Fair Use (Notes From Spam)
For almost a decade, Graham Parker has been making art from and about spam e-mails. Fair Use presents his “notes from spam” – five books, each written about a different time and place, collecting essays, artworks and fragments that arrived, unbidden, in the artist’s Inbox. Parker uses his growing archive on this most despised contemporary phenomenon and its historical analogues to create narratives in which Nigerian scammers mingle with medieval beggar gangs and 19th -century railroad con artists. Presented as five separate staple-bound mini-books in a cardboard sleeve, Fair Use is a fascinating journey through criminal brainstorms, from Wall Street scammers in Gilded Age New York to penis enlargement in the present day.
2009 / Softcover, 5 booklets in slipcase
5 3/ 4 x 7 3/ 4 inches / 144 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-04-5 · Retail Price: $32.00
Alexis Kerin & Stuart Krimko (Eds.)
Artist Ricky Swallow was invited to curate an exhibition on the tradition of ceramics in California because of the palpable debt his own clay slab and assemblage sculptures owe to the mid-century period. The resulting show focuses on the work of five iconic artists who redefined the use of clay in contemporary art from the 1940s to the 1980s. Objects and sculptures by Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, John Mason, Ron Nagle and Peter Shire were chosen by Swallow to exemplify the ways in which the medium underwent dramatic changes after World War II. Also included are select works by other artists influential in this dialogue, such as Ken Price and Peter Voulkos. An essay by the internationally recognized Swallow, who has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the British Museum, explores the movement’s continued influence on his own personal practice and those of his contemporaries.
2014 / Edition of 500
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches / 88 pp
36 b&w and 51 color
ISBN: 978-0-9806516-6-9 · Retail Price: $35.00
Trajectories And Destinations
Paris-based Loris Gréaud’s projects and exhibitions are often the result of collaborations with scientists, geo-biologists, engineers, filmmakers, writers, and sound and graphic designers. His varied background in music and cinematography provides an expanded framework for his frequently cryptic installations which test both the given characteristics of the mediums he employs and the expectations of the audience. Trajectories and Destinations is an artist book documenting a selection of the works of Gréaud, who was the winner of the Ricard S.A. award for most innovative artist under 40 in France. Daniel Birnbaum’s contribution consists in a kind of “cut-up remix” of an excerpt from George Kubler’s Space of Time.
2009 / English & Spanish / Hardcover
6 x 9 3/4 inches / 168 pp / 150 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-67-2 · Retail Price: $34.95
English and German text / 2006 / Softcover
4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches / 124 pp / 15 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-0-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Man with a Single Camera
Alina Serban (Ed.)
The Man with a Single Camera provides an extraordinary overview of Ion Grigorescu’s body of work since the late 1960s until today. Regarded as one of the key protagonists of Eastern European conceptualism, the Romanian artist advocates a radical convergence between the organic and spiritual, an uninhibited immersion of life into art.
ASOCIATIA PEPLUSPATRU, ROMANIA
2014, English &
Romanian / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches
362 pp / 358 b&w and 189 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-015-7 · Retail Price: $36.00
Georg Schöllhammer & Andreiana Mihail (Eds.)
Following their recent monograph on this understudied conceptual painter— perhaps the most significant Romanian artist of the communist period— Sternberg Press presents a more intimate look into Ion Grigorescu’s practice. His diaries from the crucial years from 1970 to 1975 are a small literary and art-historical sensation. The publication of these diaries corrects the facile reading of Grigorescu’s practice in the context of Conceptual art and performance and provides intimate insight into the artist’s multifocal thinking. In a single work, his synapses can fire off an original critique of modernism, the dystopian effects of a rationalist positivism, an analysis of subjectivity and a penetrating gaze into the dialectic of secrecy and revelation. An important and recuperative document of the artist whose work was recently shown at the Venice Biennale and Tate Modern, Diaries 1970–1975 is illustrated with key examples of Grigorescu’s paintings, films, and photographs.
July 2014 / Hardcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 248 pp / 164 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-051-5 · Retail Price: $35.00
Were I Made of Matter, I Would Color
Sabine F olie & Ilse Lafer (Eds.)
In her contributing essay to this substantial and beautifully illustrated retrospective catalog, German artist Ulrike Grossarth states that the title—Were I Made of Matter, I Would Color—proposes a counter-model to the Descartian formula “I think therefore I am,” a position she sees as existing in a state of incompleteness between consciousness and disembodiment. Sketches, objects and installations draw connections between her early years as a dancer in the 1970s and 1980s, her sculptural settings and action/performance pieces along with her recent works focusing on the relationship of the subject to the material realm in history. The artist’s “actions” from 1978 to 1987, which followed her critical engagement with modern dance, are discussed by art historian/gallerist Rainer Borgemeister. Essays by cultural theorist Mieke Bal, art historian Michael Glasmeier and scholar Elliot R. Wolfson discuss Grossarth’s practice in relation to history, the body, and polymorphism.
GENERALI FOUNDATION, VIENNA
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
352 pp / 172 b&w and 79 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-068-3 · Retail Price: $50.00
Decoys, lures, mooring rings, docks: Berlin-based sculptor/installation artist Eva Grubinger looks deeply into the symbology of the alluring, using fishing as her metaphor in this slender, softcover exhibition catalog. The Austrian Grubinger first attracted international attention with her solo presentation, Dark Matter, in which she translated her long- term exploration of social systems of control into an impressive precise architectural form. In recent years, she’s investigated the definition of public, institutional, and museum spaces through installations and objects that re-define the “rules” of whatever control game society is playing. With texts by Carson Chan and Martin Hochleitner, this book offers another view on this important, multi-faceted artist.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 10 x 12 3/4 inches/ 60pp/ 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-05-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
2007 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 13 inches / 158 pp / 65 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-62-1 · Retail Price: $125.00
“The fragility of Mats Gustafson’s art is almost tangible,” Berndt Arell writes. “Landscapes, portraits pervaded with eroticism, and fashion illustrations – Gustafson’s brush is adept at them all.” Mats Gustafson, Watercolors is the first overview publication to date on one of the most admired illustration artists of our time. Known for his subtle and haunting fashion illustrations, intimate portraits, and scenes of nature, Gustafson began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s, at a time when editorial illustration was eclipsed by photography and watercolor as a conceptual medium had barely been explored. The elegant and expressive character of Gustafson’s watercolor, pastel and cut-out paperworks expanded the possibilities of fashion illustration and nearly single-handedly reinvigorated the genre. Published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of Gustafson’s work at the Millesgarden in Stockholm in 2013, the volume includes texts from Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum director Berndt Arell and former Interview editor-in-chief and art critic Glenn O’Brien.
July 2013 / Hardcover /
9 1/2 x 13 1/3 inches / 72 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-2-9 · Retail Price: $65.00