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Above: an example of a file card sized section cut out of H.H. Arneson's History of Modern Art as part of the 1981 work N.S.C.A.D. LIBRARY FILE CARD INTERVENTION.

[This 1981 piece first appeared in the publication The 100,000 Names of Art, which accompanied a retrospective of Eyland's works at the St. Mary's University Art Gallery in Halifax in 1992.]

N.S.C.A.D. LIBRARY FILE CARD INTERVENTION (1981)

H.H. Arneson's History of Modern Art was cut into file card size fragments. The resultant 'file cards' were entered into the library 's Author/Title catalogue according to an improvised scheme. This scheme could be deduced from an inspection of the catalogue. To avoid possible confusion with catalogue cards, the Arneson cards that were full of type were not entered into the card catalogue.

If you happened to be looking up Picasso among the cards, for example, you would find all the fragments of Picasso images from Arneson's book filed behind the last entry on Picasso (see below: 55 cards were entered under Picasso, behind 'Picasso's Guernica'). The project began on 5 October 1981 and ended almost two months later on 17 November. These are the cards:

3 cards entered under Jacques Louis David, behind 'David to Delacroix'
2 cards entered under Gericault, behind 'Gericault's Paintings of the Insane'
4 cards entered under Courbet, behind 'Courbet's L'Atelier du peintre'
2 cards entered under Ingres, behind 'Ingres and other parables'
4 cards entered under Daumier, behind 'Daumier, the man and the artist'
5 cards entered under Manet, behind 'Manet, Edouard, 1832-1883, Olympia'
3 cards entered under Corot, behind 'Corot to Picasso: European Paintings in Canadian Collections'
10 cards entered under Degas, behind 'Degas: the artist's mind'
4 cards entered under Monet, behind 'Monet Unveiled'
8 cards entered under Van Gogh, behind 'Van Gogh's life in his drawings'
13 cards entered under Cezanne, behind 'Cezanne's portrait drawings'
2 cards entered under Signac, behind 'Signac, Paul, 1863-1935'
13 cards entered under Rodin, behind 'Rodin's sculpture'
30 cards entered under Matisse, behind 'Matisse on art'
55 cards entered under Picasso, behind 'Picasso's Guernica'
19 cards entered under Duchamp, behind 'Duchamp's readymades'
1 card entered under Puvis, behind 'Puvis de Chavannes et la peinture lyonnaise du XIXe siecle'
3 cards entered under Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa, behind 'Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa, Henri Marie Raymond de 1864-1901'
6 cards entered under Pierre Bonnard, behind 'Bonnard and his environment'
3 cards entered under Vuillard, behind 'Vuillard, Edourd, 1868-1940'
11 cards entered under Braque, behind 'Braque: the great years'
2 cards entered under Seurat, behind 'Seurat's Les Poseuses (small version) 1888-1975'
2 cards entered under Whistler, behind 'Whistler themes and variations: an exhibition'
1 card entered under Rembrandt, behind 'Rembrandt's Aristotle, and other Rembrandt studies'
2 cards entered under Kollwitz behind 'Kollwitz, Kathe (Sshmidt) 1867-1945'
5 cards entered under Ensor, behind 'New York (City) Museum of Modern Art. James Ensor. Card 2'
1 card entered under Morris, behind 'Morris, William, 1834-1896'
4 cards entered under Munch, behind 'Munch und Ibsen'
4 cards entered under Vlaminck, behind 'Vlaminck, Maurice de, 1876-1958'
1 card entered under Tiepolo, behind 'Tiepolo: Banquet of Cleopatra'
8 cards entered under Stella, behind 'Stella since 1970'
2 cards entered under Rosso, behind 'Rosso, Medaro'
2 cards entered under Samaras, behind 'Samaras, Lucas'
1 card entered under Buren, behind 'Buren, Daniel, 1938-'
