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Fifteen People Select Their Favorite Book

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These pages stem from a project I developed with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy on the subject of artists’ books.

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Forgotten Moments, Future Exhibitions

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Tune in on November 16th at 7pm for a livestream of our panel discussion, moderated by Jo Melvin

Ian Davenport and Jo Melvin on Sol LeWitt

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I was attracted to the physical way that Pollock dealt with materials and his balletic, fluid gestures. I liked the performative aspect of his painting, but I did struggle with some of the discourse around his work. I was also looking for something that wasn’t as mystical as Pollock’s approach. I was interested in LeWitt and bought a book on his work. I like the way he described the contents of the work, the way it was made, and what it was made on. I found that straight forward and accessible. The demystification of what art could be about, seemed incredibly liberating.

Molinology

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I sincerely confess that I cannot remember whether I had already seen the word “molinology” when I first used it.

33⅓ RPM—Performance for record turntable, loop effect pedal and vinyl records

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The turntable and other equipment sit on a table at floor level and the records are stacked in a pile to one side of the turntable.

Badenheim 1939 and My Painting

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The vaudeville-like impresario Dr. Pappenheim, is a rather weird and ever hopeful person, like a manifestation of the artist who, in order to be able to make work, has to remain positive despite all the signs that might suggest otherwise. I imagine him dressed in an outfit not unlike one of my alter ego characters Tom Bland; a straw boater, tie, flopping handkerchief in his top pocket, patent leather shoes, a cream suit, and his umbrella. In Ahron Appelfeld’s Badenheim 1939 there is a suggestion of a kind of collapsed performance which will never take place.

Chimera

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Isaac’s painting installation of composite beasts were installed on a revolving carousel in Spoleto’s textile museum, with an accompanying sound work by Nyla van Ingen.

Existere

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Existere is an artist book based on a living sculpture that took place on three dates in July 2011 at Testbed1 in London. In collaboration with 125 volunteers, the performance took the form of a “shelter” made of naked human bodies. The “shelter” was held together in an endured brace, before inevitably coming apart, pausing and reforming.

Parrots, Parrots

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I selected Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, for Fifteen People Present Their Favorite Book curated and re-staged by Jo Melvin.

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, Torre Bonomo, Spoleto

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Writer Rye Dag Holmboe and photographer Joschi Herczeg were the first residents to explore the Torre Bonomo in Spoleto as part of the Mahler & LeWitt Studios program.

Drawing 4: Bruce Chatwin What am I doing Here, 2010

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I phoned David Tremlett to ask for his book and without hesitation he said: “Bruce Chatwin’s What am I doing here?” Tremlett has worked extensively with scores; and maybe, in a way, all his wall-work can be read as notations or scores of a kind.

Sol LeWitt—Extraordinary traveller in Spoleto

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“As the first painting was. The first painting was a single line, which surrounded the shadow of man cast by the sun upon the walls”: poetic definition taken from the Trattato della pittura by Leonardo da Vinci.

Grace Weir

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For every line, a point not on it.

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