Once Upon a Time …
the observations of Hillegon Brunt
Visual artist Hillegon Brunt (b. 1964) studies the world around her. With precisely accurate observation of humans, animals and collected objects, she has developed a refined style of making drawings as well as collages with attention to the smallest detail. The approach for <i.Once Upon a Time . . . is an artist’s book designed as a film. In cooperation with graphic designer Art Collart, Brunt developed a concept in which she tells a new story with existing work from her extensive collection of drawings, woodcuts, etching and collages produced over almost a decade. By arranging her work, by zooming in or out and adding reference images, Brunt allows the reader/viewer to enter a creative world informed by her observations and insights. Organized into 11 parts (or acts), this fascinating book includes a perceptive look into Brunt’s work by visual artist Anuli Croon and a full index of the work.
February 2017 / Softcover / 5 ¼ x 7 ⅔ in.
224 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-69-4 · Retail Price: $40.00
The Weather, A Building
Libraries are generally perceived as storehouses, spaces of neutral accumulation and containment. While the architecture may attempt to operate in this stable mode, the material contained within them is often far wilder. Histories, biographies, loose thoughts, and detailed notations are temporarily suspended, cataloged, and organized, creating relationships where perhaps previously there were none. The trajectory of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin exposes the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained in a highly palpable way. This new artist book charts three narratives associated with the life of this particular library. The anecdotes become both concrete examples and metaphors through which to interrogate the production, situating, and sharing of meaning. With texts by Buchanan and Ian White.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches/ 80 pp/ 10 b&w, 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-36-8 · Retail Price: $24.00
Panoramic images are part of the essence of Lucerne, where the front door of the art museum opens onto the towering panorama of the Alps, and where visitors already flock to see the Bourbaki Panorama and the Gornergrat Diorama in the Alpineum. Now, Patricia Bucher, a young Swiss artist of imposing vision, has created an unprecedented 360-degree panorama for the Kunstmuseum Luzern: a history of the art of warfare, across continents, cultures and centuries, 33 feet long by 24 inches high. Bucher began with over 2000 representations of war in a variety of media, scanned them and then created tumultuous scenes spilling over into one another, where varied ethnic groups, fighting styles, and weaponry from past and future centuries violently collide. This dynamic book is equally unusual, a full-color, 30-foot-long, heavy-paper pull-out that reproduces the entire artwork on a smaller scale. Call it our era’s Bayreuth Tapestry, or just call it brilliant.
August 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 12 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches / 72 pp - concertina foldout
ISBN: 978-3-940953-74-2 · Retail Price: $115.00
A Public Intimacy (A Life through Scrapbooks)
Paul Buck – poet, playwright, artist, performer, translator and teacher – is one of those rare and amazing people who has made every part of his life into art. “Improvisation is at the heart of my existence, and improvisation is based on preparation and self-discipline,” writes Buck. He was at the heart of the contemporary art scene in “Swinging London” during the 1960s, and in the 70s founded the seminal magazine, Curtains, which brought writers like Derrida, Bataille and Paul Auster to the foreground. This intimate book, part of Bookworks’s engrossing Time Machine series, is essentially an archive in the form of a scrapbook of the life Buck has led, bringing together cuttings, clippings and comments (both fiction and non-) to tell the history of the counter-currents and counter-cultures that he has lived through. Among the figures included are Kathy Acker, Maurice Blanchot, Marc Almond, Genesis P-Orridge, Raul Ruiz, Jean-Patrick Manchette and Susan Hiller.
April 2012 / Softcover / 6.25 x 9 inches
144 pp / 60 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-29-8 · Retail Price: $32.00
Five Pieces for Projection
Eva Schmidt (Ed.)
Crossing disciplines from media to culture and art, Victor Burgin’s iconic conceptual works have made him one of the most distinguished artists of the late 20th century. Since coming to prominence in the late 1960s, the artist has participated in historical exhibitions such as When Attitudes Became Form (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969) and Three Perspective on Photography (Hayward Gallery, 1979). Bergin’s recent projection work (2010–2014) is published here in conjunction with Burgin’s retrospective Forms of Telling at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen. The pairing of images and text in this publication explores how the artist’s work emerges from a personal experience, a preoccupation with a building or even a Romantic painting. In this recent work hazy, often double- or triple-exposed black-and-white film pieces speak to the suggestive power of appropriated imagery and exemplify postmodernism’s aesthetic and concern with psychoanalysis and critical theory. Essay by Hanne Loreck and philosopher Eva Schmidt.
Release Date: October 2014
English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches / 148 pp / 14 b&w and 77 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-050-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
Anthology: Writings 1991–2015
Florence Derieux (Ed.)
Since the late 1980s, New York–based conceptual artist Tom Burr (b. 1963) has been using appropriation strategies in his photographic and sculptural works and writings. Thirty-seven texts—works, poems, autobiographical texts and portraits—have been compiled in this extensive anthology accompanying the artist’s survey exhibition at the FRAC in France. Written over a period of 24 years and presented chronologically, it enables us to fully appreciate the conceptual and visual coherence and richness of Burr’s writings. The artist’s personal writings reveal the conceptual and aesthetic sources in his oeuvre. As did Robert Smithson’s, Burr’s art praxis extends into the field of writing, and vice versa. Art and language cannot be dissociated from each other— at times, the text precedes and anticipates the work; at others, it emanates and results from it; in most instances, it is an integral part of it. Burr’s work is collected by MOCA, LA; The Israel Museum; NY Public Library; and more, with past exhibitions at Hammer Museum, LA; Sculpture Center, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.
FRAC CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE, FRANCE
February 2016 / Softcover
9 ½ x 13 inches / 128 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-196-3 · Retail Price: $38.00
The World Is Getting to Be a Funner Place
1995, Hardcover, 11 x 8 1/2 inches
90 pp, numerous reproductions
ISBN: 0-9633321-0-4 · Retail Price: $40.00
IF-THEN-ELSE: Welcome to Transciency
Preis der Kunsthalle Wien 2016
The second recipient of the prestigious Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2016 in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, is German artist and scientist Magrit Busch (b. 1967). Five years ago, Busch created a laboratory-cum-experiment that included mealworms and beetles that consume, and thus recycle, polystyrene plastic. By generating insights into the discipline of “transciency”—perspectives, research methods, and representations operating through and beyond science—Busch’s project sheds light on the meeting points of scientific, philosophical, artistic and practical discourses. Her installation is re-created in this small but comprehensive monograph that allows thoughtful entry into Busch’s cross-pollination of art and science. Included is an essay by art critic Roland Schöny, a conversation between the artist and curator, Lucas Gehrmann, and Kunsthalle Wien director Nicolaus Schafhausen, along with installation images and a supplemental “transmap” to be viewed and enjoyed outside of the publication.
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English & German / Softcover / 5 ¼ x 7 ½ in.
54 pp w/ folded poster / 6 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-956792-93-9 · Retail Price: $13.00
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.
February 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 ½ inches / 72 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-120-8 · Retail Price: $18.00
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.
February 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 12 ¾ inches / 96 pp / 53 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-159-4 · Retail Price: $42.00