Newspapers are still with us, but the public role of at least the printed version is greatly diminished. We have effectively left the era of the printed page in which newspapers covered the land like rain. Yet, as the world becomes increasingly virtual and digital, newspapers take on an expanded role in our imaginations.
This exhibition will focus on currently working artists whose engagement with the material and content of newspapers gives us a window on its changing status. All of the artists grew up with newspapers as quotidian objects. They are perhaps the last generation to do so. In a process that obliquely reflects earlier times, when the daily paper was passed from hand to hand, or news passed verbally from person to person, the task of curating this exhibition was passed from artist to artist. Adam Simon chose four artists based on his knowledge of their work with newspaper. They each chose one additional artist to join, and the process was repeated one more time, resulting in a total of 13 artists.
The work ranges from insertions into the layout of newspapers (Albee, Simon, Tomaselli) to discreet re-workings of the images that appear in newspapers (Newman, Thomas), to the use of newspaper as collage or as sculpture (Bui, Levy, St. John) to the creation of newspaper facsimiles (Lambert, Powhida, Smit). Finally, two videos document performances that examine how we absorb, read, eat the news (Laser, Pope.L)
The title, Burying the Lede, is a newspaper industry expression referring to a writer’s delay in revealing the main point of an article.
Adam Simon is an artist and organizer. He was a founder and co-director of Four Walls, an artist-run forum/exhibition space that existed from 1984 to 1988 in Hoboken, NJ and from 1990 to 1998 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Four Walls presented one-evening exhibitions and participated in exhibitions at White Columns, Artists Space, Ronald Feldman Gallery, all in New York, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany, the Vincent Leunges Institute (Oslo, Norway), Vienna Kunsthalle, Austria. Four Walls also hosted Rambling Conversations with artists including Joyce Pensato, Nils Norman, Peter Fend, Rachel Harrison, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Paul Pfeiffer, Andrea Fraser, Dennis Oppenheim, Alix Perlstein, Brian Conley and William Pope.L. Four Walls is featured in Art on the Block by Ann Fensterstock and in various publications including Art News, The New York Times, Art (Germany), Documents, and Zing Magazine.
In 2006 Simon founded the Fine Art Adoption Network, commissioned by Art in General, New York. FAAN promotes the dissemination of artworks and the demographic expansion of art ownership through art adoption. The project is ongoing with over 350 participating artists and over 2,311 registered adopters. It can be viewed at www.fineartadoption.net. Simon will be exhibiting paintings at Studio 10 gallery in 2014.