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Myth of Nouveau Réalisme Book Launch

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to celebrate the launch of The Myth of Nouveau Réalisme : Art and the Performative in Postwar France by Kaira M. Cabañas, published this month by Yale University Press. The event will take place at Specific Object on Saturday, April 6, 2013, 4 - 6 PM.

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Donald Judd / Barnett Newman : Studio International, February 1970

Specific Object Presents Donald Judd / Barnett Newman : Studio International, February 1970, and exhibition running January 7 - March 29, 2013

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The End.

An exhibition about Ifs, Ands, Buts & Logical Conclusions.

September 6 – December 21, 2012

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Screw You.

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to expose SCREW YOU., an exhibition that shines a light on the intercourse of counter culture publishing, tabloid pornography and the art world which formed a union during the creatively fertile years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The exhibition will be on view at Susan Inglett Gallery from May 31 to July 27, 2012.

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Jack Goldstein: A suite of nine 45 rpm 7-inch records with sound effects.

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Jack Goldstein: A suite of nine 45 rpm 7-inch records with sound effects. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from April 27 - June 1, 2012.

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A Large Anonymous Artwork

On the morning of May 14, 2011 I encountered this artwork outside my apartment. At the time it struck me as being a humorous, ironic and ominous statement of where things were heading: on the verge of Occupy Wall Street, prior to the ramp-up of political campaigns, and at the cusp of the United States debt-ceiling debate. Early in the first week of January 2012 it felt like the right time to present it in the gallery, thus Specific Object now presents I've Seen the Future & It Doesn't Look Good.

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Steven Leiber, 1957 - 2012

Specific Object mourns the passing of Steven Leiber, an intellect without equal.

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John McWhinnie, 1968 - 2012

Specific Object mourns the passing of John McWhinnie, a really good guy.

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Specific Object Presents Lawrence Weiner's Published Work from The Jean-Noël Herlin Archive Project

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Specific Object Presents Lawrence Weiner's Published Work from The Jean-Noël Herlin Archive Project. The exhibition will be on view at Susan Inglett Gallery from June 9 - July 22, 2011.

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Stephen Kaltenbach : slantstep 2

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Stephen Kaltenbach : slantstep 2. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from May 9 through June 10, 2011. This exhibition celebrates slantstep 2, 1969, a multiple by Stephen Kaltenbach designed by William Plumb.

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Sammlung Ludwig : Art of the Sixties & Hans Haacke : The Chocolate Master

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Sammlung Ludwig : Art of the Sixties & Hans Haacke : The Chocolate Master. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from February 28 - April 29, 2011.

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Bruce Conner for Supervisor

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Bruce Conner for Supervisor. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from November 29 – December 17, 2010 and resuming January 3 – January 28, 2011.

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James Lee Byars : The Sphere of Generosity

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition James Lee Byars : The Sphere of Generosity. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from September 27 to November 19, 2010.

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Summer 2010 Specific Object Projects

Specific Object is pleased to present two summer projects: Stairway to Heaven: Paul McMahon, Matt Mullican, James Welling, 1970 - 76 at Susan Inglett Gallery and Richard Prince: Pre-Appropriation Works, 1971 - 1974 at Specific Object.

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Richard Prince: Pre-Appropriation Works, 1971 - 1974

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Richard Prince: Pre-Appropriation Works, 1971 - 1974. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from June 9 to September 17, 2010.

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Stairway to Heaven: Paul McMahon, Matt Mullican, James Welling, 1970 - 1976

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of Stairway to Heaven: Paul McMahon, Matt Mullican, James Welling, 1970–1976. The exhibition will be on view at Susan Inglett Gallery from June 9 - July 23, 2010. A reception will be held on June 9, 2010 from 6 to 8 PM.

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Announcing the Specific Object 2009 Publication of the Year Award Given to R.H Quaytman for the publication "Orchard Spreadsheet"

Specific Object is pleased to announce that our judges have named Orchard Spreadsheet by R.H.Quaytman the Specific Object 2009 Publication of the Year.

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The Jean-Noël Herlin Archive Project

Specific Object / David Platzker was pleased have worked with Jean-Noël Herlin to offer files from his Archive Project, a personal, egalitarian and inclusive, or in Erwin Panofsky's term, monist account of creativity in the visual and performing arts internationally from the middle of the 20th Century to the present.

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69

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening 69. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from December 2 - 18, 2009 and resuming January 4 through January 29, 2010.

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design Presents: "Vintage Dan Graham: Projects for Publication 1966 – 2009"

The Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, is pleased to present the work of legendary New York conceptual artist Dan Graham. Vintage Dan Graham: Projects for Publication 1966-2009 presents both artwork specifically created by Graham for periodicals and other publications and Graham's own writings on sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, art, and architecture first seen in print between 1966 and 2009. An exhibition curated by Specific Object / David Platzker. November 18 to December 20, 2009.

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Peter Downsbrough : The Published Books

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening Peter Downsbrough : The Published Books. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from September 25 through November 6, 2009.

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The Specific Object Publication of the Year 2008 Given to Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay for "The Mug"

Specific Object is pleased to announce that our judges have named The Mug by Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay the Specific Object 2008 Publication of the Year.

