Thursday, August 21, 2008

Book - Texte und Materialien zur Geschichte der BAG

Bastard Art Gruppe
Texte und Materialien
zur Geschichte der BAG

The history of the Bastard Art Gruppe in 31 chapters, with 78 illustrations, 427 explanary footnotes.

Totalling 152 pages in full color, A4 hardcover.


This book compiles a number of texts and reports written by DDV on his project “Diggin’ for Gordon” which evolved into the “Bastard Art Gallery” and in a later stage into the “Bastard Art Gruppe”. Each original document reprinted in this book comes with an annotated version of the same text with additional footnotes wherein every significant detail is explained either with encyclopedic information about people and/or facts, with related details about other DDV projects, or with additional noteworthy tidbits related to the given information.
With her treatise “Die Rote Armee Aufbauen”, a declaration on the liberation of Andreas Baader of 5 June 1970, Ulrike Meinhof made clear that she had given up her life of pleading, discussing, argueing and writing to no avail, and was starting a campaign of urban guerilla: “Die Klassenkämpfe entfalten – Das Proletariat organisieren – Mit dem bewaffneten Widerstand beginnen – Die Rote Armee Aufbauen!”.
With a declaration about a bomb-attack on the buildings of “De Standaard” and an attack on Florent Bex, we have chosen to organize armed resistance to the institutional violence opposed on contemporary artists in art institutions. It was the start of our campaign as the “Bastard Art Gruppe”. During this campaign there were more revendications, performances, declarations and threats. We also intervened during debates, and even uninvitedly questioned the Minister of Culture about representation of artists in board of cultural institutions and the abuse of artists in art institutions subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
At some points we have won, at others we have failed. With the publication of this book we want to set things straight about the history of the “Bastard Art Gruppe”, and – most important – keep things in hand ourselves. No recuperation by the art museums, the art institutions, the art curators, the art historians, the art critics, the art magazines, the art galleries and the art dealers.

You are cordially invited
to attend the public presentation
of this book

on 27 august 2008

De Groene Waterman
Wolstraat 1
2000 Antwerpen

lectures - film - music - varia

in memory of
Gordon Matta-Clark
(° 22 June 1943 in New York; † 27 August 1978 in New York)

First printing August 2008 in an edition of 48 numbered copies

The first 24 signed copies of this edition are exclusively and only sold to 24 people involved with or related to Bastard Art Gallery projects.
Ownership of such a copy is unique and permanent. By buying a signed copy of this book the owner agrees never to sell, borrow, loan nor even give away for free his copy of this book to any art institution, art museum, art gallery, art critic, art historian, art publisher or art dealer.

Club Moral vzw
Copyright © DDV 2008 - All rights reserved

Club Moral Stocklist: CM077
Wettelijk Depot: D/2008/11.125/1
ISBN: 978-9-0811-4260-1

Compiled, designed and printed by DDV on an Apple Powerbook and a Lexmark C500 laserprinter. Occasional crumpling of pages are due to nature of production, this is not a coffeetable book but an anti-imperialist independent small press revolutionary artguerilla publication.
Set in Times New Roman, Courier, American Typewriter, Attic Antique and Bastard. Handbound by Handboekbinderij Van Dyck, Deurne.

This book is not available in bookshops

Price for individuals: 48,- € + postage
Price for institutions: 84,- € + postage

**** UPDATE ****

As of 18 October 2008 all copies of the original edition have been sold out.
However! A second edition including all of the original text, images and footnotes in original layout and colour is now available in paperback by means of Print-on-Demand by WWAOW.

You can order your copy here:

Price is 43,70 € + VAT + postage.

This book is not and will never be available in bookshops.