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BANK The BANK Fax-Bak Service

Edited by Tenzing Barshee, Gallien Déjean, and Dan Solbach
Co-published with Treize, Galerie Neu, and Kunsthalle Zürich
Designed by Dan Solbach

24 x 31 cm. 352 pages. Softcover
ISBN 978-88-945353-5-8

Between 1998 and 1999, the London-based art collective BANK operated The BANK Fax-Bak Service. For the project, the group’s members, Simon Bedwell, John Russell and Milly Thompson proof-read and copy-edited more than 300 press releases published by galleries in London and New York. The procedure was simple: after adding their mocking corrections, the artists faxed the promotional texts back to the respective galleries. The BANK Fax-Bak Service exposes the art market’s (ongoing) sisyphean effort to legitimize itself through boasting, self-important and nonsensical language. Published in collaboration with Treize (Paris), this volume is a comprehensive record of BANK’s notorious project from the late 1990s.

The publication was generously supported by CNAP – Centre national des arts plastiques and Fluxus Art Projects.

The Editors

Tenzing Barshee is a writer and curator. Since 2020, he is the program director of Efremidis in Berlin. Previously, he was a curator at Kunsthalle Bern and Elaine, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel. His writing appeared regularly in international art press and catalogs. He is a columnist for Starship magazine (Berlin) and a contributor to Contemporary Art Daily.

Gallien Déjean is an art critic and curator. He teaches art history and theory at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland and at the École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) in France. He is a member of Treize, an organization of production, exhibition, and publication. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a curator at Palais de Tokyo. He has published several books as an author and editor.

Dan Solbach is a Swiss graphic designer based in Berlin specializing in book design and visual identities. His practice focuses on design for artists, galleries, and contemporary art institutions. He is a recipient of the Goldene Letter—Best Book Design from all over the World, and was awarded The Most Beautiful Swiss Books and the Swiss Design Award.