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.
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
Ice Blink: An Antarctic Essay
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
A Jackson Pollock in three dimensions” is one critic’s unforgettable description of a piece by Claire Falkenstein, whose life and work spanned the 20th century. The American artist and teacher was born in Oregon in 1908 and—after living in San Francisco, Paris and New York—died in Los Angeles in 1997. This lavishly produced book is—amazingly—the first monograph ever on the work of this ceaselessly inventive artist. Falkenstein called her sculptures, paintings and prints “structures;” she also designed furniture, fountains, screens, wallpaper and jewelry. A fresh look at her multifaceted work—collected by major institutions ranging from MoMA to the TATE Britain—places Falkenstein in the company of better-known peers and further credits her explorations as prototypical of the work of post-minimal and contemporary artists.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 11 1/4 x 10 inches/ 200 pp/ b&wand color
ISBN: 978-1-4675-0834-6 · Retail Price: $65.00
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.
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
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.
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
Gazetta dello Sport
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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