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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

THE CHAIR AFFAIRE

Cabinet Project

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.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 x 6 ½ inches / 128 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-48-9 · Retail Price: $20.00

 

CHANGING TRENDS

Content and Style

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1982, Softcover, 9 x 11 inches
84 pp, 30 duotone and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-00-8 · Retail Price: $10.00

CHARTRES: ONE HOUR OF SOUND IN A GOTHIC CATHEDRAL

Toine Horvers

This diminutive artist’s book is a translation of the universe of ambient sound amplified within the soaring space of the Chartres Cathedral. Artist Toine Horvers, who works at the intersection of spoken and written language in performances, drawings and books, describes what he hears without stating the source of the sound or referring to the physical space of the Gothic cathedral. The resulting book is a literal tone poem, in which each page represents one minute of sound. Horvers’ work is featured in a number of museums and private collections, including the Drawing Center, New York, and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
2014 / Softcover
6 x 9 inches / 64 pp
ISBN: 978-94-91677-08-3 · Retail Price: $24.00

Ian Cheng

Live Simulations

Elodie Evers, Jenny Jaskey, John Kelsey, Lucian Parisi, Irina Raskin & Kevin Simler

Live Simulation is the first monograph of New York based artist Ian Cheng (*1984). It not only ventures to visualize Cheng’s artistic practice but also to make its principles tangible in book form. The distorted views, mutated images, and varied texts are exemplary of the artist’s interest in behavioral change and the potential of working with live simulations.

“What is a simulation? It is a private game we devise when the aliveness of a situation is too complex to really know. It is drafting reality through an ocean of forking behaviors for finding an optimal end.

What is a live simulation? It is playing this game in public and not letting it end when the game gets good. Darwin said the greatest live simulation is nature herself, who incessantly tries and fails aloud, never stopping at perfection. But nature is often too fast, too slow, too big, too small, for us. We need live simulation at scale with human spacetime, but unending in its variety and blind to our barometers of quality. A live simulation that we can feel, but does not give a fig for us.” – Ian Cheng

SPECTOR BOOKS
2015 / Exhibition catalog
Flexicover / 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches
416 pp / 326 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-015-9 · Retail Price: $38.00

CHER AMI – VOTRE MARCEL PROUST

Marcel Proust in the Mirror of His Corrrespondence

Jürgen Ritte and Reiner Speck

Marcel Proust, author of Remembrance of Things Past, was nothing if not an avid correspondent: and after he withdrew from society to his cork-lined room, his correspondence seems to have become the only link between the inner and outside worlds. Scholars are fascinated by his letters because they show how the author’s three-volume masterwork was plotted and planned over a ten-year period. This unprecedented book includes is a chronicle of Proust’s life, commentary on the letters, a bibliographical compilation of the editions of correspondence, and – most fascinatingly – facsimiles of many letters, showing addresses, omissions, allusions and crossings-out, revealing a remarkable amount about Proust’s mysterious private life. Only published in French and German.

Snoeck, Germany
August 2009 / French & German / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 x 12 1/2 inches / 390 pp / 700 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-04-9 · Retail Price: $79.95