The Bookshop Piece
A few years later, in 1998, The Bookshop Piece
was activated at gallery Greene Naftali
For this new situation, the stock was
actualised and critically reconfigured in close
collaboration with Carol Greene and the US
based publishers and distributors. The Bookshop
Piece for gallery Greene Naftali foregrounds
even more the fabric of social relations and
exchanges, which occur in the realization of
the project. The artists, publishers and
gallery staff participated in a collaborative
process, working intensively together to rework
and adjust the stock for this specific
situation, which invited the audience to
participate as a viewer, consumer or browser.
Questions of the public sphere enter through
the architectural and sculptural displacement
of one‘s institution’s bookstore into another
institution’s exhibition space. This
intersection raises questions particular to an
American context where the space between the
gallery and the museum is shrinking and the
role of the institution as an entertainment
venue is supported by the museum cafe and

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opening GreeneNaftali, NY, 1998

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