Wandarbeiten | Wall Paintings
The first comprehensive catalog of German artist Gunther Förg’s 140 wall paintings is the focus of this substantial exhibition catalog for the Deichtorhallen exhibition, Hamburg (2015). When creating the wall works, Förg approached individual rooms with the intention of clarifying and adding rhythm to their spatial structure. Using vivid color and almost designlike elements Forg created a second set of canvases. As critic Max Wechsler wrote, “the layout of Förg’s space and image presentation merge quite naturally … structures come into play, atmospheres are evoked and feelings aroused; [and] a complex system of relationships reveals itself, which simultaneously break it all up and hold it together.” Throughout his career—from his early monochromatic works to architectural photographs and abstract paintings—Förg explored the legacy of the modernist aesthetic in a postmodern age. Facsimiles of Förg’s detailed wall drawing sketchbooks are reproduced for the first time.
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 384 pp / 165 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-130-3 · Retail Price: $130.00
Since 2006, the women’s artist collective FORT has been creating enigmatic and poetic spaces addressing contradictions in today’s consumer society. Five recent installations and performative interventions by the group—Alberta Niemann and Jenny Kropp, founded by Anna Jandt—provide an overview of the collective’s work since 2012 on the occasion of their exhibition at Kestnergesellschaft Hannover (2015). In works that often resemble readymades, FORT’s staged interventions and site-specific works critique social, political and economic events. In the installation Leck, they moved the complete interior of a bankrupt bank branch into the gallery, arranging the gutted and battered shelves as a reminder of one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in postwar Germany. An introductory essay by curator Lotte Dinse describes a variety of FORT’s projects and the ambiguities that arise when the original purpose of a place or object is altered by subtle intervention.
October 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 x 12 1/4 inches / 168 pp / 65 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-125-9 · Retail Price: $55.00
Olaf Nicolai & Jan Wenzel
This book on labyrinths is wonderful! It enlarges the traditional catalog of labyrinths so much and so well, being itself labyrinthine,” remarked French deconstructionist philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy on the first edition of the text. The starting point for this transcript of four lectures is a public artwork that Olaf Nicolai installed in Paris in 1998. Nicolai, whose work has been shown at Documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennales, uses diverse media to question the ways in which we use our physical bodies to encounter the everyday environment. By exploring and combining a broad spectrum of topics related to the labyrinth theme, the book serves as both a reference system to Nicolai’s work and an independent source book dealing with labyrinthian matter, from the fable of the minotaur to the floor plan of IKEA. Translated from German by Sadie Plant.
SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
2014 / Softcover
5 x 7 1/2 inches / 320 pp / 280 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-03-8 · Retail Price: $19.95
1997, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
80 pp, 20 b&w and 24 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-7242-7813-3 · Retail Price: $15.00
Here’s an unusual exibition catalog: oversized, double-page reproductions in the landscape-format catalog give the viewer a sense of the explosive exuberance of color and the intelligent interplay of wall paintings and gallery installations that make Ackermann’s work so absorbing. Combining filigree drawings, brightly painted objects and photos in five exhibition rooms, this striking volume shows how this internationally acclaimed German artist carries his urbanistic spectrum to extremes, sampling individual images and virtuoso objects while alluding thematically to what is absent. Critic Stephan Berg lauds Ackermann’s work for “an exactness and exuberance … that stem from the search for the greatest proximate time and topicality.” A worthy document for a career-celebrating exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bonn.
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 14 x 10 1/2 inches / 72 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-36-0 · Retail Price: $49.95
March 2004, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover, 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
128 pp, 6 b&w and 58 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-88865-630-0 · Retail Price: $29.95
The Happy Hypocrite
Lynne Tillman (Guest Ed.)
The newest issue of The Happy Hypocrite challenges restraining notions found in art and writing about who can and cannot speak—and, in response to Kafka, to what we don’t know has damaged us. Freedom is a complicated word, in which and beside which so much hypocrisy lives. With a range of new contributions, including texts by Gregg Bordowitz, Paul Chan, Lydia Davis, Yasmine El-Rashidi, Ed Halter, James Jennings, Allison Katz, Craig Owens, Sarah Resnick, Ranbir Sidhu and Abdellah Taia; an interview between Lynne Tillman and Tom Kennan; a cover by Susan Hiller and archival material from Paranoids Anonymous Newsletter. It is sad to note that after five issues, Maria Fusco is handing off editorial control to a series of guest editors, in which all aspects of the magazine will be rethought, reevaluated and rewritten.
2014 / Issue 6
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches
96 pp / 14 b&w and 2 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-50-2 · Retail Price: $19.95
La Soi-Distant Utopie Du Centre Beaubourg by Albert Meister
An English Translation
Casco, Office for Art, Theory and Design
September 2007, Softcover, 5 x 8 inches
208 pp, 15 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-870699-99-0 · Retail Price: $24.00
Thursday Followed Wednesday and Tuesday Followed Monday
and There Was Sunday…
Fanny Gonella, Christina Von Rotenham & Sabine Rusterholz Petko (Eds.)
This first extensive monograph dedicated to the work of international artist Luca F rei showcases his conceptual practice—installations, sculptures, drawings and exhibition design—in which Frei questions and revisits ideas and speculations about modernist forms. In particular his interest is aimed at their potential to foster new perception and audience response. Rather than offering new interpretations and meanings, however, F rei’s multifaceted works and their arrangement in space are open-ended. The catalog introduces a decade of work in an intertwined structure with six authors that have shared a long-term dialogue with F rei. The book’s somewhat extravagant title is taken from a novel by Gertrude Stein relating to time, change and shifting perspectives, all matters central to Frei’s work. E ssays by Will Holder, Santiago Garcia N avarro, Hans Rudolf Reust, Gertrud Sandqvist, Grant Watson and Carla Zaccagnini.
KUNSTHAUS GLARUS, switzerland
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 7 3/4 x 10 inches
80 pp / 30 b&w and 62 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-43-4 · Retail Price: $38.00
Ines Rüttinger & Eva Schmidt
unique exploration of Lucian Freud’s intimate portrayal of animals throughout his career, this sumptuous exhibition catalog ranges from early pen-and-ink studies to the later large oil portraits. Consummate “painter of the flesh” Freud painted animals even more tenderly than people. As with his nude portraits in which no blemish, fold of fat or sign of exhaustion escapes his eye, no detail is lost in the animal portraits, especially his depictions of the affecting symbiotic relationship between animal and human owner. The catalog begins with a reproduction of a poetry book he illustrated in his twenties, The Glass Tower, made during the war in 1944—of pen-and-ink sketches of dead animals—and concludes with oils of solitary horses. Freud, who spoke of his human models as “animals dressed,” makes no distinction between his models, human or animal, in his search for their true natures. With the essay “The Artist as Collector” by curator Ines Rüttinger and substantial texts accompanying each illustration, this is a richly evocative collection of paintings from an extraordinary artist.
MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST SIEGEN, GERMANY
July 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 11 1/2 x 9 inches / 120 pp / 66 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-115-0 · Retail Price: $39.95