Press Releases : 2009/12

OCA Semesterplan – week 50

Published 2009/12/07

Stuart Bailey, photograph of the 'Serving Library', 2009


Exhibition on View until 19 December


Wed, 9 December / 17:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, Oslo /

Project Space opening hours: Wed, Fri and Sat / 12–16:00, Thu / 12:00–18:00

OCA invites you for a drink to celebrate the launch of Verksted 11, Sol LeWitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art: Manuscript and Draft Materials 1968–69, and to toast to the arrival of the new year. Besides reproducing the original manuscript, the publication includes 'An Image of Romanticism – Fragment and Project: From Schlegel's Athenaeum Fragments to LeWitt'sSentences on Conceptual Art, an essay that Peter Osborne first presented as a lecture at OCA on 21 October, as the opening event of 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution' .

The drinks follow the second part of Stuart Bailey's workshop 'On Library, Archive and 'Service''

In this session, Bailey will recount the ways in which one particular book, itself a collection of disparate texts, has recently been published in a number of different formats. This will introduce various kinds of texts (the book contains, for example, statements, captions, essays, close readings, historical literature, pseudonymous writing, etc.) and contexts (the texts have been published together, for example, online for general downloading, as unbound signatures for a librarian's conference, as a bound book for an exhibition, and within an established series by an established publishing house). It will be followed by a discussion with the participants concerning the past, present and future roles of both publishing and education, with specific reference to art and design.

'The Grammar of Forms' is an event and exhibition programme examining language, writing, criticism and publishing in relation to contemporary art, exploring its diverse modes of operation and possibilities within historical and contemporary practices. The visual components of 'The Grammar of Forms' serves as traces of the lectures and workshops that have taken place throughout the autumn, and now constitute a full exhibition. These include among others, the original manuscript for Sol LeWitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969), Lynda Benglis's Mumble (1972), Robert Morris's Exchange (1973), works by BANK, David Hall, Pablo Helguera, Simon Linke, Terje Nicolaisen and Lina Viste Grønli, curated by Will Bradley and 'DDDI: A Selection of Artifacts from Dot Dot Dot'. These projects stay on view until 19 December, but OCA will continue 'The Grammar of Forms' in 2010, with the participation of AA Bronson, member of General Idea and founder of Printed Matter, New York City; Mikkel Astrup's workshop on Beckett and literarity and a continuation of Will Bradley's series of workshops on art and criticism, among others.

The exhibition component of 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms' is designed and installed by tenfinger, Brussels, Belgium.

For press inquiries and more information on the project, the lecture or the OCA semesterplan, please contact Marthe Tveitan at