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#BYOM Kunsthaus Melbourne : Ich bin Kunst / Caitlin E. Littlewood
Bib ID 7386276
Format BookBook [still image, object]
Author
Littlewood, Caitlin, artist
 
Description Melbourne, Australia : The Lytlewode Press, 2017 
1 peepshow (6 double-sided panels) : colour and black & white illustrations ; 21 x 31 x 4 cm, in clam shell box 24.1 x 32.4 x 5.2 cm 
ISBN 1905611919
9781905611911
Summary

"Kunsthaus Melbourne is a photomontage construction that borrows from the format of a Victorian picture peepshow. This imaginary museum examines the way in which we are subject to art fashions, as curators dictate them. The new museum is based on architectural elements of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), housing many iconic and controversial avant-garde artworks, many of them particular to Melbourne. Its intimate peepshow format invites the viewer to look into its galleries through the NGV's archway entrance, and its concertina sides (featuring the NGV's iconic Leonard French stained glass ceiling) allow the museum to be folded down flush for transport or storage. The six frames pay homage to the traditions of photomontage, both in the method of scalpel blade and glue, and in the representation of political (rather than aesthetic) concerns. The individual frames and galleries represent concerns from the post-human (genetic engineering as seen by Patricia Piccinini), late capitalism and branding (artworks notable for their commercial value and the "exit through the gift shop"), performance art and the interactive "selfie," and finally the nude in Western art from a feminist viewpoint (the Guerrilla Girls 1989 poster "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?"). The social media hash tag #BYOM allows the author to become both artist and curator and bring together many iconic and infamous works of art that have become poignant in collective memory. -Condensed from the essay by Caitlin E. Littlewood.

Notes

Accompanied by a three page essay in a A5 size printed folder (cover title: Ich bin Kunst; caption title: Just what is it that makes today's museums so different, so appealing?), plus five A4 sheets presenting a key to the images, and an A4 colophon sheet.

Limited edition of 50 copies.

Library's copy is no. 4/50 and signed in pencil by the artist.

Binding

Clam shell box bound in black cloth, stamped #BYOM in red on the spine, with circular onlay (Méliès' man in the moon with a rocket in his eye) on the front cover. 

Subjects Museums -- Pictorial works.  |  Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- Pictorial works.  |  Photomontage -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Specimens.  |  Peep shows -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Specimens.  |  Tunnel books -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Specimens.  |  Artists' books -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Also Titled

Colophon title: Just what is it that makes today's museums so different, so appealing? : #BYOM (Build Your Own Museum)

Hashtag BYOM Kunsthaus Melbourne

BYOM Kunsthaus Melbourne

Build Your Own Museum Kunsthaus Melbourne

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