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Books. Mari Shaw, Paul Chan and new bookstore, Ulises, in Philadelphia

Posted 11/19/2016

Inside the entrance at Ulises in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Photo by Ricky YanasInside the entrance at Ulises in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Photo by Ricky Yanas

 

New independent art bookstore in Philadelphia now open!

Mari Shaw knows of what she speaks AND writes! After designing Thomas Chimes, Painter and Pataphysician with her, I am now fully engaged in the design of a new series of books she is writing for Sternberg Press in Berlin. Each week brings intense and inspiring conversations between us on books, reading, book design, art, libraries, archiving, history and more.

"On Saturday, November 12, Ulises, a honey of a new independent bookshop dedicated to artist books, independent art publications, and publishing and art activities will open its doors at 31 E. Columbia Avenue (the corner of Columbia and Front Streets), with a stocked reading room, more than 300 titles for sale in its shop, and a bit of hoopla."

http://www.theartblog.org/2016/11/ulises-art-books-talk-and-performance-in-a-book-store/

http://ulises.us/

"Ulises is named after Mexican artist Ulises Carrion (1941-1989) and inspired by the bookshop he founded in Amsterdam in 1975, Other Books and So. Other Books and So (1975-1978) became a vital cultural center for exhibitions, collaborations, performances, and the making and publishing of artist’s books, and later, an archive. In Carrion’s conception, an archive is a work of art that has no set time limit."

https://monoskop.org/Ulises_Carri%C3%B3n

Ulises Carrión emerging from Other Books and So, Amsterdam, c. late 1970s
https://monoskop.org/File:Ulises_Carrion.jpgUlises Carrión emerging from Other Books and So, Amsterdam, c. late 1970s https://monoskop.org/File:Ulises_Carrion.jpg

 

When Mari and I first started working together, Mari spoke highly of Paul Chan and of his deep interest in the book. His work plays a significant part in the first volume of the series for Sternberg Press. The massive 1,092 page New New Testament is stunning evidence of this obsession. Winner of Most Beautiful Swiss Book Award and Bronze winner at the Frankfurt Bookfair Stiftung Buchkunst, I highly recommend taking the time to find a copy for further investigation.

http://www.chadkloepfer.com/paul-chan-new-new-testament

Mari wrote an in depth look at the exhibition, Paul Chan — Selected Works at the Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland (May-October 2014) on the Artblog. Here is part one of that series of four:

http://www.theartblog.org/2014/09/paul-chans-selected-works-at-the-schaulager-mythos-part-1/

New New Testament and other publications by Paul Chan can be found here:

http://paulchan.schaulager.org/paul-chan/en/informationcontact/publications.html

 

New New Testament by Paul Chan. First edition 2014, 1092 pages, with color reproductions, German and English, hardcover. Schaulager, Basel.New New Testament by Paul Chan. First edition 2014, 1092 pages, with color reproductions, German and English, hardcover. Schaulager, Basel.

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