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Republished by Project Press to accompany Ravivo Puusemp – Dissolution, the first comprehensive overview of Puusemp’s work produced between the mid-1960s and late 1970s, curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen (NL), this publication was recently described by Stephen Wright as ‘Indisputably one of the most exceptional documents in the history of concept art’.
Beyond Art – Dissolution of Rosendale, N.Y. documents the 1975 election of Raivo Puusemp as Mayor of the troubled town of Rossendale, New York. What the residents did not know, and what his campaign did not reveal, was that Puusemp was a conceptual artist who would later come to view his appointment and the situation as an artwork, Rosendale, a public work. During his tenure, he applied the work he had been doing as an artist, in group dynamic and predictive behaviour, to the political problems of the town and was successful in guiding them to a resolution – the dissolution of Rosendale. Puusemp documented this process through a series of official letters, documents and press clippings, from which this booklet was first published in 1980. Following the dissolution of the town, Puusemp resigned his post, relocating to Utah with his family.
Read Stephen Wrights full review of the publication here: http://northerneastwestsouth.net/art-without-qualities-raivo-puusemps-beyond-art-dissolution-rosendale-ny
Publisher: Project Press
ISBN No: 978-1-872493-41-1
Price: €5.00 (plus €1.00 booking fee, postage & packing)*
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