Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Professor Rirkrit Tiravanija and his monumental new print, untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling) I-III -- currently on view in "Publisher Spotlight: LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts" at Pace Prints Chelsea -- are the focus of a feature article in the June/July issue of Art in America.
"Multiplicity: Passport, Please," by Faye Hirsch, tells the history of and inspiration for the print, which is 3 feet hight and 84 feet long. It also describes the extraordinary processes of its creation at the LeRoy Neiman Center. Master printers, shop managers, and at least 40 students worked on the project, which was subsidized in part by an endowment from Neiman. As reported in the article, "Tomas Vu, the Neiman Center's artistic director and master printer, observes, 'Rirkrit's is certainly the most ambitious project the center has ever undertaken.'" Visual Arts Professor Vu's work is also on display in the exhibit at Pace Prints, as is work by Visual Arts Professor Sarah Sze, and alumni Ernesto Caivano ('01SOA), Barnaby Furnas ('00SOA), Dana Schutz ('02SOA), and Dasha Shishkin ('06SOA). The exhibit is on view through July 9.
Tiravanija is the winner of the 2010 Absolut Art Award and the 2005 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum. Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. He recently had a retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld along with previous retrospective exhibition at the Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that then was presented in Paris and London. Tiravanija is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also president of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space called VER located in Bangkok--where he maintains his primary residence and studio.
Untitled 2008-2011(the map of the land of feeling) (detail scroll II)
Digitally transferred actual-size repro of artist passports,
mounted on 3 scrolls with silkscreen, chine collé, giclée and hand work
Three scrolls, 36 x 336 inches each
Edition of 40