House of Voltaire is a temporary shop that specializes in limited editions—as well as unique artworks, housewares, and clothing—created by leading artists from around the globe. The works are all donated by the artists in support of the studio’s celebrated program of exhibitions and educational initiatives. For their presentation at this year’s NADA Miami Beach—their first venture outside of London—Voltaire has commissioned several series of limited editions, including beach towels designed by Alexandre da Cunha, Ella Kruglyanskaya, and Louise Gray; tea towels by Peter Saville; a beach bag by Matthew Brannon; and prints by Judith Bernstein. We asked them to weigh in on a few highlights from their booth:
Rosemarie Trockel, Wearing Propaganda 1996/2012, 2012
“Rosemarie Trockel has very generously donated this work to Studio Voltaire directly to support our forthcoming programme. It’s a fantastic piece: number one of the edition was included in “Cosmos”, the artist’s solo show at The New Museum and Serpentine Gallery in 2012-13. This version has an added unique element of a Lacoste sticker, making it extra special.
“The work revisits a piece made in 1996 which is in the collection of Kunsthalle Hamburg. The image shows the artist holding two dolls standing over an oven—relating to the artist’s motif of stoves. The work is a good example of her interest in exploring ideas of gender and domestic space. She described the image as showing her being torn between human and animal.”
Peter Saville’s limited-edition tea towels
“Ever since his first work for the fledgling Factory Records in the late 1970s, Peter Saville has been a pivotal figure in graphic design and style culture. For House of Voltaire, Saville has produced a series of tea towels with designs derived from food packaging print and construction markings, which he has been collecting since the mid 1980s. These reference points were also deployed in his celebrated design for New Order’s Blue Monday. The tea towels are available as a special boxed set and individually.”
Cory Arcangel, Lozenge Composition, 1924 / Tableau No.IV. LosangiquePyramidal, 1925, with Red, Blue,Yellow and Black, 1924/1925, Titled No. III., 2012
“New York-based artist Cory Arcangel has produced a limited-edition screen screen print of a page torn from an art history book featuring one of Mondrian’s Lozenge paintings. The Lozenge paintings are square canvases tilted at 45 degrees so that they hang in a diamond shape. Arcangel has tilted the page back by 45 degrees, taking the illustrations of the painting back to the traditional square format of a canvas.
“This edition follows a series of editions that have been specifically developed to make collecting high-quality contemporary art more accessible. Each print is an edition of 150, with the price starting at £50 for the initial 50 and then subsequently increasing as the edition sells out.”
Elizabeth Peyton, Nick (in Berlin), 2005
“This stunning eleven-colour etching by Elizabeth Peyton of her friend and fellow artist Nick Mauss was donated to the gallery by Sadie Coles HQ. It is such a high-quality print and offers a great opportunity to collect the artist’s work.”