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MICHEL BUTOR | DAN GRAHAM

Conversation

Donatien Grau (Ed.)

In the fall of 2013, American conceptual artist Dan Graham and his partner artist Meiko Meguro traveled with writer Donatien Grau to Lucinges, France, to meet with renowned French writer Michel Butor at his home. Their informal, intimate and at times humorous conversation, transcribed in this slim pocket-sized book, ranges over the ideas influencing emerging artists and post-abstract expressionists of the 1960s. The interview is bookended with a brief introduction by French cultural critic Donatien Grau and a riff by artist-writer Paul McCarthy. One of the foremost innovators of postwar literature, writer-thinker Michel Butor redefined the novel with his book Second Thoughts (1957), and further developed new forms with Mobile (1962). The rigorous symmetries Butor’s writing exemplified led Roland Barthes to praise him as an epitome of structuralism, but with a lyrical sensibility more akin to Baudelaire than Robbe-Grillet.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
February 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 ½ inches / 72 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-120-8 · Retail Price: $18.00

INGRID CALAME

Being Born

Jochen Kienbaum, (Ed.)

Ingrid Calame interviewed more than 20 people, among them children, adolescents, adults, friends and colleagues, female as well as male, in her volume Being Born about what they knew about their own birth. These naturally immensely personal conversations are accompanied by details of frottages with pigment on Mylar, which the artist created in 2014 in a cistern at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Lacoste, France, and in 2015 at the Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Germany. All these schematic and seemingly shadowy works in color direct our gaze, as it were, from the inside out. As if flooded with sunlight, indefinable traces and bumps appear in some of the images, cogs, grooves and metal ridges in others. This is precisely how the stories are presented to the readers: on the one hand, stories of precipitate deliveries, on the other hand legends of almost mythical measure. This initially sounds rather touching, and also quite scary; yet again, this is interrupted by the humor, which permeates most of these familial stories. The volume is currently the only deliverable monographic publication on the work of this abstract American painter who was born in New York in 1965, and now lives in Los Angeles. In 2014, she was included in the anthology Painting Today by Tony Godfrey; she has become known for her radical style, informed by human legacies, such as stains and graffiti, a kind of cartography of human traces.
Ingrid Calame’s works are included in permanent collections of museums worldwide including LACMA, LA, the Whitney Museum and MOMA in NY.

SNOECK, GERMANY
February 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 12 ¾ inches / 96 pp / 53 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-159-4 · Retail Price: $42.00

Martin John Callanan

Letters 2004-2006: Confirmation that You Still Exist; I Respect Your Authority; When Will It End: One London

Book Works, United Kingdom
June 2007, Softcover, 63/4 x 91/2 inches
48 pp, 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-870699-98-3 · Retail Price: $20.00

Can You Hear Me?

Music Labels by Visual Artists

Francesco Spampinato

Artists have long been part of rock bands, like Mike Kelley, Walter De Maria or Kim Gordon, but Can You Hear Me? is the first survey documenting record labels founded and run by visual artists. Featuring 25 labels from Europe, the US and Mexico, from 1980 through the present, this exhibition catalog celebrates the contemporary artist as multifaceted producer of collaborative projects. Cultural historian and artist Francesco Spampinato reflects on how extra-artistic activities help redefine the role of contemporary artists as a creative and cultural catalysts, touching upon their position in a wider tradition of independent music, art rock and artists’ mock enterprises; their performative features; their collective and participative nature; and the DIY ethos embodied in the production of records and ephemera. Featuring amazing ephemera, original artworks, records, videos and rare archival treasures, including Andy Warhol’s Earhole Productions and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Tartown Record Co., among many others.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2015 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches / 160 pp / 30 b&w and 45 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-36-6 · Retail Price: $19.95

 

CAPITAL ART: ON THE CULTURE OF PUNISHMENT

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2001, Softcover, 8 x 8 inches
72 pp, 55 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-46-4 · Retail Price: $15.00

