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中间实践第五期展览

X艺术家书


开幕式:2019年1月13日

展览日期:2019年1月13日——3月24日

策展人:亚历山德拉·格兰特,基努·里维斯

艺术家:伯努瓦·富热罗尔,亚历山德拉·格兰特/依芙·伍德,利昂·法拉利,西尔万·奥斯瓦德/杰西卡·弗莱施曼


1月13日下午,“中间实践”第五期展览“X艺术家书”将在中间美术馆阅览空间开幕。

“中间实践”以美术馆一层书橱为主要展览空间,不定期地呈现艺术家创作的多种实践形态,特别是出版实践。在过去两年间,这一版块陆续举办了四次展览,分别为“纸本·设色:关怀与趣味”“书≠画册”“李路明:出版时间”、和“Printed Matter”

X艺术家书(X Artists' Books, 简称“XAB”)是洛杉矶的一家小型艺术家书出版社,由演员基努·里维斯(对就是他)与艺术家亚历山德拉·格兰特于2017年共同创立。秉持着慢生产的制作与出版流程,XAB至今发行了四部图书。它们虽然内容各异,风格多样,但都以艺术家个体的创作为核心。

其中,尺幅最大的是《(ZUS)》,它分为装订好的图书和散开的书页两种样式展示。书中,艺术家伯努瓦·富热罗尔携相机调查了巴黎边缘地带的“敏感”城市空间,聚焦11个地区,形成了11本册页,分散展示于“中间实践”的书架之上。

亚历山德拉·格兰特的《艺术家监狱》构想了一种魔幻的现实,以43个短篇介绍了43位罪犯,这些人恰好都是艺术家,他们都因为自己的创作可能颠覆社会秩序而入狱。书中黑色幽默的表皮下似是特殊时代的隐喻,而其精巧的叙述结构和神秘的插图更为为文字表述打开了更深一层的叙述空间。

《他者之语》是艺术家利昂·法拉利对一本旧作的英文译著,原作者为阿根廷艺术家利昂·法拉利。原书创作于1967年,法拉利以“文学拼贴”的手法——即汲取政客、宗教和媒体等发表或著录的文字写就了这部晦涩的对话体书籍,在越南战争背景下对政治和军事介入进行了强烈的批评。

由西尔万·奥斯瓦德与杰西卡·弗莱施曼合作的《高风》则要轻柔绵软得多,每一页的色彩和设计均有不同。这些艺术家书与XAB中符号“X”的潜在多重含义一般,为艺术家打开了具有多种可能性的创作之门。


The Fifth Inside-Out Practice

X Artists’ Books


Opening: January 13, 2019

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 24, 2019

Curators: Alexandra Grant, Keanu Reeves

Artists: Benoît Fougeirol, Alexandra Grant/Eve Wood, León Ferrari, Sylvan Oswald/Jessica Fleischmann

In the afternoon on Sunday, January 13, the fifth episode of the Inside-Out Practice X Artists Book will open at the Inside-Out Art Museum.


With the bookshelf on the first floor of the museum, the Inside-Out Practice uses this main exhibition space to occasionally present a variety of practices by the artist, especially publishing practice. In the past two years, this space has seen four exhibitions, Stacks of Paper, Riot of Color: The Politics of Taste, Book≠Catalogue, Li Luming: Time of Publication, and Printed Matter


X Artists’ Books (XAB) is a small artist book publisher based in Los Angeles, co-founded by the actor Keanu Reeves and the artist Alexandra Grant in 2017. Following the process of slow production and publication, XAB has released four books to date. Although they have different contents and diverse styles, they all highlight the creativity of individual artists. Among them, the one with the largest size is (ZUS),  displayed in two formats with its bound version and scattered booklets. In the book, the artist Benoît Fougeirol takes the camera to investigate the “sensitive” urban zones on the fringe of Paris, focusing on 11 regions that form 11 booklets, scattered and displayed on the shelves at the space of the Inside-Out Practice. Alexandra Grant’s The Artists’ Prison conceives a magical reality, introducing 43 criminals in 43 short stories. These prisoners happen to be artists who end up in jail because their creativity may subvert social order. The black humor of the book seems to be a metaphor of a special era, and its unique narrative structure and mysterious illustrations open up a deeper narrative space for the textual expressions. 

The Words of Others is the English translation of the Argentine artist León Ferrari’s previous work. The original book was created in 1967. Ferrari wrote this abstruse dialogue book in the form of “literary collage”, by collecting the texts by politicians, religious scripts and media coverages. In the context of the Vietnam War, it strongly criticized political and military intervention. High Wind by Sylvan Oswald and Jessica Fleischmann adopts much a softer tone, with different designs and colors on each page of the book. These artists’ books, as the potentially multiple meanings indicated by the symbol X in the XAB, open the space for artists to experiment with a variety of possibilities.