The BANK Fax-Bak Service.

(BANK). Barshee, Tenzing; Gallien Déjean et al, eds. 


Between 1998 and 1999, the London-based art collective BANK operated ‘The BANK Fax-Bak Service’. For the project, the group’s members, Simon Bedwell, John Russell and Milly Thompson proof-read and copy-edited more than 300 press releases published by galleries in London and New York. The procedure was simple: after adding their mocking corrections, the artists faxed the promotional texts back to the respective galleries. ‘The BANK Fax-Bak Service’ exposes the art market’s (ongoing) sisyphean effort to legitimize itself through boasting, self-important and nonsensical language. Published in collaboration with Treize (Paris), this volume is a comprehensive record of BANK’s notorious project from the late 1990s. — Publisher’s blurb.

Milano: Lenz, 2021. First edition. 4to (31 × 24 cm). Softcover. Texts in English. Wrappers with french flaps. Sewn bound. Illustrated in b/w and colour throughout. Condition: New. Item ID: 1585.



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