Nothing in MoMA, Punctum Books, 2018
A collection of photographs documenting areas of four Manhattan museums, in which there are no artworks, words, or people.
Nothing is obscene in museum galleries—nothing should be un-seen. But here are scenes that are not seen—not even populated by artworks or persons. Vertiginous black holes of attention where there is no-thing and no-one and, even though the museum’s doors are open for business, even though the picture-engine is churning—just a few feet away—there is nothing. Nothing in MoMA. This is vertiginous and uncanny and wrong.
—from David Joselit's introduction
Robert Smithson once quipped that the most interesting part of any museum is the space between the artworks. In this series of photographs, Abraham Adams takes him at his word.
Before, Inpatient Press, 2016/18
A collection of found, appropriated "before-and-after" diptychs with "afters" removed.
Expanded edition forthcoming with an introduction by Lucy Ives.
From Lucy Ives's introduction: "I feel concerned about suggesting that this book is important because it’s difficult to grasp. Or, if not that, because that sounds a little harsh, that it’s shot through with some sort of secret information that’s produced when the bodies of American art, whatever this is, rub up against the bodies of philosophy."
Read an interview with Ben Fama on the first edition at Queen Mob's Tea House.
Read about Before at Inpatient Press.
Buy at Printed Matter.
Intersubjectivity (Sternberg Press, 2016)
Co-edited essay collection with contributions by Cory Arcangel, Fia Backström, Alain Badiou, Erica Baum, Xu Bing, Paul Chan, Andrew Durbin, Jimmie Durham, Daniel Grúň, Lucy Ives, Jenny Jaskey, William Kherbek, Nicky Marsh, Julia Moritz & YGRG, Ariane Müller, Vincent Romagny, Hito Steyerl.
Artworks are books. The codex itself only literalizes a composed manifold of durationally disclosed temporal aspects, having a normative material order (in the vectors of the hand, the eye, attention) that can be altered.
—from editor's introduction, Abraham Adams
Read a review at Minus Plato.