Storefront Newsprints 1982-2009
Wednesday December 9, 2009
Shortly after Storefront for Art and Architecture was born in 1982, founding director Kyong Park began circulating what he described as a “newsletter” among the gallery’s friends and followers.
This newssheet, sent out by mail to a list of up to 3,000 people, served a dual purpose: as an update on exhibitions, events and programs in the gallery, and also as a “reader” of sorts, offering critical contextualizations to the exhibitions on display in the gallery. In the mid-Eighties, the newsletters evolved to acquire a precise format: large sheets of double-sided monochrome newsprint, folded down to the size of a postcard and distributed either by mail or for free in the gallery. Each show in the gallery has its own newsprint, and the tradition continues to this day.
Over time, the archive of Storefront’s Newsprints grew to become the most complete historical documentation of the gallery’s programs since its earliest days. Storefront Newsprints 1982-2009 is comprised of reproductions of over 154 newsletters, many of which contain otherwise unpublished texts by artists, architects and theorists such as Vito Acconci, Lebbeus Woods, Michael Sorkin, Beatriz Colomina, Michael Webb and Mark Wigley.
Additional content includes an in-depth interview by current director Joseph Grima with Kyong Park on the origins and history of the Newsprints project, an index of other Storefront publications and readers, numerous unpublished texts and essays, and a conversation with former director Sarah Herda.
Publisher: Storefront Books
Pages: 1024 pages total
2 volumes with slipcase
Dimensions: 2.2″ x 10.5″ x 14.5″
Medium: Soft cover newsprint, monochrome