Skin of Years

Gwynneth Porter (Ed.)

New Zealand artist and educator Jim Allen is both a formidable influence upon his followers and a prolific artist in his own right. A leader of post-object practices in the global south, Allen’s immersive installations and light touch share much with his self-proclaimed heroes, experimental filmmaker and sculptor Len Lye and Brazilian kineticist Hélio Oitica. This robust reader contains over 300 pages of interviews with Allen, conducted largely by art historian Tony Green and fellow artist Phil Dadson. Through these colorful and often humorous oral histories, one can trace the narrative of Allen’s life, including his participation in WWII and formation as an artist and teacher—and sailor!—from the 1950s until the present day. An important record of a woefully understudied figure of postwar art, Skin of Years presents Allen’s dogged persistence to engage in what he has called “the art of the possible.”

Release Date: October 2014
6 3/4 x 9 inches / 340 pp / 372 b&w and 133 color
ISBN: 978-0-9876593-6-1 · Retail Price: $39.95

Pedro Alvarez

The Signs Pile Up

UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside
Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
2008 / Hardcover / 9 x 12 inches
144 pp / 6 b&w and 69 color
ISBN: 978-1-889195-57-5 · Retail Price: $40.00


In the Future No One Will Be Famous

2007, English and German text
Exhibition catalog, Hardcover, 5 x 6 3/4 inches
168 pp, 32 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 978-3-936859-51-5 · Retail Price: $42.00


My Very Gestures

This multi-dimensional exhibition catalog documents internationally recognized artist Antje Majewski’s solo show in Salzburg, Austria. Majewski – best known for photorealistic, figurative paintings grapple with existential questions like friendship, love, masquerade and death – also expresses her interest in the psychology of individuals in relation to society and history through photography, video, film, installation and dance theater, all of which are documented here. In a profound essay, critic Dominic Eichler shows how Majewski’s work is “informed by a progressive form of feminism,” while author Ingo Niermann and curator Sebastian Cichocki contribute other insights. A conversation between the artist and art historian Tanja Widmann reveals some of the personal and philosophical concerns underlying her practice.

2009 / English & German / Softcover
Exhibition Catalog
10 1/2 x 11 1/2 / 112 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-56-6 · Retail Price: $29.95


Cowboys and Indians? German artist Siegfried Anzinger appropriates unexpected cultural references ranging from the Bible to pornography to the American West for the brilliant works in this dynamic, large-format exhibition catalog. Anzinger has broken with his trademark impasto application of paint and his past approach to figurative representation, and the effect is quite literally like a brilliant light suddenly shining brightly. These loose, almost improvisational pieces create a painterly panorama that recalls epic works by David, Delacroix or Gerricault: dramatic, wide-ranging, and very personal. Includes photos of the artist’s expressive, almost disturbing, ceramic sculptures.

2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9.5 x 11.75 inches / 194 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-63-6 · Retail Price: $69.95


Works 2011

Mythic, dreamlike, erotic. For almost 40 years, the paintings of influential German-based artist Siegfried Anzinger have transported the viewer to a transparent world of wonder. Featured in this beautiful new museum catalog are 40 recent works that combine animal and human imagery in lightening-quick gestures. “It is as if one were actually dreaming the painting. Anzinger has carefully painted around the casually sketched motif—very sensitively so that one can see how the painter has been guided by the wavering and wobbling of the brush as though it were a dousing rod. And that is precisely what we experience in his paintings: they allow us to dream,” writes Rudi Fuchs in his accompanying text.

August 2012/ Softcover, 9 1/2 x 12 inches/ 80 pp/ 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-004-7 · Retail Price: $39.95


Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg (Eds.)

Ape Culture traces the long cultural and scientific obsession with humanity’s closest relatives. A liminal figure separating humans and animals, the ape has played a central role in the narrative of man’s progress, historically used to show an absence of culture. This reader, accompanying the Haus der Kultur, Berlin, exhibition (2015), seeks to go beyond the examination of apes as signifiers of difference. The juxta- position of artworks with documents taken from popular culture and the history of primatology provides insight into what the science historian Donna Haraway has termed the “primate order.” Organized in three sections, the book includes art-based and scientific essays and extensive images of featured artworks plus scientific docu- ments. Engaging text by Lene Berg, C.R. Carpenter, Marcus Coates, Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, Ines Doujak, Coco Fusco, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Pierre Huyghe, Louise Lawler, Damián Ortega, Nagisa Oshima, Erik Steinbrecher, Rosemarie Trockel, Klaus Weber and Frederick Wiseman.

2015 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 7 x 10 inches
220 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-006-7 · Retail Price: $39.95


Business, Economics, Conjuncture

Pedro G. Romero

Catalonian artist, author and curator Pedro G. Romero (b. 1964) has been compiling Archivo F.X.—memory theater, archive and imaginary museum—since 1999. Consisting of more than a thousand documents linking stories of Spanish anticlerical iconoclasm (1931–36) with positions adopted by the international avant-garde, Romero develops different ways of presenting the archive by continually readjusting its frame of reference to reflect factors such as the urban environment, community, knowledge and economics. Specially conceived for and now exhibited at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, the project sets up an unusual dialogue with the artists Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, Joseph Beuys and Alexander Kluge. Previous presentations as solo and group exhibitions and projects include the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the ZKM Karlsruhe and the São Paulo Biennale (2014).

October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 6 x 9 inches / 256 pp / 30 b&w and 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-86-1 · Retail Price: $35.00

Armin Boehm

The Evil Eye

Berlin-based artist Armin Boehm has become known for his spooky, gothic impasto paintings enticing the viewer into an occult, almost liminal space. This impeccably printed catalog – for Boehm’s first museum show, long overdue – highlights the paintings that result from the artist’s unusual combination of glaze, drippings, metal dust and thickly applied oil; working from pictorial elements in natural colors, Boehm builds layer upon layer, the range of colors becoming darker, until only sporadically shimmering sparks of color testify to the polychrome ground. These engrossing paintings, deeply linked to astronomy, often refer to ritually charged spaces like terror camps or research centers – his dark surfaces develop landscapes, urban views and even interiors. A fascinating young artist.

Snoeck, Germany
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 144 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-20-9 · Retail Price: $55.00

Dan Arps


Clouds, New Zealand
The Physics Room, New Zealand
Michael Lett, New Zealand
Neon Parc, Australia
2007 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/ 2 x 9 1/ 4 inches / 36 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-9582789-7-3 · Retail Price: $9.95