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
João Ribas (Ed.)
Co-published with MIT List Visual Arts Center, this substantial exhibition catalog explores art as speculative science. Work investigating entropy, matter, time, energy, topology, mimicry, perception and consciousness is illustrated in texts and images by a large intergenerational group of artists, historians and theoreticians. Sometimes employing scientific methodologies, other times investigating phenomena not restricted to any scientific discipline, this publication suggests that art, like science, can be seen as a form of research and inquiry into the physical and natural world. In expanding both artistic and scientific speculation, In the Holocene seeks to shift our understanding of aesthetics away from conventional ideas of pleasure, beauty and taste by drawing on the history of speculative propositions and work by contemporary artists. Over 50 artists and writers are featured with images and texts such as Roget Callois and Berenice Abbot, John Baldessari and Lucy Lippard, Friedrich Froebel and Germaine Kruip, Alfred Jarry and Sol LeWitt, John McCracken and Paul Valery.
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CEN TER, MASS
Release Date: May 2015
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
380 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-52-8 · Retail Price: $37.00
The Book of the Zine
Bryce Galloway and Friends
With the greatest title ever – which has nothing to do with the book’s content – this is a greatest-hits collection from New Zealand artist/musician Bryce Galloway’s awesome, rough-edged fanzine. Over a decade of publishing, the zine served as Galloway’s personal graphic diary along with many of his very funny friends, chronicling his journey (and his horror thereof) from slacker, to adult art student, to father and homeowner. New Zealand’s progressive alternative music scene intersects in so many ways with the country’s contemporary art community. Resembling early blogs or the beginnings of Facebook, this engrossing book shows how the younger generation began to communicate in an underground, non-branded modality.
April 2012 / Softcover / 8.25 x 5.75 inches
304 pp / extensive b/w
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-4-9 · Retail Price: $29.95
‘Pretty Much Everything’ 1985–2010: 25 Photographs +
25 Posters with M/M (Paris)
Twenty-five years is a long time to stay ultra-hot, but this unique catalog for the fashion photography partnership of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, accompanying their quarter-century retrospective at FOAM, the hip new photo museum in Amsterdam, proves it can be done. The photographers’ long-time collaborators, M/M (Paris), designed the catalog as a “newspaper” of sorts: M/M chose the 25 most influential photographs to represent the vast body of work, and printed them on poster-sized newsprint. On the reverse sides are 25 graphic posters designed by M/M using the photographers’ celebrity portraits (including Natalie Portman, Daniel Day Lewis and Mickey Rourke), creating an unbound “book” of sexy, dynamic posters folded together. Includes an essay by art critic Michael Bracewell.
FOAM Fotografie Museum, The Netherlands
August 2011 / Exhibition catalog / 108 pp, newspaper format
16 1/4 x 22 1/2 inches (folded) / 25 double-sided posters
ISBN: 978-2-918392-01-9 · Retail Price: $29.95
“When the white becomes a touch less white/ When the white becomes ten minutes less white/ When the white does what the light knows …” If ever an artist has made light and time visible, it is Vienna-born Inge Dick, in the amazing photographic images she has been generating since the 1980s. Influenced by – and moving beyond – the minimalist and color-field painters of the mid-20th century, Dick used huge long-exposure Polaroids to capture infinitesimally subtle changes in light such as the coming of dawn. Dick’s evanescent work is so inspirational that this impeccably produced catalog comes with a DVD of a film from Swiss composer Roland Dahinden, in which he adds music to create yet another level of perception. With excellent texts in English and German.
January 2010 / Hardcover / 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
145 pp / 80 color and DVD
ISBN: 978-3-901756-98-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Edwin Van Gelder, John C. Welchman & Freek Lomme (Eds.)
Inspired by the cover designs of popular “egghead” novels published from the 1940s to the 1970s, the colorful geometric forms of Thomas Raat’s abstract paintings appropriate those forms in the context of contemporary publishing. This elegant artist’s book is a work of art in itself, with rich full-color plates, Chinese folding and varying folio sizes. The artist’s repurposing of the imagery of the paperback jackets mediates the outlandish range of synthetic emotions from the titles they were meant to convey (such as “the law of civilization and decay”). An essay by American critic John C. Welchman situates Raat’s work in the reassessment of nonfigurative art’s potential in the mid-century period—from Abstract Expressionism to advertising material. Now in its second printing, the publication was awarded an honorary mention at the Best Book Design contest in Leipzig 2013 for its design by Mainstudio.
2014 / 2nd edition
Softcover / 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
80 pages / 27 full color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-09-0 · Retail Price: $48.00
A Reader Tracing the Inner Logics of the Contemporary Art Field
This rich and extensive collection of writings, interviews, image spreads, letters, graphic essays and Skype conversations is the product of 2009’s fertile “summer academy” at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. Guest curator, the Berlin-based writer/curator Tirdad Zolghadr, surprised participants by canceling the scheduled annual “fellow exhibition” that summer. Instead, participants were asked to contribute to this book, which makes a strong argument for print publications as equally worthy sites of art production alongside studio practice and exhibitions. The cancellation “did not stem from a boredom with art, nor even with its rituals, but simply from an impatience with the unquestioning exhibition routine that predominates,” writes Zolghadr. Featured writings include Bruce Hainley, Los Angleles, a contributing editor at ArtForum and professor at Art Center College of Design, Mmariangela Mendez Prencke, Bogota, Columbia, curator, professor and graduate from BARD College, Uriel Orslow, Swiss artist, and many, many more.
2011 / Softcover / 5.75 x 8.25 inches / 208 pp / 72 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-05-4 · Retail Price: $24.95