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About the Blank Pages

About: The Blank Pages (2014) is an installation that consists of almost 200 different books. The first 97 are published by Taschen in their series Basic Art, the following hundred are printed by Ejlerskov and Lindahl and are mimicing the look of Taschens books. They all look similar on the outside but the ones not published by Taschen are filled with blank pages. The project is questioning the selection of artist in the original series which led to the unjust result of 5 women and 92 men and is correcting this fact by publishing the missing women.

The project is a collaboration between the artists EvaMarie Lindahl and Ditte Ejlerskov and is investigating the specific format and process of selection concerning the art encyclopedia. The framework for this project is the Taschen Basic Art Series, but it might as well have been any other mainstream publishing house. Lindahl and Ejlerskov entered the project by asking the following question: Can you name one woman artist published by Taschen Basic Art?

This project is a collaboration between Ditte Ejlerskov and EvaMarie Lindahl


The first edition of About: The Blank Pages is now on permanent display at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo



Articles:

(englishWhere are the Women?, New Carlsberg Foundation about the acquisition of About: The Blank Pages for the Collection of Arken Museum of Modern Art.
(englishCHART De-centred reader, a catalogue for CHART art fair 2020, text by David Risley
(
english) Writing on the Museu de Arte de São Paulo’s acquisition of  About: The Blank Pages: Artnews and Arte Aldia
(english) Artwork of the Week: About: The Blank Pages, a google translated article from Portuguese to English
(englishWikipedia better equipped to deal with systemic bias than traditional publishers, The Signpost, editorial
(swedishVi står bakom kulisserna, Julia Holst för Nöjesguiden (pdf)
(swedishFyra riktningar – fyra viljor, Martin Hägg för Omkonst (pdf)
(swedishSkilda uttryck när fyra konstnärer delar plats, Pernilla Ekdahl för Skånskan
(swedishOm det mest intressanta 2014, av Thomas Millroth (pdf)
(swedishStorverk av systerskapet, Fredrik Svensk för Aftonbladet (pdf)
(swedishFeministiskt basläger, Mikael Olofsson för Göteborgsposten
(swedishBilden av ett systerskap, Inger Landström för Borås Tidning (pdf)
(swedishSyster på Borås Konstmuseum, Sara Arvidsson för Konsten.net (pdf)
(swedishSysterskap, samarbete, skapande, Inger Melin för Borås Tidning (pdf)
(swedishMotbilder till den manliga konsthistorien, Tobias Magnusson för Göteborgs Fria Tidning (pdf)
(swedishBlanka sidor blir viktig symbol, Linda Nihlén för Ystad Allehanda (pdf)
(englishWhatever happened to the sisterhood by Jennifer Allen for Mousse Magazine
(swedishBara fem kvinnor i konsthistorien? David Richter för Kulturnytt i Sveriges Radio (pdf)
(englishTaschen under fire, Amalie Kristine Frederiksen in Kunstkritikk (pdf)
(danishTaschen under anklage, Amalie Kristine Frederiksen för Kunstkritikk (pdf)
(englishFeminist history in the making at Malmö Konsthall, Culture Nordic
(swedishPå jakt efter kvinnorna -som borde finnas, Sara Berg för Kvällsposten (pdf)
(swedishKonsthistoriens blanka sidor, Veronica Olofsson för ETC Helg
(swedishBlanka böcker i protest mot enkönad konsthistoria, av Jenny Wickberg för ETC Malmö (pdf)
(swedishBlanka sidor visar brist i konsthistorien, Emma Thörnkvist för Sydsvenskan (pdf)
(swedishKonstens bortglömda kvinnor, av Emma Lundberg för Fria Tidningen Skåne (pdf)
(swedishBerättelsen om konstens kvinnor skrivs underifrånLinda Fagerström i SR om ett tillhörande edit-a-thon


More information:

(englishThe complete list of the missing artists
(englishThe e-mail sent to Taschen


Exhibition schedule:

2020 September 1 – September 12, Time for ChangeSPECTA, Copenhagen, DK
2020 August 28 – August 30, CHART De-centred at SPECTA, Copenhagen, DK
2019 August 23 – November 17, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, BRA
2015 June 13 – November 15, Kvinnohistoriskt museum

2015 April 2 – 31 May, Kristianstad Konsthall
2014 October 18 – January 18, Borås Konstmuseum
2014 June 22 – September 15, The Art Museum In Ystad
2014 April 24 – June 15, Malmö Konsthall


In the collection of:

Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Arken Museum of Modern Art




This e-mail was be sent to Taschen and Petra Lamers-Schütze on the opening of the exhibition:

FROM: Ditte Ejlerskov, EvaMarie Lindahl
TO: Petra Lamers-Schütze, Taschen
SUBJECT: About: The Blank Pages

Dear Dr. Petra Lamers-Schütze, or whom it may concern involved with Taschen’s Basic Art Series,

In March 2010 we had a conversation over the phone about Taschen’s unequal selection of artists for the Basic Art Series. You asked if we were able to mention any female artists that we thought were missing. We mentioned a few that you did not acknowledge as potential candidates for Taschen’s version of art history. We hereby hand over our entire compilation of the nearly 100 missing female artists that we consider qualify for the Basic Art Series alongside the 92 men and 5 women, already published.

It took us almost four years to complete your request, since we wanted to make sure that the facts provided are adequate and useful to you. Our purpose is to highlight the relevance of equality at all levels of art history. We are willing to argue that “misspellings”, wherever they appear, are important to pay attention to and correct.

You claim that you lack women in art history to pick from. However, you have to admit that Cindy Sherman, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois and Artemisia Gentileschi are not exactly obscure artists. These are of course added to our list. To illustrate our work we decided to introduce all the missing book covers in an installation, where all artists are displayed with a glossy front cover, both the published and the unpublished, both the men and the women, some unpublished and therefore not yet written. We are now waiting for your expertise to fill the blank pages with content.

In close communication with artists, scholars, art historians, art critics and librarians, the Basic Art Series is now checked for errors and we hereby send the edited list back to you for correction.

With hope of a future collaboration.

Sincerely,
Ditte Ejlerskov & EvaMarie Lindahl