Bik Van Der Pol


Catching Some Air, 2000–2005, was a good way to get a whiff of art history, both old and new. Bik Van der Pol—Lisbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol—call their installation “an informal archive for referential material.” The duo took 143 images—mostly of artworks and artists, plus some texts—from art-history books, journals, and magazines, including this one. There is Lynda Benglis’s infamous Artforum ad from 1974, her nude selfportrait with dildo; David Hammons selling snowballs in the street; Piero Manzoni’s Socle du Monde (Base of the World), 1961; and an Angela Bulloch text piece from 1992. The images have for the most part been reproduced in pencil on white tracing paper; the sheets were hung with clips in neat rows, like books packed into shelves, making the gallery, a closet-size white cube sealed behind a glass door, look like a cross between a private library and a

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