Ways of Being
Freek Lomme & Boy Vereecken (Eds.)
The young Dutch artist Aukje Koks seeks to unite art and spectator in this playful artist’s book that treats art as a “thing among things” open to multiple interpretations. Interested in the intersections between visible reality and the world of ideas, Koks dislocates the viewer’s perspective in her paintings and sculptures so that reality and illusion become intermingled and it is no longer clear what is real and what is not. In Ways of Being images of her work are presented in tandem with informal, prosaic reports by friends, critics and curators, which make us aware of the semantics of images and blurring of categories via individual perspectives, ultimately in Koks’s view a political statement. Koks made Ways of Being collaboratively with writer/ curator Freek Lomme (texts) and designer/publisher Boy Vereecken (images). Contributions by Constance Barrere Dangleterre, Bianca Stigter, Chris Sharp and Bart Groenendaal.
January 2015, E nglish & Dutch
Softcover, 8 x 10 inches
64 pp, 12 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-27-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
This elegant, large-format catalog of the fascinating paintings of Italian-born artist Florin Kompatscher focuses on his work from 2005-2010. In stunning color reproductions and black-and-white installation photos, the reader can see the remarkable balance between surreal metaphor and special depth of field in his oil paintings; Kompatscher’s paintings are dream-like, referring to antecedents like Dali, Magritte, Tanguy and even Caspar David Friedrich, yet totally individual to the artist. “It is possible to glimpse mountainous landscapes and underwater worlds, exploding volcanoes, and cosmic configurations in these paintings,” writes art historian Noemi Smolik. “At the same time, they elude the real.” Hard to describe, indeed, but nonetheless beautiful.
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9.5 x 11.75 inches / 144 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-56-8 · Retail Price: $69.95
Thomas Andrae, Moritz Kaufmann
Bettina Krieg’s complex and obsessively detailed pen-and-ink drawings reveal fragments of human existence, countless layers of ideas, images and feelings. This slim but elegant exhibition catalog includes multiple fold-outs and mylar inserts to accurately reproduce the young, Berlin-based artist’s extraordinary “narrative clouds,” as curator Christian Ganzenberg describes them in one of several outstanding texts. He lauds the artist’s “exuberant richness of detail” and the “precise, almost Old Master-like alignment and the unusual saturation of the depths.” Scrap-metal yards, destroyed cars, insects, birds, waterfalls, exploding machines, fish scales, tentacles, cells, cables: Krieg herself can barely describe her inspirations for these works which are at once abstract and figurative.
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9.5 x 12 inches / 54 pp / 40 b/w
ISBN: 978-3-940953-98-8 · Retail Price: $45.00
Hilke Wagner & Axel Wieder (Eds.)
Texts by Steve Rushton, Yvonne Scheja, Axel Wieder; with a foreword by Tom Trevor and Hilke Wagner
In her photographic projects, Susanne Kriemann takes a research-oriented approach: dealing with archival and forgotten documents in particular is a central aspect to her work. The found photo material then frequently serves as a starting point for her own images. Formal or thematic analogies generate multifaceted layers of association, which address the circumstances in which the historical images were produced, their preservation, as well as their link to the present day—and always also examine her own medium of photography.
This publication was created as part of the solo exhibitions “Cold Time” at the Kunstverein Braunschweig and “Modelling (Construction School)” at Arnolfini in Bristol. Even if the exhibitions were organized entirely independently of one another, the joint effort in producing this catalogue made it possible to go beyond simple exhibition documentation and provide a more in-depth view into the work of Kriemann. In a certain sense, this catalogue is connected to the artist’s earlier publication entitled Reading Susanne Kriemann (Sternberg Press, 2011), consisting exclusively of texts. Here, however, the main point of the publication is to let the images speak for themselves.
Design by Sandra Kastl
KUNSTVEREIN BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY
2013 / English & German / softcover
6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 128 pages / 88 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-69-6 · Retail Price: $24.95
Susanne Kriemann & Lívia Páldi (Eds.)
A literal mountain of industrial debris is the subject of Berlin-based photographic artist Susanne Kriemann’s second artist book from Sternberg. Now a nature preserve and site of an eco-hotel, the former limestone mining site is located on the northeastern edge of the Swedish island Gotland. Over the course of this compact but lushly illustrated book, Kriemann’s portraits of the massive pile of cement tailings at different times of day and under different weather conditions kaleidoscope into multiple images that become almost cinematic. The images are followed by insightful and poetic writings by writers Kirsty Bell, Maria Barnas and media theorist Jussi Parikka and conclude with historic photographs of the industrial site. In her expansive projects, Kriemann investigates issues of historiography, archival knowledge and the connections between art, literature and archaeology. As Bell writes, “Waste and ruin, work time and nonwork time, ash and debris, notes, thoughts, experiences. How does material organize itself? From sculpture to mountain; tunnel to camera; sun to furnace; dusk to dust—this project thrives on analogy.”
