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Paul Chan


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Paul Chan is an artist who lives in New York. Chan is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. A survey entitled Selected Works was mounted by Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11-October 19, 2014). His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Before The Law, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2011-12; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2008; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2007; and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Solo exhibitions include: My Laws are My Whores, The Renaissance Society and the University of Chicago, Chicago, 2009; Paul Chan: Three Easy Pieces, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2008; Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New 2007–2008.

In 2002, Chan was a part of Voices in the Wilderness, an American aid group that broke U.S. sanctions and federal law by working in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and occupation. In 2004 he garnered police attention for The People's Guide to the Republican National Convention, a free map distributed throughout New York to help protesters to get in or out of the way of the RNC. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals. Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010.

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September 18th, 2019

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands Unlimited exhibition Sept 18 - Oct 20

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands UnlimitedSeptember 18 - October 2024 Rutgers streetNew York, NY 10002 Badlands Unlimited and Greene Naftali Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition “Publish And Perish: Eight Years of Badlands Unlimited” at the Badlands exhibition space at 24 Rutger... more

January 22nd, 2019

Now Available

For a limited time, every copy of Odysseus and the Bathers will be signed by Paul Chan. Offer good until February 1.Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the release of Odysseus and the Bathers by Paul Chan, featuring texts and interviews by Sam Thorne, Nicholas Stampolidis, Elina Kountouri, and... more

November 22nd, 2018

Holiday Sale: Buy Us Gift Others like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Ida B. Wells Society & More

Since 2010, Badlands Unlimited has published over 50 titles and 40 artist works in print and digital forms. Treat yourself and others this holiday season with path-breaking publications and support groups such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Black and Pink (a support and advocacy group for LGBTQ... more

November 1st, 2018

New No's installation at the Bell Gallery at Brown University

Currently on view until December 15, 2018, New No's is being featured in the exhibition On Protest, Art and Activism at the Bell Gallery at Brown University. Co-organized by the Bell Gallery and Brown Arts Initiative, On Protest, Art and Activism explores differing ways artists engage the political ... more

May 11th, 2018

Paul Chan and Carroll Dunham essential reads by artists

Jullian Billard at Artspace considers Paul Chan's Selected Writings and Carroll Dunham's Into Words as two of the ten essential books about art written by artists. She writes about Chan: "In this selection of critical essays, the artist muses on both the joys and frustrations of the inherent paradox... more

January 9th, 2018

Paul Chan's Odysseus Essay in LA Review of Books

The latest issue of LA Review of Books' quarterly journal features a previously unpublished essay by Paul Chan, "Odysseus As Artist," that uses the character of Odysseus from Homer's The Odyssey to examine the role of cunning in art. "Is it possible to broaden the terms for contemporary art by think... more

November 21st, 2017

Paul Chan & Carroll Dunham in Conversation at the New Museum Saturday 12/2

Paul Chan & Carroll Dunham will be in conversation this Saturday December 2nd, 5pm, at the New Museum as part of the series Who’s Afraid of the New Now?: 40 Artists in Dialogue. Tickets only $5! Copies of Carroll's book Into Words will be available for sale at the New Museum store. Buy tickets h... more

November 5th, 2017

Boris Groys Mentions "New No's" in e-flux journal

Boris Groys mentions New No's (currently on view as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's “An Incomplete History of Protest" exhibition) in an article in the new issue of e-flux journal: "The retrospective culminates with New No’s (2016), a poster by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited that begi... more

September 19th, 2017

Badlands at NYABF 2017

Badlands is pleased to participate in the 2017 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 (Booth M03, Ground Floor). This year, Badlands will premiere our first installation: a not-so-faithful replica of Y.P. 99¢ & UP, the retail store we operate in the Lower East Side. Like Y.P., you'll be able to buy ... more

August 3rd, 2017

New No's at the Whitney Museum

Badlands Unlimited's celebrated New No's poster—made in the wake of the 2016 election—will be included in an exhibition of works from the Whitney's collection, An Incomplete History of Protest, opening August 18th, that looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political... more

June 20th, 2017

Publisher Paul Chan Wins Scholastic Art & Writing Alumni Award

Badlands publisher Paul Chan was recently awarded the Scholastic Art & Writing Alumni Achievement Award at Carnegie Hall. Chan won a Scholastic Award back when he was in high school. The awards are given out each year to teens across the country for art ranging from poetry to sculpture to mixed ... more

March 9th, 2017

Rhi Anima by Paul Chan Now Open at Greene Naftali

Paul Chan's latest exhibition, Rhi Anima, opened last Friday, March 3rd at Greene Naftali. It's his third solo exhibition at the gallery. Rhi Anima will be up through April 15th. GREENE NAFTALI 508 West 26th Street Ground Floor & 8th Floor New York, NY 10001... more

December 7th, 2016

New No's Included in Holland Cotter's Best Art of 2016 in New York Times

The New York Times' Holland Cotter included Paul Chan and Badlands' post-election response poem, New No's, in his list of Best Art of 2016. Cotter writes: "Can there be business as usual in the climate of racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia that the election exposed and fostered? Has an eco... more

November 25th, 2016

Blowout Sale For Savage Times

Just in time for the holiday season, Badlands is slashing prices on books and works to help you live through /this/

September 23rd, 2016

W Magazine Asks "Would You Pay $300 For Artists' Computer Files?"

