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IT IS WHAT IT IS

Writings on Dan Flavin since 1964

Paula Feldman and Karsten Schubert

This indispensable collection of writings on one of the central artists of Minimalism, Dan Flavin, was published in the U.K. in 2004, but has not been available in the United States until now. The New York-born Flavin’s radical use of commercially available fluorescent light fixtures to create shockingly beautiful installations, beginning in the 1960s, forever changed the definitions and boundaries of sculptural practice. This book assembles for the first time key essays on Flavin (who died in 1996) by Donald Judd, Dore Ashton, Rosalind Krauss, Lawrence Alloway, Germano Celant, Holland Cotter and others, along with reviews of his exhibitions. Spanning four decades, it charts the gradual evolution of consensus about the meaning of this iconic artist.

Ridinghouse, London
October 2011 / Softcover / 5 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches / 294 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-44-9 · Retail Price: $29.95

RICHARD JACKSON

Accidents in Abstract Painting

Irene Tsatsos (Ed.)

Internationally renowned installation-performance artist Richard Jackson provided one of the more spectacular moments from the performance series sponsored by the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Re- enacting a piece from the 1970s, Jackson crashed a radio-controlled, 15-foot wingspan model airplane filled with paint into a 20-foot-high wall emblazoned with the phrase “accidents in abstract painting.” Featuring dramatic photo images of the “accident,” the six-hour set-up, and the subsequent installation of its detritus at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, this unique exhibition catalog is an artifact of the event and its aftermath. Also included are a lengthy interview with Jackson and a QR code that links to further video documentation.

ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, PASADENA
August 2012/ Hardcover/7x9 inches, 72pp, 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-893900-10-3 · Retail Price: $24.95

JASON JÄGEL

Seventy-Three Funshine

This delightful, large-format monograph by contemporary artist Jason Jägel features over 200 images from Jägel’s career, spanning childhood sketches and family snapshots, but largely focusing on his current practice, his sometimes-loose, sometimes-tight narrative paintings and works on paper. Hip-hop influences, family life, and the humming buzz of the street are often found in a single work. Jägel’s work has been increasingly influenced by the music he listens to; this connection has been strengthened by his record cover designs for the LA-based hiphop label Stones Throw. One of Stones Throw’s major artists, Madlib, has three tracks that appear on a companion 10-inch vinyl record, an unexpected feature included in this artists’ book.

Electric Works, San Francisco
November 2008 / Hardcover w/ 10 inch vinyl record
14 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches / 210 pp / 220 color
ISBN: 978-0-9727533-8-8 · Retail Price: $68.00

Dani Jakob

Of a Land / Von Einem Land

Passenger Books, Berlin
2008 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 48 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-04-8 · Retail Price: $25.00

ANN-MARIE JAMES

Ann-Marie James’s intricate paintings are built up through layer upon layer of not only materials but also techniques. She often starts with a drawing of a human limb borrowed from art history, a leg purloined from a Bernini sculpture or a chubby arm of one of Peter Paul Rubens’s putti. From it comes a silkscreen and then, at various points, James adds layers of thick medium, expressionistic splashes of acrylic and blobs of ink. Throughout she highlights different moments with delicate and precise drawing around a spot of paint or a stenciled limb. Stepping back from the process and the detail, it appears that the overall compositions take on an intense wave of dark, kinetic energy. Published on the occasion of the artist’s gallery exhibition, this book features seven paintings alongside a text by Michael Bracewell.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
September 2013 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 32 pp / 12 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-73-9 · Retail Price: $22.00

ANN-MARIE JAMES

Le Monde Moderne

Young British artist Ann-Marie James’s paintings, animated by rich layers of material and technique, encompass a multitude of visual forms and historical references. Executed on wooden panels, the complex compositions begin as laser engravings, which are then layered with ink drawing, acrylic and oil paint. In this recent series, James reworks fragments of the female forms of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha into her own abstract painterly chaos. Accompanying the artist’s 2015 exhibition in London, this small exhibition catalog documents the series and corresponding drawings, and includes an essay by British art critic Charlie Fox examining James’s ties to Mucha and beyond.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
EDEL ASSANTI, LONDON
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 inches / 40 pp / 18 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-17-3 · Retail Price: $19.95

MERLIN JAMES

Signal Box
KW Pocket 2

Adela Yawitz (Ed.)

