BARTLEBY REVIEW (2012-2017) is a free and occasional leaflet of criticism and other writing published in Vancouver, Canada.
Edited, typeset and printed in Chinatown, this pamphlet is hand distributed from backpacks and by friends heading in the direction of bookshops and galleries. In Vancouver, we have many of what art historian William Wood described as “occasional critics”—the off-duty journalist or curator, the intrigued artist, writers and poets. He wrote this about Vancouver in 1990, and for the most part, it’s still the case. BARTLEBY reflects this condition in its range of contributors, through their respective writing styles, approaches to criticism and artistic practices or professions.
Our world is an especially curated one, BARTLEBY publishes writing that might otherwise be lost to the pruned paradigm. Melville's scrivener usually comes to mind too, but we practice his mantra ("I would prefer not to") only notionally. Our production certainly exercises a willful refrain from certain expectations of art criticism and publishing which may hinder the publication of, or distract from, writing simply as autonomous works of inquiry. These aspects are further touched upon in our first anthology, BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20.
Each issue is printed in editions of 80 and distinguished by the writer's choice of coloured paper. It is distributed to the following galleries and bookshops: ARTSPEAK (border of Chinatown and Gastown), OR BOOKSTORE (Gastown, near Victory Square), PULPFICTION (Main & Kingsway), PS VANCOUVER(Chinatown), READ BOOKS & EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY(Granville Island).
Bartleby Review will conclude its editorial activities after the publication of Issue 50.
Obituary to follow.
BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20, an anthology of the first twenty issues with an introduction by writer and critic Aaron Peck, designed by Charlie Satterlee.
BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–25, a mini-anthology with an Editor’s Note from Steffanie Ling, commissioned by Project Space for the 2015 Los Angeles Art Book Fair
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BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40, the second anthology with an introduction by artist Peter Gazendam, designed by Jaz Halloran.
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