SF today - LA tomorrow

Open today in San Francisco: 
Made in Chicago. 
Art and politics in Chicago, circa 1960s, an exhibition organized in conjunction with 871 Fine Arts, featuring work H.C. Westermann, Peter Saul, Ed Paschke, and the artists of the Hairy Who group, including Karl Wirsum, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and others.  On view now, through the end of March at  871 Fine Arts / 6 Decades Books, 20 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA. 
>  Installation images + exhibition list                         >  Selected posters and ephemera
[Spirit of the Comics exhibition poster]
[Jim Nutt, Hairy Who exhibition poster]
Open tomorrow in Los Angeles:
6 Decades at the LA Art Book Fair
Printed Matter's fourth annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary, LA MoCA. 
Opening preview February 11, 6-9 pm, and open daily February 12-14th. 
Hours and location details here: laartbookfair.net

[Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Mail Art collage]
[Warhol - Basquiat, Palladium afterparty invitation]

Eleven posters and publications, 1960-1973

The midwinter listing includes Smithson, Nauman, Frank Stella, Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, an early Fluxus flyer, a little-known Warhol poster, and exhibition announcements from Castelli, Dwan, and Stable galleries.
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Artist-designed advertisements and posters, 1983-1999

Now online: a brief listing of posters and advertising flyers by artists, including work by John Baldessari, Felix Gonzalez Torres and Christopher Wool, Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman, and Lawrence Weiner. 


Unpacking My Library

6 Decades Books is now open in downtown San Francisco, sharing space with 871 Fine Arts, an art bookstore and exhibition space that is an enduring institution of the Bay Area art world. We are located in downtown San Francisco at 20 Hawthorne Street, on the lower level of the Crown Point Press building, just around the corner from SF MoMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and other museums and galleries in the cultural hub of city. 

Unpacking my Library, now on view through the end of the month, is our inaugural exhibition at the new space. The exhibition is focused on artists’ books, posters, multiples, printed ephemera, and other democratic forms of art, including work by Tauba Auerbach, Shannon Ebner, Wade Guyton, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kippenberger, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinness, Jason Polan, Seth Price, Josh Smith, Christopher Wool, and others. These artists share a multidisciplinary approach to art and they have all made the production of books, multiples, and other easily disseminated art forms a significant part of their practice. The exhibition’s title reflects the long and laborious process of packing and unpacking books that went into the relocating the bookstore from one coast to another, but also makes reference to an influential essay by critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin in which he describes moving his own collection of books and finds the mundane task of hauling bulky objects profoundly at odds with the meanings that become inseparably attached to books, to the point that they may inspire within collectors a sense of mysterious “enchantment.” Taking this as a point of departure, the exhibition considers printing and distribution—the mundane processes of mass production and mass media, which contemporary artists have nonetheless put to use and infuse with meaning in the process of creating new and widely accessible forms of art. Exhibition List.





NYABF 2015

NY Art Book Fair opens tonight. 
"Prepare to Get Sweaty" says NY Times



Early summer

6 Decades has gone West... for now we have an office in Berkeley, but will be opening in San Francisco later in the year. This is our first online listing since the move. There are fourteen items, including work by Maurizio Cattelan, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Hamilton, Sigmar Polke, Cy Twombly, and Christopher Wool. 
The full listing: Early Summer 2015
Additional images, with better resolution: click here


NYC shop now closed

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6 Decades Books has moved West. We have closed our Canal street shop and plan to open in a new location in the SF Bay area later this year. Check back here for more information. In the meantime we will be issuing occasional online catalogs and will be appearing at several upcoming book fairs.
  

Ryan McGinness: Pantone Fingerprints

 Ryan McGinness
Pantone 191U (Double Thumbs Up)
Silkscreen on Vintage 
Pantone Paper
26 x 20 inches 
(30.25 x 24.25 inches as framed)
Signed recto
2013
POR inquire



Ryan McGinness
Pantone 226U (Double Middle Finger)
Silkscreen on Vintage 
Pantone Paper
26 x 20 inches 
(30.25 x 24.25 inches as framed)
Signed recto
2013
POR inquire






Two pieces from a recent series based on McGinness’ own fingerprints. Each work in the series consists of one or more fingerprint images screenprinted onto vintage Pantone presentation paper. The prints of different fingers are layered together in combinations that suggest hand gestures, then further combined with specific shades from the Pantone spectrum. The result is a kind of visual shorthand, a few bits visual information to evoke a particular mood, or state of mind… These two are a study in contrast. Double thumbs-up on a guava-hued background, above, has the ultra laid-back vibe of a beachcomber on permanent vacation, versus the riot grrl rage, below, of a double middle-finger against a background of shocking pink.