Melissa Brown

Edition Review

  • Melissa Brown, Rules of the Game (2017)

  • Interactive winner-take-all “Texas Hold ’Em” game and multiple: clamshell box containing a screenprinted and digitally printed manual, five player portfolios, a deck of playing cards, a photo book, and a unique wager card (dye sublimation/screenprint on aluminum). 12 x 18 x 4 inches overall. Variable edition of five. Printed and published by Small Editions, Brooklyn. Available only to public collecting institutions. $1,200.

One lucky player of five will take all in this high-stakes art wager, a conceptual book conceived by artist Melissa Brown and Corina Reynolds of Small Editions. They describe it as “a performance about acquisitions, permanent collections, fake collections, new collectors and randomness,” asking interested parties: “Are you in?” Purchase of the book entitles five public collecting institutions to ante into a poker game with four or five contemporary artists who will wager a unique work of art selected by Brown: either a drawing or one-of-a-kind book. Institutions will wager Brown’s unique print (based on Tarot and traditional playing card imagery) included in the acquired box set. The 21 participating artists are both emerging and mid-career, and work in a variety of media, generally with an unconventional or conceptual approach: Trudy Benson, Anna Betbeze, Michael Berryhill, Kari Cholnoky, David Kennedy Cutler, Michael DeLucia, Jess Fuller, Elizabeth Ferry, Alicia Gibson, E.J. Hauser, Butt Johnson, Matt Keegan, Michael Mahalchick, Sam Moyer, Sheryl Oppenheim, John O’Connor, Josh Reames, Emily Mae Smith, Siebren Versteeg, Jacques Louis Vidal and Wendy White. Biographies are available by request.

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