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AN INQUIRY INTO MEANING AND TRUTH

Thomas Raat

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.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
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

INTERNAL NECESSITY

A Reader Tracing the Inner Logics of the Contemporary Art Field

Tirdad Zolghadr

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
2011 / Softcover / 5.75 x 8.25 inches / 208 pp / 72 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-05-4 · Retail Price: $24.95

Intertidal

Vancouver Art and Artists

MORRIS AND HELEN BELKIN ART GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
2006 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches / 205 pp / 76 b&w and 14 color
ISBN: 0-88865-785-4 · Retail Price: $35.00

INVALID FORMAT

An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Vol. 2

Triple Canopy (Ed.)

Editorial collective and online magazine Triple Canopy has been producing a “high minded, high design artifact,” according to The  New  York  Times, since its first edition in 2008. Invalid  Format is the second volume in an archive of their widespread publishing activities, including artist projects and literary work published in the second year of Triple Canopy’s existence, documentation of public programs, and a sampling of foundational correspondence. The wide scope of writers and contributing editors include Anna Sperber & Peter Kerlin, Leslie Thornton, Ian Volner & Matico Josephson, Neil Greenberg, José León Cerrillo, Lucy Raven, Nathan Schneider, Teddy Cruz & Caleb Waldorf, Hovhanness Tumanyan & Vahram Aghasyan, Joshua Cohen, Lucy Ives, Karthik Pandian, Sophia Al-Maria & Manal Al Dowayan, and Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, among others.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
TRIPLE CANOPY, NEW YORK
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
6 x 9 inches/ 336 pp/ 295 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-35-1 · Retail Price: $29.00

DAVID IRELAND

Sculptures Paintings Drawings

Ridinghouse, London
2008 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
40 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-16-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

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