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Los Angeles
Group Exhibition
2nd Cannons
2245 E Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90021
November 21, 2008 - January 10, 2009

Fama and Fortune Bulletin
by Vera Neykov

The current exhibition of catalogues entitled Fama and Fortune Bulletin at 2nd Cannons is sexy. Partially because of the design: brown, recycled paper, soft covers with uniformed layout and matte pages. Somewhat because of their presentation: aligned on four white shelves with warm spotlights.  But mostly because of their content: every issue one or two artists are invited to design, write and format the contents of the publication. Albert Oehlen, Franz West, Martin Kippenberger, Frances Stark and Haim Steinbach are a few of the featured artists.  Fama & Fortune are limited edition magazines that have been published in Vienna since 1990 by Peter Pakesch and Johannes Von Schlebrügge. Although not completely consistent, there are some gaps between the months, all of the existing catalogues are presented are at 2nd Cannons. The small, storefront exhibition is unique in that, at first, it feels like a presentation of graphic design, but the viewer is invited to look through and read all of the catalogues making the content create an art exhibition of its own. Inside, you find writings, images from exhibitions, collages and photographs. They seem more personal than a traditional catalogue because of the artist’s involvement as both writer and editor. The artists have the freedom to include whatever content they like and focus on one or multiple works, projects or writings. The catalogues are thin, they are not overwhelming with information or spanning several years and they tend to focus on projects that are pivotal or extensions of completed exhibitions. For example, the Pawel Althamer issue is part of his Black Market project, where sculptures carved from a block of ebony wood were shown among the tools that they were made with, and the artists’ friends added to the collection of sculptures during gallery hours.

Posted by Vera Neykov on 12/1/08

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