Nov 05 2010

Book Launch | Exhibiting The New Art

Fri, 6:30Pm

Afterall Books, Distributed Art Publishers, and Swiss Institute are pleased to invite you to the launch of Exhibiting the New Art: ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ and ‘When Attitudes Become Form,’ 1969 .

On the occasion of the new title please join us for conversation between Lawrence Weiner, Rafael Ferrer, and Keith Sonnier, moderated by Christian Rattemeyer.

The “new art” of the late 1960s was shown in two landmark exhibitions in 1969: ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ and ‘When Attitudes Become Form.’ This book reveals how each brought together Arte Povera, Anti-Form, Conceptual and Land art, whilst challenging such categories and introducing innovative curatorial strategies. Christian Rattemeyer offers a rich comparative analysis of the two exhibitions, exploring the related but differing approaches of the two curators, Wim Beeren and Harald Szeemann, in two distinct institutional settings, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Kunsthalle Bern. Numerous installation photographs enable a virtual “walk through” of each exhibition, while meticulous chronologies detail the negotiations that shaped them. Crucial texts from the time are complemented by new research and recent interviews with participating artists.

This book inaugurates Afterall Book’s Exhibition Histories series, which investigates shows that have shaped the way contemporary art is experienced, made and discussed