New York City April 2010-2011

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New York City April 2010-2011

Overview of texts, links, photos in connection to Exhibition at the Stendhal Gallery, opening April 14th 2010 and Lectures on April 17th and all that happened in between

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 8:38pm


Two frames from the RSA at the Stendhal gallery in NYC - USA
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 7:29pm
Stendhal Gallery, New York
Through May 29, 2010

The rubber stamp is the twentieth century's definitive emblem of bureaucracy, providing an official mark of acceptance or rejection of governments and corporations. Military, housing, and job applications have been sealed with a stamp, as have births, marriages, and deaths. “Greetings from Daddaland,” curated by John Held Jr. - who ran the Stamp Art Gallery in San Francisco in the mid-1990s - provides an alternate history of that tool, charting its renegade use by countless artists and pranksters over the past century.

Dadaists Kurt Schwitters and Marcel Duchamp were early adopters, with the latter represented here with reproductions of chess-themed stamps that he made around 1919 and used during his stay in Buenos Aires. After the wars, Nouveau Réalist Arman popularized the stamp, and Held includes a long, thin stamp of a paintbrush that the artist made in the mid-1950s - a perfect complement for his art, which was created through the obsessive accumulation of the same objects. Next, Fluxus members and other radicals (like Ray Johnson and Robert Watts) picked up the stamp in the 1960s, and their experiments are catalogued in voluminous detail.

The walls of one room are lined with dozens of selections from the Traveling Art Mail (TAM) Rubber Stamp Archive, strips of paper mailed by the Dutch stamp-art collector Ruud Jansssen to other artists and enthusiasts over the years that read, “I kindly ask you to print a few of your (funniest…) stamps on this paper.” The responses he received range from opaque, banal messages - “NO SPITTING,” “BE BLANK,” one card reads - to ornate prints of wristwatches and detailed portraits and still lifes that have the detail of fine woodcuts, highlighting the medium's remarkable range.

The prints in the TAM Archive also encapsulate the strange characteristics of the stamp as an art medium: they are usually anonymous, and they are endlessly reproducible. (One wonders whether the art resides in these coveted rubber stamp or their free prints.) Authorship and uniqueness are tossed aside by the medium, which was designed to create fleeting pleasures, not everlasting masterpieces - exactly how these artists wanted it. Today, when bureaucratic processes have moved into an unseen digital world, it all looks almost quaint.

By Andrew Russeth
Artinfo.com/modernpainters
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 3:06pm
The essay I wrote and also the 91 colourslides I used at the lecture are available as download for free at:

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/lecture_stendhal_gallery_apri...

When you want it as a printed book full-colour, that is possible too at costprice through LuLu at the TAM-Publications webshop there.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:25am


Bill Wilson and John Held Jr. inspecting the postcards by May Willson hanging at the Stendhal Gallery in NYC
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:23am


Bill Wilson inspecting the ray Johnson pieces that were hung at the Stendhal Gallery
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:18am


more rubber stamps at the Stendhal Gallery - NYC
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:17am
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:15am


John Evans, Ruud Janssen and Keith A. Buchholz at the opening on 15th April 2010 at the Stendhal Gallery in NYC
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:14am
see http://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/albums/opening-stendhal-gallery for a first album with photos.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 25, 2010 at 11:13am


Rubber Stamps exhibited at the Stendhal Gallery in NYC
 

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