2 cards entered under Tiffany, behind 'Tiffany, Louis Comfort'
3 cards entered under Noland, behind 'Noland, Kenneth'
6 cards entered under Brancusi, behind 'Brancusi's birds'
3 cards entered under Redon, behind 'Redon, Olidon'
1 card entered under Kosuth, behind 'Kosuth, Joseph'
1 card entered under Darboven, behind 'Darboven, Hanne, 1941-'
17 cards entered under Mondrian, behind 'Mondrian, the process works'
6 cards entered under Rouault, behind 'Rouault, Georges, 1871-1958'
10 cards entered under Kandinsky, behind 'Kandinsky: watercolours'
5 cards entered under Gris, behind 'Gris, Juan, 1887-1927' 8 cards entered under Leger, behind 'Leger and the avant-garde'
8 cards entered under Klee, behind 'Klee,Paul,1879-1940'
6 cards entered under Chagall, behind 'Chagall: watercolours and gouaches'
5 cards entered under Schiele, behind 'Schiele in prison'
1 card entered under Pearlstein, behind 'Pearlstein, Phillip'
1 card entered under Dufy, behind 'Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953'
5 cards entered under Rousseau, behind 'Rousseau, Redon and fantasy'
3 cards entered under Malevich, behind 'Malevich, Kazimer Severinovich, 1878-1935, Suprematism'
15 cards entered under Miro, behind 'Miro, sculptures'
5 cards entered under De Chirico, behind 'De Chirico, Georgio'
3 cards entered under Fontana, behind 'Fontana, Lucio, 1899-1968'
6 cards entered under Motherwell, behind 'Motherwell, Robert, 1915- '
1 card entered under Hopper, behind 'Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967'
3 cards entered under Soutine, behind 'Soutine'
2 cards entered under Hamilton, behind 'Hamilton, Richard'
1 card entered under Blake, behind 'Blake in his time, 1978 (card 2)'
5 cards entered under Lichtenstein, behind 'Lichtenstein, Roy'
6 cards entered under Dali, behind 'Dali: Gemalde, Zeichnungen, Objekte, Schmuck'
3 cards entered under Pollock, behind 'Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956'
2 cards entered under Alfred Leslie, behind 'Lesley Foxcroft' (no entry in catalogue for Leslie)
2 cards entered under Held, behind 'Held, Al'
1 card entered under Oppenheim behind 'Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-'
2 cards entered under Tatlin, behind 'Contemporary British Painting (card 2)'
1 card entered under Harnett, behind 'Hornoncourt, Rened, 1901- '
12 cards entered under Ernst, behind 'Ernst, Max, 1891-'
4 cards entered under Oldenburg,behind 'Oldenburg: six themes'
1 card entered under Hodler, behind 'Hodkin,Frederick William'
4 cards entered under Sam Francis, behind 'Francis, Sam,1923-'
6 cards entered under Warhol, behind 'Warhol, Andy'
1 card entered under Richard Linder, behind 'Linden-Museum, Stuttgart'
3 cards entered under Flavin, behind 'Flavin, Dan 1933- '
3 cards entered under Rauschenburg, behind 'Pennsylvania. University Institute of Contemporary Art'
6 cards entered under Stuart Davis, behind 'Davis, Stuart'
2 cards entered under Charles Demuth, behind 'Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935'
6 cards entered under Jasper Johns behind 'Johns, Jasper'
6 cards entered under Modigliani, behind 'Modigliani and sculpture'
7 cards entered under Giacometti, behind 'Giacometti: sculptures, paintings, drawings'
2 cards entered under John Marin, behind 'Marin, John 1870-1953'
2 cards entered under Morris Louis, behind 'Louis, Morris'
4 cards entered under Poons, behind 'Poons, Larry, 1937-'
1 card entered under Close, behind 'Close, Chuck, 1941-'
1 card entered under Katz, behind 'Katz, Alex, 1927-'
2 cards entered under Cornell, behind 'Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972'
4 cards entered under Nolde, behind 'Nolde: forbidden pictures'
