DESTE FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick.
Charley is an approximately annual publication edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick, and designed by The Purtill Family Business. It is as visual as a magazine and as substantial as a book, but refuses to abide by either genre's rules. Following earlier editions on the 2001-2002 New York art season, on neglected artists from the 80s and early 90s, and on museum acquisitions, this new volume rounds up the stray dogs of contemporary art--Charley 5 features artists who have remained forgotten, proudly secluded or just unnoticed, in spite of their visionary work. Its galleries of obsessions mix professionals and amateurs, cult figures and unknowns, unheard prophets, voluntary outcasts and great solitary masters and freaks, celebrating the extreme subjectivity of more than 50 voices and implicitly questioning accepted hierarchies in the process. The editors have said of their recent work, "it's a way to say, look around…The latest issues of Charley are a lot about 'What ifs': what if there were many more artists than we actually speak about? What if our artist list was just partial and irrelevant?"
Charley 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.