ARTnews & W Magazine have both run stories on our new publishing venture, Files. W's Kyle Munzenrieder writes: "...the project leaps forward to a conversation that we'll inevitably have in the future. Important artist's sketches, personal letters, and other personal artifacts can be collected wi... more

September 10th, 2016

Badlands at the 2016 New York Art Book Fair

Badlands is pleased to announce our participation in the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, September 16-18. This year, Badlands will premiere the two latest novellas in the acclaimed erotica series New Lovers: Fantasian by Larissa Pham and One Valencia Lane by Bettina Davis. On Saturday, September... more

July 27th, 2016

Stephanie LaCava Interviews Paul Chan for The Believer

Stephanie LaCava recently talked with Paul Chan for a series of interviews she's doing about "The Artist's Novel" on The Believer's site. Read their full chat here.

July 7th, 2016

Paul Chan Featured in NY Mag Piece on Trump Art

New York Magazine‘s Michael Slenske wrote a piece on the art that has been made about Trump and mentioned Paul Chan’s work. Fitting considering Badlands’ recent anti-Trump poster campaign for the artist ebook series. Slenske linked to a recent interview Chan did with Fionn Meade from The Walker Art ... more

November 17th, 2015

Badlands Q&A with Kirkus Reviews

Paul recently answered some questions about publishing for Kirkus Reviews' Q&A feature. When asked what was special about our part of the industry, he said:"...we publish books for people who don’t read."See the rest of his answers here.... more

October 12th, 2015

i-D Talks With Paul Chan About New Lovers

Paul Chan recently did an interview with i-D's Zio Baritaux about all things New Lovers from what character(s) he's attracted to in the three latest books to why all the New Lovers writers are women and why we need erotica now more than ever:"It is a realm of poverty of imagination where people suff... more

September 14th, 2015

032c Interviews Paul Chan About All Things Badlands

How do you define eroticism?Works of erotica presume that the brain is the biggest sex organ.Tommaso Speretta interviewed Paul Chan for 032c about New Lovers, Hippias Minor, and his show at the Deste Foundation's Slaughterhouse.Read the full interview here.... more

June 23rd, 2015

The Monocle Arts Review Discusses Paul's Hippias Minor Show in Greece

Kim Bradley, a Monocle correspondent, recently spoke about Paul's Hippias Minor show on Monocle's Arts Review radio program. She discusses the new translation, the installation itself on Hydra, as well as the vibrant symposium that took place, which she humorously describes as "degenerating a bit in... more

June 23rd, 2015

Badlands Profiled in New Issue of Cultured Magazine

The June/July issue of Cultured Magazine features a profile of Paul and Badlands by Maxwell Williams in which New Lovers and Hippias Minor are discussed as well as the similarities between being an artist and being a publisher. As Paul puts it in the piece:“...I think we realize that the experience ... more

June 23rd, 2015

DIS on Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning: A New Translation

DIS Magazine posted about Badland's new title, a fresh translation of Plato's Hippias Minor, and Paul's new show on the Grecian island of Hydra inspired by it. They premiered drone-shot videos (one captured at night, one during the day) of the installation on the rooftop of the slaughterhouse where ... more

April 13th, 2015

The Art Newspaper Reviews Paul's Guggenheim Show

The Art Newspaper's Orit Gat recently reviewed Paul's show at the Guggenheim, Nonprojections for New Lovers, highlighting its simplicity, minimalism, and thoughtfulness.Discussing the "New Lovers" proofs in the show Gat says, "The proofs demonstrate that the structure of a museum exhibition can be u... more

April 7th, 2015

Art In America Profiles Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited

Art in America's Associate Editor, Brian Droitcour wrote an in-depth piece discussing Paul's work and Badlands' published output since the beginning. Getting to the heart of what Badlands is all about, Droitcour writes, "For him, books aren’t just a means to convey knowledge; they are also a source ... more

March 14th, 2015

Dazed Digital on Paul Chan and New Lovers

Mandalena Munkonge at Dazed Digital interviews Paul Chan about his Guggenheim exhibition and New Lovers. She writes, "At the end of last year, controversial artist and publisher Paul Chan scooped the coveted Hugo Boss Prize – awarded every year to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution t... more

