Richard Kostelanetz Bookstore
Kunstverein (Milano) is proud to present for the first time in Slovenia MORE WORDSHIP, The Richard Kostelanetz Bookstore.
@ P74 Gallery | Ljubljana, Slovenia
“Richard Kostelanetz (born 1940, New York) is an American artist, writer, critic and editor of the avant-garde. He is infamous for his proli c and often biting prose. In his short fictions (some only 2 words long) and visual poetry, RK employs a radically formalist approach consisting of arrangements of words on a page using such devices as linking language and sequence, punning, alliteration, parallelism, constructivism and minimalism. His literary work challenges the reader in unconventional ways and is often printed in limited editions at small presses.” (from Britannica.com.)
His non-fiction work The End of Intelligent Writing: Literary Politics in America (1974) challenged the New York literary scene and promoted the publication of works by innovative younger authors. An extensive, but not conclusive, selection of RK’s complex, inclusive and fascinating work in the form of publications, video and audio works, prints and editions will be presented at P74 Gallery.
For reasons closely connected to Kostelanetz practice of avant-garde auto-production, Kunstverein has chosen the format of an entire bookstore dedicated to the artist’s work as a consistent alternative to a retrospective exhibition.
MORE WORDSHIP hosts, and sells, many of RK’s publications as well as rare artefacts, audiovisual works, editions and smaller artworks, including the now very rare complete set of Assembling, twelve editions of “otherwise unpublishable” art and literature, including the Complete Assembling were produced between 1970 and 1982. Also available will be the many recordings and audiocassettes issued on RK’s own label, as well as critically acclaimed edited works on B.B. King, Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Gertrude Stein.
Richard Kostelanetz’s role since the late 60s has been one of instigator, assembler, editor, artist and journalist. This multi-faceted practice of self-publishing and peer-distribution, as well as RK’s choice for the publication as his primary medium, is not only historically significant, it is unquestionably inspirational and exemplary for the present….