Edited by Danh Vo, Caroline Bourgeois, Julie Ault, Heinz Peter Knez, Stefan A. Peterson.
Exhibition curated by Danh Vo and Caroline Bourgeois
Texts by Patricia Falguieres, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Amy Zion
Photography by Heinz Peter Knes
Danh Vo’s conceptual artworks and installations often draw upon elements of personal lived experience (his own, the lives of his parents and other family members) to explore broader historical, social or political themes, particularly those relating to the history of Vietnam at the close of the twentieth century. The works shown in this book—closely related to an exhibition at the Pinault Foundation in Venice—in addition to Vo’s site-specific installations, include some curious old works of art from Venetian museums and collections, provocatively chosen by Vo to establish an unprecedented dialogue between past and present.
Beautifully designed, comprehensive exhibition catalogue with two inserted booklets (text book with words by Patricia Falguieres, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Amy Zion; and exhibition guide/artist profile book and work list), with the main book entirely made up of elegant colour photographic imagery by Heinz Peter Knez of the exhibition itself and the wonderful collection of works assembled. Profusely illustrated with installation views, works and details, featuring the work of Leonor Antunes, Nairy Baghramian, Giovanni Bellini, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Broodthaers, Giovanni Buonconsigliodetto Il Marescalco, Hubert Duprat, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Luciano Fabro, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Petrit Halilaj, David Hammons, Roni Horn, Peter Hujar, Tetsumi Kudo, Bertrand Lavier, Zoe Leonard, Francesco Lo Savio, Lee Lozano, Robert Manson, Piero Manzoni, Sadamasa Motonaga, Jean-Luc Moulène, Henrik Olesen, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Carol Rama, Charles Ray, Auguste Rodin, Cameron Rowland, Andres Serrano, Nancy Spero, Sturtevant, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Harald Thys & Jos Degruyter, Danh Vo, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong.
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Preface — MAY
Crisis Fashion — DANIEL HORN
DIS and That — MIKAEL BRKIC & DIS
Vetements – Fall / Winter 2016. Panel Discussion — LOU STOPPARD & SAHIL BABBAR, AUDE FELLAY, AYA NOEL, PRIYESH PATEL, VILDE SORUM
The Modern Naked King — TAQUE HIRAKAWA
Interview with Women’s History Museum — ADA O’HIGGINS
Maison Artists Space. Interview with Stefan Kalmár — MAY
Roundtable — BLESS & ANJA ARONOWSKY CRONBERG, HEINZ PETER KNES
THE STREET — TOBIAS KASPAR & TOBI MAIER
Jesus as Readymade. Interview with Kaspar Müller — PETER FISCHLI
La mode retrouvée. On the Wardrobe of the Countess Greffulhe at Palais Galliera, Paris — HANNAH ADKINS
Post-Hummannerism. On “Inhuman” at Fridericianum Museum, Kassel — JAKOB SCHILLINGER
Magma — ERIC BELL
Finely Crafted Stool. On Mathieu Malouf at Jenny’s, Los Angeles — GEORGE EGERTON-WABURTON
Wolfpack. On the film “The Wolfpack” by Crystal Moselle — JULIA MORITZ
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Featuring essays, interviews, art works and reviews by artists, writers and diverse practitioners of the arts, the magazine also intends to address the economy of the production of knowledge – the starting point of this reflection being the space of indistinction between information and advertisement typical of our time. This implies a dialogue with forms of critique produced in other fields.
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Y3K was a two-year (2009-2011) proposition initiated by James Deutsher and Christopher L G Hill, a gallery practice as-an-extension-of an art practice and-in-support-of a wider art and design community in Melbourne and Internationally.
