Contemporaneous Extension

David Zwirner Pop-Up bookstore: starts today!
July 21, 2014, 3:55 pm
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10 AM – 6 PM
Co-hosted with ARTBOOK | D.A.P., it will offer signed artist catalogues, new publications, DVDs, posters, and more.

On Thursday, July 24, the store will be open until 8pm for the Chelsea Art Walk.

Contact: Molly Stein at


Paper Pusher: introduction
June 27, 2014, 1:00 am
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Dear readers,

I am implementing a new project/column on Contemporaneous Extension that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time, and I’m putting my money where my mouth is starting NOW. Introducing…Paper Pusher©.

Paper Pusher is a new segment of the blog revolving around contemporary zines and artists’ books. Both genres subsist in the artistic and literary underworld, bartered among friends or supplied by specialty shops and libraries. The primary goal of Paper Pusher is to provide context and connections to these printed endeavors, give credit to innovation, and shed light on the form as an experimental yet personal art object for the populace.

Paper Pusher will provide interviews, reviews, coverage of events and exhibitions related to publications, and articles on trends and traditions in zines and artists’ books. The reader will attain a sense of history as well as learn of current practices and artists experimenting in the scene. Paper Pusher will also address the unique transformative power of zines and artists’ books—they ask to be handled and revisited, creating a personal and accessible connection to an art-object unlike any other. Their ability to address controversial dialogues and aesthetic challenges outside the dictations of the market is both their most valuable and exciting characteristic. Paper Pusher will credit examples of innovation, successful collaboration, and rambunctious spirit.

If you’d like to get involved, send me a zine or artist book you’ve created, recommend an artist or press, or just talk shop, please do not hesitate to drop me a line! Looking forward to it all; keep your eyes peeled for the reviews starting soon.

The Best Thing Happening This Month in the Art World
September 18, 2013, 3:27 pm
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All information pertaining to the conference, programming, and exhibitors can be found here.

Additional programming outside of PS 1:

Affordable Art Fair — Pt II

Second installment of worthy aesthetic pleasure.

John Dilnot had a few great boxes up with his London gallery. He also does creative artist books and smaller prints/postcards. Quite wonderful, nostalgic and comical. I’m a sucker for maps.


John Dilnot, 'Bad Apples,' mixed media, 28x30x10cm

John Dilnot, 'Bad Apples,' mixed media, 28x30x10cm

John Dilnot, 'In the Middle of Nowhere,' Mixed Media, 49x32x8.5 cm

John Dilnot, 'Mouth of the Thames,' mixed media, 58x18x9cm

Jeanne Opgenhaffen had some wonderful, porcelain sculptures. I’ve always been sore for spatial concepts and investigations, challenging the presence of seemingly flat, wall-hung sculpture and its effects in comparison to walk-around sculpture. LOVED these, so much movement!


Jeanne Opgenhaffen, 'How the Wind Blows,' porcelain

Jeanne Opgenhaffen, 'Power of Running Water,' porcelain, 95 cm x 95 cm, 2006

Jordan Eagles satisfied my desire for photographic realism, preserving splatters of blood usually in resin or on plexiglass. They are visually brilliant, my favorite color, and summon our mortality and the beauty behind it. Splendid.


Jordan Eagles, ' Phase,' (detail), 2008, 36" x 36" x 3", Blood preserved on plexiglass, UV resin

Jordan Eagles, 'LF 1' and 'LF 2', 24" x 18" x 3" each, 2008// LIFE FORCE, 48" x 36" x 3", 2008 Blood preserved on plexiglass, UV resin

Jordan Eagles, 'TSCW1' 2009, 60" x 60" x3". Blood, copper preserved on plexiglass, UV resin

Michael Fitts, you had me at Twinkie.


Michael Fitts, 'Twinkies,' 2010, oil on copper, 11" x 16"

Michael Fitts, 'Clothes Pins,' oil on spray painted tin, 10" x 12"

Michael Fitts, 'Monopoly Piece - Scottie Dog Oainting,' oil on scrap tin, 9.5" x 9.5"

Maxim Lipzer was also a great photorealist approach that reminds me of a combination between Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter. Loved them.

Maxim Lipzer, ‘Valley of the Dolls,’ Acrylic on Canvas, 52.5 x 68″

Maxim Lipzer, ‘1442 ,’ Acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 60″

Deborah Donelson really creeped me out, which I like sometimes. The gravure with watercolor is a gorgeous effect in person, seeming both archival and ominously vibrant. I can’t help but hear moans coming from the mouths of her dolls, a truly humanistic effect to these tortured souls.


Deborah Donelson, 'Breathe,' 10" x 8", gravure with watercolor

Deborah Donelson, 'Little Soldier,' gravure with watercolor, 10" x 8"