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KEITH COVENTRY

Deontological Pictures

Ingrid Swenson & Doro Globus (Eds.)

Keith Coventry is known for works which co-opt philosophical or art-theoretical positions as a way of testing and questioning the boundaries of such ideas. His new work, The Deontological Pictures, is an extension of this approach. These variations of black paintings—some much darker and others with undulations of lighter grays and browns—are produced by slavishly following a set of rules which, to the artist’s mind, safeguards against any wayward aesthetic or ethical judgment having taken place. Each work is made by adding black pigment to rainwater collected from Coventry’s leaky roof, then brushed onto the jute with a broom. The work is left to dry flat on the floor, and the material is then stretched and framed. A compact catalog featuring 15 never- before-seen paintings plus a text on deontology by Nick Zangwill and artist interview by Michael Bracewell.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
PEER, LONDON
January 2013/ English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 8 1/2 x 11 inches/ 56 pp/ 4 b&W and 18 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-70-8 · Retail Price: $29.95
 

CRAIG KAUFFMAN

A Comprehensive Survey, 1957-1980

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1981, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
96 pp, 35 duotone and 7 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-06-7 · Retail Price: $15.00

CREATIVES IN JAPAN

This book is a unprecedented doorway into the contemporary Japanese creative scene: the staff of the hyper-connected Japanese magazine QUOTATION introduces the crème de la crème of that nation’s creative producers from an array of media to the rest of the world. Editor-in-chief Toru Hachiga says it doesn’t matter if the person, place or product is famous, just that it’s worthy. Examples include JAN, a “creative unit” in the fixed-gear bike and skateboard scene; limArt, a Tokyo shop specializing in used visual books and vintage furniture; and Earthscape, which aims to change society through public sculpture. All entries are listed here by category, and described in short essays in English and Japanese. A must for anyone who’s looking for the cutting edge.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
2011 / Softcover / 6 x 8.25 inches / 188 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-729-3 · Retail Price: $25.00

MARTIN CREED

Matthia Löke & Jürgen Tabor (Eds.)

Maverick London-based Scottish artist Martin Creed (b. 1968) has spent the past twenty years subverting the fine lines between art and life, art and silliness, and art and provocation. Melding Conceptual Art smarts and Minimalist literal-mindedness in his videos, paintings and sculptures, Creed undermines the preciousness, skill and aloofness of art. This new monograph is not large but it is extensive enough to document the six site-specific installations currently at the Kunsthalle Vogelman, including essays by Anouchka Grose and Matthia L.bke, and an interview with the artist by Beate Ermacora. Awarded the Turner Prize in 2001 for a piece consisting of regularly switching a light on and off in a room, Martin Creed’s playful but rigorous work challenges the viewer to engage with art, space and the world in general. When asked why he made art, Creed answered, “To make myself feel better.” His current turn at the Park Avenue Armory, NY (2016)—a kind of extended happening—must be making him feel very good indeed.

SNOECK, GERMANY
GALERIE IM TAXISPALAIS INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
KUNSTVEREIN HEILBRONN, GERMANY
July 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English & German / Softcover
7 ½ x 10 ¾ in. / 216 pp / 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-136-5 · Retail Price: $45.00

THE CRIME WAS ALMOST PERFECT

Cristina Ricupero, Defne Ayas & Amira Gad (Eds.)

Like any good detective story, art history is filled with enigmas, myths and riddles. In his notorious essay, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts” (1827), Thomas De Quincey analyzed murder from an aesthetic point of view. The exhibition The Crime Was Also Perfect invokes the spirits of the modern crime genre, transforming the rooms and streets of Rotterdam into “crime scenes.” Over 40 artists are featured in the show and catalog including Kader Attia, Monica Bonvicini, Jason Dodge, Dora García, Karl Holmqvist, Pierre Huyghe, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw and more. This publication also examines theoretical, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of the genre. Cultural critic Tom Morton, novelist Astrid Trotzig, architectural theorist Michael Zinganel and curator Alexandra Midal contribute new writings, alongside Karl Marx’s classic essay “The Productivity of Crime.”

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
WITTE DE WITH, THE NETHERLANDS
Release Date: October 2014
Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 176 pp / 92 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-066-9 · Retail Price: $16.00

ANULI CROON

Patterns of Life / Levenspatronen
Made in Rotterdam 1999–2015

Vera Illés, Aat Ceelen, Maarten Janssen & Dees Linders

Paintings, works on paper and commissions by Dutch artist Anuli Croon (b. 1964) in Rotterdam between 1999 and 2015 fill the pages of this handsome, densely illustrated monograph. Brilliantly colored geometric shapes cover her large canvases, creating graphic depictions of people and places. Croon’s use of flat one-dimensional shapes for depicting her subject matter accentuates her bold forms and colors and creates a pop art–like feeling with reference to 1990s graphic designers and artists Mike Mills, Will Sweeney and the noted Geoff McFettridge. Contributing essays by Vera Illés, Aat Ceelen, Maarten Janssen and Dees Linders describe and provide insight into Croon’s large, clear paintings in which figures and fragments of a metropolis meticulously rendered in intense color, patterns and texture are unsettling in their anonymity.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
RENTO BRATTINGA | GALERIE, AMSTERDAM
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & Dutch
Softcover / 6 ¾ x 9 ½ inches / 128 pp
16 b&w and 244 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-59-5 · Retail Price: $38.00

CROSSING MEDIA 2013

A Stage for Art

Andreas Baur (Ed.)

“Crossover” is the keyword for Crossing Media, an annual performance festival—and this, its accompanying chunky handbook—blurs genres and artistic disciplines. All the selected works share a reference to a stagelike presentation for their realization, expanding the performative possibilities of contemporary art. Among them is Banks Violette’s delicate construction Kill Yourself, a gleaming black stage floor and ceiling from which a jumble of neon tubes appears to fall. In the piece Public Sculpture, Julien Berthier’s empty sculpture plinth stands illuminated on a red carpet as the artist’s symphonic hammer strikes on bronze statues in the open space, creating an ephemeral sound situation. Also included are works by Nevin Aladag, Daniele Buetti, Kurt Caviezel, Johan Grimonprez, Christine Hill, Eva Kotátková, Atelier van Lieshout, Philippe Ramette and many others. Essays by Andreas Baur, Anne Horny, Tina Plokarz and Anka Wenzel.

SNOECK, GERMANY
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
3 3/4 x 5 2/3 inches / 536 pp / 500 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-071-9 · Retail Price: $39.95

Cultural Activism Today

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
120 pp / 242 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-061-8 · Retail Price: $42.00

CURRENCY 3

EPISODE PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS
2008 / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches
72 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-055-7 · Retail Price: $45.00

CURRENCY 4

EPISODE PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS
2008 / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches
128 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-065-6 · Retail Price: $45.00