Abridged Version with Printed Matter's Max Schumann

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30p

John Baldessari
Taysir Batniji
Jennifer Dalton
Oskar Dawicki
Oasa DuVerney
Shahab Fotouhi
Sara Al Haddad
Ann Hamilton
Liz Larner
Christian Marclay
Rivane Neuenschwander
William Powhida
Jessica Rankin
and many books

601 Friends -

On Wednesday, April 30th, Max Schumann, Acting Executive Director at Printed Matter, will be introducing a selection of the books from the Thanks for Writing library.

The shelves in the space currently contain 129 books, all available for public use during our opening hours. Max recommended over half the books in the show, drawing my attention to various authors and artists, genres and trends outside the purview of my own growing book list. Ugly Duckling Presse in New York and The State in Dubai further enriched the final book selection by each curating a cohesive shelf. I’m grateful to all three institutions for expanding the library beyond the limits of my own familiarity and curiosity.

In assembling these volumes, I pushed myself to think about how each book worked in relation to the artworks in the exhibition. The books often spurred me to approach the set of questions that had come to define the 'Thanks for Writing' project for me from a different angle or with added nuance. Collecting a seemingly countless supply of volumes is the realization of any bookworm's dream - doing so for this show represented a miraculous bloom in what was a frigid and deadening winter.

I look forward to seeing these works come to life again Wednesday night.

Hope to see you soon,

Image above: Thanks for Writing installation shot, Rafael Gamo, 2013

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