Artists' Publications: TEXT, SOUND AND IMAGE

Artists' books and artists' publications / Künstlerbücher und andere Künstlerpublikationen

 

Since many years Maike Aden has been presenting, investigating and teaching on all forms of published works of art which include printed matter by artists (books, newspapers, magazines, postcards, catalogues, posters, photos, etc.) as well as sound works, videos, films and multiples.  

 


 

EXHIBITION

GAME, SET, MATCH.  THREE CONCEPTS OF THE ARTISTS' BOOK

Museum Serralves, Porto, Portugal. 

28 June - 20 October 2019 

 

Review: studio international 

GAME, SET, MATCH, Museum Serralves 2019, Curator Maike Aden
Sol LeWitt: Lignes en quatre directions et toutes leurs combinaisons, Bordeaux, Capc Musée d’art contemporain, 1983, detail
About the exhibition...

VINYL & CLIPS. SOUND COLLECTION GUY SCHRAENEN AND CLIPS BY ARTISTS,
Cover by Roy Lichtenstein (detail): I Cry for You, Bobby 'O, 1983
About the exhibition...

Guy Schraenen, Maike Aden: Artists' Publication Keyword Directory
How to facilitate access to the full diversity of artists' publications?

RESEARCH PROJECT

THE ARTISTS' PUBLICATIONS KEYWORD DIRECTORY

 

Library and Documentation Centre of the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2017

 

Artists’ books and all kind of artists’ publications are an increasing collection field of museum collections, museum libraries, documentation centres, archives, collections. The unique and unconventional features of these published works of art pose major challenges regarding their classification, recording, placement, and relocation. 

Until today, the usual database systems are not satisfactorily adapted to this genre of art. The Artists' Publication Keyword Directory provides... 

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The Artists' Book Keyword Directory, Conference by Guy Schraenen and Maike Aden
Library Museo Reina Sofía

PRESENTATION

THE ARTISTS' PUBLICATION KEYWORD DIRECTORY

by Guy Schraenen and Maike Aden

Annual conference of Museum Libraries, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, 23/24.11.2017

Conference program: IV Jornadas sobre Bibliotecas de Museos

 

 

 


 

ESSAY

NOLI ME TANGERE. ÜBER DIE ABWESENHEIT ANWESENDER KÜNSTLERBÜCHER IN AUSSTELLUNGEN

ABOUT THE ABSENCE OF PRESENT ARTISTS' BOOKS IN EXHIBITIONS
In: ART-Dok. Repositorium für Kunst- und Bildwissenschaften, Mai 2017

 

Online...

 

Künstlerbücher ausstellen / Exhibiting Artists' Books. Essay von/by Maike Aden

Most books are not exactly what one calls a glamorous status symbol. For this reason artists' books will never enter into the prestigious and highly capitalized art scenes. But just this unsuitability as an exclusive collector's trophy is responsible for its reputation as subversive, critical and resisting genre or art. Even if these attributions are imprecise, they have created a considerable boom of the genre artists' book - at least among those who wish an alternative to the traditional art world with its super rich actors and its prevalent power structures. This is the main reason why these works of art finally are receiving attention since some years. But to provide a differentiated view on its varied phenomena and concepts is challenging. An important part of the artists' book history can't be adequately presented because the book itself has no exhibition value. In an exhibition, these works remain absent. It is only when you feel it, touch it, smell it, and when you flip through it that it comes to life. But...

Auf Deutsch...

Künstlerbücher ausstellen, Vortrag von Maike Aden

VORTRAG / LECTURE

IN SEARCH OF THE ARTISTS' BOOK IN AN EXHIBITION
Symposium "It’s a Book",

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, parallel zur Leipziger Buchmesse, 25.3.2017“

  

 

VORTRAG / LECTURE

UN-MÖGLICHKEITEN DES AUSSTELLENS VON KÜNSTLERBÜCHERN

IM-POSSIBILITIES OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS' BOOKS
Symposium "Bitte umblättern! Künstlerbücher im Einsatz",

Hamburger Kunsthalle, 21.-22.11.2016 

 


 

ESSAY

BERNARD VILLERS. ENSEMBLE OF ARTISTS’ BOOKS IN MUSEUM REINA SOFIA MADRID

In: Fabricio Ideas: Hide&Seek #10, August 2015

Online (EN & DE)...

