Once more, with feeling


Once more, with feeling is a project (initially installed at galleries in New York and Paris) that addressed the generic white gallery space. A challenge to the "tabula rasa" idea of the empty gallery space, and to the cultural demand that the artist fill it in conventional ways, the project is comprised of objects of both mass and limited production. Included are a large-run of an offset poster of each empty gallery space, with quotations taken from local, time-sensitive publications, and a limited edition gold, hand-printed silkscreen of the same image of the empty gallery space displayed behind a metal railing. The full run of posters and their packing tubes were displayed next to the print and railing. Conceptually speaking, if the posters are all sold during the exhibition, the gallery becomes half empty, with only the gold print and railing remaining. This piece can be re-photographed and re-printed for any given white gallery space, with local quotations utilized on the poster.

A comprehensive review appeared in the NYT at the time of the New York exhibition at Postmasters Gallery.


The print and poster of Once more, with feeling are in the collection of:

The Museum of Modern Art

MAMCO, Geneva.

Selected Bibliography

"Sacrality and Aura in the Museum: Mute Objects and Articulate Space," by Joan R. Branham, The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 52/53 (1995)

"Gender Studies: Feminismus und Kunst," by Sabeth Buchmann, Zitty (Jan.21-Feb.3, 1993)

"Theorie der Praxis und Praxis der Theorie," by Martin Beck, Texte zur Kunst 9 (March 1993)

"Underlining the Legend of the Gallery Space," by Johanne Lamoureux, October 65 (1993)

"Once more, with feeling...Already," October 65, 1993

"Silvia Kolbowski at Postmasters," Art in America no. 1 (January 1993)

"The Gallery is the Message," by Roberta Smith, The New York Times (October 4, 1992)

Review, Artforum (November 1992)

Review, Art Issues (November 1992)

Review, Forum International (December 1992)

Review, Art in America (January 1992)

Review, Art Presse (Summer 1992)

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