Market Group Material

Published by Kunstverein München, München, 1995, 38 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 19.5 cm, English / German

Price: €20

Produced on the occasion of Group Material – Market at Kunstverein München, May 6 – June 18, 1995. From the early 1980s, Group Material worked on complex social and cultural issues: in 1988, for example, they developed a four-part project on today’s understanding of democracy, followed by a so-called AIDS timeline. For Kunstverein München they developed a new project about consumption. The space was modelled after a shopping mall and contained products of the commodity world, which were collected by Group Material and commented on in the exhibition.

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Empathy and Abstraction, (Excerpts) Doug Ashford

Published by Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, 2013, 6 pages, 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €4

Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist and writer. Ashford’s principle visual practice from 1982 to 1996 was the artists’ collaborative Group Material that produced over 40 exhibitions and public projects internationally. Group Material developed the exhibition form into an artistic medium using display design and curatorial juxtaposition as a critical location where audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. Since 1996, Ashford has continued to make paintings, write, and produce museum and public projects. His book Who Cares (Creative Time, 2006) is a publication built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, beauty, and ethics.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Tradition at Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, March 16, 2013 – May 19, 2013 and Grazer Kunstverein, June 7, 2013 – August 11, 2013.

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