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HOME STORIES

Locating Artistic Practice in Today’s Global Reality

The German headline “home stories”, designating a magazine report from the domestic world of celebrities, engender a sense of intimacy with their private lives of public figures. It is an apt title for this exhibition on personal stories set in domestic environments that belie their participation in global cultural exchange. Staged at Frankfurt’s historic Literaturhaus, now programmed by the KFW Foundation, students and artists developed works on site addressing the blurring of domestic and political in the context of the building’s own history as a private villa abandoned during the Nazi era. Installation images and essays from an accompanying symposium are reproduced alongside a stark photo series by Laurenz Berges, who documented the physical condition of the villa in minute detail. Artists include Bianca Baldi, Khaled Barakeh, Elif Erkan, Maki Ishii, Michael Lee, Aiko Tezuka and Marie Zolamian. Contributions from Nikolaus Hirsch, Raj Kamal Jha, Nicola Müllerschön, Peter J. Schneemann, Christoph Tannert and Marc Zierlewagen.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 1/4 x 12 inches / 184 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-078-8 · Retail Price: $45.00

IKA HUBER

Coelin

Snoeck, Germany
2008 / English & German / Hardcover / 9 x 11 1/4 inches / 128 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-74-4 · Retail Price: $60.00

Steven Hull

Ab Ovo

NothingMoments Publishing, Los Angeles
2006 / Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 10 inches
145 pp /18 b&w and 62 color
ISBN: 978-0-9670913-4-1 · Retail Price: $45.00

Peter Hutchinson

Dreamed Paradises

This retrospective catalog of works by Peter Hutchinson constitutes one of the most important of the past few decades. The British-born, U.S.-based Hutchinson – a pioneer of Ecological Art, also called Earth Art or Land Art – visualizes our world as an artistic utopia. His photo-collages, object boxes, sculptures and films, as well as documentary and poetic texts, articulate fundamental questions about man’s relationship to the world we inhabit. Hutchinson’s use of natural materials and development of outdoor, site-specific artworks mean that many of his pieces are located on the interface between art and nature. This volume, documenting more than 20 years of lyrical work, does justice to Hutchinson’s stunning vision of “dreamed paradises.” Includes an interview with the artist and several fine essays.

Snoeck, Germany
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 128 pp / 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-27-8 · Retail Price: $49.95

I CANNOT REPEAT WHAT I HEAR

Natalie Czech

Natalie Czech’s works meander between concrete poetry and conceptual photography. In this publication, she directs her main focus to the writing process and its inherent possibilities. In “Voyelles”—which refers to Rimbaud’s eponymous poem—Czech invited ten authors to describe a fictitious, synesthesia-invoking photograph; “Poems by Repetition,” conversely, uses repetition to create in text the impression of echo, musical rhythm and beat. Czech uses images of newspaper articles, record covers, books, and iPad and Kindle apps as supporting media for her poems and, thus, creates a collage of printed text and illustration. Following Czech’s first US exhibition at New York’s Goethe Institut (2012), and anticipating a major upcoming Palais de Tokyo show this combination artist book / exhibition catalog beautifully illustrates how the artist transforms literary into visual strategies with stunning affective capability.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
October 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 1/3 x 13 inches / 128 pp / 55 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-07-6 · Retail Price: $45.00

I HATE PAUL KLEE

Works on Paper and Artists’ Books from the Speck Collection

Renate Goldmann

An extensive catalog from the unique and extraordinary collection of works on paper assembled over more than forty years by the Cologne-based physician Reiner Speck. The artists’ names gathered here form a veritable who’s who of modern and contemporary art history, exploring the relationship between word and image. Cy Twombly’s works on paper are spectacular and dense, despite their small formats; works by Sigmar Polke, Bruce Nauman, Gunther Forg, Martin Kippenberger and others create a brilliantly assembled grouping. Speck contributes an essay on his collection, as do several scholars and curators, notably Renate Goldmann. A beautifully edited and crisply produced monograph on one of the most personal collections of our time.

SNOECK, GERMANY
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8.5 x 12 inches / 246 pp / 350 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-94-0 · Retail Price: $69.95

IDEA IN ACTION

The Bakery

American dancer and choreographer Richard Siegal created an artistic network called THE BAKERY in 2005 devoted to interdisciplinary research and production. Along with performing artists, Siegal works with architects, composers, new media experts, designers, and theoreticians to new directions in performance related to technology and the other arts.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
2012 / Softcover w/ slipcase
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 96 pp
ISBN: 978-3-940064-36-3 · Retail Price: $38.00

IDEAS AND THOUGHTS

Helmut Smits

Freek Lomme (Ed.)

Helmut Smits is a constant observer. His work, which moves across widely varying media from installation to sculpture to photography to drawing, playfully employs visual puns and witty observations to ultimately make a poetic statement about the everyday. In this volume of the Dutch artist’s drawings, the follow-up to his first book 123 Ideas (2008), Smits shares with readers his notebook of sketches and scribbles in a remarkably unmediated way. Ideas and Thoughts offers a window into the creative process and proves that, sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most profound. This new publication comes on the heels of Smits’ first US solo exhibition at Beginnings Gallery, New York. The artist is the recipient of the Absolut Talent Award (2009) and the Longlist Prix de Rome (2009).

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 4 x 5 1/2 inches
144 pp / 70 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-10-6 · Retail Price: $35.00

LEIKO IKEMURA

Ceramic Sculptures and Related Works

Yoko Mori, Keisuke Mori & Yuriko Takimoto (Eds.)

The first monograph published in Japan on Leiko Ikemura, Ceramic Sculptures and Related Works traces the artist’s path from the 1980s to her latest works in the solo exhibition, Leiko Ikemura: PIOON at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum. Over one hundred photographs, many of which are of installations, show the relationship between her sculptures and paintings. Since leaving Japan in 1972 and basing herself in Europe, Leiko Ikemura has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and drawing, in her ongoing exploration of the fundamental meaning of human existence. As well as featuring for the first time several poetic black-and-white photographs taken by the artist of her own sculptural pieces, the comprehensive text includes discussions of Ikemura’s work by visual culture scholar Elisabeth Bronfen, art critics Donald Kuspit and Midori Matsui and Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum curator Keisuke Mori along with poets Elisabeth Plessen and Koichi Tanokura.

NOHARA, JAPAN
VANGI SCULPTURE GARDEN MUSEUM, JAPAN
January 2015 / English & Japanese
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 12 inches
224 pp / 160 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-24-1 · Retail Price: $79.95

IMAGES OF FARMING

Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers / myvillages.org

In the 21st century, few topics evoke so many different notions and passions as farmers and agriculture – whether people are arguing about genetically modified crops or blissfully shopping at their local farmers market. This book, the product of myvillages.org, an international artist co-operative based in The Netherlands, focuses on connecting rural and urban through wide-ranging art projects honoring traditional agricultural cultures and arts. Founding artists Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstraand and Antje Schiffers ) all come from small, agricultural villages, and their goal is to preserve this essential human heritage through art. An engrossing journey through the production of farming-related images as the expression of several themes: culture and myth formation, publicity and the sciences, cultural heritage, and the fine arts.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
2011 / Softcover / 6 x 8 5/8 inches
208 pp / 38 b&w and 88 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-24-3 · Retail Price: $39.95