From the TV to the Fridge
German sculptor and provocateur Olaf Metzel became famous in one stroke in 1987 when his sculpture 13.4.81, a pile-up of metal barriers in Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm alluding to a false report of a terrorist’s death, unleashed a storm of indignation. Violence, racism, demonstrations and migrations across the world continue to be the subjects of this prolific artist’s relentlessly provocative interventions. This in-depth artist monograph includes hundreds of illustrations of his compelling projects addressing a range of political and social issues from the early 1980s to the present, along with the artist’s writings for newspapers, catalogs and magazines, gathered together here for the first time. His recent crumpled aluminum sculptures, which reintroduced the genre of relief in contemporary discourse in a surprising and confident way, are clearly described by the artist in relationship to his earlier work.
KUNSTRAUM INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
July 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 8 inches / 256 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-119-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
Collected Words and Images
Sabine Folie (Ed.)
Director of the Generali Foundation from 2008 to 2014, Sabine Folie helped establish the institution’s reputation for generating new critical discussion on contemporary art through revisiting modernism. This voluminous survey catalog, richly illustrated with photographs and source materials, documents the extensive collection of works acquired during Folie’s tenure. Essays by theorists and artists reflect on contemporary art themes exploring areas such as linguistic devices, the dismantling of representation and the reorganization of pictorial space, the changing roles of artist and museums, the relationship between subject and environment due to globalization and post-colonialism, artistic processing of history and the production of memorial culture. Included are commentary and artworks by Lothar Baumgarten, Marcel Broodthaers, Ernst Caramelle, Morgan Fisher, Stéphane Mallarmé and Ian Wallace, among others. Essays by Christa Blümlinger, Rachel Haidu, Gabriele Mackert, Michael Newman and more.
GENERALI FOUNDATION, VIENNA
October 2015 / English & German / Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 inches / 482 pages / 182 b&w and 386 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-142-0 · Retail Price: $58.00
Uwe M. Schneede (Ed.)
The First World War ranks as the seminal political catastrophe of the 20th century, but the sociocultural worlds that collapsed in 1914 into global conflict had long been fragile at best. German painter Franz Marc summed up this bellicose spirit as follows: “In our era of great struggle for new art, we do not fight as the organized, but as ‘wild ones’ against an old, established power.” This richly illustrated catalog—sharing the personal stories of enlisted protagonists from Klee to Picasso—examines the processes of transmission between the international art movements of the time. How were the artists of the historical avant-garde molded or even deformed by the experience of war? More than 40 pitoval artists are featured to support this well-researched project, including Beckmann, Kandinsky, Leger and many more. Essays by curator Uwe M. Schneede and others.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 11 1/2 inches / 360 pp
350+ b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-053-5 · Retail Price: $120.00
Pauline J. Yao, Rania Ho and Wang Wei
Arrow Factory is an influential, independently run art space located in a narrow 200-year-old alleyway in the center of Beijing. Founded in 2008, Arrow Factory reclaims an existing storefront and transforms it into a space for site-specific installations and projects by contemporary artists that are designed to be viewed from the street, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This publication features 28 temporary site-specific works produced by Chinese and international artists at Arrow Factory during its first three years, capturing the fleeting connections forged in China’s larger economic, intellectual, and artistic zeitgeist. Rich and insightful contributions by Patty Chang, Li Jinghu, Beatrice Leanza, Ken Lum, Ou Ning, Dan S. Wang plus Arrow Factory’s neighbors and local residents.
April 2012 / English & Simple Chinese
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8.25 x 10 inches
200 pp / 150 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-67-2 · Retail Price: $25.00
Bob Nickas (Ed.)
69/96 documents an exhibition of two parallel shows curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen of Studiolo and critic Bob Nickas in Switzerland (2014). 69 featured art works from 1969 selected by Nickas, while 96 featured works from 1996 chosen by Fischli and Olsen. The sense of the temporal overlay in the exhibition is captured in the publication in a third layer of images and information including a xerox catalog edited by Nickas in 1991 and documentation of the curators’ collaborative process. While engaging an intergenerational dialogue both personal and art historical, the three curators remind us that art history also reflects the texture of everyday life. Artists include Richard Artschwager, Larry Clark, Franz Gertsch, On Kawara, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Meret Oppenheim, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Karlheinz Weinberger, Lawrence Weiner, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.
February 2016 / Softcover
8 ½ x 11 inches / 136 pp / 160 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-96-6 · Retail Price: $48.00
Film / Art between Experiment and Archive
Lukasz Ronduda and Florian Zeyfang
2007 / English and German text / Softcover
6 x 8 3/4 inches / 224 pp / 63 b&w and 96 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-24-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
The Speech Writer
A fictional “documentary” presented in the form of ten flip books in a beautiful slipcase, this evocative artist’s book tells the story of a retired political speech writer. Surrounded by memories, his connection with the outside world takes the form of a daily broadcast from within his home. This is no podcast: passersby see a perplexing array of loudspeakers wired to the outside of his house, and perhaps stop to listen for a few moments each day. From Sri Lankan publisher Raking Leaves, this story addresses issues of repression and free expression, and how political power and human desires meet.
April 2012 / Hardcover / 9.75 x 11 inches
700 pp / full color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-4-2 · Retail Price: $65.00
Peter Fischer & Brigitt Bürgi (Eds.)
Zentrum Paul Klee director Peter Fischer and artist Brigitt Bürgi have gathered almost 100 works for this beautifully curated exhibition on the tree as subject and symbol in art. The well-designed hardcover catalog includes individual sections devoted to each artist including color reproductions of each work, an artist’s state- ment on the subject and a brief biography. Fischer’s introductory essay explores the tree as motif and symbol, the nature/culture dichotomy and the tree as an imaginary world as well as the embodiment of the actual world. Works by Carlos Amorales, Louise Bourgeois, Peter Doig, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Valérie Favre, Rodney Graham, Katie Holten, Forest Law, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Klee, Ndary Lo, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, Jill Orr, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Wolfgang Tillmans, Su-Mei Tse and Shinji Turner-Yamamoto among many others make this publication a rich visual compendium on the topic.
ZENTRUM PAUL KLEE, SWITZERLAND
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 ½ x 10 ½ inches / 184 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-146-4 · Retail Price: $48.00
2008 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 12 inches / 160 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-79-9 · Retail Price: $54.00
Bringing together an unusually eclectic selection of works from the mid-20th century to the present, this exciting catalog explores the complexities of “abstraction” in drawing. An exhibition at London’s esteemed Drawing Room (curated by British artist Richard Deacon) features works that employ various strands of abstract drawing—from the inscriptive and calligraphic to the ornamental and generative. A generously illustrated catalogue, features works by 28 internationally renowned artists—including Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, David Batchelor, Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Serra and Kishio Suga—alongside texts by Dawn Ades, Richard Deacon and Anna Lovatt that interrogate the convergences and divergences inherent within abstract art.
DRAWING ROOM, LONDON
May 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 x 10 2/3 inches / 128 pages / 75 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-83-8 · Retail Price: $32.00