BATLIC ART CENTER, SWEDEN
October 2016 / Hardcover
7 ¾ x 12 in. / 86 pp / Full b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-236-6 · Retail Price: $24.00
Aesthetic Basic Chronicle, Vol. 1
A work of both art and theory, Aesthetic Basic Chronicle is a visual and conceptual encyclopedia composed of hundreds of object installations, displays, and projects by the Austrian artist/curator/editorial team Krüger & Pardeller. Aligning itself with a socially activated political understanding of aesthetics and organized alphabetically by concepts such as abstraction, accumulation, activation pixel, polarization, position, uncertainty, universal and variable, the book invites a consideration of the political and social motives behind classification. Essays by Sabeth Buchmann, Johan Frederik Hartle, Kathi Hofer, Ilse Lafer, Marin Prinzhorn, Ruth Sonderegger, and George Toepfer thoughtfully examine Kruger & Pardeller’s oeuvre in relation to the role of “situation-specific” art, institutional critique and the space of the book.
January 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
424 pp / 55 b&w and 220 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-028-7 · Retail Price: $48.00
Christiane Meyer-Stoll (Ed.)
American minimalist artist from the 1960s Gary Kuehn is featured in the comprehensive retrospective catalog published to coincide with his retrospective at Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein. Created in close collaboration with the artist, this long overdue survey provides insights covering five decades of sculptural, painterly and graphic work in which he explored the transformative power of physical processes and external forces. Interviews, artist texts and over 200 reproductions with emphasis on the 1960s make this book an indispensable document on the artist who participated in groundbreaking exhibitions, Eccentric Abstraction (1966), and When Attitudes Become Form (1969). Collected by numerous museums such as MoMA NY, The Whitney Museum and The Albertina. Texts by curators Cindy Hinant, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Julian Rose, and republished historic texts by David Gray, Harris Rosenstein, George Segal, Seth Sieglaub and Andreas Vowinckel.
KUNSTMUSEUM LIECHTEN STEIN, GERMANY
January 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 7 x 10 1/2 inches
350 pp / 70 b&w and 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-109-9 · Retail Price: $89.95
An evocative, alienated world of maps, memory and imagination pervades the art of Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca, whose work is in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the TATE Modern, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hirschhorn. Kuitca’s psychologically and politically charged paintings use architecture, floor plans, baggage carousels and topography to create the paradox of a figure-less world in which human beings are constantly present. Some newer paintings adopt as a starting point a heavy, grey-brown form; in contrast, the map paintings seem to emerge from pure colors as aimless, wandering, wispy traces of light or air. This comprehensively illustrated exhibition catalog presents an important new body of work from one of the most original and relevant contemporary artists.
August 2012/ Hardcover/ 8 1/4 x 11 inches/ 176 pp/ 80 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-017-7 · Retail Price: $58.00
Michael C. FitzGerald
During a residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in June 2013, Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca created an immersive wall painting in the dining room of the residential building. This mural represents the first time Kuitca painted an entire space completely surrounding the viewer, and it subsequently triggered a shift in his artistic practice. The resulting new body of work forms the focus of this publication, which offers fascinating insights into matters of domestic space and architecture. This petite book book features a detailed record of Kuitca’s work with 60 color plates and an essay by professor of fine arts at Trinity College, Hartford, Michael C. FitzGerald, who has written extensively on Picasso and published several exhibition catalogs accompanying exhibitions at the Museum Picasso, Barcelona; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.
HAUSER & WIRTH, ZÜRICH/LONDON/NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 ½ x 11 ¾ inches / 96 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-161-7 · Retail Price: $55.00
Home wasn’t Built in a Day
As the title of this exhibition catalog suggests, German artist Friedrich Kunath specializes in the sly, humorous tweaking of commonplace sentiments and ideas, uncovering an entirely new level of meaning beneath. Whether he’s creating drawings, texts, objects, photographs or videos, Kunath deals with themes like longing, loneliness and wanderlust. He combines personal life experiences with highbrow art-historical references into ironic installations that lead the viewer to evocative, metaphorical realizations – and frequently some rueful laughter. Whether it’s photos of a disappointed snowman on a beach vacation or a guy in bed reading a book titled “How to Get Up and Get Dressed,” this artist has much to say about contemporary life. The full-color catalog, shows works and installations from his recent Kunstverein Hannover show.
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 90 pp / 24 b&w and 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-92-4 · Retail Price: $29.95