March 14th, 2015

W magazine on Paul Chan and New Lovers

Katy Diamond Hamer at W magazine writes about Paul Chan's Guggenheim exhibition "Nonprojections for New Lovers" and the release of the New Lovers books. She writes, "Chan, who is known mostly for politically charged digital animations, set out to rethink the idea of projected images in preparing for... more

March 11th, 2015

Wednesday Black and Paul Chan discuss smut on MSNBC

Wednesday Black author of How To Train Your Virgin and Paul Chan discuss smut with Krystal Ball on MSNBC's The Cycle. Our favorite quote?"I'm not sure that 50 Shades of Grey got it right or got it wrong. But what's important is that young people are responding to the idea that women can write about ... more

March 4th, 2015

New New Testament wins Most Beautiful Swiss Book Award!

New New Testament by Paul Chan wins Switzerland's "Most Beautiful Swiss Book" award for 2014 and the prestigious "Best International Book Design" award from Stiftung Buchkunst in Germany. Read more on DAP's blog... more

March 2nd, 2015

New York Times mentions New Lovers

Holland Cotter looks forward to Paul Chan's exhibition at the Guggenheim museum, which opens March 6th, and mentions Badlands's series New Lovers. Cotter writes, "Nonprojections for New Lovers involves video projectors beaming off into space, electrified shoes, windblown fabric and a series of new b... more

February 23rd, 2015

Paul Chan in Vogue

In the latest March issue of Vogue, Dodie Kazanjian profiles Paul Chan on his recent solo show at Schaulager, his upcoming Hugo Boss Prize show at the Guggenheim, and what's next for Badlands. Our favorite exchange? When asked about his newest fabric work... PC: "I'm trying to make clothes for spiri... more

February 10th, 2015

Paul Chan at The Fear of Art conference

Paul Chan will be speaking at "The Fear of Art" conference on the Potency of Art at The New School on Thursday, 4-530pm alongside Holland Cotter, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, moderated by Carin Kuoni.See schedule of conference here... more

January 12th, 2015

Paul Chan in Elephant Magazine

Louisa Elderton of Elephant magazine interviews Paul Chan to talk about his work, questions, biggest failures, and more...LA: What are your thoughts on the right to be forgotten? PC: I like rights in general. I find forgetting essential. To what idk.Read full interview HERE... more

December 24th, 2014

Selected Writings best of 2014

Mira Schor at ArtForum picks Paul Chan: Selected Writings 2000-2014 as one of the best books of 2014. She writes, "Many of the texts articulate, in a prose that is at once dialectical, aphoristic, and limpid (and which wears its theoretical underpinnings lightly), the artist's refusal to reject the ... more

November 22nd, 2014

Selected Writings a Great Fall Read

Canadian Art lists Paul Chan: Selected Writings 2000-2014 as one of the great reads for Fall 2014. They write, " [L]ike the artist’s practice, the content here is diverse and compelling, and does not sit comfortably within one category. Essays pertaining to a rigorous, yet accessible, consideration ... more

November 17th, 2014

Paul Chan wins Guggenheim's 2014 Hugo Boss Prize

Congratulations to Paul Chan for winning the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize! The Guggenheim Museum says, “With the selection of Paul Chan as the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014, the jury recognizes his singular artistic voice, which manifests in myriad forms, including sculpture, animated video, and lig... more

October 20th, 2014

Badlands in Art in America

Badlands Unlimited highlighted in the October issue of Art in America's "Publish To Flourish" listed as one of the 6 artists, writers, editors, and publishers on "the creative forefront of publishing today". Take a look at Paul Chan's ascii interpretation of Badlands Unlimited and look at the first ... more

October 2nd, 2014

ARTnews on Paul Chan and Badlands at NYABF

John Chiaverina and Dan Duray at ARTnews cover this year's NYABF. They spoke to Paul Chan about his latest book New New Testament. Paul's response to the book? “I saw all these hardcover books lying around and I wanted to destroy them” ... “because I make e-books now.” Read the rest at ARTnews.... more

September 20th, 2014

The New Yorker Profile of Paul Chan now online

The New Yorker Profile of Paul Chan that was first published during his solo exhibition at the New Museum in 2008 is now online and not behind a paywall. "Chan himself can be quite elusive, although he tries hard not to be. Many things amuse him, and he is attuned to the enriching absurdities of the... more

September 18th, 2014

Domus interview with Paul Chan

Tommaso Speretta interviews Paul Chan for Domus magazine about his survey at Schaulager in Basel and his relationship with books, philosophy, and seemingly everything else. Our favorite exchange? "Tommaso Speretta: What I understand then is that you finally do not see your political activism under t... more

August 23rd, 2014

Bookslut on Badlands Unlimited

Leah Triplett writes about Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited at the New York Public Library event on the future of publishing. She notes, "The books that Chan publishes, most recently the much anticipated Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins, seem to develop out of his relations... more

August 23rd, 2014

NPR's Talk of the Nation interviews Paul Chan about ebooks (wtf?)

