Summer Offer: Allen Ruppersberg and Martha Wilson Sourcebooks

Left: Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century. Right: Martha Wilson Sourcebook:40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces.

The Independent Curators International (ICI) Sourcebook series is dedicated to contemporary artists’ personal perspectives on social, political, and cultural issues. Each book, edited by a single artist, includes a collection of primary research materials and influences, such as rare archival documents, artwork studies, and excerpts of landmark publications, selected from the artist’s own archive and annotated with personal commentary.

The Sourcebook series follows the development of an artist’s oeuvre through the very material that inspires and influences it. Each book is a catalyst to further understand contemporary artistic practice, particularly by artists who challenge conventional art histories while contributing to its development. 


Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century
Edited by Allen Ruppersberg
Foreword by Kate Fowle, introduction by Constance M. Lewallen
Design by General Working Group
Softcover, with French-fold jacket, 284 pages
Full Color. 8.5 x 11 inches. 2014
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI) and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) and Walther König Books
ISBN: 9780916365844
$ 39.95

The Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century is a unique collection of original source material edited by Ruppersberg from his extensive archives of texts, images, films, records and ephemera influential to his practice over the past four decades. Focusing on nine projects by the artist from 1978 to 2012, the Sourcebook offers an exclusive insight into Ruppersberg’s thinking, and a practice sparked by his interest in 20th century popular culture and pre-digital materials.


Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces
Edited by Martha Wilson
Foreword by Kate Fowle; introduction by Moira Roth; text by Martha Wilson
Softcover, 272 pages
8.5 x 11 in. 2011
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI), and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.)
ISBN: 978-0-916365-85-1
SALE PRICE: $15.00

Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces is a collection of primary research materials consisting of rare archival documents and excerpts of landmark publications that influenced Wilson and her approach to activism and art. Wilson’s selection encapsulates the contestations around feminism, performance art and alternative spaces, accentuating the ways that identity and positioning are not just self-defined or projected, but also negotiated within one’s environment and through one’s critical reception. This unique selection of materials documents Wilson’s actions and work and reveals her interest in fellow artists such as Vito Acconci, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero and Lynda Benglis and includes in its entirety Lucy Lippard’s exhibition catalogue for c. 7,500, the groundbreaking 1973 exhibition of women Conceptual artists, which first declared the significance of Wilson’s work.


Order the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook and receive $10 OFF the Martha Wilson Sourcebook + FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S:

June 24, 2014 - July 22, 2014


Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity.  She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Photograph: Christopher Milne.

Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is one of the first generation of American conceptual artists with an oeuvre that includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, installations and literature. While his career began in painting, Ruppersberg soon shifted his focus to the study of languages, pictures, books, and ideas and began extensively collecting texts of American popular culture and educational films from 1931-1967. With an interest in cultural mythologies, narratives and everyday life, these materials served as a vital source in his practice. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows, and can be found in museum permanent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Career highlights include participation in the Whitney Biennials (1970, 1975, 1991), and Documenta V (1972). In 1985 the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles organized a major survey of Ruppersberg’s work, which subsequently traveled to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Most recently, he participated in the ICI tour of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss; Al’s Grand Hotel (1971/2014) for Frieze Projects, New York; and No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R at Wiels, Brussels.

event updates

NEW YORK, NY 10013
T: +1 212 254 8200 F: +1 212 477 4781
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)