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IRENA HAIDUK

Spells

Karsten Lund (Ed.)

Irena Haiduk has sharp teeth and a killer instinct. In Spells, the Balkan artist leads the way to the sunny spot where every soul suffers infinite injustice. Spells is the first collection of Haiduk’s writing, gathering texts and limited-edition publications since 2007. Her multifaceted works reach far beyond Balkan history and mingle with other corrosive forces, fueling a deep questioning of well-fed bodies of power. Moving through a wide range of formats, the intentionally strident black-and-white graphics of the book echo the disturbing content of her manifestos, music scores, forecasts, conversations, translations, architectural programs and other difficult-to-categorize works. Haiduk has exhibited at The Insitute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the University of Chicago’s Renais- sance Society, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial. Her provocative voice is captured in both design and concept of this compelling monograph.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
February 2016 / Softcover
5 ½ x 8 ¾ inches / 208 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-122-2 · Retail Price: $24.00

FLAKA HALITI

Speculating on the Blue
Kosovo Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale

Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)

For the Kosovo Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, artist Flaka Haliti created the installation Speculating on the Blue, reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility. The skeletons of barrier-like objects in the space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at demilitarizing and decontextualizing this specific aesthetic practice by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground, which directly references the blue-painted barriers in front of the Kosovo UN, create a counter image to the concept of borders as a tool to raise new perspectives. In addition is an artist’s conversation with Markus Miessen and an essay by curator Vanessa Joan Müller.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2015 / Hardcover
4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches / 176 pp / 9 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-150-5 · Retail Price: $24.00

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

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

HASN’T IT BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY SO FAR?

Film Works by Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond 1999–2013

Christian Hoffelner (Ed.)

How is it possible to unite literary, scientific, or philosophical deliberations in the life of an artist? Longtime collaborators Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond use photography, experimental film and public art to visually discuss present reality with all its contradictions. The two became known in their native Vienna for a monthly series inspired by avant-garde composer Arnold Schönberg’s model, wherein a work is performed, discussed and then shown again for increased comprehensibility. This book—their first monograph— is a document and introduction to all their filmic work (1999–2013), much of which has previously screened at venues like the Whitechapel Gallery and the Centre Pompidou. The journey is sweetened by texts from authors who accompanied them along the way, including Andreas von Dühren, Gareth Evans, Christiane Meyer-Stoll and Dominique Willoughby.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
July 2014 / Hardcover
4 3/4 x 7 inches / 160 pp / 72 color and 57 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-20-5 · Retail Price: $28.00

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

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