Uit de verzameling Archive for Small Press & Communication. 27 x Gent, CB/RUG, 1988; 19 cm, 183 pp. + invitatie opening 10 x 21 cm
Illustrated object catalog on occasion of an exhibition of artists’ books, organized by the A.S.P.C. for the University of Ghent. Ref.1
The corpus of the catalog is enclosed in a sober light brown cover between 2 packages of newspapers fragments. Includes the text of Guy Schraenen “For an Other Approach to Art History” (Antwerp, March 1988) in Dutch, French and English.
With owner’s mark (stamp) of the Belgian artist from Gent Yves De Smet. Extra included the invitation for the opening of the exhibition.
Very fine condition.
- Guy Schraenen (1941 London – 2018 Paris)
Belgian curator, publisher and essayist. In 1974 he co-founded the renowned Archive for Small Press and Communication (ASSPC).
That was part of an important international network within the independent art press. He became famous in the art world for his tireless work with artists and artist archives. He supported artists from all over the world trough many initiatives, including his own Archive Space.
His work for Polish artists in the 1970s in particular proved to be a great support for their international advancement. From 1966 to 1976 he also led Galerie Kontakt in Antwerp, where he showed work by Jef Geys, Georges Vantongerloo, Lucio Fontana and others. He also had his own publishing house, Guy Schraenen éditeur, with which he published a stream of publications. In 1989 he became curator of the collection artist publications ‘A Museum within a Museum’ at the Museum Weserburg in Bremen. That museum also took over the Archive for Small Press and Communication in 1999. Ref.1
His various projects focused primarily on the many forms of artist publications of the various international avant-garde and independent art movements of the late 1950s to 1980s.. He was probably the only protagonist to deal with this genre of art in all possible roles – making him an important link between artists, institutions, and the public. Ref. 2
Yves De Smet (Gent 1946 – 2004):
IBelgian constructivist and conceptual artist. Co-founder of the Constructivist Plus group (1966-1968) and the Plus-Kern group (1966)