Hubertus Gassner & Brigitte Kölle (Eds.)
Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), whose career began in the 1960s, continues to be a pivotal figure in postwar Romanian art. To celebrate her 90th birthday, the new hardbound exhibition catalog from Hamburg Kunsthalle, compact and elegantly designed, is the first comprehensive survey of her work outside Romania. Brătescu’s long and rich career working in photography, performance, drawing, collage, illustration and film is extensively illustrated and documented. A comprehensive interview by exhibition co-curator Brigitte K.lle and an essay by Romanian art historian/curator Magda Radu, among other contributors, and a complete biography offer an introduction to her innovative and varied oeuvre and the life that shaped it. The line functions in all of Brătescu’s work, as a mode of definition, measurement and movement, from the classical draftsmanship of Hands (1974–76) to the body performing in space in The Studio (1978). Her work has been featured most recently at Tate Liverpool and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.
HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE, GERMANY
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Hardcover / 7 ½ x 6 ¾ in. / 192 pp
25 b&w and 110 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-172-3 · Retail Price: $45.00
L’artiste, Le Modèle et La Peinture
The first monograph for Polish-born Agnieszka Brzezanska, this artist book offers a compelling compilation of her mysterious, subtle and deeply felt photographs, paintings and videos. The book’s title was taken from a poster for a Picasso exhibition that the artist photographed and used as the poster for her own show – creating a ready-made accentuating the rain-smudged lettering of the original poster. The peach-colored cover of this soft-cover book – with its image of a kinked heart referring to her heart paintings and her musical video, Heart Play – makes the book seem like something discovered at a kiosk on the banks of the Seine. The monograph was developed while Brzezanska was a guest of the Berlin DAAD artist-in-residence program. With a compelling essay by Andrew Renton.
2010 / English & German / Softcover
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 120 pp / 80 b&w and 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-98-6 · Retail Price: $24.95
Posture and High Heels
Brice Dellsperger’s Body Double is the first monograph ever published on the artist’s already cult film productions, with a long essay by art historian Marie Canet that addresses filmic remake, but also issues of models, gender politics, and representational chaos. Containing a large body of unpublished images, the book also invites the reader backstage – as in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon, after which this book is modeled – into the Dellspergian camp film factory, to get a closer look at the characters and personas that populate the Body Double series, and that are creations both of the artist and of his main performer and muse, Jean-Luc Verna.
Toastink Press, France
October 2011 / Softcover / 7 x 9 7/8 inches / 208 pp / 185 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-43-6 · Retail Price: $34.95
2009 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 56 pp / 22 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-21-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
The Sleep Around and the Lost and Found
Terry R. Myers
Internationally recognized New York–based painter Cecily Brown (b. 1969) explores the breadth of human experience in her tactile oil paintings. Extensive full-page color reproductions of Brown’s latest paintings and their installation at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2015), are complemented by a thoughtful essay on the artist’s career by critic, educator and curator Terry R. Myers in this elegant volume. Broadly inspired by the history of painting—from Rubens and Veronese to the muscular expressionism of Willem de Kooning—Brown’s personal vision transcends classical notions of genre and narrative, freeing subject matter from its original context and positioning it within a new aesthetic reality. Internationally collected by institutions including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Tate Modern, London, among many others.
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, BERLIN
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 32 pp / 16 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-156-3 · Retail Price: $39.95
Memory, Matter and Modern Romance
The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1999, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover, 11 x 9 inches
104 pp, 97 b&w and 54 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-881161-04-8 · Retail Price: $30.00
The Transsubstantiation of Bruce
The anonymous Brooklyn-based tricksters of the Bruce High Quality Foundation are back, this time with a cheeky take on the religious habits of their fictitious artist namesake in this colorful catalog accompanying exhibitions at CFA, Fine Arts Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum New York. It would surprise many to know that Bruce High Quality attended weekly Mass. Scourge of both the radical left and the religious right, it’s difficult to imagine the world s greatest ironist as a true believer. Nonetheless, there he was, week after week, checking in with the man upstairs. From The Sacraments, his masterful series of Play-Doh reliquaries, to the grand triptych self-portrait Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which casts Bruce High Quality s death mask, their intention to bring us face to face with the great beyond is shameless.
CFA CONTEMPORARY FIINE ARTS, BERLIN
July 2013 / English & German / Exhibition catalog Softcover / 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 32 pp / 41 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-050-4 · Retail Price: $9.00
Ride, Queer, Ride!
1997, Softcover, 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
255 pp, 46 b&w and 13 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-921381-12-3 · Retail Price: $22.50
If demons are mutable and their existence dependent on context, what would a current-day demon look like? Taking this notion, Swiss artist, poet and musician Anton Bruhin (b. 1949) rehabilitates the demon with 170-odd pictures in a postmodern portrayal in this hardcover volume. Playing on patterns and archetypes innate to the human mind, Bruhin reveals a profound sense of the nature of suggestion. His pixelated creatures look hard-drinking, capable of irony, often jovial and delighting in flaunting their peculiarities. They may be misshapen, grinning, belching or besprinkled with strange shades of yellow slime—all merely toying with the terror they’re expected to personify. Bouncing back and forth between the pages, these demons’ facial expressions seem to wondrously epitomize states between gentle otherworldliness, urges to smirk and a spooky furiousness. Ultimately, they seem to know the viewer is their confederate in mischievousness. Features an essay by Swiss author Michel Mettler.
May 2017 / Hardcover
7 x 9 in. / 368 pp / 171 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-30-2 · Retail Price: $50.00
Berlin-based Austrian painter Maria Brunner (b. 1962) devoted an entire year to painting the regal amaryllis, the flowering plant from the winter-rainfall region of South Africa, whose trumpet-shaped winter blooms mark the coming of spring. For the first time these meditative paintings are included in Brunner’s new monograph featuring 90 color plates and covering the past three years of work. In addition to the amaryllis series, large-format canvases depicting floating drapery (2015) and small folded glassine ink drawings (2016) are included. Brunner’s work has transitioned over the years from her early surface-driven technique to hyperrealism to her current play with realism afloat an atmospheric ground. Characterized by profound doubts about whether things are as they seem, and overpowering in painted detail, this latest cycle of oils departs from her previous work in its focus on single subjects located within chiaroscuro backgrounds, producing a sense of magical realism.
GALERIE GISELA CAPITAIN, GERMANY
January 2017 / English & German / Hardcover
8 ½ x 10 ½ in. / 130 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-177-8 · Retail Price: $60.00