Art & Project Bulletins
Facsimilies selected from the Art & Project Bulletins on display at the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
The Dutch Gallery Art & Project, led by Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn, opened in September of 1968. What initially began as a residential gallery designed to bring together “the ideas of artists, architects and technicians to discover an intelligent form for your living and working space” quickly grew into a renowned proponent of the Conceptual Art movement. Art & Project exhibited a wide range of international artists, many of them associated with Minimal, Conceptual, and Land Art.
The 156 Art & Project bulletins, produced between 1968-1989 and generally consisting of a single sheet folded in half and printed on both sides, served as the exhibition announcement and catalogue, if not occasionally as the exhibition itself. They were published between 1968 and 1989, as a low-cost vehicle for distributing widely the ideas presented in the physical gallery space and for fostering artistic networks. The bulletins were sent at no cost to a mailing list of approximately 500 individuals, including other artists, curators and gallerists, with a number of unmailed bulletins given away to the public during the run of the show. While the cover of each of the folded pamphlets remained fairly consistent, the design of the interior of each spread was given over to the respective artist’s interpretation. Following and influencing the conceptual practice of other gallerists and curators, most notably Seth Seigelaub in New York, over the course of its twenty-one-year run, the Art & Project bulletins transcended the existing framework of exhibition documentation and became a highly formative and influential artists’ publication in their own right.
Artists include, amongst others, Bas Jan Ader, Carl Andre, Keith Arnatt, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, Boezem, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Bruce Mclean, Charlotte Posenenske, Robert Ryman, Naomi Specter, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson, and Hideto Yamazaki.
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