GAGARIN: A Journal of Artists’ Writings

October 26 - December 10, 2018
6-8 PM

Printed Matter is pleased to present GAGARIN: A Journal of Artists’ Writings, an exhibition exploring the artists’ periodical published and edited by Wilfried Huet. The installation draws from and excerpts artist contributions to the magazine alongside related archival documents, a selection of artworks, and GAGARIN-produced editions.

Please join us October 26, 6-8PM, for an opening reception featuring a conversation between Wilfried Huet and GAGARIN contributors Camille Henrot and Jill Magid.

GAGARIN (2000-2016) was envisioned as a place for “The artists in their own words”, providing contributors with a singular platform to share new and unpublished writing projects that fell outside of the typical boundaries of an art magazine. Borrowing its guiding ethos from a John Baldessari interview — “Talking about art simply is not art. Talk can be art, but then it is not talking about art*” — Gagarin was guarded against over-verbalization around artmaking, and set out to open up a space where talk and language could itself be an artistic act. Free of advertisements, criticism, and introductory preambles, each issue was comprised of text works by artists (with the occasional text-driven visuals), including a mix of conceptual poetry, discursive works, as well as longer form writings with a non-specialist bent.

Featuring the work of both lesser known and highly visible artists — “famous” artists were always paid less than the emerging — GAGARIN ultimately published 33 issues, including the work of some 280 artists. The publication was decidedly international, representing 64 countries and works in more than 47 languages, always accompanied by an English translation. Contributions ranged from a one word text piece by Annette Messager (“Rumeur”) to Newspaper Interventions from Carlos Amorales, a work in which the artist clandestinely inserted fictitious articles on the activities of Chilean poets into a Mexican weekly.

Gagarin borrows its name from Yuri Gagarin, the Russian Cosmonaut who in 1961 reached orbit on the Vostok 1 spacecraft and became the first person to enter space.

Additional contributions include those from Laure Prouvost, Marlene Dumas, Sophie Calle, Joseph Grigely, Camille Henrot, Gabriel Kuri, Alfredo Jaar, Richard Serra, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jill Magid, Pierre Bismuth, Rosa Barba, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Harun Farocki, and many others.

Individual issues of GAGARIN will be made available for purchase, as well as a box set including all 33 issues. Please write to sales@printedmatter.org for more info.

Kite image: Simon Patterson – Manned Flight – 2000

(Journal of Contemporary Art, volume 2 #2 Fall/Winter 1989, with Meg Cranston)

