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HALKA/HAITI

18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W

C. T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska

Inspired and provoked by Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, two artists and a curator decide to revisit his mad plan of bringing opera to the tropics. In an attempt to undercut Fitzcarraldo’s colonial romanticism, they confront a set of particular historical and socio-political realities by staging Halka, considered to be Poland’s “national opera,” in the seemingly unlikely locale of Cazale, Haiti, a village inhabited by the descendants of Polish soldiers who fought for the Haitian Revolution in the early 1800s.

In February 2015, a one-time-only performance of Halka was presented to a rapt local audience on a winding dirt road. A collaboration between Polish and Haitian performers, the event was filmed in one take to be presented later as a large-scale projected panorama in the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

This volume provides both a multifaceted conceptual framework for the project and a detailed record of this remarkable endeavor.

INVENTORY PRESS
2015 / Hardcover
6 x 9 1/4 inches / 216 pages / 72 color ill
ISBN: 978-1-941753-07-1 · Retail Price: $35.00

Frank Halmans

Here I Hier

An extensive, full-color monograph for Dutch artist Frank Halmans, whose found-object sculptures and installations comment profoundly on human aspirations, walking the line between witty and poignant. “Frank Halmans tries to get a grip on time, to hold on to his own history,” writes Tom van den Berge in the foreword. “His work calls forth the need to contemplate, to think about our own place in the world.” He’s particularly good with books, organized by color, defaced with exquisite little cut-outs, stacked on irrelevant shelves. This oversized volume includes the artist’s detailed drawings and extensive photos of Halmans’ dollhouse-influenced sculptures, odd hybrids (a Dustbuster shaped like a house, anybody?), scary stuffed closets and public art installations.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
September 2010 / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 inches / 136 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-14-4 · Retail Price: $49.95

LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN

[inaudible]: A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts

Fabian Schöneich (Ed.)

In both art and research, Beirut- and London-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985) explores the perception of language and sound. His latest project, A Politics of Listening, is an intervention into and reorganization of the forms listening takes. His latest artist book provides a glimpse into an elaborate and productive career that began with Hamdan’s interest in DIY music and includes audiovisual installations, performances, graphic works, photography, Islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, essays and lectures. The slender publication, accompanying two recent shows, features transcriptions of sermons, monologues, testimonies and interviews made over the last five years engaging questions of national identity, human rights and the administration of justice. Hamdan’s audio-aesthetic practice includes sonic forensics for legal investigations and advocacy. Hamdan is a current fellow at Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the New School, NY , and his work is collected by MoMA, NY , Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE, among others. Essays by Omar Kholeif and Fabian Schoneich.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
KUNSTHALLE ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND
PORTIKUS, FRANKFURT
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
4 x 6 ¼ in. / 70 pp / 6 b&w and 4 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-241-0 · Retail Price: $14.00

HANS VAN HOUWELINGEN

Undone

Mihnea Mircan

In a profound and sly commentary on how we create history, Dutch artist Hans van Houwelingen proposes switching the places of two important historical statues in the Netherlands. The artist suggests that the Amsterdam statue of the first prime minister of the Netherlands, Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, should be in The Hague – the administrative seat of the country’s government – and that a statue of Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza should be in Thorbecke’s spot in Amsterdam, the center of Dutch culture and arts. Correcting the historical inaccuracy in their placement could trigger a crucial re-evaluation of the politician’s and the philosopher’s legacies in relation to today’s political and moral unrest. Hans van Houwelingen shares his critical viewpoint on art in public spaces along with compelling essays by Brian Dillion, editor of Cabinet magazine, Julia Bryan-Wilson, art historian at UC Berkeley, Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory and Associate Dean at MIT’s School of Architecture, along with many more.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
April 2012 / Softcover / 4.75 x 7.75 inches
352 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-34-2 · Retail Price: $35.00

Hansjörg Dobliar

The Delicate Deformation

Hansjörg Dobliar’s captivating collages present new and unexpected pictorial content as the artist transforms other media with original verve. In this beautifully produced volume, viewers see Dobliar’s acrylic or lacquer treatment of templates from vintage issues of Italian magazines Epoca and Oggi – the Us magazines of their day. The young artist, who divides his time between Berlin and Munich, invites us into the Valley of the Dolls to admire large-format portraits of Sharon Tate that oscillate between reality and fiction, the recognizable and the unrecognizable. Dobliar is a provocateur who is willing to admit that Tate, once the wife of Roman Polanski, owes her iconic status to her gruesome murder at the hands of the Manson Family, an event that heralded the hippie movement’s loss of innocence.

