colab), and re-works a visual motif that Otterness developed in the mid 80’s (around the time that Colab was winding down its activities).

The combined elements of two figures struggling over a coin, accompanied by the text “Money Creates Taste?”, provides playful and rich allusions to the internal polemics of the artists’ group itself, as well as to the socio-economic context from which Colab arose, and which still has such profound resonance today.

The near-miniature work is a bronze casting with gold plating, measuring 2.75 × 3 × 1.5 inches, in a signed and numbered edition of 9. Write to news@printedmatter.org for pricing and availability.

Photo Credit: A. More Store shopping bag by Dick Miller

A More Store image by Terise Slotkin.

  1. Barbara Ess
    Wish You Were Here
    New York, NY: B. Ess, 2016
    Out of stock
  2. Barbara Ess and Jane Sherry
    Library Postcard [Framed]
    New York, NY: JAA Press, 1975
    Out of stock
  3. Brad Melamed
    Don’t Look Back
    New York, NY: B. Melamed, 2016
    Out of stock
  4. Terise Slotkin
    Cave Girl Notecards
    New York, NY: T. Slotkin
    Out of stock
  5. Becky Howland
    Trump Lump
    New York, NY: B. Howland, 2016
  6. Joseph Nechvatal
    Xerox Placemat
    New York, NY: J. Nechvatal, 1982
    Out of stock
  7. Mitch Corber
    John Cage : Man and Myth
    New York, NY: Thin Air VIdeo, 2015 [remastered]
    Out of stock
  8. Jolie Stahl
    New York, NY: J. Stahl
    Out of stock
  9. Brigitte Engler
    New York, NY: B. Engler, 1992-2011
    Out of stock
  10. Tom Otterness
    The Kiss [Hand-Painted]
    New York, NY: T. Otterness, 2016
    Out of stock
  11. Stefan Eins
    Living Forever
    New York, NY: S. Eins, 2016
    Out of stock
  12. Suzan Pitt
    Imaginary Creatures iPhone Case [6/6s]
    Los Angeles, CA: S. Pitt
    Out of stock
  13. Bobby G (Robert Goldman)
    Tighty Whities
    New York, NY: R. Goldman, 2016
    Out of stock
  14. Christof Kohlhofer and Dan Asher
    Talk Is Cheap Double-Cross Poster
    New York, NY: 1984
    Out of stock
  15. Franz Vila
    Paint Can [Small]
    New York, NY: F. Vila, 2016
    Out of stock
  16. Judy Rifka
    Purple Paper Vagina
    New York, NY: J. Rifka
    Out of stock
  17. Judy Rifka
    Purple Paper Penis
    New York, NY: J. Rifka
    Out of stock
  18. Mary Campbell
    Lucky Break
    Staten Island, New York: M. Campbell , 2015
    Out of stock
  19. Coleen Fitzgibbon
    The Ides of Colab
    New York, NY: C. Fitzgibbon, 2016
    Out of stock
  20. Tom Warren
    Henry Geldzahler A. More Santa
    New York, NY: T. Warren, 2016
    Out of stock
  21. Tom Warren
    Joe Lewis A. More Santa
    New York, NY: T. Warren, 2016
    Out of stock
  1. Spanner
    The New York Spanner (Red Issue)
    New York, NY: Aloes Books, 1978
  2. Alan Moore
    Art Gangs : Protest & Counterculture in New York City
    Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2011
    Out of stock
  3. Committee for Real Estate Show
    Real Estate Show Manifesto
    New York, NY: Colab, 1980
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  4. Max Schumann
    A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)
    New York, NY: Printed Matter Inc., February 2016
    Out of stock
  5. Tom Otterness
    Tom Otterness
    New York, NY: Appearances Press, 1981
  6. Jane Dickson
    Hey Honey Wanna Lift?
    New Orleans, NY: Press Street Press, 2016
    Out of stock
  7. Bobby G (Robert Goldman)
    Potato Wolf White Columns Poster
    New York, NY: Colab, ca. 1983
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  8. Jimmy De Sana, Lindzee Smith, Betsy Sussler and Coleen Fitzgibbon
    X Magazine
    New York, NY: Collaborative Projects Inc., 1978
    Out of stock
  9. Bobby G (Robert Goldman)
    Money Talks
    New York, NY: R. Goldman, 1980
    Out of stock
  10. Stefan Eins
    Fashion Moda/Skull Ladies
    New York, NY: S. Eins, 1980
    Out of stock
  11. Kiki Smith
    Island of Negative Utopia
    New York, NY: ABC No Rio, 1983
  12. Matthew Geller
    Engagements Calendar 1983
    New York, NY: Works Press, 1982
    Out of stock
  13. Alan Moore
    Absurdities Flyer
    New York, NY: Colab, 1981
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  14. Bobby G (Robert Goldman)
    Who Pays?
    New York, NY: R. Goldman, 1980/1996
  15. Mike Glier
    Waiting for Something Dreadful, I Fear Losing All I Hold Dear
    New York, NY: M. Glier, 1980
    size unknown
    Out of stock