In Numbers : Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
  • exhibition catalogue
  • paper boards with dust jacket
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • slipcase
  • color
  • 32.2 x 23.5 cm.
  • 504 pp.
  • edition size 2500
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 97803640852

In Numbers : Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Andrew Roth, Philip Aarons, Victor Brand, Clive Phillpot, Neville Wakefield, Nancy Princenthal, William S. Wilson

In Numbers : Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955


Large-scale monograph / exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at X Initiative, New York, December 10, 2009 - January 31, 2010. Texts by Andrew Roth, Philip Aarons, Clive Phillpot, Neville Wakefield, Nancy Princenthal, William S. Wilson, Victor Brand. "'In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955' is a survey of serial publications, dating from 1955 to the present day, that have been produced by artists from around the world. Amid historical groundswells like the rise of the little press in the 1960s, the correspondence art movement of the early 1970s, and the DIY culture of zines in the 1980s and early 1990s, professional artists have seized on the format of magazines and postcards as sites for a new kind of art production. These are not publications that feature news items, criticism, manifestos, or reproductions of artworks, but are themselves artworks, often collaborative and idiosyncratic. In large part they are produced by younger artists operating at the peripheries of mainstream art cultures, or by established artists looking for an alternative to the marketplace. "In Numbers" is the first volume to define an overlooked art form that is neither artists' book nor ephemera, but entirely its own unique object. The survey begins with Wallace Berman's 'Semina' and continues through Joe Brainard's 'C Comics,' Eleanor Antin's '100 Boots,' Robert Heinecken's modified periodicals, the magazine of the Japanese Provoke group Art-Language, Raymond Pettibon's 'Tripping Corpse,' Maurizio Cattelan's 'Permanent Food,' and other contemporary examples such as North Drive Press and Continuous Project. Approximately 60 publications are surveyed in total. The diversity of this list is reflected in the wide range of techniques, nationalities, and media; the survey does not attempt to be exhaustive, but simply to define the genre's contours and identify certain thematic threads. "In Numbers" documents the history of each publication (its inception, production, distribution, and significance) together with a thorough, completely illustrated bibliography for each title. In addition, several longer essays by experts on the genre (such as Clive Phillpot, Nancy Princethal, William S. Wilson, and Neville Wakefield) and an illustrated interview between Collier Schorr and Gil Blank complements the individual entries to provide historical context and a broader overview." -- publisher's statement.


No. 211 in "The Book on Books on Artists' Books" by Arnaud Desjardin. London, England : The Everyday Press, 2011, pp. 117.

objects referenced in this publication

Semina Two
Décollage : Fluxus [ aka : Dé-coll/age : Fluxus ] / No. 3 (December 1962)
cc V TRE : Fluxus Newspaper / No. 1 (January 1964)
cc V TRE : Fluxus Newspaper / No. 2 (February 1964)
Décollage : Happenings [ aka : Dé-coll/age : Happenings ] / No. 4 (January 1964)
Gesammelte Werke / Collected Works : Band 18 Kleinere Werke (Teil 1) Veröffentlichtes und Bisher Unveröffentlichtes aus den Jahren 1953 - 1966
Art-Language : The Journal of Conceptual Art [Second Printing] / Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 1969)
0 TO 9 / No. 5 (January 1969)
0 TO 9 / No. 6 (July 1969)
0 TO 9 : Street Works / No. 6 (Supplement)
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