Exploring scale and perception, Brazilian artist José Damasceno’s imaginative and surreal approach to sculpture is catalogued in this comprehensive, first-time monograph. The artist is best known for large-scale sculptures and installations that deconstruct and transform common objects—from pencils and cigarettes to hammers and strings—into the unfamiliar. Damasceno’s practice is preoccupied with the idea of morphing and transition, moving from one medium to another to form a layered process that tests the relationship between networks and diagrams to surprise and disorientate the viewer. From a solo show at the MCA Chicago to representing Brazil at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, Damasceno has crossed multiple borders to become firmly established in the contemporary art world. This in-depth survey features some 200 color illustrations, with texts by Aurora García and José Thomaz Brum, plus an interview between the artist and Tate Modern curator Ann Gallagher.
EDITORA COBOGÓ, RIO DE JANEIRO
Release Date: January 2015
9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 196 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-87-6 · Retail Price: $55.00
The Things You See When You Don’t Have a Grenade!
1996, Softcover, 7 x 10 inches
120 pp, 86 b&w and 33 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-964-6426-6-2 · Retail Price: $25.00
Parables of Space, A Twenty-Four Year Survey
January 2007, Softcover with CD-ROM, 8 x 10.5 inches
40 pp, 26 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-893900-07-3 · Retail Price: $24.95
Featuring new works created for the 2011 Venice Biennale by film and video artist Tim Davies (who will represent Wales), this color catalog documents the artist’s powerful video and sculptural installations, known for challenging notions of colonial power and globalization. For example, Davies once returned a Victorian parquet floor to the rainforest of Belize where the wood was originally sourced by slaves. The catalog also examines the context of Davies’s previous works and process, including reproductions and installation photos. Featuring texts by cultural theorist Tessa Jackson and poet Owen Sheers, and an interview between the artist and curators Tom Rowland and Ann Jones to discuss the Biennale project in detail.
October 2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 inches
96 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-43-2 · Retail Price: $29.95
Fine Arts continues Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s playful and dystopic approach to depicting the human condition. For this project, they became watercolorists, culling a range of quotidian and historical images from the Internet. The exhibition catalog includes over 90 watercolors from their recent traveling exhibition (CCA, SF; MoMA PS1, NY; and Raven Row, London) in a glossy format reminiscent of a picture book or auction catalog. Deadpan images of the banal, the fanciful, the tragic and the grievous are presented without comment. Nostalgia and innocence are dimly stirred and questioned. Although watercolor is associated with pastoral and colonialist scenes, the contemporary mode of sourcing the images implies that these pictures might not be matters of the past. De Gruyter & Thys have been working together since the late 1980s. Their photographs, drawings, objects and videos are steeped in black humor and critical (self)-reflection and often overlap reality, fiction and suppressed histories.
MOMA PS1, NEW YORK
CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE, SAN FRANCISCO
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ½ x 10 ¾ inches / 100 pp / 95 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-209-0 · Retail Price: $36.00
Das Wunder des Lebens
Like a pictorial encyclopedia, the exhibition catalog on the artist duo de Gruyter & Thys, Das Wunder des Lebens, contains over 400 drawings that show all the modern world has to offer—from maps and city views to cars and airplanes. However, unlike conventional pictorial dictionaries, there is no symbolic system. We see laundry bags and paint buckets as well as a nun and a man with a hat in front of a double window, a shy animal with a thick fur and breakfast on a Victorian table. Juxtapositions are normalized, and normality becomes a farce. E verything is exposed to everyone; everything becomes equal. Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys have been working together since the end of the 1980s. Their photographs, drawings, objects, and videos playing with notions of the banal are steeped in black humor, critical (self)-reflection and overlapping reality, fiction and suppressed history. Upcoming exhibition at MCA Chicago, 2015.
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA
KUNSTHALLE BASEL, SWITZERLAND
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 12 x 11 1/2 inches
492 pp / 477 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-92-4 · Retail Price: $59.00
After the Hunt
2000, Series 002, English and German text
Softcover, 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
205 pp, 5 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9671802-0-1 · Retail Price: $19.95
Some Texts, Images, and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co.
Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger & Magnus Schäfer
The New York gallery American Fine Arts—whose name today is largely synony- mous with that of its gallerist, Colin de Land (1955–2003)—stands for a gallery practice in which a decided deviation from conventional models overlaps with successful activities within the institutional frame of the art market. Even today, AFA and de Land prove to be uncontested projection screens for the desire for independence or for bohemian resistance against the dictates of the market. Particularly in retrospect, a consistent image of the gallery just does not present itself. Faced with the obvious risk of romanticization, this publication seeks to understand how AFA actually functioned as a gallery within its specific context. Contributions from artists and academics including Andrea Fraser, Karl Holmqvist and Tobias Kaspar, Christian Philipp Muller, Josef Strau, Axel John Wieder, among others.
HALLE F. KUNST LÜNEBURG eV, GERMANY
January 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 11 inches
80 pp / 18 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-28-3 · Retail Price: $24.00
Sculptor Katalin Deér’s specific interest, as Max Wechsler writes in his concise essay, “is geared towards crossing over the boundaries between genres, leading to new and surprising situations for perception itself.” This extensively illustrated artist’s book, published in conjunction with an installation with new works at the Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten in Klagenfurt, provides an opportunity to appreciate this extraordinary artist, whose work, especially for its reoccupation with architecture, reminds critical observers of the masterfully pioneering works of Gordon Matta-Clark. Exploring the potential plastic dimensionality of photography and investigating the interplay between the two- and three-dimensionality of the pictorial surface, she offers perception reminiscent of cubist or constructivist experimentation. A mind-altering book.
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 6 1/2 inches / 80 pp / 58 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-16-2 · Retail Price: $55.00
Art on the Rural Frontier
Margo Handwerker & Richard Saxton (Eds.)
Art has its Billboard charts. They focus mostly on artists and exhibitions in urban centers. A Decade of Country Hits is devoted to uncharted hits thriving instead on rural aesthetics and rural knowledge. This richly illustrated volume documents ten years of collective works initiated by artist Richard Saxton in rural communities around the world, from the American Midwest and Southwest to parts of Europe, Australia, and South America. Impossible to attribute to any one artistic genre, the works archived here explore a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the rural experience in all its complexity. It resembles a sketchbook: with drawings, photographs, and from the hip accounts in the field, as well as contributions from like-minded artists, musicians, poets, and writers.
October 2014/ Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 560 pp / 570 color and 10 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-40-3 · Retail Price: $39.95