On the Threshold of Performing and Visual Arts
Foreign Affairs Festival 2012–2016
Barbara Gronau, Matthias von Hartz & Carolin Hochleichter (Eds.)
Uncertainty, the present, diversity, theater production and classical dance—these are the themes around which the international performing arts festival Foreign Affairs has drawn artists and audiences over the past four years. Investigating theory and art, global and local realities, Foreign Affairs invites an array of international performing artists to question prevailing political and economic structures on a chosen topic. Believing that our world can be changed, Foreign Affairs takes a distanced look at our own society. How to Frame is both manual and query. It is a collection of ideas, knowledge and experience from all five festivals, including the most recent on the topic of uncertainty, in cooperation with William Kentridge. As artistic director, Kentridge worked with participating artists to develop projects for stage, urban spaces and night exhibitions at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. With contributions from artists Carolin Hochleichter, Ragnar Kjartansson and Catherine Wood among others.
BERLINER FESTSPIELE, BERLIN
UNIVERSITAT DER KUNSTE, BERLIN
October 2016 / Softcover / 7 x 8 ½ in.
192 pp / 98 b&w and 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-247-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
2008 / English & German / Hardcover / 9 x 11 1/4 inches / 128 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-74-4 · Retail Price: $60.00
Award for Emerging Asian Artists 2015
The Hugo Boss Asia Art Award is at the forefront of emerging artists in Asia, discovering and supporting new talent. An exquisite catalog chronicling the second edition of the award is presented in an over-the-top, lush, oversized publication. Projects by the six nominated artists, all born in early 1980s—Huang Po-Chih (Taiwan), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines), Yang Xinguang and Guan Xiao (Mainland China)—are presented in full-bleed color illustrations luxuriously printed on thick cover stock that portray the artists’ installations and processes along with accompanying essays offering insights into each artist’s practices and reflecting on the rapid changes and key challenges within these regions. The projects range from Rattana’s poetic photo series and videos on American bombing sites around Cambodia and their effect on the landscape and its inhabitants to Hugo Boss award winner Maria Tanaguchi’s brick wall paintings conveying the abject violence of frontiers and borders.
ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM, SHANGHA
July 2016 / Exhibition catalog
English & Chinese / Softcover
10 x 13 in. / 210 pp / 125 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-218-2 · Retail Price: $52.00
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
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.
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
Works on Paper and Artists’ Books from the Speck Collection
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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
Side by Side
Side by Side takes the form of 2 books: a connect-the-dots book and a religious instruction manual. In the connect-the-dots book, called The True Path, the reader is invited to connect numbered dots on a complex 82-page, concertina-fold pull-out that reaches more than 25 feet long. The dots, found among exquisitely drawn pictorial elements that recall 18th-century miniature paintings, eventually map out forms such as rockets and missiles. The accompanying book resembles the religious instruction manuals distributed in Pakistan to promote the government’s “Moderate Enlightenment” policy, with the artist’s Mughal-style paintings of contemporary everyday people. Qureshi adapts a commonplace form of printed matter and a traditionally valued art practice to reflect upon the complexities of contemporary society and politics in Pakistan.
2010 / 2 Volume set
Side 1/2: Softcover / 8 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches / 82 pp / 40 color
Side 2/2: Hardcover / 4 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches / 48 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-3-5 · Retail Price: $49.95