Believe it or not, NPR's radio program Talk of the Nation interviews Paul Chan about founding Badlands Unlimited and the future of ebooks. It was a very slow news week. It is also kind of hilarious. Hear the interview at NPR.... more

August 23rd, 2014

Frieze profiles Badlands Unlimited

Sarah Hromack writes a feature in Frieze about Badlands Unlimited. She notes, "By publishing e-books whose content deliberately tests the boundaries of major distributors – and by developing self-sustaining alternatives to their systems – Badlands Unlimited is forcing several lines of inquiry: who d... more

August 23rd, 2014

A Thing Remade: A Conversation with Paul Chan

Sarah Hromack at Rhizome interviews Paul Chan about the launch of Badlands Unlimited. She writes, "The launch of artist Paul Chan’s publishing company, Badlands Unlimited, in 2010 could have been mistaken for a career non sequitur. His foray into book publishing felt at once completely futile and de... more

August 23rd, 2014

Artbook interviews Paul Chan about Badlands

Ranya Asmar at Artbook interviews Paul Chan about Badlands as a publishing enterprise and an artistic platform. An excerpt:ARTBOOK: One great story that I have heard you tell is about the negative reaction of two women at a past New York Art Book Fair, when you presented an iPad and Kindle at your b... more

August 23rd, 2014

Books in an Expanded Field: The Story of Badlands Unlimited

Matthew Erickson at the Los Angeles Review of Books pens an insightful feature on Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited. Erickson writes, "What’s perhaps most radical about Badlands Unlimited, though, is that Chan has decided to focus heavily on publishing ebooks, with paper books being somewhat secondar... more

August 23rd, 2014

Paul Chan Curates iPad Exhibition, ‘How to Download a Boyfriend’

Dan Duray at the GalleristNY writes about How to Download A Boyfriend, Badlands's first group show as ebook. Read the post on GalleristNY.

August 23rd, 2014

The Art World's First Group Show For The iPad

Co.Design features How to Download A Boyfriend on their online magazine. They write, "This spring, Badlands released the first-ever group show curated solely for e-book readers. How to Download a Boyfriend brings together 50 artists, including Chan himself, in an interactive e-book available on iBoo... more

August 23rd, 2014

Over-Booked: Paul Chan on Badlands Unlimited

Paul Schmelzer from the Walker Art Center interviews Paul Chan about Badlands and the future of the artist book. Schmelzer writes, "The quintessential polymath, Paul Chan is an internationally known artist, experimental publisher, GIF designer, and speaker (he’s keynoting the 2012 New York Art Book ... more

August 23rd, 2014

Publishers Weekly covers Badlands

Publishers Weekly runs a piece about the future of art books and highlights Badlands as a publisher pushing the cutting edge of art ebooks. "When the artist Paul Chan founded the art e-book publisher Badlands Unlimited in 2010, the market for digital art books was not only nonexistent and the tech s... more

August 21st, 2014

Metropolis lists Selected Writings on summer reading list

Adam Lucas, the co-art director of Metropolis Magazine lists Selected Writings as a must-read for this summer. He writes, "I want to know more about Paul Chan's thinking and work, especially in regards to publishing. Chan runs Badlands Unlmited, an alternative publishing platform I really enjoy." Se... more

August 16th, 2014

Selected Writings Bomb Magazine's Editor's choice

Alan Gilbert writes about Selected Writings in Bomb magazine, "Chan is not an artist who also writes; he’s an artist and a writer. He brings to ideas the same rigor, obsession, and imagination he applies to his art. Read more on Bomb magazine's summer 2014 issue. In the process, he stakes a position... more

August 4th, 2014

Mousse Magazine reviews Selected Writings

"This copious and diverse production, gathered on the occasion of Chan's retrospective presentation at the Schaulager, is arguably the most substantial and revealing part of the artist's practice"

April 21st, 2014

ArtReview: Mark Sladen on Badlands

What is a book? Writer and curator Mark Sladen writes about Badlands and our take on art books, e-books and artworks, from the April 2014 issue. Sladen writes, " One of the curious things about Badlands is how few other people are making art e-books that come anywhere close to this level of interest... more

April 21st, 2014

|!”\(-,-) Paul Chan interview with Mousse

Curator and writer Apsara DiQuinzio interviews Paul Chan for Mousse about his current exhibition Selected Works at the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland. An excerpt...AD: Can you tell me a little about how the idea of Badlands grew and how it operates now? And do you make trailers for every e-book, o... more