22 November, 2006

John Armleder

John Armleder’s (Swiss, b. 1948) Supernova (2003) is a uniquely displayed experimental portfolio of nineteen lithographs and one monotype. Armleder has described this work as “an instant exhibition” that can be installed in any configuration and grouping. Here it is displayed in its entirety as a massive undulating form on a long wall. This project is based on the idea of the supernova, or exploding star that is believed to be the origin of the universe. Shown together, the prints, which combine and reuse the same basic compositions in different ways, generate dizzying patterns and pulsating rhythms that reflect the artist’s interest in creating environmental installations.

Original stone printed lithographs printed in colors, the portfolio of 19, plus a unique color monoprint, for a total of 20 prints, all fine, fresh impressions, the full sheets, printed on 250 gr. Velin d'Arches paper, to the edges, each print hand-signed, dated, numbered and inscribed with the ordering number, SN1 through SN19 on the reverse (with the exception of the title page which is signed recto and is also an original lithograph,) the monotype is inscribed SN20, pulled in an edition of 33 examples. (there are also V artist proofs, numbered EA I/V to EA V/V, one Archive proof which has been reserved for the collaborators and is not for sale, and one proof signed and inscribed C.d.E.,) printed in August and October, 2003, by master printer Rasmus Urwald aided by June Rehak and Thomas Villars at the workshop of Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, co-published by World House Gallery/Editions, South Orange and Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, containted in a special, hand-made box with the title embossed into the cover, with the colophon/justification page also printed in lithography, all in excellent condition, unframed.


John Armleder, About Nothing.
Works on Paper 1962-2007
September 9 - December 17, 2006

An installation of hundreds of drawings—hung wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling—this exhibition presents an expansive and experimental view of drawing itself. Selected from private collections and from the artist's studio are works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, and collage on paper, as well as original books and a special edition of wallpaper created especially for the exhibition. Installed by the artist at ICA, this exhibition exists as a work in its own right—temporary and site specific.


Tate08 Series: John Armleder
14 December 2006 – 28 February 2007

Tate Liverpool is delighted to announce details of an exciting new project with the Swiss artist and international traveller John Armleder. Known almost completely in the UK for works made elsewhere, the artist's manifold actions, works and appearances across the globe over the last forty years have assumed a near-mythical status. Tate Liverpool will be handing over the ground floor Wolfson Gallery to the artist to create a major new work that will be both exhilarating and unpredictable.




John Armleder talks to Bob Nickas - '80s Then - Interview
, March, 2003

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