The Bourgeois Leftovers Reader was launched on September 11, 2013 at the art book store San Serriffe in Amsterdam and was published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at de Appel arts centre, curated by Karima Boudou, Kari Cwynar, Angela Jerardi, Srajana Kaikini, Florencia Portocarrero, and Alexandra Stock.
During the exhibition, held in the spring of 2013, thirty-two Dutch and Belgian paintings from the Van Abbemuseum’s collection, produced during the interbellum period, were hosted at de Appel arts centre, and twenty-five contemporary artists and collaborators were invited to engage with them.
The commissioned works and performances are represented in the reader anecdotally through conversations or transcripts that took place before, during or after the exhibition, and supplemented with additional essays and interviews. The reader maps itself around keywords such as institutional policies, collections, value, leftovers and their historical relevance, class-based aesthetics, ideological and linguistic infiltrations, and the status of art history in relation to the contemporary in a context expanding beyond the European paradigm into international contexts such as Morocco, India, and Latin America.
With texts and interviews contributed by: Ayreen Anastas, Karima Boudou, Ruth Buchanan, Jota Castro, Kari Cwynar, Dina Danish, Lydia Davis, Judith Deschamps, Marlene Dumas, Olivia Dunbar, Charles Esche, Chris Evans, Rene Gabri, Moosje M. Goosen, Will Holder, Angela Jerardi, Jugedamos, Srajana Kaikini, Alison Knowles, Tamara Kuselman, Matthieu Laurette, Gabriel Lester, Sven Lütticken, Gerardo Mosquera, Florencia Portocarrero, Mehdi Qotbi, Daragh Reeves, Alexandra Stock, Barbara Visser, Arnisa Zeqo, and Timmy van Zoelen
Bourgeois Leftovers Reader
Edited by Kari Cwynar and Srajana Kaikini
Dedicated to the memory of Seth Siegelaub (1941–2013)
Designed by Bart de Baets
Published by de Appel arts centre, 2013