A Matter Of Printing (for SMC) with Thomas Bayrle, Steve Bishop, Gerry Bibby, Juliette Blightman, George Brecht, Marco Bruzzone, Henri Chopin, Philip Corner, Adriano Costa, Jean Dupuy, Martin Ebner, Esther Ferrer, John Giorno, Eugen Gomringer, Douglas Gordon, Bernard Heidsieck, Geoffry Hendricks, James Hoff, Karl Holmqvist, Isidore Isou, Joe Jones, Allan Kaprow, Milan Knížák, Alison Knowles, Franziska Lantz, Walter Marchetti, Charlotte Moorman, Ariane Müller, Jordan Nassar, Herik Olesen, Gerhard Rühm, Carolee Schneemann, Zin Taylor, Alvaro Urbano, Robert Watts, and Emmett Williams.
A Matter Of Printing celebrated both the rich Fluxus tradition of the multiple and also Shannon Michael Cane who helped champion the multiple for new generations through his work at Printed Matter and the NY Art Book Fair. A Matter Of Printing was a journey into the process and exercise of developing the concept of multiples as a democratic element in the distribution of artworks. With this approach the attempt to elaborate a political challenge through the strong and somehow limited possibilities of the unique artwork is placed. The multiple naturally comes as a possibility for a different way of communicating, often used in the past as a carrier of new ideas and often subversive or humorous intent.
The core of the exhibition are multiples published by the Edizioni Francesco Conz, a project the Italian collector–a mysterious impresario who strongly supported the artists of his time and that died in 2010–started in the 70’s and continued until the 2000s. The Edizioni Conz will share the space with some of our favorite living artists and poets.
“...I had no pleasure in collecting ‘rich stuff’, already packed. I was looking for a more refined answer to my approach to art and the creative process behind it...”– Francesco Conz