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.
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
Internationally lauded Swiss artist Christoph Büchel creates hyper-realistic environments that are, in essence, like walking into a mind at work. His detailed installations are three-dimensional renderings of spaces or situations that convey extreme psychological mindsets. This book is another of Buchel’s “environments” – a dead-boring Korean Business Directory turned into a full-color scrapbook of pop-culture ephemera. Seemingly unrelated clippings from German tabloids on minor celebrities and inconsequential members of the nobility, bits from catalogs and travel magazines all come together in an oddly compelling artist book. Somehow, Buchel uses these bits and pieces as a vehicle for social and political commentary within the artist’s contemplative space.
March 2009 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 336 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-97-3 · Retail Price: $69.95
Clouds are fleeting entities—studying them so as to correctly classify, name and read their forms was, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, considered an important step in learning the secrets of the atmosphere. In its early stages, photography offered scientists completely new ways of depicting clouds. They used cameras to make precise, lifelike images, which, in turn, provided insights into the interaction of clouds and the atmosphere. Cloud Studies presents scientific cloud photography from its beginnings in the 1880s to the images made by the first weather satellites in the 1960s. Now in its second edition, the publication was awarded a bronze medal in the competition of the Stiftung Buchkunst’s “Best Book Design from all over the World 2013.” Featuring more than 100 mesmerizing cloud photographs taken by the first meterologists, Albert Riggenbach, Ralph Abercromby and Ferdinand Quénisset, and ending with the deep space images made by Tiros-1. Also included is an extensive cloud document section and essay by poet Marcel Beyer.
2014, 2nd edition/ English /
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 272 pp / 132 b&w w/ color tones
ISBN: 978-3-940064-99-8 · Retail Price: $59.95
Faker, Drinker, Soldier, Heiress
Drawing on imagery from mass culture, London-based artist Clunie Reid’s photo-collages appropriate everyday images and show how the violence within them has become banal to the contemporary viewer. This artist’s book is inspired by the sexual content and rhetoric of advertising, the Internet and magazines; works are often reproduced on a mirrored surface, with hand-scrawled jokes and texts overlaying them. The images – including the artist’s own drawings and photographs – play on a complex relationship between surface and penetration, where distorted images overlay one another, shattering the reflection of the mirrored surface. These illusionistic, sexual games are replayed across the surface of the book. The book becomes a hall of mirrors in which one meaning rapidly collapses on itself only to reproduce a new, multifaceted one.
2010 / Softcover / 9 x 11 inches / 64 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-26-7 · Retail Price: $35.00
Luis Jacob (Ed.)
Commerce by Artists documents a fascinating and sweeping range of artists’ projects produced from the 1950s to the present by Canadian and international artists who have sought to engage, rather than merely represent, the complex contemporary art world of which they are a part. This encyclopedic journey into that pivotal and transitional time encompasses canonical works such as Yves Klein’s “Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility” (1958), Seth Siegelaub’s “Artist’s Contract “(1971), and Lee Lozano’s “Strike Piece”(1969)—as well as rarely documented works like Keith Obadike’s “Blackness for Sale” (2001) and Kelly Mark’s “In & Out” (1997-ongoing until 2032). A few of the 27 contributors included are Clegg & Guttmann, Jorge di Paola, Hu Fang, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Hans Haacke, Jens Hoffmann, Mary Kelly, Sina Najafi, Richard Manning, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Andrea Rosen, Martha Rosler, Reid Shier and Julia Steinmetz.
April 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
8 x 10 1/2 inches/ 386 pp/ 208 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9809184-4-1 · Retail Price: $65.00
Movements, Deals and Drinks
Myvillages, Kahtrin Böhm & Miranda Pope (Eds.)
Company is part of a long-term art project by Myvillages investigating the collective endeavor of “picking days,” during which from the 1800s to the 1950s working-class Londoners went to the Kent countryside in late summer to harvest fruit and make beverages. The study of this 150-year migration reveals complex social currency, histories and politics of access to the countryside, food production, everyday culture and current interest in communing. Following the production cycles through text and numerous historical as well as contemporary photographs, the authors remind us that rural and urban conditions are inherently connected in multiple ways. Myvillages is a pan-national artist group founded in 2003 by Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers. Its work addresses the evolving relationship between the rural and the urban and different forms of production, preconceptions and power relationships through long-term projects with a focus on the local.
January 2016 / Softcover
6 x 8 1/2 inches / 272 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-56-4 · Retail Price: $35.00
Nick Aikens & Polly Staple (Eds.)
Following the theme of her previous publication Support Structures (2010) and written in the intimate format of a conversation, artist Céline Condorelli explores the history and philosophical nature of friendship. London-based Condorelli, who has shown at the Centre Pompidou and Serpentine Gallery, is most interested in what friendships have been left out of normative, patriarchal history. Why is the philosophical discourse dominated by or only about men? Why have no women philosophers written about friendship? And what about friendships between other excluded groups–slaves or pirates? Through conversations with sociologist Avery F. Gordon, philosopher Johan Frederik Hartle and curators Nick Aikens and Polly Staple, this thoughtful book addresses the practice of friendship as a way of being in the world, and most importantly, how friendship conditions the way we work together.
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, THE NETHERLANDS
Release Date: October 2014
5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 146 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-64-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
One Year at Ludlow 38
Clara Meister (Ed.)
Each year, New York’s Ludlow 38 exhibition space hosts the MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residency, highlighting the work of an emerging German curator. This publication gives an overview of the 2012 resident, Clara Meister. Meister’s program focused on different concepts of translation; she brought together an interdisciplinary exhibition program based on the assumption that artistic ideas can be translated into disparate forms and can take on varying modes of expres- sion. Meister organized four solo exhibitions with Natalie Czech, Bo Christian Larsson, Saâdane Afif, and Maria Loboda, a collaborative project called A Dog Republic, and several small poster publications which constitute the individual chapters of the book. Writers, artists, and thinkers were invited to contribute playful essays that were either a source of inspiration for the exhibition or linked to its ideas.
MINI GOETHE-INSTITUT CURATORIAL RESIDENCIES LUDLOW 38, NY
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches
294 pp / 43 b&w, 57 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-57-3 · Retail Price: $22.00
Two Degrees of Separation / Über zwel Ecken
Gareth Long & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Tony Conrad (b. 1940) is considered the first true crossover artist. Composer, experimental filmmaker, sound artist, teacher and writer and video artist, Conrad was an early member of Theatre of Eternal Music, aka The Dream Syndicate, which included John Cale and LaMonte Young among others, and utilized intonation and sustained sound to produce “dream music.” He migrated from music to film in 1960s New York, producing the iconic structuralist film The Flicker (1965). This slim monograph accompanying Conrad’s eponymous exhibition (Kunsthalle Wien) includes critic Jonathan Walley’s essay “A Show That’s Almost Invisible,” on the installation’s relationship to “the woman-in-prison” film subgenre, silent music and Italian Renaissance perspective. In conversation with the artist, German cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen elicits important insights on Conrad’s unique position in contemporary art. Color photographs of the installation depict Conrad’s ongoing teasing out of the power structures that determine our gazes.
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, AUSTRIA
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 5 x 7 ½ inches / 96 pp / 18 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-169-7 · Retail Price: $18.00
Mike Kelley and John Miller
2001, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
64 pp, 1 b&w and 19 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-88865-614-9 · Retail Price: $25.00