December 16, 2008 - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts - Limited Editions 2008
December 16, 2008

Limited Editions 2008

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Autorretrato Ciego: SF Suite 1–11 (2008)

Limited Editions 2008

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107
T: 415.551.9210

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco is delighted to announce the launch of a limited-editions program featuring new works commissioned by some of today’s most important emerging and established artists. The series thus far includes six artists who appeared in the Wattis’s 2007–8 exhibitions: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Tim Lee, Paul McCarthy, Roman Ondák, and Mario Ybarra Jr. For direct sales or additional information, contact All proceeds directly support Wattis exhibitions and programs.

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla: Intermission (2007)
Screenprint on Magnani Pescia, edition of 20
This limited-edition print was produced on the occasion of the exhibition Apocalypse Now: The Theater of War (November 30, 2007–January 26, 2008), curated by the artists. The print shows an American soldier in the Iraq war, wearing a Halloween mask. Consistent with their curatorial approach, the artists consciously obscure the image as if to “historicize” a contemporary war-themed document.

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Autorretrato Ciego: SF Suite 1–11 (2008)
Acrylic on paper, edition of 11
Each work in this edition is unique, consisting of a single image that the artist has carefully selected from the mass media, then taken out of circulation. In an unusual play on collage, appropriation, and ownership, he backs the image with red acrylic paint and frames it facing inward so that the image is hidden. The series is produced on the occasion of Cruzvillegas’s participation in the exhibition Passengers.

Tim Lee: Steve Martin, Let’s Get Small, 1977 / Neil Young, Rust Never Sleeps, 1979 (2007)
Screenprint, edition of 10
Taking the form of a late-1970s promotional concert poster, this screenprint was conceived by the artist on the occasion of his Capp Street Project residency. It is printed on reflective paper, so that the viewer sees him- or herself reading the poster.

Roman Ondák: Measuring the Universe (2008)
Documentation of a performance, drawing on paper, edition of 10
Based on the artist’s 2007 Passengers project of the same name, in which gallery attendants marked the height of exhibition visitors on the Wattis Institute wall, Measuring the Universe repeats this performance in the collector’s home. For a period of one year, the owner of this edition will mark the height and name of each visitor to his or her house, along with the date, on a large piece of paper attached to the wall. At the end of the year the work will be framed.

Paul McCarthy: Memory Mistake (2008)
Corduroy, zipper, snaps, thread, linen, and flax seeds, edition of 4
Price and details available upon request
This limited-edition sculpture was conceived in conjunction with Paul McCarthy’s exhibition Low Life Slow Life (February 7–April 5, 2008). Each sculpture consists of a pair of custom-made pants, modified by the artist and displayed on a male mannequin.

Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Ybarra Revolution (2007)
Customized New Era 5950 wool fitted cap, size 8, edition of 20
On the occasion of his Capp Street Project residency, Mario Ybarra Jr. created this limited-edition New Era baseball cap, which features a personalized, specially conceived logo. It exemplifies Ybarra’s ongoing investigation of the intersection of street culture and fine-art practice.

About the CCA Wattis Institute
The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator’s Forum.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries
California College of the Arts

1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107
T: 415.551.9210

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
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