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Early in 2006, Georgia Kotretsos launched the idea of Boot Print, a non-commercial biannual publication dedicated to contemporary art and published by Boots Contemporary Art Space, that would serve as a  publication of cogitations, initiatives and information.

Boot Print covers the following five sections:

a) Boots exhibitions and events b) a Study Section – a series of articles on a particular subject c) an article on a newly released book d) 1st translation into English of a text written in a foreign language and e) a series of articles on a loose thematic thread.

Boot Print reaches 2000 art professionals in print form via postal mail in the United States and abroad; over 3000 via email in its electronic form.

Boot Print does not consider submissions – all articles included are by invitation by the editor.

Boot Print is:

Founder / Editor-in-chief: Georgia Kotretsos, Athens, Greece

Research Assistant: Danyel Ferrarri, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Wolfson, St. Louis, MO, United States

Editor: Tim Ridlen, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Creative Advisor: Juan William Chavez, St. Louis, MO, United States

Proof-reading: Juozas Cernius, Booklyn, NY, United States

Design/Layout: Mark Jeffery, London, United Kingdom

Design/Layout: (Vol 1-Vol 2 Issues 2) Bryan Reckamp

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BootPrint Volume 3 Issue 1 begins as usual with the Boots shows. First comes Turkish artist, Serkan Ozkaya with this breath taking installation entitled A Sudden Gust of Wind by Liz Wolfson; followed by Slinger II curated by Cole Root and discussed by Juan William Chávez.

Then Boot Print pays tribute to Ernest Trova, Tom Friedman, and Larry Krone – St. Louis’ finest established artists interviewed by three emerging artists based in the city namely Matt Strauss, Juan William Chávez and Brandon Anschultz.

This issue’s Study Section focuses on groups, collectives and collaboratives that are space-free. The key notion here is the camaraderie among a creative group of individuals working under an umbrella name. Whether artists, curators or activists, they make it happen. Boot Print is proud to present: The Guerrilla Girls by Virginia MacKenny; Temporary Services by Tim Ridlen; What, How and for Whom by Danyel M. Ferrari; Raqs Media Collective by Ashok Mathur; Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries by Kelly Shindler; and Avant Car GuardDoing It For Daddy and Galerie Puta by Robert Sloon.

And finally, Georgia Kotretsos talks to the creators of Magazine Forte – a sound magazine, which is about to commence in September 2009 from New York City and to Pablo Helguera about Artoons – his latest book of art related cartoons.

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Boot Print Volume 1/Issue 1 covers the Boots exhibitions and happenings. The inaugural exhibition The Politics of Friendship and Georgia Kotretsos‘ solo show 10 Fingers 88 Teeth looks at five different models of artist-run spaces La Panaderia, Mexico; Kling and Bang, Iceland; PiST/// Turkey, and SubCity Projects, in the United States; discusses forms of arts publishing and distribution; features Adelheid Mers insightful diagrammatic chronicle alongside Vilem Flusser’s Crisis of Linearity (1988), the first translation into English; and last, speaks with influencial curatorial voices about their practice sush as Anne-Laure ObersonVasif KortunXenia KalpaktsoglouPoka-Yio, Augustine Zenakos; Mary Jane Jacob and Shannon Fitzgerald about the local and international art scene, as well as the debutant Destroy Athens Biennial.

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Boot Print Volume 1/Issue 2 begins by covering the Boots’ exhibitions; discusses independent curatorial practice with six young independent curators: Dana TurkovicJan Van WoenselElpida KarabaCecilia CanzianiSotirios Bahtsetzis and Abdellah Karoum look at different fields that intersect with art; and features artist Serkan Ozkaya’s selection for translation into English from Turkish, an extract of Afsar Timucin’sEstetik.

This season’s exhibitions at Boots Contemporary Art Space kicked off with the Pedestrian Project, initiated by artist Mike Shuh; followed-up with international artist-in-residence Beate Engle’s exhibition A Perfect World; surveyed local artists with a local end-of-the-night classic, Slinger; hosted the MFA Roadshow from recent MFA grads at the School of Visual Arts curated by Dan Cameron; and finished with an exhibition/video screening series, Here and Elsewhere, with work by recent BFA grads from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in correspondence with the Artist in the Marketplace participants at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York.

The second issue of Boot Print initiates our study section with vigor by investigating firsthand the role of the independent curator. Dana TurkovicJan van WoenselElpida KarabaCecilia CanzianiSotirios Bahtsetzisand Abdellah Karroum were invited by Georgia Kotretsos to discuss their vision, their thoughts, their place, and future in independent curatorial practice.

Boot Print’s regulars and guest contributors explore the intersections of art, including Beate Engle and her exploration of the alternative marketing strategies of Hannah Beck-Mannagetta at FIELD (Berlin); IsilEgrikavuk interviewing Turkish artist-curator-publisher Halil AltindereDaniel Tucker with a review of three recent publications on art and activism; Georgia Kotretsos with an interview of Oliver Kochta-Kalleinenand Tellervo Kalleinen of the Complaints ChoirJuan William Chàvez on art and music, interviewing Carlos Amorales of Nuevos Ricos, and Milena Muzquiz and Martiniano Lopez-Crozet of Los Super Elegantes;Tim Ridlen testing the limits of cinema in the art world; Wyatt Arden Kahn with a look at the entertainment value of Dash Snow; and last but not least, Juozas Cernius on the deathly implications of Damien Hirst’sFor the Love of God.

