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Evidence of the Avant Garde Ex-Library by Derek Sullivan


24 July


24 July

Works by

Derek Sullivan
A hand holds open a book. On the pages, a drawing of a pressed orchid covers text and diagrams.

Evidence of the Avant Garde Ex-Library by Derek Sullivan

About this publication

Derek Sullivan’s work responds to systems of distribution and how the meaning of objects change as they circulate in the world. His recent drawings look at the structure of books and their subjects, exploring the relationships between physical reproduction and the spread of information.

In this new publication of drawings, Sullivan reprints Evidence of the Avant Garde Since 1957, first published by Art Metropole in 1984, one of the first books (and exhibitions) to curate and catalogue distributed art practices – artworks that required wide circulation to fulfill their intent.

Based on Sullivan’s own copy of the original catalogue purchased from a library book sale, the original pages are interrupted by other kinds of distributed objects: prisms scatter rainbows, ragweed’s pollen gives the reader a runny nose, metro tickets spill out of pockets, invasive dandelions are dug out of a garden, recent art pamphlets pile up on the table. In reproducing these moments, Evidence of the Avant Garde Ex-Library examines the poetics of circulating artworks and the content that they pick up along the way.

Published by Art Metropole, Struts Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery

Book Launch
Saturday, 24 July – Online Book Launch @ 4:00 PM ADT
Join us for an online book launch featuring Derek Sullivan in conversation with Roula Partheniou and Dave Dyment.

Register to attend

Sunday, 25 July – In-Person Pop Up and Book Signing, 2:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
Art Metropole will be hosting an outdoor book sale and signing with Derek Sullivan outside of their offices at 163 Sterling Road, Toronto, Ontario.

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