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Vintage Dan Graham : Projects for Publications, 1966 - 2009

Specific Object / David Platzker was pleased to present Vintage Dan Graham : Projects for Publications, 1966 - 2009. The exhibition was on view at Specific Object from June 15 - September 18, 2009.

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Lynda Benglis / Robert Morris : 1973 - 1974

Specific Object / David Platzker was pleased to present Lynda Benglis / Robert Morris : 1973 - 1974, an an exhibition held at Susan Inglett Gallery from June 18 - July 31, 2009.

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Jonathan Monk : t-shirts

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening Jonathan Monk : t-shirts. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from May 8 – June 12, 2009.

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Robert Barry : One Billion Colored Dots

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Barry : One Billion Colored Dots. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from March 30 – April 24, 2009.

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Marcel Broodthaers : A Voyage on the North Sea

Specific Object / David Platzker was pleased to present Marcel Broodthaers : A Voyage on the North Sea. The exhibition was presented at Specific Object from January 28 through March 20, 2009. In this project Specific Object presented a film screening and exhibition of Belgian Conceptual artist, Marcel Broodthaers’ (1926 - 1976) unusual hybrid of book and film, A Voyage on the North Sea (1973 - 1974).

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Art by Telephone (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1969)

In this exhibition Specific Object presents the continuous playing of the original, 44 minute, 33-1/3 RPM vinyl LP record which was produced as the exhibition catalogue for the show Art by Telephone, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, November 1 - December 14, 1969.

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[St.] Raymond Pettibon[e] : 1978 - 1986

Exhibition held at Specific Object from June 16 though October 3, 2008. Between the years 1978 and 1986 Raymond Pettibon [a.k.a. Raymond Pettibone; St. Pettibone; Chuck Higby; Ray Dylan; Raymond Ginn] produced an aggressive trove of graphic works for the seminal Southern California punk band Black Flag as well as for Red Cross, The Minutemen, Nig Heist, and others. Published predominately by SST Records -- which was founded by Pettibon's brother and Black Flag guitarist, Greg Ginn -- the exhibition features over two hundred gig flyers, artists' books, album covers, posters, T-shirts, stickers, skateboard decks, and the first five editioned prints by Pettibon. A PDF of the complete exhibition checklist is available at:

www.specificobject.com/projects/pettibon/Pettibon-Checklist.PDF


Please note that the checklist is 50 pages, 7.8 MB, and may take a few minutes to load.

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Announcing the Specific Object 2007 Publication of the Year Award Given to Esopus Magazine

Specific Object is pleased to announce that our judges have named Esopus magazine, edited by Tod Lippy, the Specific Object 2007 Publication of the Year.

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Bruce Nauman : Studies for Holograms, 1970

Specific Object exhibition Bruce Nauman : Studies for Holograms, 1970, on view at Specific Object from March 24 - May 16, 2008.

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Art & Project Bulletins : 1968 - 1989

Specific Object presented Art & Project Bulletins : 1968 - 1989, an exhibition on view from October 15 through January 25, 2008.

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Documenta 5 at Specific Object

Specific Object presented the exhibition documenta 5 : 30. Juni bis 8. Oktober 1972., which was on view at from June 30 through October 8, 2007.

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A Book Signing with Lawrence Weiner

Announcing a Specific Object book signing event with Lawrence Weiner for the publication HENRY THE NAVIGATOR IN A SEA OF SAND / ENRIQUE EL NAVEGANTE EN UN MAR DE ARENA published by Lawrence Markey.

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READ Edition at Specific Object

Specific Object presents an exhibition of READ Edition, a fundraising print portfolio published by the Emily Carr Institute Press Press [ECI Press] of Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Christoph Keller and Kathy Slade, the portfolio features works by Fiona Banner, Dan Graham, Brian Jungen, Myfanwy MacLeod, Jonathan Monk, Shannon Oksanen, Peter Piller, Frances Stark, Michael Stevenson, and Ron Terada, from March 28 through April 20, 2007.

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Announcing the Specific Object 2005 Publication of the Year Award Given to Philippe Parreno and mfc-Michèle Didier for the publication "Fade to Black"

Specific Object is pleased to announce that it has named Fade to Black, by Philippe Parreno, the Specific Object 2005 Publication of the Year.

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Announcing the Inaugural Specific Object 2004 Publication of the Year Award Given to Jonathan Monk and Book Works U.K. for the publication “Cover Version”

Specific Object is pleased to announce that it has named Cover Version, by artist Jonathan Monk, the Specific Object 2004 Publication of the Year.

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Boîte-en-valise, Series A, Number O/XX

Specific Object in conjunction with Susan Inglett Gallery presented an exhibition featuring Marcel Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise, Series A, Number O/XX for Kay Boyle from April 22 to May 22, 2004.

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Specific Object Acquires the Inventory of Bound & Unbound

David Platzker, proprietor of Specific Object, and Barbara Moore, proprietor of Bound & Unbound, are pleased to announce that Specific Object has acquired the inventory of Bound & Unbound. [Press Release: November 4, 2004]

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