Checklist
  1. Mario Garcia Torres, Navid Nuur, Hassan Khan, Dennis Tyfus, Héctor Zamora, Pratchaya Phinthong, Leonor Antunes and Simryn Gill
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2012
    2000
    $20.00
  2. Qiu Zhijie, Richard Serra, Sislej Xhafa, Nathalie Djurberg, Ria Pacquee, and Douglas Park, Dora García and Krist Gruijthuijsen
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2007
    size unknown
    $20.00
  3. Matt Mullican, John Baldessari, Carla Zaccagnini, Olivier Foulon, Elina Saloranta, Agnes Geoffray, Philippe Van Snick and and Paola Pivi
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2006
    size unknown
    $20.00
  4. Bernard Villers, Thomas Huber, Ilona Ruegg, Santiago Sierra, Kader Attia, Artur Barrio, Nico Dockx and Suchan Kinoshita
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2006
    size unknown
    $20.00
  5. Bernard Villers, Thomas Huber, Ilona Ruegg, Santiago Sierra, Kader Attia, Artur Barrio, Nico Dockx and Suchan Kinoshita
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2006
    unknown
    $20.00
  6. Ed Ruscha, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Petrit Halilaj, Paul Chan, Ermias Kifleyesus, Pierre Bismuth, Danny Devos and and David Maroto
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2009
    unknown
    Out of stock
  7. Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Simon Patterson, Willem Oorebeek, Stan Douglas, Guiseppe Penone, Bhupen Khakhar, Anri Sala and Michel Francois
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2002
    size unknown
    $20.00
  8. Philippe Parreno, Annabel Daou, Ghada Amer, Runa Islam, Edith Dekyndt, Kati Heck, Michael Curran and and Harmony Korine
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2009
    unknown
    $20.00
  9. Peter Downsbrough, Tomas Schmit, Gabriel Kuri, Roman Ondak, Lois & Franziska Weinberger, Honore D'O, Anatoli Osmolovski and and Agnese Bule
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2004
    size unknown
    $20.00
  10. Juan Munoz, Marlene Dumas, Maria Serebriakova, Guy Rombouts, Stephan Balkenhol and and Manfredu Schu
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2002
    size unknown
    $20.00
  11. Aleksandra Mir, Peter Friedl, Adam Chodzko, Saâdane Afif, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Bul, Danh Vo and Philip Metten
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2008
    2000
    Out of stock
  12. Annette Messager, Bernd Lohaus, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marie José Burki, Fiona Tan, Raoul de Keyser, Luchezar Boyadjiev and Andy Lelisi'uao
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2002
    size unknown
    $20.00
  13. Ken Lum, Mark Manders, Surasi Kusolwong, Patrick Corillon, Christoph Fink, Nedko Solakov, Ayse Erkmen and Olaf Probst
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2002
    size unknown
    $20.00
  14. Joseph Kosuth, Roman Signer, Paolo Chiasera, Matej Krén, Tintin Wulia, Alicja Kwade and Eulalia Valldosera.
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2010
    2000
    $20.00
  15. Paul McCarthy, Ugo Rondinone, Cerith Wyn Evans, Erwin Wurm, Fernanda Gomes, Adrian Paci, Job Koelewijn and Marilou Van Lierop
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2007
    $20.00
  16. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2016
    $20.00
  17. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2016
    2000
    $20.00
  18. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2015
    Out of stock
  19. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2015
    $20.00
  20. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2014
    $20.00
  21. Wilfried Huet
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2014
    $20.00
  22. Jenny Holzer, Lia Perjovschi, François Curlet, Gonkar Gyatso, Philippe Van Wolputte, Rosa Barba, Harun Farocki and Grazia Toderi
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2010
    2000
    Out of stock
  23. David Shrigley, Minerva Cuevas, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Boris Achour, Joost Conijn, Zineb Sedira, Rosemarie Castoro and and Peter Regli
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2005
    size unknown
    $20.00
  24. Ernst Caramelle, Panamarenko, Guillaume Bijl, Joseph Grigely, Nina Papaconstantinou, Pieter Laurens Mol, Orla and Barry
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2004
    size unknown
    $20.00
  25. Sergei Bratkov, Lawrence Weiner, John Kormeling, Liang Yue, Acconci Studio, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Mark Lewis, Maurizio Nannucci and Vito Acconci
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2004
    size unknown
    $20.00
  26. Jimmie Durham, Jonathan Monk, Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Kirsten Pieroth, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Anne Daems, Paolo Canevari and Bodys Isek Kingelez
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2005
    size unknown
    $20.00
  27. Raymond Pettibon, Mekhitar Garabedian, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Fabienne Audéoud, Vaast Colson, Christine Meisner, Marc Nagtzaam and Javier Téllez
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2011
    2000
    $22.00
  28. Sophie Calle, Liam Gillick, Tariq Alvi, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Berend Strik & One Architecture, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Lefevre Jean Claude and Jürgen Partenheimer
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2002
    size unknown
    $20.00
  29. Lida Abdul, Marcel Odenbach, Loulou Cherinet, Jennifer Tee, Alfredo Jaar, Thomas Hirschhorn, Capitaine Lonchamps and Hans Op De Beeck
    Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2005
    size unknown
    $20.00

  30. Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2013
    2000
    $20.00

  31. Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2012
    $20.00

  32. Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, 2011
    $20.00

  33. Gagarin
    Antwerp, Belgium: Gaga VZW, November 2009
    $20.00
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