abc art berlin contemporary 2012
13–16 September 2012
Opening: 13 September 2012
Luckenwalder Straße 4–6
10963 Berlin, Germany
abc art berlin contemporary will take place from September 13–16 at Station Berlin, located in the Berlin neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, and is also now a partner in the newly founded Berlin Art Week. This year the organizers have invited 127 galleries from nineteen countries. While in past years the selection of artworks was based on an overarching theme, this year galleries have been asked to submit their own positions. abc’s innovative fair format was developed by Berlin galleries with international galleries in mind, encouraging them to present individual positions in contemporary art from around the world in Berlin. The selection and compiling of works was the responsibility of abc organizers and selected curators. Participating galleries will not be presenting their program, but rather acting as producers for their artists.
For abc 2012 Artists Space, New York, has curated an adjunct program that focuses on an expanded field of cultural production and discourse. At the heart of this program is a “bazaar”—an area devoted to organizations, projects, and initiatives that are engaged in forms of cultural production and circulation distinct from the conventional gallery system, such as designers, publishers, fashion houses, and record labels. Further contributions are a series of keynote lectures taking place over the course of the weekend, and interventional projects by Metahaven and Mexicali Rose that exist within the space of abc. These curated platforms highlight a discourse around forms of organizing and acting at the line between aesthetics and politics.
Furthermore abc is excited to host the fourth edition of MISS READ, Berlin’s annual Independent Publishing Festival at the premises. This year MISS READ has invited international publishers and artists to show their artist books parallel to abc. Presenting a selection of about 80 of the most active contributors in this field, this edition provides the rare opportunity to encounter and explore the contemporary scene of independent publishing.
11–6pm: Professional preview
6–9pm: Official opening
14 September: 12-8pm
15–16 September: 12–7pm
Organisation Office: Christiane v. der Osten
Press: BUREAU N, Ulrike Bernhard
Jess Ptak is a Master of Arts candidate in English Literature at Mercy College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Jess lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, where she enjoys crafting handmade stationery and spending time with her husband and daughter.