Letters 2004-2006: Confirmation that You Still Exist; I Respect Your Authority; When Will It End: One London
June 2007, Softcover, 63/4 x 91/2 inches
48 pp, 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-870699-98-3 · Retail Price: $20.00
Music Labels by Visual Artists
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
2001, Softcover, 8 x 8 inches
72 pp, 55 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-46-4 · Retail Price: $15.00
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.
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
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.
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
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.
April 2012 / Softcover
6 x 9 inches / 88 pp / 1 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-32-8 · Retail Price: $19.95
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
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.
RICHARD SALTOUN GALLERY, LONDON
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
Lucas Maassen & Margriet Craens
Chair porn? Kama sutra for chairs? This humorous pocket-sized artist’s book catalogs, in over 50 color photographs, iconic mid-century chairs, some with colorful cardigans, in flagrante delicto. Created by Dutch visual artist Margriet Craens and Dutch furniture designer Lucas Maassen, the photographs document their installation The Vincent Affair, which was staged at the Nune Ville, the house where the love of Vincent van Gogh’s life, Margot Begemann, once lived. Four short works of erotic fiction written by actor Twan van Brag lie in between two sections of chair pairings. Even though small in size this publication packs a powerful punch, covering everything from history to mid-century modern design to sculptural installation and erotic writings.
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 x 6 ½ inches / 128 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-48-9 · Retail Price: $20.00
Content and Style
1982, Softcover, 9 x 11 inches
84 pp, 30 duotone and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-00-8 · Retail Price: $10.00