The BANK Fax-Bak Service

Between 1998 and 1999, more than 300 press releases produced by galleries in London and New York are proof-read and copy-edited by the members of BANK, the London-based collective composed at the time of Simon Bedwell, John Russell and Milly Thompson. It’s all there! The theoretical verbiage, historical approximations, typographical, syntactical and grammatical errors that flood these texts are pointed out by the sarcastic comments of the bad guys of the English art scene, before being sent back by fax to their respective galleries… A reading of the Fax-Baks reveals a globalized art world constructed as a legitimizing enterprise that reduces its production to clumsy, hypocritical and absurd communication strategies – like any other commodity sector within the capitalist system.

After years of hard work with my partners Tenzing Barshee and Dan Solbach, we are happy to announce the publication of these 300 Fax-Baks by Lenz and Treize in collaboration with Galerie Neu and Kunsthalle Zürich. 🍾 Many thanks to Simon Bedwell, John Russell and Milly Thompson for the trust and the exciting discussions we had together! 🙋🏻‍♂️

The BANK Fax-Bak Service
Edited by Tenzing Barshee, Gallien Déjean, and Dan Solbach
Published by Lenz Press and Treize
Co-published with @kunsthallezurich and @galerie_neu
Designed by Dan Solbach

Published on April 2021
Bilingual edition (English / French)
24 x 31 cm (softcover)
352 pages (ill.)
ISBN 978-88-945353-5-8

The publication was generously supported by Centre national des arts plastiques and Fluxus Art Projects
📷 @international_puppy

Inline image taken from Lenz Press

Featured image taken from Treize

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