Opening Tonight: 8 1/2 x 11/A4

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Published December 9, 2008

 

Andro Wekua; Wolfgang Breuer. Images courtesy of James Fuentes LLC.

 

The opening tonight at James Fuentes LLC takes its name from the standard paper size limiting submission for the exhibition. The gallerist invited 100 artists to submit a work measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Seventy people responded, including Mathew Cerletty, Dan Colen, Andrew Kuo, Ryan McGinley, Eileen Quinlan, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andro Wekua, as well as DJ Matt Creed, designer Kenzo Minami, and architect Christian Wassmann. How to organize an exhibtion of such a massive number of artists? Fuentes explains: “Basically, I thought about the artists I run into on the street,” and also, more specifically (or not), “whoever I thought would be into it, or who shaped the way I look at art.” The works were scanned for a downloadable catalogue, prepared in collaboration with zingmagazine, to be available on Fuentes’s web site. Was there anyone the gallerist wished had accepted his invitation? “No,” he said. “The whole premise was about availability and immediacy.”

 

“8 1/2 x 11 / A4” opens tonight, 5–7 PM, and is on view through December 23. James Fuentes LLC is located at 35 St. James Place in New York.

 

Mathew Cerletty’s contribution.