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DENÉS FARKAS

Evident in Advance

When post-conceptual photographer Denés Farkas was chosen to represent Estonia at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, it put the Tallinn based artist on the world map for the first time. This volume catalogs Farka’s project for the Estonian Pavilion, both an exhibition and a piece of spatial, rhythmic writing. It was a physical manifestation of the book— this book—yet to come. A quintet of interiors created the poetic fragments of a quasi-domestic setting: a library, a garden, an absent cinema, an obsession chamber. There, the plot awaits its author, the rooms their inhabitants. We are at the core of Farkas’s delirious “meaningful meaninglessness.” Essays from Daniele Monticelli, Adriana Cavarero, Maurice Blanchot, Martin Prinzhorn, Bruce Duffy and Markus Miessen.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, ESTONIA
September 2013 / Softcover / 6 x 10 inches
196 pp / 144 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-62-7 · Retail Price: $31.00

OMER FAST

5,000 Feet Is the Best

Milena Hoegsberg & Melanie O’Brian (Eds.)

Drone surveillance in modern warfare—that is, the use of unmanned planes operated by “pilots” on the ground—is of paramount significance to Omer Fast. Focusing a single cinematic video work of Fast’s, 5,000  Feet  is  the  Best (2011), the publication bridges the gap between a critical reader and an artist’s book. Produced to accompany two solo exhibitions in Oslo and Toronto, it includes texts from art historians Liz Kotz and T. J. Demos, an article on drones from the journal Foreign  Policy, and the artist’s research set alongside film stills. An e-mail thread between practitioners active in different fields opens the conversation into a forum on politics, ethics, aesthetics, and human experience.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, NORWAY
POWER PLANT, TORONTO
January 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 5 1/4 x 8 inches
128 pp / 27 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-14-6 · Retail Price: $26.00

Günther Förg

Gazetta dello Sport

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Germany
SNOECK, GERMANY
September 2006, English, German and Italian text
Hardcover with dust jacket, 12 x 11 1/8 inches
60 pp, 80 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-936859-43-4 · Retail Price: $59.95

VINCENT FECTEAU

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Krist Gruijthuijsen (Ed.)

San Francisco–based American artist Vincent Fecteau (b. 1969) has, over the last two decades, forged a singular aesthetic that mixes homespun materials—Popsicle sticks, champagne corks, string and the like—meticulous craftwork and a curious formal grammar. By turns wonky, erotic, extraterrestrial or baroque, and sometimes all of these at once, his sculptures are built from small, slow accumulations in which layering, texture and the work of the hand are all visible. His work takes a new direction with this new publication produced by Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, in which the artist presents a large collection of magazine pages (mostly from architecture and interiors magazines) that he amassed and then spent months arranging until formal and narrative relationships were revealed. Originally presented as part of The Backroom project in Los Angeles, this book is a reproduction of his selection. Fecteau’s work is exhibited and collected by MoMA, NY; SF MOMA; Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, AUSTRIA
February 2016 / Softcover / 8 x 10 ¼ inches
192 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-132-1 · Retail Price: $30.00

CAO FEI

I watch that worlds pass by

Renate Wiehager, Christian Ganzenberg & Wang Xiaoyu (Eds.)

The seventh in the Daimler Art Collection artist’s book series is designed by inter- nationally known noted Chinese artist Cao Fei (b. 1978) in collaboration with Wang Xiaoyu of The Pavilion, Beijing. Inspired by a conversation with artist Hu Fang, this publication brings together three projects from the artist’s filmic oeuvre exploring the spaces, aesthetics, relationships and politics of the virtual life—Town, Haze & Fog and RMB City. Stills from her films, photographs of sets, sketches, text, storyboards and illustrations pack this survey book accompanied by articles never before published in English by Chris Berry, Hou Hanru, Hu Fang and Jiang Jun plus new texts by Shumon Basar, Huang Chien-hung, Christian Ganzenberg and others. An interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist in which the basis of her work is outlined completes this rich oveure. Cao Fei’s invitations to numerous biennials including Venice (2015) has attracted great interest, representative of an awakening to young transnational Chinese art.

