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
“Do we actually want the future to be totally unlike the present, or only a little bit different?” Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant’s works raise this question and more. Some of her work invokes a world of small tricks, magic sticks, cloud busters, barking birds and exits as entrances. Other pieces examine the big picture of the future, such as global politics in the year 2020 as presented by the authoritative voice of the New York Times. Kurant meticulously prepared a future-themed issue for the paper with the help of a professional clairvoyant and several journalists. Her big-picture works speak less about the small differences of the near future than the potential for absolute difference – events after which the world might never be the same again. Includes texts by Raimundas Malasauskas, Jean-Charles Massera, Jan Verwoert and an interview by Neville Wakefield with the artist.
2009 / Softcover / 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-57-3 · Retail Price: $28.00
Join the Dots and Make a Point
Based in Mexico City and Brussels, sculptor and installation artist Gabriel Kuri uses simple mass-produced objects and throwaway products from cigarette butts to sand, to explore and criticize political, economic and social conditions. This monograph-exhibition catalog beautifully reproduces each work and, equally important, the precise and deliberate positioning and surprising casualness that always characterize the presentation of his objects in an exhibition. A contributor to numerous international group exhibitions, such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), “Brave New Worlds” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007), and “Unmonumental” at the New Museum, New York (2007), Kuri is an emerging artist who shifts the boundaries between art and the everyday, value and valueless-ness.
2011 / Softcover / 6.5 x 9.5 inches / 64 pp / 25 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-27-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
You are the only one
Sigrid Hermann, Heinz Stahlhut, Eveline Suter & Claudio Vogt
In You are the only one, Swiss artist Sabrina Labis (b. 1990) reflects on values and evaluation systems, using ArtFacts.Net™ as her main point of reference. The platform, which uses an algorithm that rates artists on the basis of their participation in exhibitions, creates a corresponding ranking list. Labis leads us through a virtual art-fair architecture, a kind of empty formula that caricatures the White Cube as an ideal exhibition space. Virtually touring such rooms is reminiscent of treasure hunts in computer games in which one repeatedly encounters dead ends and various messages. Using the digital world of images as a matter of course—while linking its contents with animations, collages, and her own photos—the artist spins a multidimensional work. It asks: Who evaluates whom? And on what criteria? And, amid the antagonism between market and idealism, who wins in the end?
KUNSTMUSEUM LUZERN, SWITZeRLAND
May 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 88 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-199-0 · Retail Price: $25.00
Julie Joyce (Ed.)
This compelling exhibition catalog features fifteen international artists who bring 21st-century urgency to 19th-century principles of virtue through work and craftsmanship: Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Wim Delvoye, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Fischli and Weiss, Tim Hawkinson, Josiah McElheny, Grayson Perry, Mika Rottenberg, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham. The title, adapted from Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life,” accompanies the exhibition, which highlights contemporary culture’s preoccupation with authenticity and the handcrafted. Texts explore the contradictions and connections between the handmade and recent explosion of technological advancements. Excellent essays by Glenn Adamson, V&A Museum; Britt Salvesen, LACMA; fiction writer William Gibson and exhibition curator Julie Joyce.
July 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 x 10 3/4 inches / 160 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-0-89951-115-3 · Retail Price: $45.00