Paper Will Blow Through The Streets



Paper Will Blow Through the Streets—the subject of Alden Projects booth at NADA New York 2014—focuses on signal works from the 1960s-90s for which ephemerality is both subject and object. This project brings together works from the dustbin of history that frequently, though not always, found expression in the circulation of printed materials beyond the white cube of art and in the floating world of everyday life. Artists include: Eleanor Antin, Linda Benglas, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Marcel Duchamp, Öyvind Fahlström, General Idea, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Sam Hsieh, Yves Klein, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool and more.

Paper Will Blow Through the Streets borrows its title from an early, furtive performance by James Lee Byars who printed the words “A WHITE PAPER WILL BLOW THROUGH THE STREETS” onto a large disc of Japanese paper, one example of which is also said to have been released onto the ancient streets of Kyoto in 1967. What remains of this ephemeral work are printed sheets of white paper commemorating the artist’s celebration of art in the floating world. Not conceived for display or sale in a gallery, these performance relics were distributed freely instead, neatly conflating the ephemeral subject and object in a nearly perfect articulation of art as an eternally ephemeral subject.

Most of the artists included in Paper Will Blow Through the Streets respond to the fugitive legacy of Marcel Duchamp who is represented. Highlights include the only print attributed to Warhol that is known to have been silkscreened by Warhol himself (1963); a complete, signed collection of the photographic books by Ed Ruscha (1963-78) accompanied by rarely seen ephemera; post-card works by Eleanor Antin (1971-73); a subway drawing and other works by Keith Haring; important street posters by Jenny Holzer (1979-82) and Barbara Kruger (ca. 1983), including an unpublished, variant by the latter.

What partly distinguishes the art in this booth is that it was intended by the artists, for the most part, to bypass art’s conventional sites—galleries, museums, etc.—and in some cases, quite literally, to blow through the streets. What is here is what is saved.  And includes what we think is important to remember not to forget: what falls away is always.  And is near. 

Until then, paper will blow through the streets

Alden Projects™ Booth 204




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NADA NEW YORK 2014
Alden Projects Booth 204

Friday, May 9 - Sunday, May 11

Opening Preview:
Friday May 9:        10am - 2pm

Open to the Public:
Friday, May 9:         2pm - 7pm
Saturday, May 10:  11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 11:    11am - 5pm

  
Pier 36 at Basketball CIty
299 South Street on the East River
New York, NY  10002