art & project bulletin 7: ed sommer

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The Amsterdam gallery Art & Project (1968–2001), led by Adriaan van Ravesteijn & Geert van Beijeren, was for more than 30 years a major platform for conceptual art in the Netherlands and beyond.

From the start of the gallery in 1968, Art & Project supported an international group of artists that was mostly associated with Minimal Art, Conceptual Art and Land Art. Through their Art & Project Bulletin, the gallery build an artistic network and enabled artists to have "exhibitions by mail".

The following artists were involved with the gallery (and the bulletin): Barry Flanagan, Douglas Huebler, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry, Carl Andre, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Long, Stanley Brouwn, Gilbert & George, Alighiero Boetti, Francesco Clemente, Allen Ruppersberg, Marcel Broodthaers, John Baldessari, Hamish Fulton, Jan Dibbets, Ian Wilson, Bas Jan Ader and Daniel Buren.

Between September 1968 and November 1989 Adriaan van Ravesteijn & Geert van Beijeren published 156 bulletins of Art & Project. The first magazines were merely announcements of upcoming exhibitions in the Art & Project gallery. Later editions more and more took the form of art objects.

The magazine was printed by The Hague printshop Delta in an edition of 800. The format was generally A3, which was folded and thus formed 4 A4 pages. It was generally printed black ink on white paper. In some cases the standard format was abandoned, for example:

* Bulletin 24 (Daniel Buren, 1970): Not really published.
* Bulletin 43 (Sol LeWitt, September 1971): Folded in 48 rectangles.
* Bulletin 62 (Alighiero Boetti, November 1972): Format 28,6 x 42 cm.
* Bulletin 68 (Douglas Huebler, August 1973): Format 29.7 x 63 cm and folded in three.
* Bulletin 75 (Daniel Buren, March 1974): Printed on vellum.
* Bulletin 107 (Francesco Clemente, May 1978): Printed on orange paper.

Art & Project was meant to be a monthly but was not always published regularly (17 in 1972, only 8 in 1973). Between June 1983 and December 1984 no magazines were published.

The magazine was distributed free of charge to about 400 addresses (mainly artists, galleries and curators). The remainder of each edition could be picked up at the gallery in Amsterdam. In some cases distribution (and even printing) took place in other cities.

in the sixties I covered the amsterdam art scene for hitweek magazine and was given the invitations to openings and would cover many of the exhibits with photos in the magazine. for this reason, even though bulletin #7 is addressed to willem de ridder at hitweek, I was the one who received it and wrote about it. Recently I came across my stack of bulletins and am going to post them one by one to see if there are collectors who are interested in them.
the second bulletin #7 is simply addressed to hitweek.
At the time my name was Louise Boer (Hoff.)

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