With works by Tauba Auerbach, Elisheva Biernoff, Luke Butler, Claude Closky, Dina Danish, Sam Durant, Liam Everett, Colter Jacobsen, Ben Kinmont, Ruth Laskey, Adam McEwen, Dave Muller, Bruce Nauman, and Franz Erhard Walther.

    Artists & Editions is a limited-edition boxed set of multiples by 14 artists; it is a tribute to the renowned art dealer, collector, and educator Steven Leiber (1957–2012). The participating artists were invited to produce these multiples in response to Leiber’s archives and their own relationship with him. Some of the artists met Leiber at California College of the Arts, where he was an advisor in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts; some were his longtime creative and professional collaborators; others had work in his vast collection. Altogether, Artists & Editions documents a spectrum of relationships: between the collector and the artists, and among friends. The box’s contents vary in medium and format: from Tauba Auerbach’s digitally trimmed manila file folders to Bruce Nauman’s etching, Ruth Laskey’s hand-woven linen, and Colter Jacobsen’s hand-bound book.

    Artists & Editions was modeled after the 1970 Multiples Inc. publication Artists & Photographs, an object particularly loved by Leiber; he affectionately called it a “curious classic boxed edition.” A boxed edition is, in essence, an invitation to discover artists’ works privately. Opening such a box is akin to opening a treasure chest: The content reveals itself as the pieces are removed and examined. Each work is a mystery that leads to a new discovery, a new interpretation. The elements have many layers of meaning and feeling, and require the viewer’s close attention and contemplation. This display of Artists & Editions is an occasion to publicly unveil its precious contents.

    All proceeds from the sale of Artists & Editions directly benefit the Steven Leiber Scholarship Fund at California College of the Arts. Artists & Editions is currently in the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

    The display of Artists & Editions has been curated by Pierre-François Galpin in collaboration with Robin Wright and the Wattis Institute. The exhibition was on view at the Wattis from December 10-14, 2013.

    For more information about the box and the works, visit RITE Editions

    Photos: Ian Reeves

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