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CAN YOU HEAR ME? MUSIC LABELS BY VISUAL ARTISTS. Francesco Spampinato. Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 168 pp. 16 x 12 cm. ISBN 9789491677366 In English.
Publisher's description: Artists have long been part of rock bands, like Mike Kelley, Walter De Maria or Kim Gordon, but Can You Hear Me? is the first survey documenting record labels founded and run by visual artists. Featuring 25 labels from Europe, the US and Mexico, from 1980 through the present, this exhibition catalog celebrates the contemporary artist as multifaceted producer of collaborative projects. Cultural historian and artist Francesco Spampinato reflects on how extra-artistic activities help redefine the role of contemporary artists as a creative and cultural catalysts, touching upon their position in a wider tradition of independent music, art rock and artists' mock enterprises; their performative features; their collective and participative nature; and the DIY ethos embodied in the production of records and ephemera. Featuring amazing ephemera, original artworks, records, videos and rare archival treasures, including Andy Warhol's Earhole Productions and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Tartown Record Co., among many others.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Graphic Design
Plans: 73,75,65
Worldwide Number: 082286
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