From Berkeley To Berkeley

Objectif Exhibitions 2008 – 2010

Documenting two years of artistic interventions – from the humorous to the pseudo-scientific – at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp’s progressive new non-profit space. The story is told in a series of interviews with the artists, who discuss how they transform their research into practice, and includes additional material. Objectif Exhibitions is a cross-disciplinary space that combines art, installations, writing, graphic design, curating and teaching. This is a cool, 4-by-6-inch book designed by Will Holder, with inside cover design by Frances Stark and a glossary by Dexter Sinister. Interviewer/interviewee pairs include, Mai Abu ElDahab by Will Holder, Guy Ben-Ner by Jan Verwoert, Mariana Castillo Deball by Giovanni Carmine, Christian Jankowski by Raimundas Malasauskas along with many more.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
March 2012 / Softcover / 4 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches / 370 pp / 7 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-34-4 · Retail Price: $24.95


The Secret World of Galleries in 39 Pictures and Two Texts

“Subversive” may be the best description for this little volume pointing out that commercial art galleries are schizophrenic; they explicitly present things with an intellectual and aesthetic value, while on the other hand the experience most definitely has a price tag attached. Rob Hamelijnck presents a selection of photographs he took – mostly without permission – of the pristine front desks and messy back rooms of galleries around the world, and reveals the hidden side of the art machine. Essays by French architect Thibaut de Ruyter and Dutch sociologist Olav Velthuis address provocative questions such as, “Why do all galleries have the same mid-century chairs?” and “Why doesn’t the high-heeled young woman at the door ever say hello?” The book is the second of the limited editions produced in the Fucking Good Art series.

2011 / Softcover / 5 x 7.75 inches / 84 pp / 39 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-031-0 · Retail Price: $19.95


Walking Transformation

Andreas Baur & Tina Plokarz (Eds.)

For over 40 years British artist Hamish Fulton has been transforming walks into works of art. From Soho to Saskatchewan, from his home in Kent to the peaks of Nepal, he has trekked, hiked and trudged the world in solitude covering between 30 and 50 miles a day, depending on the terrain, in all weathers. His walks all over the world, conveyed in wall drawings and images, photographs and objects, quietly protest the excesses of urbanization in a sympathetic but uncompromising way. Walking Transformation, the new exhibition catalog documenting the nucleus of the recent exhibition at Villa Merkel in Esslingen, chronicles his walks in Tibet and India. With essays by writers Andreas Baur, Freddy Langer, and Tina Plokarz and illustrated with 30 color plates of works and installations from the exhibition.

January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 12 x 9 inches
68 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-092-4 · Retail Price: $49.95

Bettina Funcke

Pop or Populus
Art Between high and Low

The alienation between high culture and its public is a fundamental conflict of art in our times. Writer Bettina Funcke, the United States editor of the cutting-edge British art journal Parkett, develops a theory of contemporary art in response to our moment, when artists and critics must respond to art’s unprecedented popularity. Selecting texts from important philosophers and art theorists of the last century, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Rancière, Theodor W. Adorno, Clement Greenberg, Benjamin Buchloh, and Boris Groys, Funcke uses the theoretical framework they provide to explore a dialectic of art propelled by tension between the enduring history of art and the domineering presence of mass culture. Funcke’s work has also been published in Afterall, Artforum, Public and Texte zur Kunst.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
April 2010 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
220 pp / 15 b/w and 23 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-89-4 · Retail Price: $24.95

Maria Fusco

The Mechanical Copula

“The first thing you notice is nothing. It takes your eyes a little while to get used to this, after ten seconds you can’t remember looking at anything else,” writes Maria Fusco, founding editor of The Happy Hypocrite, in “How You Lost the Stars,” part of her first collection of short stories. Stripping bare the accord of culture and commodity, this sequence of stories tracks the slimy path of social mobility with serious playfulness and an eye for the absurd. Tales of Donald Sutherland fucking a doll, two men eating a clown and how the obsessive searching through garbage cans can transform trash into meaning, this is a book about the porous relationship between the extra-mundane and the average. Maria Fusco is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
February 2011 / Softcover / 5 x 7.5 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-19-1 · Retail Price: $19.95