SNOECK, GERMANY
DAIMLER CONTEMPORARY, BERLIN
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ½ x 10 ¼ inches / 256 pp / 17 b&w and 148 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-148-8 · Retail Price: $55.00

THOMAS FEUERSTEIN

Trickster

Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Ed.)

Conceptual, multi-media artist Thomas Feuerstein (born 1968) revels in the contradictory spaces between art and science, fact and fiction, and individuality and community. In this extensively illustrated exhibition catalog, the Austrian-born Feuerstein focuses on one of the big personalities of the wild 1920s, Arthur Cravan, a boxer, magazine editor, Dadaist and dandy. Half a century later, Cravan stalked idol-like through the history of Pop and fed the myth of the anarchic anti-hero. The artist’s exuberant work features biology, literature, art history, philosophy, medicine, cybernetics, religion, sex, economics and mass media, and the impact of bio-politics on the individual and the dream of eternal youth. With texts by Elisabeth Bronfen, Candyman, Gerhard J. Lischka, Astrid Mania and an interview with Sabeth Buchmann.

SNOECK, GERMANY
KUNSTHALLE KREMS, AUSTRIA
January 2013 / German & English
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 11 inches / 368 pp / 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-031-3 · Retail Price: $59.95

THOMAS FEUERSTEIN

Psychoprosa

The multilayered exhibition Psychoprosa by Swiss artist Thomas Feuerstein is a feat of alchemical imagination. Occupying the borderline between art and science, Feuerstein makes installations that resemble greenhouses, laboratories, cooling chambers and factories. Pipes linking apparatuses growing algae and fungi meander through space while synthetic hallucinogens and viscous slimes form transparent, liquid sculptures. Questioning and reframing the overlap of imagination and observable fact, Feuerstein’s first major exhibition in Germany is beautifully conveyed in this substantial museum catalog pairing full-bleed color installation photographs with a lighthearted novella by the artist, For He’s A Jelly Goo Fellow, about a “slime age,” when humanity protoplasmically merges to form a new collective. Gallerie im Taxispalais director Beate Ermacora walks us through the exhibition and explicates the artist’s work; curator Jurgen Tabor discusses the artist’s drawings; and metaphysics philosopher Graham Harman engages with the artist in an enlightening conversation.

SNOECK, GERMANY
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches / 240 pp / 30 b&w and 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-124-2 · Retail Price: $49.95

FGA#20 - THE SWISS ISSUE

Mienke Terpsma & Rob Hamelijnck
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / English & German / Softcover
5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 288 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-90-5973-087-8 · Retail Price: $38.00

FGA #29: ITALIAN CONVERSATIONS

Art in the Age of Berlusconi

Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma

This quintessentially 21st-century travelogue, 29th in the ever- provocative series Fucking Good Art, records artist/editors Rob Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma as they explore Italy’s challenging contemporary artistic and political scene in seven cities, from Rome to Palermo to Torino. In a series of rich travel journals incorporating experiences, conversations, texts by Italian artists and extensive black- and-white and color images, the authors paint a picture of Italy’s money- starved and organization-poor cultural system in the wake of media- mogul Silvio Berlusconi’s disastrous, right-wing reign as prime minister. Rome’s edgy Nomas Foundation underwrote this essential book, in which Italy may serve as a warning for the effects of the dramatic cutbacks in funding for cultural programs now being implemented across Europe.

POST EDITIONS, THE NETHERLANDS
April 2012 / Softcover / 8.25 x 11.75 inches
240 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-062-4 · Retail Price: $39.95

FIA BACKSTRÖM

Nordic Pavilion – 54th Venice Biennial, 2011

Fia Backström, featured in this catalog from the Nordic Pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale, has enjoyed increasing international acclaim in recent years. For more than a decade, she has divided her time between Stockholm and New York, participating in numerous exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial in 2008 and MoMA 2010. Backström produces events, environments and projects which challenge our habitual notions of what constitutes an exhibition: its institutional context, the dialogue with the audience, and even the works of art that are presented. Occasionally she incorporates works by other artists into her work. She works with structures around politics, authorship and the capacity of images to generate meaning. Contributions by Goldin + Senneby, Tim Griffin and Cecilia Widenheim.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
October 2011 / English & Swedish / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 150 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-58-0 · Retail Price: $29.95