Snoeck, Germany
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 162 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-14-8 · Retail Price: $55.00
 

DON ED HARDY

Tattooing The Invisible Man

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
Hardy Marks Publications, San Francisco
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches / 302 pp / 553 color
ISBN: 978-0-945367-60-4 · Retail Price: $90.00

IRVING HARPER

Paper Sculptures

Richard Wright & Paul Makovsky

American industrial designer Irving Harper (1916–2015) has been lauded as one of the most prolific designers of the modernist style. Harper lived in Rye, New York, in a 19th-century farmhouse filled with modernist furnishings and over 300 paper sculptures. Working in his attic, Harper created extensive groups of his paper sculptures with a dizzying array of visual motifs. His mastery of the delicate material gave way to the execution of a seemingly limitless stream of objects: ranging from tribal and oceanic art to cubism and his beloved tree in the garden. These extraordinary, idiosyncratic and diverse sculptures have been restored, cataloged and beautifully photographed in their entirety for the first time. Irving Harper: Paper Sculptures is a thoughtfully designed publication devoted to presenting a little known chapter in the creative life of one of modern design’s most important protagonists. Includes 348 images—almost all in full color! Contributions by Irving Harper, George Nelson & Associates, Richard Wright and Paul Makovsky.

WRIGHT, CHICAGO & NY
August 2016 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 ½ x 11 in. / 240 pp
10 b&w and 338 color
ISBN: 978-0-9971493-0-2 · Retail Price: $39.95

HASSAN KHAN

The Agreement: Five Stories

Five short stories in this new exhibition catalog by artist, writer, and musician Hassan Khan explore the margins at which a vernacular, be it linguistic or formal, attains its stature. Kahn engages the reader with very particular yet uncannily recognizable characters and occurrences. Published to accompany Kahn’s exhibition at Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, the stories are filtered through a specific cultural, aesthetic, and personal sensibility, accompanied by images of specifically produced sculptural objects, and based on the demotic style of popular kitsch ornaments. Through a series of narrative portraits and accompanying images of his recent sculptures, Khan’s seemingly ubiquitous tales are in fact an attempt to let a story tell itself.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
OBJECTIF EXHIBITIONS, BELGIUM
GALERIE CHANTAL CROUSEL, FRANCE
April 2012 / English & Arabic / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9.5 x 11.75 inches / 24 pp / 10 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-88-7 · Retail Price: $12.00

FLORIAN HECKER & JOHN MCCRACKEN

Sandro Droschl (Ed.)

Two artists, two generations, two mediums: German artist and sound artist/computer composer Florian Hecker (b. 1975) and American Light Space artist John McCracken (1934–2011) together probe the experimental capacity of the white cube gallery space. Fiberglass-coated, monochrome “planks” by McCracken spanning the floor and the walls of the building evoke a juncture between painting and sculpture, while Hecker’s computer-generated sound pieces, piped into the rooms by suspended speakers, dramatize both space and time. Shifting boundaries and intersections of sculpture and sound interact with one another within the space of geometric, architectural, temporal and subjective formations. At the same time, the viewer/listener becomes more sensitized to the conditions, qualities, and degrees of intensity between the physical and the ephemeral. The small illustrated exhibition catalog includes installation shots, curatorial introduction by Christian Egger and comprehensive essay by curator João Ribas. The cover by Florian Hecker uses an “objectness measure algorithm.”

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
KÜNSTLERHAUS, HALLE FÜR KUNST & MEDIEN GRAZ, AUSTRIA
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog
English & German / Softcover
5 ½ x 8 ¼ in. / 44 pp / 6 color
ISBN: 978-3-956792-15-1 · Retail Price: $14.00

MATHILDE TER HEIJNE

Performing Change

Performing Change, a collection of interviews by artist Mathilde ter Heijne, explores the idea of open-ended, collaborative art processes and their transformative potential beyond the confines of art. Designed as an artist’s book and published in conjunction with her exhibition at the Museum für Freie Kunst in Freiburg (November 8, 2014–February 22, 2015), the book shows handwritten revisions, annotations, and drawings from contributors including voodoo priest Togbé Hounon-Hounougbo Bahounsou and priestess Mamissi DaPovi, women from the Kartal Kadın Ürünleri Pazarı (Women’s Products Market) in Istanbul, ayahuasca shaman and biologist Ulrich Meyerratken, ceremonial magic anthropologist Susan Greenwood and artists, curators and critics Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Elke Bippus, Amy Patton, Mark Kremer, Janne Schäfer, and Kristine Agergaard, with a preface interview by Museum für Freie Kunst curators Christine Litz and Sophia Trollmann.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
2015 / Softcover / 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches / 280 pp / 38 b&w and 117 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-134-5 · Retail Price: $36.00