MVP – MOST VALUABLE PUBLISHERS
6-8 December 2012
Arsenał City Gallery, Poznań
Stary Rynek 6 61-772 Poznań / Poland
Curator: Honza Zamojski
Artists: Tauba Auerbach, Cezary Bodzianowski, Christophe Boutin, Maurizio Cattelan, Aleš Čermák, David Horvitz, Brian Kennon, Rick Myers, Paulina Ołowska, Slavs and Tatars, Josh Smith, Tadej Pogačar, TTC (Emil Alsbo, Magnus F. Clausen and Simon H. Hansen)
Exhibition opening: 6.12.2012, 6:00 p.m.
The exhibition opening will be accompanied by a presentation of the winning project in the competition: Jo-ey Tang’s – The Manual.
(exhibition is open through 8.12, from 12:00 until 21:00)
The sports analogy of the ROOKIE FESTIVAL is extended through to the MVP exhibition, applying the title to the Most Valuable Publishers on the market. The assessment isn’t an exaggeration as this the first Polish survey of dozens of publications from leading artists as one collective exhibition. For these artists, the book is an essential element, for many even a key focus, of their artistic practice. Featured works include the para-architectural objects of Tauba Auerbach and Josh Smith’s experimental forms through the conceptual activities of David Horvitz and Rick Myers. At the event, each of the artists will share their own characteristic approach to publishing. For some it provides a space for conceptual speculation and formal play, for others it is an archive for earlier works. Some pursue the nobility of the printed page, others stretch the notion of the “book” and its audience, composing dialogues or acting as performers in the urban space, such as Aleš Čermák. At the same time, the publications brought together by curator Honza Zamojski at the show compose a unique collection of his own publishing projects, while giving an insight into his artistic fascinations. The show also demonstrates how books are an irrevocable part of the artist’s presence, not only in the contemporary art world, but also within the consciousness of the public at large.
[Works in the show have been provided courtesy of the artists and Printed Matter Inc., Foksal Gallery Foundation, Three Star Books]