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ESSAYING ESSAYS

Alternative Forms of Exposition

Richard Kostelanetz (Ed.)

Essaying Essays provides a radical view into the revolutionary aesthetic of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This edition runs the gamut from the avant-garde to concrete writing to the Fluxus movement. Complied by artist and writer Richard Kostelanetz, long known for his contributions to this era, this pivotal reprint is reformatted from the original 1975 newsprint version. This voluminous volume provides an in-depth door into these now iconic movements and artists. Featured is a wide array of well-known contributors, over 100, including Acconci, Auden, Fuller, Baldessari, Cage, Duchamp, Kostelanetz, Higgins, Lippard, Reinhardt, Serra, Smithson, Brecht, Graham, Oldenberg, Nauman, and many more. Given that the content in this publication cannot be found elsewhere, the reprinting of this collection will prove to be an important scholarly resource for years to come.

AC BOOKS, NEW YORK
1975/2012 (2nd Ed.)
Softcover / 7 x 10 inches
492 pp / 166 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9884715-4-2 · Retail Price: $16.00

Eva Koch

Approach

Visual Art Center at the Danish Arts Agency
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
40 pp / 28 color
ISBN: 87-91409-14-4 · Retail Price: $19.00

CHRIS EVANS

Goofy Audit

Contemporary British artist Chris Evans is all about encouraging conversations: helping artists forge social and working relationships with bureaucrats, corporations and other artists. This exhibition catalog, a comprehensive survey of his work since 1996, includes sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts, commissioned essays and other writings. Evans gleefully confuses the roles of artist, collector, philanthropist, patron, art dealer, and public funding body. For example, in his ongoing series “Cop Talk,” he arranges for members of the police force to go on recruitment drives around European art colleges, a potential culture clash if there ever was one. Evans’s whimsical-seeming projects are dead-serious comments on the art world today. Included are three pivotal texts by Penelope Curtis, Marina Vishmidt, Tirdad Zolghadr, making this a thoughtful and informative artist monograph.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
THEA WESTREICH / ETHAN WAGNER PUBLICATIONS, NEW YORK
April 2012 / Hardcover / 8 x 10.25 inches
185 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-74-0 · Retail Price: $29.95

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2004, English and German text
Series 010, 200 pp, 20 color reproductions
Softcover, 3 3/8 x 63/4 inches
ISBN: 0-9745688-1-3 · Retail Price: $19.95

EXPONENTIAL FUTURE

A beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog from Vancouver’s Belkin Gallery, bringing together eight exciting young artists: Tim Lee, Alex Morrison, Isabelle Pauwels, Kevin Schmidt, Mark Soo, Corin Sworn, Althea Thauberger and Elizabeth Zvonar. The exhibit looks at the dizzying rush to contradictory futures rehearsed daily in the mass media that flood our imaginations. Yet images also tug us into the past, towards a primitive condition of order, familial loyalty, ecstatic belief, and thrall to totalitarian sublimes. Curators Juan Gaitán and Scott Watson use the notion of imagined futures as a narrative and thematic device, a device to open up the larger question of the relationship between works of art and historical consciousness in a time of general amnesia.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at
The University of British Columbia, Canada
July 2008 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 88 pp / 30 b&w and 49 color
ISBN: 978-0-88865-795-4 · Retail Price: $25.00

FACING THE SUBLIME IN WATER, CA

Irene Tsatsos (Ed.)

“From the environmental devastation of the Salton Sea to the walling off of the LA River, water—where it comes from, who controls it—has been a troublesome issue in Southern California,” writes Sharon Mizota in the LA Times. From such desperation, however, can spring constructive outcomes. Artists Nicole Antebi and Enid Baxter Blader created the fictive utopian city of “Water, CA” in a web-based project, evoking a semi-plausible environmental nirvana. That project (the starting point for an exhibition, lending library and series of public programs) assembled scientific and poetic material from artists, environmentalists and historians addressing the history and representation of water through the lens of artistic production. In the resulting exhibition, works from Judie Bamber, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Emilie Halpern, Charles Long and others meditate on our aquatic obsession. This unusual catalog features a collaged poster cover, program documentation and texts from Nicole Anteb, Enid Baxter Blader, Irene Tsatsos and Marie Shurkus.

ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, PASADENA
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover w/ poster cover and
2 inserts / 7 x 10 3/4 inches
48 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-08-0 · Retail Price: $20.00

FACING THE WORLD

Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei (and Selfies)

From Rembrandt’s brooding self-portraits in oil to Ai Weiwei’s Instagram posts— 140 works by 100 artists showcase the history of the selfie in this substantial compendium of self-portraits from medieval mirror paintings to the obsessive self-questioning of modern photography and video. Fueled by the continuous self-presentation enabled by social media, self-portraiture has become more relevant than ever. Spanning 600 years in painting, drawing, photography, video and performance, this exciting selection of self-portraits by a wide variety of artists includes Simon Vouet, Rembrandt, Hyacinthe Rigaud, David Wilkie, David Octavius Hill, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin, Ai Weiwei, John Coplans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ken Currie and Alison Watt, among many others. Curated by Dorit Schafer, Stephane Paccoud and Imogen Gibbon.

SNOECK, GERMANY
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, EDINBURGH
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 ½ x 11 ¾ inches / 288 pp / 30 b&w and 195 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-139-6 · Retail Price: $55.00
 

FACING THE FINISH

Some Recent# California Art

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1991, Softcover, 11 x 8 1/2 inches
62 pp, 20 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-18-0 · Retail Price: $16.00

JOHN FAHEY

Paintings

The much-revered avant-garde guitarist John Fahey (1939–2001) incorporated influences ranging from folk, blues and bluegrass to classical music, musique concrete and noise in his primarily acoustic-based compositions. Considered a legend, Fahey released upwards of three-dozen LPs in his lifetime. Relatively late in life, Fahey extended his so-called American Primitive approach beyond music into making artworks, specifically a substantial body of paintings that reference the great abstract expressionists of his time. Working out of hotel rooms and using raw materials such as found poster board and discarded spiral notebook paper, his intuitive approach created a vibrant and strong body of work. For the first time 60 artworks created from 1990 to 2000 are featured along with a concurrent exhibition at the AVA Gallery (Fall 2014). Accompanying the work is an essay by Bomb magazine writer Keith Connolly.

Inventory Press
November 2014, Exhibition catalog, Hardcover
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches, 128 pp, 10 b&w and 70 color
ISBN: 978-1-941753-00-2 · Retail Price: $42.00

Simon Faithfull

Ice Blink: An Antarctic Essay

THE ARTS CATALYST, UNITED KINGDOM
BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
2006 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
128 pp / 20 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 1-870699-92-0 · Retail Price: $35.00