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Kiwi mag White Fungus on an international roll

Just weeks after its showing at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, art magazine White Fungus is all set for inclusion in another exhibition in New York. 

White Fungus was founded in Wellington in 2004 by brothers Ron and Mark Hanson, along with designer Carla Schollum, as an anarchic photocopied hand-out protesting the building of the city’s inner-city bypass. Now based in Taiwan, it has since evolved into a print publication that is international in scope but maintains strong coverage of New Zealand art, history and culture.

From June 26-July 6 it will be exhibited at the Megabodega show at Family Business, the new gallery recently started by international art stars Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni. Cattelan is an artist who recently had a career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, while Gioni is a top curator and was recently named to run next year’s Venice Biennale.

Megabodega will take over the gallery for two weeks and function as a pop-up ‘bodega’ shop featuring recommended readings of fanzines, art books and magazines singled out as favourites by artists and friends of curator Victoria Yee Howe.

Throughout the two weeks there will be nightly events, a phone line with daily recordings and readings, and simultaneous book launches.

New York Magazine has described Family Business as “a gallery that’s not a gallery, run by two art stars slumming it as art nobodies".
 
2012 has been a breakout year for White Fungus, which has been included in exhibitions and fairs in London, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Tokyo.

In July White Fungus will be part of exhibitions in Torino, Italy and Dublin, Ireland as part of the Library Project at the PhotoIreland Festival. 

The New York Public Library also recently added the complete series of White Fungus to its Art & Architecture collection.