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Vern Blosum

Author: Lionel Bovier; Fabrice Stroun; Kunsthalle Bern,
Publisher: Zürich : JPR/Ringier, New York, NY : Artbook D.A.P. [2014] ©2014
Series: Hapax.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vern Blosum does not exist. The story can be told simply: in 1961 an artist paints five canvases inspired by pages in a horticulture book; then came parking meters, water hydrants, and animals. Some of them were shown at Leo Castelli Gallery, sold to collectors and public institutions, included in seminal exhibitions or books on Pop art-a seemingly normal progression in an artist's career, were it not for a rumor  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lionel Bovier; Fabrice Stroun; Kunsthalle Bern,
ISBN: 9783037643792 303764379X
OCLC Number: 904575670
Notes: "Vern Blosum does not exist, but his work does"--Page 5.
"This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Vern Blosum held at Kunsthalle Bern, from June 6 to August 3, 2014"--Page 62.
Includes a discussion of Vern Blosum by Lionel Bovier and Fabrice Stroun.
Description: 63 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 17 cm.
Series Title: Hapax.
Other Titles: Vern Blosum :
Responsibility: Lionel Bovier (ed.).

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Vern Blosum does not exist. The story can be told simply: in 1961 an artist paints five canvases inspired by pages in a horticulture book; then came parking meters, water hydrants, and animals. Some of them were shown at Leo Castelli Gallery, sold to collectors and public institutions, included in seminal exhibitions or books on Pop art-a seemingly normal progression in an artist's career, were it not for a rumor that emerged regarding his true identity. Alfred H. Barr, the legendary director of MoMA, started to worry about the rumor sometime in 1964 and, after extensive inquiries, came to the conclusion that Vern Blosum did not exist. His paintings were taken down or sent back to storage, and the artist's name fell into oblivion. Vern Blosum does not exist, but his work does. This book retrieves the oeuvre of this particularly elusive artist.

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