DESTE FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick. Contributions by Jenelle Porter, Conny Purtill.
The second issue of Charley is a snapshot of the New York City art season from fall 2001 through summer 2002. A predigested combine, it is a memory update that serves both as a playlist and a Who's Who of contemporary art. Charley 02 treats the city as a giant open-air festival of contemporary art; it's a catalog of an imaginary show that unravels in the streets of New York, stretching from Harlem to Chelsea, through SoHo, Queens and Brooklyn. Charley 02 is open to endless transformations: constructed as a collection of 142 color postcards featuring images from the season's most memorable shows and events along with texts, comments, and reviews, it can be shuffled around and rearranged. The postcards can be sent out, pasted on the wall, or glued to the fridge; hierarchies can be shifted, new connections created. Charley 02 is a machine for distribution, a mechanism for spreading and exploiting information, rumors and communication. It is a multiform creature, bound to transform at each new appearance and new issue.
Charley 02 is sponsored by the Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, which supports artist's projects, exhibitions, and symposia that explore the relationship between contemporary art and culture.