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Jörg Heiser: Making A Scene

The phrase Fare una scenata (Making a Scene) commonly designates a public display of emotion – anger, sadness etc. – often involving exaggerated gestures and facial expressions, screaming, possibly violence against objects or people. In any case, there is no scene made without an audience. The idea is to take the cliché serious and explore its layers of meaning as a means to understand the relationship between artistic process and its aftermath in space, object or image, and audience reaction. Isn’t there a kind of “unwritten contract” between the artist and his or her audience, regarding what they “deliver,” whether it’s meant to be entertainment, enlightenment, or estrangement?

Curated by frieze editor Jörg Heiser, “Fare una scenata” was the first group show at Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples. It featured the work of nine international artists who are either commissioned new work, or asked to adapt existing work specifically to the picture-gallery and basement spaces of this newly established foundation located in an old palazzo in the heart of Naples.

Artists: Pierre Bismuth, Christoph Dettmeier, Haris Epaminonda, Henrik Hakånsson, Mustafa Kunt & Özlem Günyol, Marko Lulic, Aleksandra Mir & Lisa Anne Auerbach

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / English & Italian / Exhibition catalog
5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches / 100 pp / 28 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-75-7 · Retail Price: $19.95

JEROEN DE RIJKE / WILLEM DE ROOIJ

Snoeck
2008 / English, German & Italian / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches / 256 pp
5 b&w and 102 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-83-6 · Retail Price: $58.00

JILL GIEGRICH

Survey 1979-2001

Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
2002, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
40 pp, 22 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-893900-06-1 · Retail Price: $22.00
 

JIM SHAW

Everything Must Go

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1999, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 1/4 x 10 inches
150 pp, 35 b&w and 75 color reproductions
ISBN: 2-919893-23-8 · Retail Price: $25.00

Joachim Koester

Message from Andrée

Visual Art Center at the Danish Arts Agency
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
64 pp / 33 b&w and 6 color
ISBN: 87-91409-15-2 · Retail Price: $19.00

A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero & Lesley Ma (Eds.)

Expanded from a touring exhibition originated at Para Site (2013), this part-reader, part-exhibition document critically analyzes the politics of fear in the face of disease and contamination in both the historical and contemporary imagination. Scholars, artists, novelists and journalists begin by addressing Hong Kong’s 200-year history of epidemics—the most recent being the SARS outbreak of 2003, and then tackle the galvanizing power and varied perceptions of contagion in the context of lingering histories, myths, anxieties and memories across the world. While composing a complex picture of the Hong Kong psyche, the contributors speak from a humanistic and global perspective, pointing to the intersections of urban environments and post-colonial psychology, popular culture and racism, public health and migration, national identity and art. Included are excerpts from Taiwan writer Shih Shu-ching’s literary masterpiece, City of the Queen, which vividly portrays the interwoven social relations and colonial structures during the time of the plague, among much more. A chilling but no-holds-barred look at the history of epidemics and their effect on culture.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
PARA SITE, HONG KONG
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6 x 8 ½ inches / 192 pp / 31 b&w and 97 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-117-8 · Retail Price: $36.00

 

JUD FINE

The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1988, Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
48 pp, 28 halftone and 4 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-15-6 · Retail Price: $16.00
 

JUDY FISKIN

Some More Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1994, Softcover, 9 x 7 1/2 inches
36 pp, 14 duotone plates
ISBN: 0-914357-28-X · Retail Price: $19.95

JULIA SCHER

Always There

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2002, English and German text
Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
128 pp, 16 b&w and 51 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9711193-7-6 · Retail Price: $30.00

KANDINSKY MALEVICH MONDRIAN

The Infinite White Abyss

“The white, free abyss—infinity lies before us,” wrote Supremacist painter Kazimir Malevich in 1919. This compelling catalog from the German museum K20 presents the work of three of the 20th-century avant-garde’s great artists, focusing on their use of white surfaces in major works between 1860 and 1945. The materiality and immateriality of the color white is also analyzed through surprising new research from leading painting conservators. The book—both a covetable art object and an important historical document—is designed to reflect its premise. Its subtly varying off-white tones and finishes from glossy to vellum and dramatically kerned type suggest a constructivist painting. The color’s cultural symbolism across art, science and para-religions is explored through extensive primary documentation and reprinted ephemera as well as essays by curator Marion Ackermann, art historian Linda Darlrymple Henderson, cultural historian Margareta Tillberg and Stedelijk paintings conservator Meta Chavannes, among others.

SNOECK, GERMANY
K20 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORTH-RHINE–WESTPHALIA, GERMANY
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 11 inches / 296 pp / 30 b&w and 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-081-8 · Retail Price: $85.00