Ulises Carrión

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Born January 29, 1941(1941-01-29)
San Andres Tuxtla, Mexico
Died October 6, 1989(1989-10-06) (aged 48)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Web Wikipedia
Second Thoughts, 1980, Log, PDF, JPGs.

A key figure in Mexican conceptual art, Ulises Carrión (1941, San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico – 1989, Amsterdam) was an artist, editor, curator, and theorist of the post-1960s international artistic avant-garde.

He studied philosophy and literature in Mexico City, Paris and Leeds, and lived in Amsterdam from 1970 until the end of his life. His art has been exhibited in various locations in The Netherlands, Mexico and elsewhere. Carrión was the author of several books and in 1975 founded Other Books and So, a distribution centre for artists' publications and multiples. Carrión arrived at visual art practice through his interest in print culture and media, which led him to engage with mail art and eventually performance, film and video. He was closely involved with the In-Out Center, an alternative Amsterdam gallery which drew artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, whose work in some way commented on Dutch art and society from their own cultural perspective. The continuation of his engagement with literary formats can be seen in the videos' examinations of the strategies and devices used to create narrative structure in a film, story or artwork. (Source)

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Sstt!, Mijn Galerijtje, Breda, 1973.
  • Texts and Other Texts, In-Out Center, Amsterdam, 1973.
  • Grammatica’s, Agora Studio, Maastricht, 1974.
  • Conjunctions, Art Meeting Place, London, 1975.
  • Contents, Remont Gallery, Warsaw, 1976.
  • Inne Książki, Remont Gallery, Warsaw, 1977.
  • Un espace parlé, Galerie Gaëtan, Geneva, 1978.
  • Names and Addresses, Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest, 1979.
  • Names and Addresses, Agora Studio, Maastricht, 1980.
  • Bibliografia Parcial, Espaço NO, Porto Alegre, 1980.
  • Names and Addresses, Gallery East, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, 1980.
  • Clues, Galerie A, Amsterdam, 1981.
  • Artists’ Books from the Other Books & So Archive, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 1981.
  • Books and Pamphlets 1978–1987, Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam, 1987.
  • Bookworks, Archive Space, Antwerp, 1990.
Retrospectives

Works[edit]

Video[edit]

Audio works[edit]

  • The Poet's Tongue, Antwerp: Guy Schraenen, cassette, 1977; reed., Milan: Alga Marghen, vinyl LP, 2012; reed., in Carrión, Dear reader. Don’t read. ed. Guy Schraenen, Barcelona: MACBA, CD, 2016. [1] [2]
  • Tríos & Boleros (radio program produced for the VPRO), Amsterdam: Time Based Arts, cassette, 1977; reed., private edition, cassette, 1989; reconstruction on podcast: Israel Martínez and Tumbona Ediciones, 2015.

Writings, publications[edit]

Essays (selection)
  • "El arte nuevo de hacer libros", Plural (literary supplement in newspaper Excélsior) 4:41, México, Feb 1975, pp 33-38. Written in Amsterdam in May 1974. [3] (Spanish)
    • "The New Art of Making Books", Kontexts 6-7, Maastricht, 1975; repr. in Contents, Warsaw: Remont Gallery, 1976; repr. in Art Contemporary 3:1, San Francisco, 1977; repr. in Carrión, Second Thoughts, Amsterdam: VOID, 1980; repr. in Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Joan Lyons, Utah: Gibbs Smith, and Rochester: Visual Studies Workshop, 1985; repr. in Ulises Carrion: We have won! Haven’t we?, ed. Guy Schraenen, Amsterdam: Fodor Museum, 1992. (English)
    • "Nowa sztuka robienia książek", Linia 2:3, Warsaw, Feb-Mar 1977. (Polish)
    • Nové umění jak dělat knihy, trans. G. Pospíšilová, Prague, 1977, [25] pp. (Czech)
    • “Den nya konsten att göra böcker", Konstenärsböker Kalejdoskop 1-2, Åhus, 1980. (Swedish)
    • "El nou art de fer llibres", in Llibres d'artista / Artists' Books, ed. Tous i Giner Rafael, trans. Glòria Picazo, Barcelona: Metroǹom, 1981. [4] [5] (Catalan)/(English)
    • "Die neue Kunst des Büchermachens", trans. Hubert Kretschmer, Wolkenkratzer 3:82, Frankfurt am Main, Oct-Nov 1982. (German)
    • "Le nouvel art de faire des livres", in Livres d'artistes, ed. Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Paris: Centre Pompidou & Herscher, 1985. Trans. of abridged version. (French)
    • "Die neue Kunst des Büchermachens", in Ulises Carrión: Die neue Kunst des Büchermachens, Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1992. (German)
    • "Le nouvel art de faire des livres", in Carrión, Quant aux livres / On Books, Genève: Héros-Limite, 1997; 2008. (French)
    • The New Art of Making Books, Nicosia: Aegean Editions, 2001, [36] pp. (English)
    • Athens: Ypsilon, 2004. (Greek)
    • Belo Horizonte: C/Arte, 2011. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • The Timeless Art of Allowing Books to Thrive, Berkeley: Codex Foundation, 2015, 26 pp. New translation of the essay with interlinear responses by Robert Bringhurst. (English)
Journals
Bookworks
  • editor, From Bookworks to Mailworks, Amsterdam: Other Books and So, 1978.
  • Cres, Amsterdam: self-published, 1978.
  • The Muxlows, Düsseldorf: Verlaggalerie Leaman, 1978.
  • Mirror Box, Amsterdam: Stempelplaats, 1979.
  • Rubber Stamp Books, Odder: Lomholt Formular Press, 1979.
  • Second Thoughts, Amsterdam: VOID, 1980, 72 pp. Collection of 8 essays. (English)
  • For Fans and Scholars Alike, Rochester, N.Y.: Visual Studies Workshop, 1980. Artist's book.
  • editor, with Agius Juan J., Beeld Boeken, Amsterdam: Galerie da Costa, 1980.
  • with Crozier Robin, et al., Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit, Würzburg: Marode, 1981.
Catalogues
  • Contents, Remont Gallery, Warsaw, 1976.
  • Inne Książki, Remont Gallery, Warsaw, 1977.
  • Names and Addresses, Budapest: Fiatal Művészek Klubja, 1979.
  • Namen en adressen, Maastricht: Agora-Studio, 1980.
  • Ulises Carrion: We have won! Haven’t we?, ed. Guy Schraenen, Amsterdam: Fodor Museum, 1992.
  • Dear Reader. Don't Read, ed. Guy Schraenen, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016, 272 pp. With CD. (English)
    • Querido lector. No lea, ed. Guy Schraenen, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2016, 272 pp. (Spanish)
Collected writings
  • Quant aux livres / On Books, ed. Juan J. Agius, trans. Thierry Dubois, Genève: Héros-Limite, 1997, 207 pp; 2nd ed., 2008, 212 pp. (French)/(English)
  • Archivo Carrión, 1: El arte nuevo de hacer libros, ed. Juan J. Agius, trans. Heriberto Yépez, México, D.F.: Tumbona, 2012, 179 pp; 2nd ed., 2016, 179 pp. [6] (Spanish)
  • Archivo Carrión, 2: El arte correo y el gran monstruo, ed. Juan J. Agius, trans. Heriberto Yépez, México, D.F.: Tumbona, 2013, 282 pp. [7] (Spanish)
  • Archivo Carrión, 3: Lilia Prado superestrella, y otros chismes, ed. Juan J. Agius, trans. Heriberto Yépez, México, D.F.: Tumbona, 2014, 266 pp. [8] (Spanish)

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