Over two-years Y3K exhibited World Food Books, BLESS, Christopher L.G. Hill, Emmeleine deMooij, Jota Castro, Kinga Kielczynska, Melanie Bonaj, fabrics interseason, ffiXXed, Heinz Peter Knes, James Deutsher, Matt Hinkley, Olivia Barrett, Pat Foster, Jen Berean, Rob McKenzie, SIBLING, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Jon Campbell, LOST Projects, Alex Vivian, Daniel du Bern, Nick Selenitsch, Kain Picken, Next Wave, A Constructed World, Joshua Petherick, Helen Johnson, Bianca Hester, Misha Hollenbach, David Griggs, Sam Kiyoumarsi, Robert Langenegger, Nick Mangan, Matt Griffin, Masato Takasaka, Fiona Connor, Tahi Moore, Ida Ekblad, Art Centre Ongoing, Kit Lee, Kate Newby, Sriwhana Spong, Dylan Statham, Simon Taylor, Sophia Mitchell, Rowan Mcnaught, MM Yu. Ilia Farah Rosli, Marco Fusinato, TATE Modern, Marie Gaultier, Anna Hess, Veronica Kent, Jarrod Rawlins, Keith Al-Hasani, Ruby Lowe, Justin Clemens, Daniel Munn, Simon Denny, Dan Arps, Andrew Barber, Structural Integrity, Marco Fusinato, Rose Nolan, Dan Bell, Kate Smith, Ardi Gunawan, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Ben Tankard, Steve Kado, Virginia Overell, Mateo Tannatt, Sean Peoples, Inri Cristo, Tara Rawlins, Chateau 2F, Oscar Yanez, Hany Armanious, Ash Kilmartin, Elizabeth Gower, Lizzy Newman, Nina Sers, Maria Kozic, Ellen Pittman, Juan Davila, Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCarthy, Constanze Zikos, Hao Guo, Pow Martinez, Carissa Rodriguez, Tobias Kaspar, Piotr Łakomy, Natalie Rognsøy, Katherine Huang, Taree McKenzie, Ester Partegas, Mikala Dwyer and John Spiteri and more.
Each exhibition was accompanied by an A3 double sided unique limited edition poster designed by the artists and gallerists. These posters now form the basis for the Y3K publication.
Included in this publication, and on the occasion of it’s launch to the public two years after the cessation of the Y3K gallery space, is an accompanying text from
The Y3K publication is a limited edition of 100, and is available from World Food Books.
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Julie Ault, Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo, Martin Wong
This book documents the collection of the artist Martin Wong (1946–1999).
In numerous colour illustrations, photographs that Heinz Peter Knes took together with Danh Vo, the book depicts the interiors of the Wong Fie family residency in San Francisco filled with paintings, sculptures, and mulitfaceted objects from very specific and diverse fields of interest such as asian antiques and americana that Martin Wong followed and collected together with his parents throughout is life.
This books was produced on the occasion of the exhibiton:
Julie Ault/Heinz Peter Knes/Danh Vo/Martin Wong
“Neptune Society, San Francisco Columbarium, 4th Fl., Dome Room, South Wall, Tier 4, Niche 2” at Daniel Buchholz Galerie, Fasanenstraße 30, Berlin
Portion of exhibition text:
Under the title “Neptune Society, San Francisco Columbarium, 4th Fl., Dome Room, South Wall, Tier 4” we are presenting an installation with new works by Dahn Vo, a new text by Julie Ault and photographs by Heinz Peter Knes, as well selected works and ephemera from the estate and collection of Martin Wong. The exhibition was organised by Dahn Vo. Together with Julie Ault and Heinz Peter Knes, Dahn Vo enters into a dialogue with the work of Martin Wong whose estate and collection iscurrently stored and administered by Martin Wong’s mother Florence Wong Fie in the Wong family house in San Francisco. Martin Wong (1946-1999) was born in Portland Oregon as the only son of Chinese immigrants Benjamin Fie and Florence Wong Fie.
Martin Wong grew up in San Francisco where he was active in the late 60s and early 70s in the art scene in San Francisco, first as a ceramic artist, then as a draughtsman and painter. In San Francisco he also became a member of the performance groups The Cockettes and Angels of Light. In 1978 Martin Wong moves to New York’s Lower East Side. Since the beginning of the 80s Martin Wong has been showing his work in the context of exhibition spaces and galleries like the Semaphore Gallery, Exit Art and PPOW which were all just being set up at that time.
