Modern Art Oxford: 50th anniversary publication

Emma Ridgway by Modern Art Oxford, Oxfordshire


£17,736 raised
124 funders

Funded 19 July 2016

0% funded

128% funded

We want to produce a collaborative publication to celebrate and capture highlights from Modern Art Oxford’s 50 years of critically acclaimed exhibition making.

Fifty internationally celebrated artists have been invited to create unique pages for a landmark publication. Bound together in hardback, they will provide a never-before-seen collection that you can own. Marina Abramović, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Louise Lawler, Richard Long, Gustav Metzger and Yoko Ono are among those who have already agreed to contribute to this groundbreaking project.

For most of us, owning artworks by these artists is out of reach, but this book provides a rare opportunity to bring these household names into your home.

Contributions will go towards design, production and printing costs. In return, you can choose from an array of beautiful rewards, including limited-edition prints, postcards featuring highlights from the archive, bespoke contemporary art experiences – including artist studio visits and day trips – and the publication itself.

This limited-edition book can only be produced with the support of generous individuals, so now is your chance to make it happen.

Please help us, we’re only 50 once.

Paul Hobson, director, Modern Art Oxford:

'It was as a young history undergraduate that I first encountered and fell in love with contemporary art at Modern Art Oxford. Walking though the galleries, as I do most days, the recollection is as fresh as if it were yesterday, of visiting what was then known as the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, and encountering the radical ideas of John Latham, who had a major retrospective here in 1991. The experience left an indelible impression on me. The revelation that art was not simply a thing to be looked at, but that it could represent ideas about the contemporary world, was transformational for me.

'Can you imagine the sense of fulfilment and pride I had when we brought back Latham's works to the gallery during our 50th anniversary celebrations this year? It is humbling to be at the helm of this powerhouse of contemporary visual culture as we mark our 50th birthday, and to celebrate the impact that artists and their ideas have had on millions of visitors like me over the decades. Our 50th anniversary publication will capture many of these impressions and memories of not only an amazing year of programming, but 50 years of inspirational art.'

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Online donations have now reopened

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One week in: Thank you all!

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Only six places left: Appreciating Contemporary Art Course

Quick! Book your space on this lively seminar plus get the 50th anniversary publication thrown in for freeRead more

Donations to be match-funded!

We are delighted to tell you that our partners at Art Fund have generously offered to match-fund donations pound-for-pound, meaning a £25 donation becomes £50!Read more

Reward update: Maria Loboda Limited Edition

For a gift of £60, campaign supporters will receive the 50th anniversary publication in addition to a signed limited edition print by exciting contemporary artist Maria Loboda. Find out more about the artist, her inclusion in the anniversary publication and her brand new site-specific commission appearing in Modern Art Oxford's final anniversary exhibition of 2016Read more

Help make it happen!

We want to say a huge thank you to all 114 campaign supporters, and to encourage those still considering making a donation to please act now!Read more

Final day to reach our target

We’ve got one last day to make this brilliant project happen; together we can do itRead more

Project happening: Thanks for donating!

We’re delighted to announce that our 50th anniversary publication project will be going aheadRead more

We did it!

A massive thank you again to everyone who has helped make Modern Art Oxford’s 50th Anniversary Publication possibleRead more

Our publication has arrived!

The 50th anniversary publication is here, and we think it looks fantasticRead more

Final Exhibition Preview for KALEIDOSCOPE this Friday

Friday 11 November sees the opening of our final KALEIDOSCOPE exhibition. As part of this celebratory evening, we’re also hosting a launch for the 50th Anniversary Publication that you helped make a reality!Read more

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