artists & participants

Kathy AckerRita AckermannRichard ArtschwagerLisa Anne AuerbachAlice AycockJohn BaldessariMatthew BarneyKim BeckCharles BeronioBarbara BloomMatthew BrannonVictor BurginPaul ChanLarry ClarkFrancesco ClementeChuck CloseAnne CollierErin Cosgrove Critical Art Ensemble Dyke Action MachineJackie FerraraEric FischlMarco GastiniLiam GillickRobert GoberMark GonzalesFelix Gonzalez-TorresRodney Graham Guerrilla Art Action Group Guerrilla GirlsMona HatoumMatthias HerrmannMatthew HiggsNancy HoltJenny HolzerDouglas HueblerScott HugRalph HumphreyChris Johanson K8 HardyMatt KeeganMartin KippenbergerTerence KohBarbara KrugerTuli KupferbergLouise LawlerCary S. LeibowitzChristian MarclayAri MarcopoulosRita McBrideRyan McGinnessJosephine MeckseperWes MillsAleksandra MirJonathan MonkVik MunizClaes OldenburgYoko OnoMichalis PichlerJack PiersonLucio PozziRichard PrinceFierce Pussy Raqs Media Collective Red76Edda RenoufMarcia ResnickFaith RinggoldMartha RoslerEd RuschaFred SandbackKlaus ScherübelTony ShafraziDavid ShapiroCindy ShermanDavid ShrigleyJohn F. Simon jrKiki SmithJosh Smith Sonic YouthEve SonnemanNancy SperoJessica StockholderMichelle StuartDerek Sullivan Temporary ServicesScott TreleavenRichard Tuttle Ultra-redLawrence WeinerChristopher Wool 


press release

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter paints a picture of Printed Matter, the artists' bookstore, through a history of its publishing activity from 1976 to the present. On view in the Third Floor Archive Galleries.

The exhibition radically questions the notion of art as an elitist structure, and proposes an art conceived along democratic ideals, a low-cost art that travels out into the world through the distribution systems usually reserved for books and periodicals, or popular music. Featuring more than 100 international artists, Learn to Read Art explores the artists' desire to create with the idea that art is both intimate, and for everyone.

Printed Matter's emphasis has always been on books; however, artists have moved in many directions, experimenting with everything from periodicals and vinyl records to posters and postcards. The exhibition also includes more expectable editions, such as photographs-which, if we think about it, were originally intended to be low-cost reproducible media. And then there are somewhat less expectable formats, such as the skateboards by Liam Gillick, Ari Marcopoulos and Mark Gonzales.

More eccentric pieces include Scott Hug's enormous zine, which is spread out on one wall. Josh Smith's book of 473 numbered silkscreened leaves is housed in a pair of wooden book covers, themselves made from the table on which the silk-screening was done. Spread out on the walls in the exhibition, it becomes an almost delirious cacophony of repetition.

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter is organized by AA Bronson, Executive Director of Printed Matter, and produced in cooperation with the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. Its New York presentation is part of P.S.1's new programmatic series Free Space.

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter
Kuratoren: AA Bronson, Anja Casser

artists' books and editions
Künstler: Kathy Acker, Rita Ackermann, Richard Artschwager, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Alice Aycock, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Kim Beck, Charles Beronio, Barbara Bloom, Marv Bondarowicz, Matthew Brannon, Victor Burgin, Paul Chan, Larry Clark, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Anne Collier, Erin Cosgrove, Critical Art Ensemble , Dyke Action Machine , Jackie Ferrara, Fierce Pussy, Eric Fischl, Joseph Gabe, Marco Gastini, Jon Gibson, Liam Gillick, Robert Gober, Mark Gonzales, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Rodney Graham, Guerrilla Art Action Group , Guerrilla Girls, K8 Hardy, Mona Hatoum, Matthias Herrmann, Matthew Higgs, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Douglas Huebler, Scott Hug, Ralph Humphrey, Chris Johanson, Matt Keegan, Mary Jean Kenton, Martin Kippenberger, Terence Koh, Barbara Kruger, Tuli Kupferberg, Ellen Lanyon, Louise Lawler, Cary S. Leibowitz, LTTR , Sylvia Mangold, Christian Marclay, Ari Marcopoulos, Rita McBride, Ryan McGinness, Josephine Meckseper, Wes Mills, Aleksandra Mir, Jonathan Monk, Vik Muniz, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Michalis Pichler, Jack Pierson, Lucio Pozzi, Richard Prince, Raqs Media Collective , Red76 , Edda Renouf, Marcia Resnick, Reverend Jen , Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Fred Sandback, Chapman Scales, Klaus Scherübel, Tony Shafrazi, David Shapiro, Adam Shector, Cindy Sherman, David Shrigley, John F. Simon Jr., Josh Smith, Kiki Smith, Sonic Youth , Eve Sonneman, Nancy Spero, Jessica Stockholder, Michelle Stuart, Derek Sullivan, Temporary Services , Scott Treleaven, Richard Tuttle, Ultra-red , Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, J. Meijin Yoon.

03.07.09 - 06.09.09 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
08.10.09 - 04.01.10 P.S.1 MoMA, Long Island