The Future of Art: A Manual

Ingo Niermann

In this book/DVD combo, Niermann, everybody’s favorite kindacomic provocateur asks, “Could a single object transform the future of art? Could an artist succeed in merely creating this one object?” With artist Erik Niedling, Niermann starts asking art-world figures for advice on his quest to create an artwork of epochal importance; the results, on paper and video, will surprise you. With guidance by Thomas Bayrle, Lady Jaye and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Olafur Eliasson, Boris Groys, Damien Hirst, Gregor Jansen, Terence Koh, Marcos Lutyens, Philomene Magers, Antje Majewski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Olbricht and Tobias Rehberger; and commentary by Chus Martínez. Including the DVD The Future of Art by Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann (HD, 157 min.).

Sternberg Press, Berlin
April 2012 / Softcover w/ DVD / 5.5 x 8 inches
320 pp / 37 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-63-4 · Retail Price: $29.95


A Variation on Powers of Ten

Amy Franceschini & Michael Swaine

The interstellar rollercoaster ride of Charles and Ray Eames’ experimental 1968 film, The  Powers  of  Ten, changed the way that the average American thought about science. In this project, the art and design collective Futurefarmers used the Eames’ IBM-commissioned film’s opening picnic scene as its inspiration and score. Researchers whose work relates to each one of the magnitudes of ten compare today’s practices with those of 1968 and discuss the changing land- scapes of their respective fields. The collaboration came about through a residency at the University of California, Berkeley. Included in the publication are essays by Futurefarmers members, interviews with researchers, and documentation of ten delightfully re-staged picnics, representing fields of inquiry from philosophy to ecology. Contributors include Peter Galison, Jake Kosek, Rick and Megan Shaw Prelinger, Sara Seager, and Ignacio Valero.

January 2013 / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 9 inches / 168 pp
33 b&w, 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-43-6 · Retail Price: $35.00


Doro Globus & Elli Resvanis (Eds.)

British installation artist Anya Gallaccio, now living in San Diego, works largely with natural materials—typically flowers, trees, sugar and salt—to create often site-specific installations focusing on the decomposition and transformation of the organic materials. Gallaccio’s work shifts between minimal approaches to form and a highly intuitive process. This exquisite monograph catalogues the artist’s work over 20 years of her impressive career (she was one of the Young British Aartists from the 1980’s, short-listed for the Turner Prize, withexhibitions at the Stedelijk and the TATE Britain). Numerous essays explore Gallaccio’s work; also includes an artist interview by Clarrie Wallis, andtexts by Lucía Sanromán, who investigates the role of the landscape; Norman Bryson analyzing the notion of ‘psychic fantasy’ in the installation blessed; Briony Fer, who discusses the artist’s use of natural light and earth; and Jan van Adrichem looking at Gallaccio’s move to bronze casts.

April 2013/ Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 12 inches/ 256 pp/ Full color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-60-9 · Retail Price: $49.95


A Retrospective

Now in his nineties, American painter Charles Garabedian is hardly a household name. But he is a highly influential artist whose works are collected by LACMA, the Met, MoMA, the Whitney, the Corcoran and the Smithsonian, among other institutions, and the subject of this extensively illustrated exhibition catalog from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This revelatory group of intimate representational paintings and drawings – from Garabedian’s first museum show in almost 30 years – explores themes of war, music, the body, dismemberment, heroism, comic pretention, love and death. An exciting discovery of surprising importance.

2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 x 11 inches
200 pp / 16 b&w and 102 color
ISBN: 978-0-89951-111-5 · Retail Price: $39.95


All the Stories

“A man/a woman recites all the stories of the world in a loud voice. When she is done, all the stories, all men and women, all time and all places will have passed through her lips.” With the minimum of instructions and a restricted format of four lines, no more, Dora García’s collaborative and participatory project in the form of a blog has now collected over 2,500 stories. This 500-page paperback contains every story submitted from the blog’s beginning in 2004 to the start of 2011. Collected in book form for the first time, the stories range from mundane to the extraordinary, four-line vignettes revealing the shared fears and fantasies of the contributors, the pervasiveness of popular culture and the possibilities of the imagination.

Book Works, United Kingdom
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
October 2011 / Softcover / 5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches / 526 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-36-6 · Retail Price: $39.95