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.

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

(Limited edition) Dry House Books and Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1995, Hardcover, 11 x 8 1/2 inches
90 pp, numerous reproductions
ISBN: 0-9633321-0-4 · Retail Price: $40.00


Katalog: Desire in Representation

Peggy Buth, Till Gathmann & Jann Wenzel (Eds.)

Berlin-based artist Peggy Buth’s recent exhibition, Desire in Representation examines the construction of meaning and identity in colonialism through re-presenting a selection of objects from the Musee Royal d’Afrique Central in Brussels in a variety of installations. The multilayered exhibition catalog, made in collaboration with book designer and typographer Till Gathmann, includes a reproduction of Buth’s earlier (2008) two-part artist book, Travelling through the Museum Royale and O My Kalulu! and images and texts from the multiple installations comprising her recent museum exhibition in Stuttgart. Drawing from her book project (2008), Buth developed a new narrative for the multimedia exhibition and publication titled Katalog that includes not only extensive installation shots, but also reproductions from the original artists book along with film stills from her featured five-part video installation. Essays by Hans D. Christ and Kathrin Peters.

Württembergischer Kunstverein, STUTTGART
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
240 pp / Extensive b&W and color
ISBN: 978-3-940064-09-7 · Retail Price: $55.00



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


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.

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.

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


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