This publication documents Darren Bader's 2014 solo show at Andrew Kreps gallery. "This show is three shows,” Bader explains, tying together the unconventional exhibition of 60 photographs on the wall, assorted found objects on the floor and the sparse information at the gallery desk. A mixture of documentation styles within the book add to the array of imagery Bader presents to the reader, fusing the conceptual and tactile in every aspect of his work.
This volume of writings by New York conceptualist Darren Bader (born 1978) features texts for 77 artworks. Writing is at the core of Bader's work: he offers deceptively simple propositions for artworks to be carried out by gallerists, museums and collectors who then exhibit the works. Each time a work is sold, Bader produces a text that explains the parameters of the artwork. The propositions can be extremely precise or abstract; however, these guides are not made available to the public. Bader has also written propositions for impossible artworks, such as a proposal for installing a baby-changing table under Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. This book foregrounds Bader's writing and provides a key to his humorous and sometimes enigmatic works.
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BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 90 pgs / 23 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 8/25/2015 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2015 p. 140
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Darren Bader’s Life As a Readymade is a four-part disquisition on contemporary art culture and his doubts about its terms of engagement. Addressing inanities, profanities and vanities in the contemporary world of art, the first section is an “open letter to the art world”; the second a meditation on the art fair phenomenon; the third is about “naming things in the face of no names”; the final section addresses what the artist regards as “a paucity of poetics.