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Lancement du livre Klaus Scherübel: VOL. 13, le samedi 17 mars à 17h à la librairie Formats

March 17, 2012

Montréal (Québec)

Following a series of monographic exhibitions held in Europe and North America between 2008 and 2011, this publication offers a first survey of the multi-facetted work of the Austrian/Canadian artist Klaus Scherübel
Rooted in the tradition of Conceptual art, Scherübel’s practice defies facile categorization. His work involves a systematic investigation of artistic activity questioning the limits that separate the function of the artist from those of historian, curator, editor, sponsor or spectator. Using a variety of aesthetic strategies, his undertakings reconsider works, concepts and genres issuing from the visual arts, literature, cinema and TV. VOL. 13 documents and analyses some of his best known projects of the last twenty years, including the series Untitled (The Artist at Work) as well as his book projects dedicated to the literary and conceptual enterprises of French poet Stéphane Mallarmé and fictional writer Jack Torrance, known from Stanley Kubrick’s modern horror drama The Shining. It includes essays by Jean-François Chevrier and Patrice Loubier as well as a conversation between Helmut Draxler and the artist. Scherübel has personally taken charge of the conception of this book—in the process giving us a publication that is both about his self-reflexive artistic approach and an extension of it.
The work of Klaus Scherübel (1968, lives and works in Montreal and Vienna) has been exhibited worldwide, amongst others at CAC, Vilnius; NAMOC, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; MoMA PS1, New York; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Fonderie Darling, Montreal; Ursula Blickle-Stiftung, Unteröwisheim; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Optica, Montreal; Artspeak, Vancouver; Printed Matter, New York; Landesgalerie Linz am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum; VOX – image contemporaine, Montreal, Secession, Vienna, and Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz. His artists’ books have been published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne; Printed Matter, New York; Optica/MUDAM, Montreal/Luxembourg, and mfc-michèle didier, Brussels/Paris.
Jean-François Chevrier (1954) is an art historian and art critic who lives and works in Paris. He has been a professor at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 1988. The founder and editor-in-chief of Photographies (1982–1985) magazine and chief advisor to Documenta X together with Catherine David (1997), he is the author of numerous essays on the exchanges between literature and art in the 19th and 20th centuries, on the history of photography, and on art since the 1960s. In 2006 he edited a monograph on Canadian photographer Jeff Wall. As an independent exhibition curator since 1987, he has orchestrated a dozen international exhibitions and catalogues, the most recent being Limited Action. Modern Art According to Mallarmé (MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2004 and Musée des beaux-arts de Nantes, 2005).
Helmut Draxler (1956) is an art historian, critic and exhibition curator living in Berlin. Since 1999 he has been professor of Aesthetic Theory at the Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien Stuttgart. He was also director of the Kunstverein Munich between 1992 and 1995. In 2004–2006 he organized (along with Sabeth Buchmann and Stephan Gene) the research project Avant-garde Film Biopolitics at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. In 2007 he curated the exhibition Shandyismus. Autorschaft als Genre / Shandyism. Authorship as Genre at the Secession in Vienna. Draxler is also the author of numerous essays on art theory and contemporary art, including Film, Avantgarde, Biopolitik (2009); Gefährliche Substanzen. Zum Verhältnis von Kritik und Kunst [Hazardous Material. On the Relationship between Criticism and Art] (2007); Coercing Constellations. Space, Reference, and Representation in Fareed Armaly (2007); and Shandyismus. Autorschaft Als Genre / Shandyism. Authorship as Genre (2007).
Patrice Loubier (1962) is an art critic and historian and lives in Montreal. He has published numerous texts in periodicals, edited volumes and exhibition catalogues, and has been a member of the advisory boards of magazines such as Esse and Inter. He has co-curated several exhibitions including Orange (2003), Manif d’art 3 (2005) and Espace mobile (2008). Since 2009 he has taught teaching Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on intervention art and furtive practices.
Klaus Scherübel: VOL. 13
Monograph / catalogue / artist’s book
Darling Foundry, Montreal, in collaboration with S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent, Ghent (01/2012)
Editor: Klaus Scherübel
Texts: Jean-François Chevrier, Helmut Draxler, Patrice Loubier, Klaus Scherübel
192 pp., 50 ill. (mainly full page color), softcover, dust jacket, 16 x 24 cm / 6.3 x 9.4 in.
Includes bibliographical references and index
French, English, German
ISBN: 978-2-9805703-4-6

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