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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

FICTION

J. Parker Valentine

Although deeply grounded in drawing, J. Parker Valentine’s diverse practice spans film, video, photography, collage and sculpture. Valentine pushes the limits of mark making in this artist’s book, exploring many possibilities of narrative and image. Rendered on both uncoated and brown paper stock that mimics the artist’s drawing paper and including a selection of reoriented and manipulated images, Fiction offers a sense of Valentine’s improvisatory approach. Also included are three essays: Sculpture Center (NY) curator Mary Ceruti describes Valentine’s lasso sculptures as oscillating between drawing and sculpture; Serralves Museum director Suzanne Cotter touches on Valentine’s interrogation of the limits of drawing as a medium; and Christiane Maria Schneider, curator of Valentine’s exhibition at the Langen Foundation (Neuss, Germany), considers how each of the works presented are affected by the relationships they enter into in situ. Valentine was a 2013 artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2014 / Exhibition catalog Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 115 pp / 60 b&w and 31 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-041-6 · Retail Price: $32.00

 

FIGURING MOTION

Terry Rosenberg

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2003, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
112 pp, 66 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9643821-1-3 · Retail Price: $20.00

Karen Finley

Pooh Unplugged, An Unauthorized Memoir

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1999, Hardcover, 10 x 7 inches
64 pp, 54 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 1-889195-26-X · Retail Price: $19.95

ROSE FINN-KELCEY

From the 1970s, artist Rose Finn-Kelcey became a central figure in the emerging communities of performance and feminist art in the UK. The complex thinking embodied in her work has touched on such themes as power and the dilemmas of mastery; the myth of the artist; the gaining of a voice; the deceptions of value; the nature of collaboration; the surrogate performer; spirituality; longing and death. This book, extensively illustrated, is the first comprehensive mono- graph on this artist’s work, documenting more than four decades of Finn-Kelcey’s art. Includes over 150 illustrations and essays by Guy Brett, Sarah Kent and Michael Stanley.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
April 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
216 pp / 43 b&w and 100 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-68-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

First Space, Then Structures

Marisol Limon Martinez, Kelly Barrie and Zak Group
Nothing Moments Publishing, Los Angeles
Vol. #6
October 2007, Softcover, Exhibition Catalog
48 pp, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-1-934500-21-7 · Retail Price: $15.00

FLESH AND THE COSMOS

William E. Jones

“The most beautiful cosmos is a pile of random sweepings.” This aphorism by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus provided the inspiration for the book Flesh and the Cosmos. Artist and filmmaker William E. Jones’ project, which he calls “automatic illustration,” shows the results of Internet image searches based upon a century’s worth of translations of Heraclitus’ phrase from eight words in Ancient Greek. The images range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The artist, whose work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts and Tate Modern, writes: “A text from the very beginning of philosophy in the Western tradition … can make the unspoken manias and taboos of contemporary society available to us in a new way.” The fragment has also been the subject of scholarly debate, summarized here in essays by classicists Jonathan Barnes and Richard Fletcher.

DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches
112 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-0-9891598-3-8 · Retail Price: $35.00

Folk Archive

Contemporary Popular Art from the UK

Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane
BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
2006 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
158 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 1-870699-81-5 · Retail Price: $35.00