4 cards entered under Rothko, behind 'Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970'
1 card entered under Jawlensky, behind 'Jawlensky, Alexej von 1884-194-'
5 cards entered under Kelly, behind 'Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-'
1 card entered under Morandi, behind 'Morandi...i desegni'
4 cards entered under Caro, behind 'Caro, Anthony, 1924-'
1 card entered under Albright, behind 'Albrecht Durer: master printmaker'
3 cards entered under Pascin, behind 'Pascali, Pino'
1 card entered under O ' Keeffe, behind 'O ' Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-'
1 card entered under Man Ray, behind 'Man Ray, photographs, 1920-1934'
4 cards entered under Francis Bacon, behind 'Bacon, Francis, 1909-'
9 cards entered under Arp, behind 'Arp, with two poems by Arp'
3 cards entered under Grosz, behind 'Grosz, George, 1893-1959'
2 cards entered under Demuth, behind 'Demuth, Charles,1883-1935'
8 cards entered under Magritte, behind 'Magritte- retrospective loan exhibition'
7 cards entered under Dubuffet, behind 'Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-'
1 card entered under Nadelman, behind 'Nadelman, Elie, 1885-1946'
1 card entered under Estes, behind 'Estes, Richard, 1936-'
4 cards entered under Marca-Relli, behind 'Marc Chagall et la Bible'
2 cards entered under Segal, behind 'Segal, George'
1 card entered under Jenkins behind 'Jenkins, Paul, 1923-'
1 card entered under Winslow Homer after 'Homer, William Innes'
1 card entered under Judd, behind 'Judd, Don'
10 cards entered under Calder, behind 'Calder ' s Universe'
173 cards entered under Architecture behind 'Leitner, Bernhard'
4 cards entered under Manzu, behind 'Manzu, Giacomo,1908'
4 cards entered under 'Beckman, Max, 1884-1950'
6 cards entered under Lipchitz, behind 'Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-'
4 cards entered under Mariani, behind 'Mariani, Umberto'
2 cards entered under Utrillo, behind 'Utrillo, Maurice, 1883-1955'
2 cards entered under Marc, behind 'Marc, Franz, 1880-1916'
2 cards entered under Klimt, behind 'Klimt, Gustave'
2 cards entered under Rodchenko, behind 'Rodchenko and the arts of revolutionary Russia'
2 cards entered under Kline,behind 'Kline, Franz, 1910-1962'
2 cards entered under Severini, behind 'Severini, Gino'
1 card entered under Carra, behind 'Carra, Carlo, 1881-1966'
1 card entered under Titian, behind 'Titian as portraitist'
1 card entered under Hepworth, behind 'Hepworth, Barbara'
2 cards entered under Nakian, behind 'Nakian, Reuben'
2 cards entered under Armitage, behind 'Armitage, Kenneth,1916-'
1 card entered under William Turnbill behind 'Turn-of-the-century America'
2 cards entered under Etienne Hajdu, behind 'Haire, Christopher P.'
1 card entered under Roszak, behind 'Roszak, Theodore'
1 card entered under Martin, behind 'Martin, Kenneth, 1905-'
1 card entered under Mathias Goeritz, behind 'Goepper, Roger'
1 card entered under Herbert Ferber, behind 'Fenwick, Kathleen M. ed.'
1 card entered under Paul van Hoeydonk, behind 'Vanguard 1955'
1 card entered under Pomodoro, behind 'Pomodoro, Gio, 1930-'
2 cards entered Bourgeois, behind 'Bourgeois, Louise'
1 card entered under Richard Stankiewicz, behind 'Stanislawski, Rysyard, 1921-'
2 cards entered under Eduardo Chillida behind 'Chilean contemporary art'
2 cards entered under Nevelson, behind 'Nevelson wood sculptures'
3 cards entered under Anton Pevsner, behind 'Pettit, Florence Harvey'
3 cards entered under Gonzalez, behind 'Gonzalez, Julio'
6 cards entered under Gabo, behind 'Gabo, Naum 1890-'
2 cards entered under Archipenko, behind 'Toronto. Art Gallery of Ontario'
3 cards entered under Noguchi, behind ' Noguchi, Isamu'
1 card entered under John Flannagan behind 'Flanary, David A.'
