Saturday, September 30, 2023

You Don’t Need a Gallery to Show Ideas

‘Beyond Conceptual Art,’ installation view (image by Lauren van Haaften-Schick)

‘Beyond Conceptual Art,’ installation view (image by Lauren van Haaften-Schick)

Art historian and curator, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, reviews the current exhibition on the life and work of Seth Siegelaub.

We know Siegelaub as the co-author of the The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement, but the exhibition also illustrates Siegelaub’s life as an “art dealer, curator, publisher, plumber, bibliographer, rare book dealer, librarian, art collector, textile specialist, cataloguer of Marxism and mass media studies, researcher in time and causality, and on and on.”

Indeed ahead of his time, Siegelaub cleared a path for those of us that think that an artist is more than an object-making mute.


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