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Place: Airmail


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At 4 am on November 14, 1984, in Santiago, Chile, an exhibition of 10 Airmail Paintings from Santiago was opening at 6 pm the same day at Artspace Gallery in Sydney, Australia. At 10 am in Sydney on January 18, 1990, it was 7 pm the day before in Santiago, and Kinok Producciones was opening an exhibition of eight Airmail Paintings from Cuenca, Sydney, London, and Berlin.

Between 1983 and 1996, Eugenio Dittborn produced 119 Airmail Paintings and put them into circulation between remote points on the globe: Santiago; Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Southampton, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Berlin, Cologne and Kassel, Germany; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Madrid and Seville, Spain; Rome, Italy; Caracas, Venezuela; Cali, Colombia; Cuenca, Ecuador; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Havana, Cuba; Montreal, Banff, Edmonton, and Vancouver, Canada; Miami; Chicago; New York; and Boston.

On a map of the Earth, this movement is like large-scale writing: these miles and miles of brushstrokes are paint hanging from the sky in an aircraft that never stops arriving.

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Source: Place: Airmail, from the website Global Positioning: Exploring Contemporary World Art, 2003.
Rights: Copyright 2003 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009