Each painting in this small monograph of work by Glasgow-based British artist Merlin James is an appeal to the viewer to play with the semantic elements of the picture. The second in the KW Pocket Series, Signal Box presents a snapshot of thirty years of Merlin’s work exhibited at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin as well as a number of other important works from the artist’s career including a group of distinctively shaped canvases, semitransparent framed supports, and paintings on canvas. Included also is a conversation with the artist by KW chief curator Ellen Blumenstein. Merlin James’s paintings have been exhibited widely, including at the Kunstverein Freiburg, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and Parasol Unit Foundation for the Arts in London besides representing Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Alongside his painting practice, he is an accomplished art writer, critic and curator.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
kw , BERLIN
January 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 6 inches
64 pp / 11 b&w and 15 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-98-4 · Retail Price: $18.00

CAMERON JAMIE

Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries

Paris-based American artist Cameron Jamie began photographing Halloween decorations on the front lawns of suburban houses in LA in 1984, and continued this ritual for the next 20 years. Shot in black and white during the day, his photographs expose the humorous, uncanny and violent side of America’s penchant for ritual horror. Jamie, whose work has been referred to as “backyard anthropology,” came into his own as an artist in early 1990s Los Angeles. His collaborative practice and immersion in contemporary culture’s peripheral elements are reminiscent of the work of cinema verité filmmaker Jean Rouch. Seen through Jamie’s eye, suburban front lawns become theatrical stages on which death is expressed and perceived as amusement. Exceptionally produced with glow-in-the-dark lettering on the cover and gravestone-imitated endpapers, Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries demonstrates how the fictionalized world of Hollywood horror merges with ordinary life in Los Angeles.

EDITION PATRICK FREY, ZÜRICH
October 2015 / Hardcover
9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches / 144 pp / 69 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-74-4 · Retail Price: $75.00

AARON FLINT JAMISON

Cascades

Cascades by Oregon-based conceptual artist Aaron Flint Jamison is the latest artist book in the ongoing series STUDIOLO, by editor Patrick Frey. Jamison, internationally exhibited and recognized (selected by Hans Ulrich Obrist as one of the 27 most important living artists), works with various, broad forms of artistic production, video, performance, sculpture and book making. He is the editor of the sought-after serial publication Veneer Magazine and cofounder of the major new art center Yale Union in Portland, Oregon. His work focuses on the textures of materials, the distribution of information, tools of production and their occasional interface. For this limited-edition artist book with gta exhibitions, the artist gives special attention to materiality and physicality and the ways in which author and machine exchange. A refined and elegant book, this publication was handmade at Jamison’s own printing facilities.

EDITION PATRICK FREY, ZÜRICH
July 2015 / Hardcover
5 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 288 pp / 112 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-94-2 · Retail Price: $82.00

THE ART OF TESS JARAY

Examining the geometry of pattern, repetition, color and architectural form within her surroundings, British artist Tess Jaray has explored painterly perspective for more than five decades. Areas of pattern—whether polygons, waves or rectangles—are contained by a strong background colour, thereby controlling the movement of the forms. This extensively illustrated survey of Jaray’s paintings from the 1960s to the present is accompanied by texts that situate the artist within the tradition of abstract painting and the history of art, from Kazimir Malevich and Lucio Fontana to Italian architecture and Islamic mosaics. Jaray has had solo exhibitions at both the Whitechapel Gallery and the Serpentine. Texts by Richard Davey, John Stezaker and Alison Wilding, along with an interview by Alister Warman.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, NOTTINGHAM
May 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 x 11 2/3 inches / 256 pp / 202 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-80-7 · Retail Price: $55.00