Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing, and Archiving Art

Schaffner, Ingrid
Winzen, Matthias
Passau: Passavia Druckservice

Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing, and Archiving in Art, edited by Ingrid Schaffner and Matthais Winzen, was published in 1998 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at MoMA PS1 and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. While storage and archiving remain practical and logistical issues for contemporary art collections, this book addresses how these acts became part of artistic practice in the twentieth century. Shaffner and Winzen compile a number of brief entries, organised alphabetically by artist or theme, giving the book the appearance of an archival index. In these entries, twenty-five authors write about more than forty artists and topics including ‘cyberspace,’ ‘Rauschenberg,’ and ‘Warhol’ to illustrate how acts of collecting and storing have become artistic processes and endeavours, more than means to preserve traditional artworks. These examples range from material collecting to digital storage and electronic media. Each example encourages the reconsideration of what constitutes art and artistic practice in a contemporary context.

Anna Blaha