Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held July 2 - September 20, 1970. Curated, edited and with a brief text by Kynaston L. McShine. Dealers tend to claim that "first edition" copies of catalogue have one or more green foredges on one side of page-edges, stating thus there was a "second printing" with unprinted page-edges. However, McShine stated that only one printing was in fact produced. [MoMA issued a facsimile edition in 2020, three years after McShine's death.] Includes a list of films and recommended reading. Artists include Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Siah Armajani, Keith Arnatt, Art & Language Press, Art & Project, Richard Artschwager, David Askevold, Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, John Baldessari, Michael Baldwin, Barrio, Robert Barry, Frederick Barthelme, Bernhard & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, Bill Bollinger, George Brecht, Stig Broegger, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Donald Burgy, Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden, James Lee Byars, Jorge Luis Carballa, Christopher Cook, Roger Cutforth, Carlos D'Alessio, Hanne Darboven, Walter de Maria, Jan Dibbets, Gerald Ferguson, Rafael Ferrer, Barry Flanagan, Group Frontera, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Giorno Poetry Systems, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Ira Joel Haber, Randy Hardy, Michael Heizer, Hans Hollein, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Peter Hutchinson, Richards Jarden, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Christine Kozlov, John Latham, Barry Le Va, Sol Lewitt, Lucy Lippard, Richard Long, Bruce McLean, Cildo Campos Meirelles, Marta Minujin, Robert Morris, N.E. Thing Co., Bruce Nauman, New York Graphic Workshop, Newspaper, Group Oho, Helio Oiticica, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Panamarenko, Giulio Paolini, Paul Pechter, Giuseppe Penone, Adrian Piper, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Alejandro Puente, Markus Raetz, Yvonne Rainer, Klaus Rinke, Edward Ruscha, J.M. Sanejouand, Richard Sladden, Robert Smithson, Keith Sonnier, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Erik Thygesen, John Van Saun, Guilherme Magalhaes Vaz, Bernar Venet, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson.
"Imagine: 1. an art exhibition that started out by inviting artists contributions without anybody having seen the works first; 2. an exhibition with a catalog that will illustrate over 100 works—many of which will not be included in the show; 3. a catalog that lists artists that aren’t represented in the show at all; 4. an exhibition that includes works that are not included; 5. an exhibition that is all about a new trend in art but that doesn’t try to invent a label for the newly discovered trend.
Kynaston McShine’s summer show at the Museum of Modern Art is just such an exhibition. The show is called “Information” & is not only representative of the new trend that sees museum exhibitions as exercises in art criticism (And why not? Art turned into art criticism a long time ago; the critics got left out of the picture.) but places the curatorial folk in roles previously assumed by the critics. “Information” goes even one step further. Up until recently our modern curator had been content with the job of sniffing out new trends in art & identifying them through the exhibition process. Now the new curator (as opposed to the old curator who still throws together “retrospective” type exhibitions which are exercises in art history rather than art criticism) assumes a broader responsibility that extends beyond the formal realm of art. The new curator is more concerned with communication than with art; he is interested in information processes primarily & his job is to try to accommodate his new concern to the traditional structure & ambiance of his medium—the art museum...
McShine is something of a Johnny-come-lately to the new camp. So is his museum. Nevertheless his contribution is considerable..."-Gregory Battcock, "Informative Exhibition," Arts Magazine, Summer 1970