Catalog Essays

The Art & Project Bulletins As a Site of Exhibition, Experimentation and ‘International’ Exchange

in: Art & Project: A History, exh. cat. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, 30 Sep 2023–25 Feb 2024, Rotterdam: nai publishers, 2023, pp. 180-193.



“In her seminal anthology of conceptual art Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 Lucy R. Lippard included a short entry on the Amsterdam-based gallery Art & Project in the section of her book dedicated to notable events, works and publications of the year 1970: ‘February – April: Art & Project of Amsterdam moves its activities to Tokyo. Since the ‘gallery’ is usually the Bulletin, they function as easily in Japan as in Holland.’ The New York-based art critic received regular news from the Dutch gallery, as her name and address – along with those of other writers, collectors, museum curators, artists and galleries – had been mentioned to Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn by word of mouth and on mailing lists that Sol LeWitt and other artists compiled for Art & Project. The letters from Amsterdam not only informed Lippard of the latest events and announcements, but from the beginning – with Charlotte Posenenske’s bulletin in September 1968 – they also contained specially created ‘page works’, rather than just reproduced illustrations of the art on view in the gallery. Particularly in the early years, the bulletins were sometimes the only material manifestation of an artist’s collaboration with Art & Project and were conceived as ‘exhibitions’ in themselves.”