2 cards entered under Robert Morris, behind 'Morris, Louis'
2 cards entered under Tony Smith, behind 'Smith, Tony'
2 cards entered under Alexander Liberman, behind 'Liberation through art Dada and Surrealism'
1 card entered under King, behind 'King, Phillip, 1934-'
1 card entered under Bladen, behind 'Bladen, Ronald'
1 card entered under Tucker, behind 'Tucker, William, 1935-'
1 card entered under Dufy, behind 'Dufour, Gary'

N.S.C.A.D. File Card

1 card entered under Rossetti, behind 'The Rossetti-Leyland letters'
1 card entered under Lachaise, behind 'Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935'
1 card entered under Nicolas Schoffer, behind 'Schoenberg, Arnold'
1 card entered under Bell, behind 'Bell, Larry'
2 cards entered under Jean Bazaine, behind 'Baysting, Arthur'
1 card entered under Poryaldur Skulason, behind 'Skrine, Peter N., joint author'
2 cards entered under Pierre Soulages, behind 'Souland farm'
2 cards entered under Zoa-Wou-ki, behind 'Zapf, Hermann'
1 card entered under Fritz Winter, behind 'Winter, Edward'
1 card entered under Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, behind 'Signs, systems, and meanings'
2 cards entered under Jack Tworkov, behind 'Twombly, Cy 1929-'
2 cards entered under James Brooks, behind 'New York [City] Museum of Modern Art'
4 cards entered under Henry Moore, behind 'Moore, Henry'
2 cards entered under Gaudier-Brzeska, behind 'Gaudier-Brzeska, drawings'
1 card entered under Arman, behind 'Arman: 33 accumulations'
3 cards entered under Karel Appel, behind 'Appel's Appels'
1 card entered behind Jorn Asger, behind 'Jorg, Wolfgang, illus.'
1 card entered under Johannes S. Kjarval, behind 'Kiyooka, Roy'
1 card entered under Luis Felipe Noe, behind 'Nocte, Gunther'
2 cards entered under Rufino Tamayo, behind 'Tamayo, Rufino, 1899-'
2 cards entered under Matta, behind 'Matta'
1 card entered under Agnes Martin, behind 'Martin, Agnes, 1912-'
1 card entered under Ludwig Sander behind 'Sander, Auguste'
1 card entered under Adolphe William Bouguereau, behind 'Boughey, Arthur S.'
2 cards entered under Richard Pousette-Dart, behind 'Pousette-Dart, Richard'
1 card entered under Richard Anuszkiewicz, behind 'Anuszkiewicz, Richard'
1 card entered under Pol Bury, behind 'Bury, Pol 1922-'
1 card entered under Len Lye after 'Lydiaand Harry Lewis Winston Collection'
2 cards entered under Jesus Rafael Soto, behind 'Soto: a retrospective exhibition'
1 card entered under Otto Piene, behind 'Piene, Otto 1928-'
1 card entered under Preston McClanahan, behind 'McClanahan, Preston'
3 Gauguin cards not entered (problem with drawer)
2 cards entered under Raoul Hausmann, behind 'Hausmann, Raoul,1886-'
1 card entered under Sophie Taeuber-Arp, behind 'Taeuber-Arp,Sophie'
2 cards entered under Baldaccini Cesar, behind 'Cesar, Baldaccini'
1 card entered under Lippold, behind 'Lippe, Aschwin'
1 card entered under Peter Phillips, behind 'Phillips, Peter 1939'
1 card entered under Burgoyne Diller, behind 'Diller, Burgoyne 1906-1965'
1 card entered under Barlach, behind 'Barkley, Paul W.'
1 card entered under Othon Friesz, behind 'Friesen, Wallace V.'
1 card entered under Gianfranco Baruchello, behind 'Bartram, Alan jt. author'
2 cards entered underJean Ipousteguy, behind 'Ipousteguy, Jean'
1 card entered under Ben Shahn, behind 'Shahn, Ben 1898-1969'
1 card entered under Robert Muller, behind 'Muller, Robert H.'
