JOHN M ARMLEDER, Beach Pouch Gra, 2022
ca 17 x 24 cm
linen pouch with zipper, plastic protection bag with Vilebrequin print, 4 tags
published by JPR Editions / produced by Vilebrequin, Geneva, Switzerland
For purchase see: John M Armleder Unisex linen Beach pouch Gra – Vilebrequin x John M Armleder
“After 15 years of dynamic editorial activities as a commercial publishing company, JRP|Ringier became JRP|Editions on January 1, 2019. Placed under the responsibility of FSEA / Fondation Suisse pour l’Édition d’Art, a nonprofit entity presided over by Swiss artist John M Armleder, this new imprint is committed to pursuing the distribution of titles published since 2004, as well as to publishing new books.”
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JOHN M ARMLEDER, Umbrella Splash, 2023
88 x 98 x 98 cm
print on umbrella, transparant plastic sleeve
published by We Do Not Work Alone, Paris, France
For purchase: John M Armleder Umbrella Splash
Right from the sixties and seventies John M Armleder has made use of found objects integrated in his art. From his Furniture Sculptures to cat beds bought at a supermarket and hung as estranged fur objects on the wall of a gallery. Lately, he pushed the boundaries by making designs for Wallpapers by Artists, Puma bags, Vilebrequin’s swimwear like shorts and bowling shirts. Here an umbrella for We Do Not Work Alone has been provided with a stylised splash design. KvG
JOHN M ARMLEDER, Niente, purtroppo!, 1975
20.8 x 14.6 cm
SC, ink stamps, postage stamp, 20 pp.
edition 650 + 40 + HC I-X
signed, numbered, here dedicated to Ulises Carrión
published by Edition Galerie Gaëtan, Carouge and Écart publications, Geneva, Switzerland
JOHN M ARMLEDER, The John Armleder is a vegetarian book, 1973-’75
ca 25,5 x 18 cm
32 pp. (incl. couver)
hand made artist’s book: metal rings, very thin paper
edition 15, nr 11/15
fruit and ink stamps, fountain pen
condition: heavily yellowed due to aging and paper quality extremely rare
published by Leather Wing Scribble Press, Geneva, Switzerland
This edition is part of a series of unique artist’s books, since all fruit prints are handmade.
GALERIE VAN GELDER Bericht 1, 1992
29,7 x 21 cm
photo copy, vintage
edition ca 35
published by Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
This is the first newsletter of Galerie van Gelder issued in the beginning of June 1992. It announces the gallery’s participation of Art Basel ’92, being a co-operation of five galleries. This was initiated by John M Armleder who also coined the name “Associated Publishers”. For that he designed a logo “AP” that was supposed to promote a co-operation of publishers in Geneva, Cologne, Amsterdam and New York. An edition “AP” was made by galerie van Gelder Editions on an enamel door plate. The image depicts the letters AP inside a tumbled zero.
JOHN M ARMLEDER, 2022, PackMax-Gra
16 x 23 cm
beach pouch with zipper, linen, 4 tags
signed in print, both on linen label and tag
produced by JPR Editions / Vilebrequin, Geneva, Switzerland
On one of the tags one can read; ‘John M Armleder combines an extraordinary visual culture with delegation principles and chance procedures. This tension between mastery and the effects of randomness stretches his work from abstraction to appropriation.
JOHN M ARMLEDER, invitation card ‘Six Logo’s around the carpet’, 1991
21 x 14 cm
published by Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
€ 25,- plus € 8,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
In “Six Logo’s around the carpet” a hand woven carpet with tassels by Peter Nagy played a central role. The title of this black and white fabric is ‘Desease and Decoration’. It depicts six microscopic enlarged Aids-virus pictures used as a decoration for a carpet that was produced and distributed by Equator Productions in Brussels in Belgium. Six art works were shown on six walls.
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JOHN M ARMLEDER, Black Noise, 2017
27,3 x 17,4 x 9,9 cm
32 booklets, offset, stapled, cardboard box with high gloss paper and screen print
published by Ecart Publications, Geneva, Switzerland
JOHN M ARMLEDER, Cercle et Carré, 1987
ca 130 x 30 x 20 cm
handmade pedestal; wood, paint, lamp, perforated metal plate, electricity wire
signed, numbered on certificate with instructions
edition 18, here 12/18
published by Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin, Germany
condition: excellent, although painted pedestal with original patine has minor paint chips.
€ 4.600,- plus transport costs
Sometimes an edition is loaded with information about the artist’s mindset while its appearance suggests the opposite, for a part due to its self-evidence. Such a piece is ‘Cercle et Carré’ with its geometrical forms, the aesthetics of simplicity, the functionality of formal design, the ambition of the avant-garde and humour; it is all there.
John Armleder is renowned for re-introducing abstract art in a dominating one-way art market in the early eighties of the previous century, for referring to predecessors in art history (hence the title ‘Cercle et Carré’) and for ‘making art that is comparable to making a B-film’ as he describes it. In this sense this edition is as banal as that. ‘Cercle et Carré’ has the look of a modernist Italian design, yet all three parts have been composed and put together by the artist, as if it is an installation. He put together lamp, pedestal and a piece of metal, then switched on the light. KvG