MERLIN CARPENTER

London-based artist Merlin Carpenter is probably one of the few artists who posts – on his own website – negative reviews of his work from various newspapers and magazines. Rather audacious, but the posturing fits in with his series of exhibitions, called The Opening, that lampoons the conventions of the contemporary art world. All paintings at each version of The Opening are actually painted onsite, some proclaiming sentiments like “Die collector scum.” With essays by critic Caroline Busta and art historian George Baker, the book is a catalog-like compilation of installation photos and reproductions from several years of various Openings, including gallery invitations announcing Carpenter’s irreverent, politically charged action paintings.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
November 2011 / Softcover / 8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches / 208 pp / 200 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-60-3 · Retail Price: $34.95

BRIAN CATLING AND IAIN SINCLAIR

Several Clouds Colliding

British philosopher, inventor, mathematician, astronomer and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is the inspiration behind the London-based Swedenborg Society. In this intriguing collection of essays and documentary material from the society’s achives, artist/poet Brian Catling and writer/filmmaker Iain Sinclair reveal a secret history of Swedenborg: madman or messiah, you choose. The author-performers reconstruct and reflect on the extraordinary events surrounding an exhibition and performance held at the Swedenborg House on February 17, 2010. Catling is known for his teaching at Oxford and exhibitions at the Serpentine and the ICA and Sinclair for his publications and films including Ghost  Milk:  Calling  Time  on  the  Grand  Project (2011): they join forces to create this peculiar but seductively engaging journey into the psycho geography of religious ritual.

BOOK WORKS, LONDON
SWEDENBORG ARCHIVE, LONDON
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ Co-Series No. 2/
5 2/3 x 9 1/4 inches/ 72 pp/ 91 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-41-0 · Retail Price: $32.00

ALEX CECCHETTI

A Society That Breathes Once a Year

Francesco Pedraglio and Gavin Everall

In a mesmerizing story from the Time Machine series, a man and a woman begin the project of building an isolated, sustainable farm in the north of Canada, cut off from civilization. Paris-based author/artist Alex Cecchetti places the protagonists in a non-linear narrative, driving through the tawdry present, only to realize a future set deeply in the past. Haunted by the specters of dead rabbits and a prophetic bear, the couple’s utopian dream is delivered in a rapid, dense stream of language, as if the text itself wants to return to the pace of present. Editor Francesco Pedraglio chooses works from open submission, allowing us to consciously experiment with all our imaginable histories and expected futures.

BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
April 2012 / Softcover
6 x 9 inches / 88 pp / 1 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-32-8 · Retail Price: $19.95

Certain Encounters

Daros-Latinamerica Collection

Keith Wallace
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at
The University of British Columbia, Canada
2006 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 1/4 x 10 inches / 52 pp / 5 b&w and 29 color
ISBN: 0-88865-787-0 · Retail Price: $20.00

HELEN CHADWICK

Wreaths to Pleasure

One of contemporary art’s most provocative and profound figures, British artist Helen Chadwick was celebrated for her controversial feminist installations. Her death in 1996 cut short a brilliant career, but her influence resonates in the work of the YBAs and other contemporary artists. Published on the occasion of Helen Chadwick: Bad Blooms at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (2014), this volume reexamines her most iconic series, Wreaths to Pleasure (1992–94), originally shown at the Serpentine Gallery and MOMA, New York. Consisting of 13 large circular photo-pieces of vividly colored flowers floating on the surface of domestic fluids, the sensual and sexually suggestive work celebrates the unholy alliance of organic and toxic, fluid and static, clean and dirty. Color illustrations of both historical and posthumous installation are accompanied by David Notarius’s foreword, Marina Warner’s eulogy, and Sophie Raikes’s essay on the work’s inspiration, process and creation.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
RICHARD SALTOUN GALLERY, LONDON
January 2015
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
72 pp / 2 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-01-2 · Retail Price: $25.00