Fine Arts

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.

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.

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

Jeroen De Rijke and Willem De Rooij

After the Hunt

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
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.

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

Katalin Deér

Present Things

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.

Snoeck, Germany
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


A Paris Journal

Jean-Philippe Delhomme, famed Paris-based illustrator, painter and cultural writer, knows his way around a paintbrush and has been jazzing up the likes of GQ, Wallpaper and W magazine with characterful depictions of faces, charming figures and lively street scenes for some time now. In 2015, he was asked by German newspaper Die Zeit to contribute a weekly column on Paris for their Sunday magazine. The project has now become Delhomme’s newest book, A Paris Journal. This slender publication features over 60 color plates chronicling Delhomme’s sensitive and humorous drawings of everyday life in Paris. From the celebrated swans in the Seine to the absurdities of the fashion-obsessed, the lighthearted illustrations offer salve to the two terrorist attacks that defined Paris in 2015. Delhomme has published several volumes of illustrated work, written a children’s book, Visit to Another Planet, plus two illustrated novels, and produces animated television commercials. August Editions’ past publication was Delhomme’s The Unknown Hipster (2013).

November 2016 / Hardcover
9 ½ x 11 in. / 160 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-7-4 · Retail Price: $50.00

Le Dernier Cri

Legendary Publishers of the International Underground

Kristine McKenna
Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
June 2007, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 9 x 4/14 inches
30 pp, 4 b&w and 90 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-889195-55-1 · Retail Price: $16.00


The Public Art of Tess Jaray

For over thirty years British painter and printmaker Tess Jaray’s (b. 1937) abstract painting has been complemented by a series of large public art projects in which she extended her investigation of space and perspective. Working primarily in brick, stone and metal, Jaray plays with the dynamics of form, pattern and color to transform architectural surroundings into sequences of interlocking geometric shapes that balance movement and stillness. Ten of the artist’s important public commissions, including her design for London’s Victoria Station, Centenary Square in Birmingham, and the forecourt for the new British Embassy in Moscow, are presented in over 60 images in this slender catalog from Ridinghouse, her second following an earlier survey. An essay by London-based art critic/historian Charles Darwent situating Jaray’s public projects within the tradition of 20th-century public art accompanies an interview with the artist by Doro Globus and historic statements by British art historian Richard Cork and architect Glyn Emrys, among others. Contributions by Charles Darwent, Doro Globus, Tess Jaray and Vivien Lovell.

October 2016 / Softcover
7 x 9 ½ in. / 96 pp / 67 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-25-8 · Retail Price: $25.00


Waving Platforms

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

This first in-depth publication—a hybrid zine and artist’s book—on the work of internationally recognized Dutch sound-artist, architect and designer Paul Devens activates our perception of everyday audible environments. Working in installations with sonic and architectural elements, electro-acoustic performances and video screenings, Devens plays homemade, circuit-bent instruments whose spatial and sonic qualities make us question what we are actually hearing. His “waving platforms” attempt to hear and capture for a second what our underlying social network actually sounds like. To facilitate a flanked reading experience of text and image, the content is gathered into two flip-like booklets contained within one binding with Devens’ works on top and theory and texts below. Essays by Emre Erkal, Ive Stevenheydens, Armeno Alberts and Rahma Khazam.

Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 x 8 inches / 168 pp / 111 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-13-7 · Retail Price: $35.00