Elisabeth Tonnard

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The New York Art Book Fair


From September 25 to 28 I’m participating in The New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. I’m pleased to again share a table with Joachim Schmid and we look forward to seeing you at this table if you can make it to the fair. We’ll be in the Small Press Dome, booth B17.

My new book They Were Like Poetry will be launched at the fair, there is a booksigning planned at our table on September 26 at 5PM.

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September 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

Exhibition On the Move at Stedelijk Museum

My work One Swimming Pool will be on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. On the Move is the latest edition of the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions that the museum organizes every two years. The exhibition runs from August 29 till January 18, 2015. The opening is on August 28 (19.30-22.00).

Connected to this show I will also install the work on the floor a few times. You’re invited to come and see this temporary performance at the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum, on the following dates:
October 11,
November 29
December 27&28.

I’ll also be teaching a couple of workshops for children in the museum.

Info about the show from the press release: On the Move focuses on recent developments in photography and reveals the myriad ways in which artists and photographers build their narratives in dialogue with graphic designers. The title On the Move refers to the journeys taken by many of the photographers in creating their projects, as well as the new directions in photography. Last autumn, the Stedelijk invited artists living and/or working in the Netherlands to submit work in which they explore new, playful, critical, and challenging forms of narrativity. The museum received 471 submissions.

A jury consisting of Carolien Glazenburg (curator of graphic design, Stedelijk Museum), Anne Ruygt (junior curator of photography, Stedelijk Museum), Ad van Denderen (photographer), Karin Krijgsman (course leader of the photography department at the AKV St. Joost), and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen (co-founder of design studio LUST) selected 28 submissions from young and emerging artists. The selected works include both existing projects and works never previously exhibited, which are currently being developed especially for the exhibition.

The selection

Samira Ben Laloua, Ernst van der Hoeven, and Frank Bruggeman │Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos │Verena Blok │ Sara Blokland │Olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde │Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács │Sarah Carlier │ Elspeth Diederix │ Meike Eggers and Michael Anhalt │ Ringel Goslinga │ Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen │ Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong │ Thomas Kuijpers │ Kadir van Lohuizen │ Anaïs Lopez, Eva Smallegange en Linda Braber | Hans van der Meer │ Theo Niekus │ Gábor Õsz  │ Rune Peitersen │ Ahmet Polat │ Johannes Schwartz │ Petra Stavast │ Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort │ Martine Stig │ Nadine Stijns │ Andrea Stultiens │ Elisabeth Tonnard │ Witho Worms and Hans Gremmen

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August 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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They Were Like Poetry


I’m happy to announce my new book. It consists of poems based on a suggestion by James Joyce.

The poems are exercises, composed from sentences that were themselves meant as exercises. The sentences come from a popular 19th century school grammar by Alexander Allen and James Cornwell. Joyce mentions the “nice sentences” in this book and the idea of them as poetry in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

And there were nice sentences in Doctor Cornwell’s Spelling Book. They were like poetry but they were only sentences to learn the spelling from.
——Wolsey died in Leicester Abbey
——Where the abbots buried him.
——Canker is a disease of plants,
——Cancer one of animals.
It would be nice to lie on the hearthrug before the fire, leaning his head upon his hands, and think on those sentences.

Which is what I did.

The edition consists of 100 numbered copies. The book is self-published, has black & white printing, a paperback binding, and contains 68 pages.

Priced at €18 plus shipping. The book can be ordered through my webshop or by sending me an email. It will also be available at the table I’m sharing with Joachim Schmid at the New York Art Book Fair, September 25-28.

See some images by clicking here.

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August 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

The Photographer’s Playbook


The Photographer’s Playbook came out, published by Aperture. It is a very enjoyable and well executed collection of photography assignments, ideas, projects and anecdotes from a huge variety of artists, edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern. I contributed a conceptual piece cloaked as an assignment. It is titled ‘The Death of the Photographer’.

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July 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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A Dialogue in Eikon Magazine


I published a short new piece titled ‘A Dialogue’ as a 4-page portfolio in Eikon Magazine.  It is based on my earlier book Mood: Potential. The piece uses the hand and eye of the reader to realize itself. It was made by invitation from Regine Ehleiter and Delphine Bedel who discuss ‘The Book as a Work as an Exhibition as a Book’ in a curated section of the magazine. Eikon Magazine, #86, Vienna, 2014. More images through this link.

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June 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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A book to dive into

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One Swimming Pool at Arti et Amicitiae. The opening reception is tonight. The exhibition runs till June 22. The drawing on the wall in the second picture is by Robbie Cornelissen.

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May 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

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The Invisible Book and the Cheshire Cat

“Like the Cheshire Cat, the book’s vanishing acts and reappearances are unpredictable and partial.” Gill Partington writes a stimulating piece for the London Review of Books blog about the implications of The Invisible Book.

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May 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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