Littman Research Library, 2019

A selection of books from the Littman Gallery’s library in Portland, OR, made available for public engagement on a table sourced from Portland State University Surplus. A series of bookmarks highlights various pages and provides commentary as a broken-up essay. Visitors are invited to participate by sharing their own values and feelings about art on blank bookmarks and inserting them into the books, later to be preserved in the library by the Littman Gallery.

Littman Research Library selected texts

4,492,040 (1969-1974/2012)

  • The Fifth Investigation from Art As Idea As Idea (1969), 1 card
  • Conceptual Art is an art of documenting… by Jorge Glusberg, 1 card
  • In the Cards by Lucy Lippard, 4 cards

Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art (2003)

  • “Points of Interest on the West Coast of the Continental United States”, page 126-133
  • “The Regime of the Picturesque” by Matthew Stadler, page 134-143

Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists’ Books by Clive Phillpot (1972-2010)

  • “From N.E. Thing Co. to Anything Goes?”, page 10-23

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception (2010)

  • Paradox of Praxis 1 (Sometimes doing something Leads to Nothing), 1997, page 82-83
  • “The Storyteller” by Francesco Careri, page 183-184

GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group (1978/2011)

  • Articles (March 4, 1970) and Addendums (March 18, 1970), 2 pages
  • Action/interview of the Guerrilla Art Action Group on Radio WBAI on 1/5/70, 6 pages
  • Communique (January 19, 1971), 2 pages

Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011 (2012)

  • What is meant by living?, excerpt from “Living as Form” by Nato Thompson, page 21-22

Louise Lawler: Twice Untitled and Other Pictures (looking back) (2006)

  • Documenta Stationery (3 pieces: 2 sheets, 1 envelope), 1982, page 162-163

Schizo-Culture: The Event (2013)

  • “Notes on Power and Meaning” by Félix Guattari, page 182-183

Social Forms of Art, Issue 2 – Perception (2019)

  • “What is Not MoMA?” by Sara Krajewski, page 9-10

Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between by Sharon Irish (2010)

  • “Naming Participation”, page 15-16
  • “Kaprow the Un-artist”, page 28-29

Twenty Seven Installations: Portland Center for the Visual Arts (1989/2011)

  • Forward by Lisa Radon

Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 (2011)

  • “In and Out of the Studio” by Frances Colpitt, page 63-80

The Ungovernables: 2012 New museum Triennial (2012)

  • “Pilvi Takala”, page 210-213

Why is That Art?: Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art by Terry Barrett (2012)

  • “Jean Baudrillard” & “Frederic Jameson”, page 178-179
  • “Approaches to Postmodern Artmaking”, page 206-216

Full catalogue

The Littman Research Library: Using Books and Institutional Contexts as Conceptual Strategies (essay)

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