From his early years Martin Wong has cultivated a distinct passion for collecting in the most diverse areas. Together with his mother, he begins haunting antique shops and flea markets in search of curiosities from American Folk Art and antiques, above all Asiatic antiques, acquiring extensive knowledge and expertise in these fields. Later, alongside his work as a painter he will make a living as a dealer in Asian antiques. After moving to New York Martin Wong takes an increasing interest in the art market and begins to acquire works which interest him and which he can afford to buy. One of the first artworks which he acquired after moving to New York was a “Campbell’s Tomato Juice” box by Andy Warhol. Warhol is in many ways a model for Martin Wong and the areas of interest of both artists are astoundingly similar (at this time Andy Warhol’s private collection had not been published, which makes the parallels between Warhol’s and Wong’s collections the more astonishing).
Martin Wong also acquires a drawing by Piet Mondrian which he then sells at the end of the 80s in order to use the money as the initial capital for a Museum of Graffiti Art. By this time Martin Wong had assembled a large collection from the New York graffiti scene. The Street Art and Poetry scene in New York in the late 70s and early 80s were important points of reference for Martin Wong and substantially shaped the work he produced after the move from San Francisco. Martin Wong developed his known “Sign Language” paintings, that depict sentences in the finger alphabet of gesture language, as his answer to the ‘tags’ of the New York graffiti artists.
During his years in New York Martin Wong also kept in close contact and conducted an extensive correspondence with his family in which he informs his parents about his experiences in New York and reports, in particular to his mother, about his latest purchases and sales.
In 1994 Martin Wong is diagnosed HIV positive. When the state of his health becomes worse Martin Wong decides to move back to his parents in San Francisco. The house he returns to has in the meantime changed into a hybrid between warehouse and shrine, full of the objects, antiques and works of art that Martin Wong had regularly sent back to his mother, as well as a large number of his own works that he dedicated to his parents. Until his death in 1999, with the exception of occasional trips to New York with his mother to see exhibitions and keep up his contacts with his New York circle, Martin Wong was now to live in the parental home where he continued to work, for example on the cactus paintings or a depiction of Patty Hearst in the painting “Did I ever have a Chance”, which is, according to reports, one of Martin Wong’s last paintings and is supposed to have been his proposal for an AIDS Memorial.
In the 90s when it becomes clear to Martin Wong that he will not outlive his parents, he begins to search for a suitable burial place for his family, since it is a Chinese tradition that the son takes care of the burial of his parents. He decides on a family plot in San Francisco Columbarium, an urn repository in a cemetery in the vicinity of the Wong Fie home. In the dome on the fourth floor in row four on the South Wall Martin Wong’s urn and that of his father are now to be found.
Florence Wong Fie who lives in the family house, manages her son’s artistic legacy, archives the collection, and is working to establish a Martin Wong Foundation for Artists. The urn repository site was designed by her as if it were an annex of her house, and it is richly decorated with a changing selection of objects and photographs.
The house in its current state is a unique document of the life’s work of Martin Wong, an important representative of the art scene in New York’s lower East Side in the 80s. In a variety of ways the contents of the house on the one hand reflects the wealth of reference in Martin Wong’s works, and over and above that the unique relationship between Martin Wong and his parents with all the necessarily complicated projections and possible misunderstandings such relationships entail.
Danh Vo has been involved with Martin Wong’s work for a considerable time. In the course of many visits to Florence Wong Fie he has come to know the house and the collection. Florence Wong Fie has now announced that she will have to give up the house in the coming year and move into a retirement home. The question of the continuing existence of the collection has not at this time been clarified. Danh Vo has invited Heinz Peter Knes to make a photo-documentation of the house, and has commissioned Julie Ault to write a piece on the unique constellation of the collection. Julie Ault knew Martin Wong back in the 80s in New York and worked with him on several occasions, she also knows Florence Wong Fie.
In the course of the exhibition we will publish a book with Julie Ault’s text and Hans Peter Knes’s photographs.
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