Vern Blosum: Planned Obsolescence

Vern Blosum: Planned Obsolescence
Library Shelf Location 18.BLOS
Publication Date 01 Jan 2014

Vern Blosum does not exist. The story can be told in just a few lines: in 1961 an artist paints five canvases inspired by pages in a horticulture book; then came parking meters bearing temporal commentaries, 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 Director of MoMA, New York, started to worry about it 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 obscurity. Vern Blosum does not exist, but his work does. And that is precisely what this book aims to reveal.

Published in the HAPAX series with the Kunsthalle Bern.

ISBN 9783037643792
Quantity 1
Pages 63 pages: illustrations (chiefly color); 17 cm.
Editor Lionel Bovier
Format Softcover
Publisher JRP Ringier
Related Artist Vern Blosum
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Painting
Keywords obsolescence, existence, 1960s
Language English

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