Dealing with

Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger, Magnus Schäfer (Eds.)
Dealing with—Some Texts, Images, and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co.

With contributions by Andrea Fraser, Manfred Hermes, Karl Holmqvist, Tobias Kaspar, Isla Leaver-Yap, Hannes Loichinger, Jackie McAllister, James Meyer, Christian Philipp Müller, Magnus Schäfer, Axel John Wieder, Phillip Zach, and a conversation between Colin de Land, Josef Strau, and Stephan Dillemuth

The New York gallery American Fine Arts, Co.—whose name today is largely synonymous with that of its gallerist, Colin de Land (1955–2003)—represents a gallery practice in which a decided deviation from conventional models overlaps with successful activities within the framework of the art market. Today, American Fine Arts, Co. and de Land figure as uncontested projection screens for the desire for independence from or bohemian resistance against the dictate of the market. Particularly in retrospect, a consistent image of the gallery is not discernible. Faced with the obvious risk of romanticization, it appears all the more important to pursue an understanding of how American Fine Arts, Co. functioned as a gallery.

September 2012, English
21.5 x 28 cm, 80 pages, 18 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-28-3