Sunday, December 12, 2010

Micah Lidberg, Rise and Fall, Nobrow: London, 2010

An awesomely beautiful two-sided accordion by Micah Lidberg, screenprinted onto untreated paper that gives the work a rich color and luster. The work depicts a utopian/dystopian prehistoric landscape in which assorted real and imagined animals frolic. 9.25"(h) x 50.5"(l) Available from Nobrow  for $16.  Nobrow also publishes a very cool artists' periodical with the same name, as well as a range of very sharp artists' books and other printed matter. In the summer of 2010 they moved to their new studio/gallery space in London's east end. Check them out:

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale (Spatial Concept), 1966, Edizioni del Cavallino: Venice and Sergio Tosi Stampatore: Milan, fabricator, Sergio Tosi Stampatore, Milan, edition: 200

Lucio (The Slasher) Fontana, applies his distinctive cut technique by punching holes through the gold paper pages of this artists' book. Both images MoMA, New York. 5.75" (h) x 70.75" (l)

Derek Sullivan, Persistent Huts, Printed Matter: New York, 2008

There is a genre of artists' books that mimic and parody the style of Edward Ruscha's seminal accordion publication, Every Building on Sunset Strip (1966), and one of the more recent is Persistent Huts (2008) by the Canadian artist Derek Sullivan. Appropriating the size and accordion format of Every features sixteen black and white photographs of improvised huts or shelters, constructed by using six copies of the artist Martin Kippenberger's 1988 book Psychobuildings. Kippenberger's book featured photographs that he had taken of odd and eccentric architecture, and thus Sullivan's book is a an amusing homage to Ruscha's book and a play of contrasts between the traditional commercial architecture of Sunset Strip and the psycho-huts that Sullivan has constructed from Kippenbeger's book. Available for $15 from Printed Matter (

Robert Indiana, Decade, Multiples Inc.: New York, 1971

A brochure announcing the availability of a set of ten serigraphs by Robert Indiana. Reproduced in greatly reduced scale, the accordion format creates a compelling printed matter gallery and mini-survey of some  important works by Indiana from 1960-69.  5.5" (h) x 4'6" (l)