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Specific Object Publication of the Year for 2008!

October 2, 2009 by Ellie

We're delighted and thrilled to announce that The Mug has won Specific Object Publication of the Year for 2008! Hats off to Sarah Lucas, Olivier Garbay and everyone at Other Criteria who worked so hard to produce this exciting, humorous book.


We have signed copies available through our website, as well as a range of associated merchandise, like mugs and T-shirts. Click here to see them.

Here's what they said:

This year's brutal, confrontational, contentious, yet somehow able, four judges found The Mug to be a publication that stood out among the over 1,000 titles submitted. Additionally the four runner-up titles reflect a unity the judges saw in autobiographical artist's publications produced in 2008.

The Mug, published by Other Criteria, acts as a visual vocabulary, a compendium, of Sarah Lucas' art and iconographical lexicon which is mirrored and conjoined by texts by Olivier Garbay. This unity is described by the artists as "an immediate and still growing appreciation for one another's company."

According to Other Criteria "The Mug is a collaborative project exploring Lucas and Garbay's working methods. Designed in the style of an alphabetised address book, it catalogues their thoughts and ideas, mixing free-form Anglo-Gallic poetry with various artistic experiments, dabbling in dirt, dominoes, and drinking."

In addition to "The Mug, the judges also wish to acknowledge four additional outstanding publications for 2008 from the over 1,000 submitted titles:

Album, by Hans-Peter Feldmann, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

The Collections of Barbara Bloom, published by ICP / Steidl.

Francis Alÿs, Fabiola: An Investigation, published by Dia Art Foundation.

Helmar Lerski, by Urs Fischer, self-published by Fischer.

About the Specific Object Publication of the Year Award
From 2004 forward Specific Object will select a Specific Object Publication of the Year. The winner of the 2004 Specific Object Publication of the Year Award was Jonathan Monk for his book Cover Version, published by Book Works U.K.; the winner for 2005 was Philippe Parreno's Fade to Black, published by mfc-Michèle Didier; 2006's award was presented to 0 TO 9 : Limited Facsimile Edition by Vito Acconci & Bernadette Mayer as part of the Ugly Duckling Presse / Lost Literature Series; 2007's award was presented to Esopus magazine.

Winners of the award receive a cash prize and the title of Publication of the Year.. Rules for consideration for the Specific Object 2008 Publication of the Year award can be found at:

About Specific Object
Specific Object is a gallery, bookstore and website based in New York City.

Specifically, Specific Object is an attempt to isolate distinct works of value - historically, monetarily and / or personally valuable - and show them in an isolated context without the artifice of visual confusion or clutter in hopes of allowing these works, or objects, their own place, space and time. The materials shown range from artists' publications, ephemera, prints, multiples and other editions to literature, music / audio works and unique artworks of the contemporary world.

From 1998 through 2004 Platzker was the Executive Director of the non-profit institution Printed Matter, Inc. He is also the co-author, and co-curator - with Elizabeth Wyckoff - of "Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and Process" (International Print Center New York & Hudson Hills Press, 2000); and - with Richard H. Asxom - the book and exhibition entitled "Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters, and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg: A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-1996" (Madison Art Center & Hudson Hills Press, 1997), which was awarded the George Wittenborn Award for Best Art Publication of 1997 by the Art Libraries Society of North America. Platzker has also curated exhibitions of the works of John Baldessari, Marcel Duchamp, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Oldenburg, Dieter Roth, and Edward Ruscha in addition to commissioning or curating exhibitions at Printed Matter of Angelblood, Larry Clark, Erin Cosgrove, Meg Cranston, General Idea, Jenny Holzer, Reverend Jen, Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono, Ryan McGinness, Sonic Youth, Tom Sachs, David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle and the Guerrilla Girls.

In November 2004 Specific Object acquired the inventory of Bound & Unbound from Barbara Moore.

For more information about Specific Object, go to their website.