 

Artists' Books by Bernard Villlers. Essay by Maike Aden
Bernard Villers: Figure, Paysage, Marine, Édition du remorqueur, Brussels 1988

"... this text should be understood as a passionate plea to visit artist’s book exhibitions! You will often find reading desks to look at artists’ books and secondary literature. In addition to this, in museums or libraries with artists’ book collections, each of the exhibited book works can mostly be ordered – like in a graphic and print cabinet – to be carefully viewed in all its details.
This fantastic possibility is offered at the Museum Reina Sofia, the national Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Madrid. Not only does the museum exhibit Picasso’s famous masterpiece, Guernica, and some extensive and excellently presented collections of the 20th and 21st century. But also a large and essential collection of published works of art is regularly shown in exhibitions.(...) As there is a huge number of impressive artists’ books which are presented in these artists’ books exhibitions I will restrict myself - perforce, but with a great pleasure - to the beautiful and interesting artists’ book-oeuvre of Bernard Villers, a Belgian painter, silkscreen printer, object artist, author and publisher (Editions du Remorqueur/Le Nouveau Remorqueur)..." 

 


 

PUBLICATION

COLLECTED WRITINGS GUY SCHRAENEN. ESSAYS, STATEMENTS, INTERVIEWS 1974-2013 

Edited by Bettina Brach with the collaboration of Maike Aden. Bremen: Centre for Artists' Publications 2013  

 

The publication of Guy Schraenen’s “Collected Writings” give access to all the texts he has published over four decades, from the 1970s up until the very recent past. They document his abiding interest in the history and the significance of the international networks underlying artists’ publications and initiatives in the 1960s and 1970s. He reflects upon the socio-political and cultural strategies of the artist-initiated art scene, which remained independent of the official art establishment.

The writings are presented in the form of facsimiles of the original publications. Most texts are in English, some in French, several also in other languages. They are available in two versions: 

  • A digitalized version on DVD
  • A print version in 2 folders

 

Order: Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, Germany

 


 

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS

A CENTURY OF ARTISTS' BOOKS

Seminars on Artists' Books / Seminare über Künstlerbücher von/by Maike Aden

The current enthusiasm for artists' books shall be an occasion to give an insight into the diverse phenomena and concepts of "a century of artists' books". The access to a most wide variety of artists' books within the collection is an ideal way of linking the theoretical discourse with a practical perspective to illustrate how these publications functioned in particular during the 1960s and 70S as art works which aimed to revolutionize the official art world by means of independent production and dissemination of affordable art works.

Collaborations with both private collectors and curators of public collections give insights into the rich diversity of this genre of art.

Selection of seminars and workshops...

"Sound Art Project" and exhibition on "Vinyl. Records and Covers by Artists"

 

EXHIBITION ASSISTENCE

EXHIBITION: "VINYL. RECORDS AND COVERS BY ARTISTS"

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen / Museum Weserburg Bremen in collaboration with the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

21 Aug.-27 Nov. 2005

 

 

PROGRAMME ASSISTENCE

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT: "SOUND ART"

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, Febr.-Nov. 2005  

More about the projects...

 

EXHIBITION ASSISTANCE

VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS ON ARTISTS' PUBLICATIONS

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, 2005/2006

 

Exhibitions in the Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen

The Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, the largest and most outstanding collection of published artworks in Europe, covers the areas collection and research, as well as exhibitions. Several exhibitions a year aim to present the different aspects of the evolution and dissemination of artists’ publications and to illustrate the diversity of this genre. The exhibitions cover insight into the archives, funds and collections of the Centre, country-specific surveys, comprehensive solo exhibitions, as well as thematic group exhibitions to all fields of published and multiplied art international. 

 


Main research fields by Maike Aden
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