1 card entered under Barnett Newman, behind 'Newman, Barnett'
1 card entered under Hans Hartung after 'Hartt, Frederick'
1 card entered under J. Johannesson, behind 'Johannessen, Matthias 1930-'
1 card entered under J. Epstein, behind 'Epstein, Lee'
1 card entered under Jules Olitski, behind 'Olitski, Jules, 1922'
1 card entered under Peter Golfinopoulos, behind 'Goffman, Erving'
1 card entered under Hans Bellmer, behind 'Bellmer, Hans 1902-'
1 card entered under Kurt Seligmann,behind 'Seligmann, Kurt'
1 card entered under Oscar Dominguez, behind 'Dominguez, Bordna'
1 card entered under Eugene Bearman, behind 'Berlyne, D.'
1 card entered under Bradley Walker Tomlin, behind 'Tomlin, Bradley Walker, 1899-1953'
1 card entered under Sickert, behind 'Sickert'
1 card entered under Alechinsky, behind 'Alechinsky, Pierre 1927-'
1 card entered under Antonio Saura, behind 'Saunders, Robert J. 1926-'
1 card entered under Eduardo Arroyo, behind 'Arroyo, Eduardo 1937-'
1 card entered under Bourdelle, behind 'Bourdelle 1861-1929'
1 card entered under A. Maillol, behind 'Maillol, Aristide Joseph Bonaventure 1861-1944'
1 card entered under Renoir, behind 'Renoir to Matisse'
2 cards entered under Joseph Albers, behind 'Albers, Joseph 1888-'
1 card entered under Diebenkorn, behind 'Diebenkorn, Richard'
1 card entered under Marcks, behind 'Marck, Marc van der'
1 card entered under Karl Schmidt-Rottluff after 'Schmitt Healy, Julia 1947-'
1 card entered under Erich Heckel, behind 'Heck, Johann George'
1 card entered under Nolde, behind 'Nolde, Emile'
1 cardentered under Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, behind 'Kirchner: his graphic art'
1 card entered under Otto Muller, behind 'Muller, Hans Wolfgang'
1 card entered under Kurt Schwitters, behind 'Schwitters, Kurt 1887-1948 Collision'
1 card entered under Jean Fautrier, behind 'Fauteux, Andre 1946'
1 card entered under Hans Hoffman, behind 'Hoffman, Hans 1880-1966'
1 card entered under Bridget Riley, behind 'Riley, Bridget 1931-'
1 card entered under Marsden Hartley, behind 'Hartley, Marsden 1887-1943'
1 card entered under Tchelitchew, behind 'Tchelitchew; paintings and drawings'
1 card entered under Willi Baumeister, behind 'Bauman, Susan'
2 cards entered under August Macke, behind 'Mack, Piene, Uecker'
2 cards entered under Alan Davie, behind 'Davidson, Patricia F., joint author'
1 card entered under Einard Hakonarson, behind 'Hakim, Besin'
3 cards entered under Gauguin, behind 'Gauguin's paradise lost'
1 card entered under Giuseppe Capogrossi, behind 'Caplovitz, David'
1 card entered under Andre Derain, behind 'Derain, Andre 1881-1919'
1 card entered under Wilhelm Lehmbruck, behind 'Lehmbruck, Wilhelm 1881-1919'
1 card entered under Giacomo Balla, behind 'Balla, Giacomo, 1871-1958'
1 card entered under Jean Metzinger, behind 'Metzinger, Jean, 1883-1956'
2 cards entered under Picabia, behind 'Picabia, Francis, 1879-1953, illus. '
1 card entered under Feininger, behind 'Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956'
1 card entered under Tinguely, behind 'Tinguely, Jean'
1 card entered under Antonio Berni, behind 'Bernhard, Ruth, 1905-'
2 cards entered under Helion, behind 'Helion, Jean, 1904-'
1 card entered under Pierre Roy, behind 'Roy, Claude, 1915-'
165 cards entered behind 'An Unfinished Work, 1966-1971' (last entry November 17, 1981)

NSCAD Intervention 1981
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