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Boot Print Volume 2/Issue 1 covers recent Boots exhibitions; goes to the source to talk about the role of the collector in contemporary art; discusses with two curators the US landscape in an election year; speaks with the author of Pablo Helguera’s Manual of Contemporary Art Style; and features a translation by Walid Sadek from the autobiography of Moustafa Farroukh.

This season’s exhibitions at Boots Contemporary Art Space kicked off with guest curator Dana Turkovic’s group show, Amass; followed by the solo exhibition of Kansas City artist Dylan Mortimer, aptly titled Amen Bitch; and finished up with the second installment of the Pedestrian Project by Brett Williams.

Boot Print Volume 2/Issue 1 gets deep into the mind of the collector of contemporary art by speaking with some of the most innovative and influential collectors worldwide. From private collections in Mexico and Angola, to corporate, museum and new ideas of collecting in Germany, Boot Print contributors connect first hand with Eugenio López Alonso of the Fundación/Colección JumexSindika Dokolo of the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Collection under the direction of Friedhelm Hütte, the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst under the direction of Barbara Steiner, and the innovative art fund collection of Rik Reinking.

In addition, Boot Print contributors explore the history of the collection, the business of art advising, the education of collecting, and the place of an art fair in collecting work through articles on and interviews with, respectively, Helene Zucker-Seeman, Christos SavvidisOrhan Taner, and The Hugh Lane.

The year 2008 brings a focus on the political landscape of the United States as two featured projects reveal Nato Thompson’s recent tour and series of Town Hall Meetings on the subject of Democracy in America, andCharles EscheKerstin Niemann, and Stephanie Smith about the Heartland project an exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum later this year, and at the Smart Museum of Art in 2009.

This issue also features profiles St. Louis art institutions: the Contemporary Art Museum St. LouisThe Pulitzer Foundation for the ArtsLaumeier Sculpture Park, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

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Boot Print Volume 2/Issue 2, focuses on art pedagogy. This study section of primary sources includes interviews with Jan Kaila of the Finnish Academy of Fine Art (KUVA), Jean-Baptiste Joly of the Academy Schloss SolitudeEls van Odijk of the The Rijksakademie, and James Elkins of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to these institutional perspectives on Artist Residencies and the potential of the Fine Art PhD, Matthew Buckingham shares his thoughts as an artist pursuing his PhD at Malmo Art Academy, and Clementine Deliss discusses the alternative Future Academy.

Sotirios Bahtsetzis presented the ongoing question of gender and queer identity in contemporary art to Bruce LaBruce, Tim Stüttgen, Susanne M. Winterling, and Jørgen Callesen.

Upon the release of A Couple Thousand Short Films About Glenn GouldCory Arcangel sat down for an Instant Message interview regarding his book project released under the same name by Film and Video Umbrella.

In addition, Asma Kasmi has provided reflection on and translation of two stories from the Pakistani writer Manto, appearing for the first time in English from Urdu.

As always, Boots exhibitions and special projects also appear in this issue, including the third international artist in residence at Boots Contemporary Art Space, Isil Egrikavuk with her performance and video installationThe Interview. Boots participated in the Front Room project this season at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum with the Shoebox exhibition of performances by Deva Eveland and video screenings curated by Tim Ridlen, and by three curators previously featured in Boot Print Volume 1/Issue 2, Cacilia Canziani, Elpida Karaba, and Jan van Woensel.

Last but not least, the Mexico City-based musician and performer Silverio topped off the exhibition season with a raucous visit to our home city of St. Louis.

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Boot Print Volume 3 Issue 1 begins as usual with the Boots shows. First comes Turkish artist, Serkan Ozkaya with this breath taking installation entitled A Sudden Gust of Wind by Liz Wolfson; followed by Slinger IIcurated by Cole Root and discussed by Juan William Chávez.

Then Boot Print pays tribute to Ernest Trova, Tom Friedman and Larry Krone – St. Louis’ finest established artists interviewed by three emerging artists based in the city namely Matt Strauss, Juan William Chavez and Brandon Anschultz.

This issue’s Study Section focuses on groups, collectives and collaboratives that are space-free. The key notion here is the camaraderie among a creative group of individuals working under an umbrella name. Whether artists, curators or activists, they make it happen. Boot Print is proud to present: The Guerrilla Girls by Virginia MacKenny; Temporary Services by Tim Ridlen; What, How and for Whom by Danyel M. Ferrari; Raqs Media Collective by Ashok Mathur; Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries by Kelly Shindler; and Avant Car GuardDoing It For Daddy and Galerie Puta by Robert Sloon.

And finally, Georgia Kotretsos talks to the creators of Magazine Forte – a sound magazine, which is about to commence in September 2009 from New York City and to Pablo Helguera about Artoons