A Secret History of Modern Art 1872–1972

Pamela Kort & Max Hollein (Eds.)

What do Vegetarian Apostles, Nature Prophets, and Inflation Saints all have in common? German-speaking, self-styled artist-mystics working from the 1870s through the 1930s, they deeply influenced later artist-visionaries Joseph Beuys, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Egon Schiele, František Kupka, Johannes Baader and Jorg Immendorf, among others. Yet the life and work of these artist-prophets have been largely overlooked by art history until now. A Secret History of Modern Art, an encyclopedic scholarly exhibition catalog from Frankfurt, rectifies this omission. Thoroughly researched and wonderfully illlustrated, this encyclopedic exhibition catalog describes their work and demonstrates its influence on future generations of artists who shared their penchant for mysticism as well as their commitment to effecting significant social, personal and economic change. With full chronology, bibliography and illuminating text in both German and English by curator Pamela Kort.

July 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 512 pp, 470 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-116-7 · Retail Price: $78.00


Pilar Perez

Smart Art Press, Los Angeles
1999, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 x 8 inches
64 pp, 30 b&w and 40 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-41-3 · Retail Price: $15.00


Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
May 2004, English and German text
Softcover, 7 1/2 x 9 inches
136 pp, 40 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9745688-2-1 · Retail Price: $29.95

Danielle Aubert

Marking the Dispossessed

Corinn Gerber (Ed.)

In her third artist book, graphic artist, Danielle Aubert reproduces the underlines, marginalia and bookmarks gathered from the pages of more than one hundred copies of Ursula K. Leguin’s 1974 science fiction novel, The Dispossessed, about a physicist from an anarchist planet where the concept of private ownership does not exist. All original text is removed so that the marks left by past book owners become the content. Marking the Dispossessed is published in conjunction with the polyphonic recording of a “used audio book” made in collaboration with Jason Treuting and Mobius Quartet from the same collection of books. Author of Sixteen Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel and a co-author of Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, Aubert is a member of the graphic design group Clanada, which has presented work at PS1/MoMA, NY; Printed Matter, Motto, Berlin; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

July 2015 / Softcover
6 x 9 1/4 inches / 416 pp / 400 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-16-1 · Retail Price: $25.00


Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder

Quinn Latimer & Adam Szymczyk (Eds.)

At once poetic and critical, cruel and confessional, internationally known French artist Michel Auder’s casually virtuosic videos have for over five decades disrupted traditional perceptual habits of moviegoers and art audiences alike, subverting notions of filmic narrative and process. Employing new video formats as they become available, the New York–based Auder has produced short and feature films, video installations and photography that transgress genres, borrowing from art history, literature, commercial television, and experimental cinema, and was most recently featured at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The richly illustrated monograph/artist book includes “Twenty Film-Poems for M. Auder,” a series of mini-essays on selected videos by Basel-based American poet and critic Quinn Latimer, and an extensive interview with the artist by Kunsthalle Basel director Adam Szymczyk, and a catalogue raisonné of Auder’s video works. The unique design, including a cut-out cover, creates an exciting visual experience while viewing the rich contents.

Kunsthalle Basel, BERLIN
January 2015 / Softcover w/Die-cuts
8 x 11 1/2 inches
368 pp / 1000 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-023-2 · Retail Price: $59.00


Finally Without End

Orit Bulgaru (Ed.)

Concerned with the scraps and remains of the everyday from architectural debris to spools of thread, Israeli artist, Ilit Azoulay’s meticulously composed photographs capture the ambiguity of objects detached from their original purpose. Created during a five-month residency at the KW Institute for Contempory Art, Berlin, the sumptuous monograph features work from her recent series Implicit Manifestations, in which architectural fragments she collected from ten cities were collaged into site-specific installations. Several essays discuss her practice. Sarit Shapira describes the artist’s 2008 series Unknown Aspects; Michal Ben-Naftali offers a psychoanalytic reading of Azoulay’s uncanny images; Shalom Shpilman explores the theme of viewer participation; and show curators Aya Lurie and Gabriele Horn meditate on two concurrent exhibitions of Azoulay’s photographs as events-in-progress—forever unfolding and forestalling conclusion.

January 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches
192 pp / 19 b&w and 128 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-109-3 · Retail Price: $47.00


The Long Gaze, The Short Gaze

In a companion book to the challenging exhibition at Bergen Kunsthalle, viewers experience the latest work of Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam, one of Europe’s central contemporary practitioners of film, video art and installation. This publication brings together a collection of new commissioned texts on the projects in the exhibition: Åsdam’s new films, Abyss and Tripoli (both 2010), and a new installation work based on the artist’s own archive of found photo material. Exploring once again themes of transformation and relocation, borders and boundaries, inside and outside, Asdam confronts issues like the migration of people between land areas, or physical movement and the bodily experience of architecture in urban surroundings.

2011 / Hardcover / 8 x 10.5 inches
160 pp / 175 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-28-3 · Retail Price: $39.95


Patrick Boschung, Daniel Fontana, Adeline Mollard & Katharina Reidy (Eds.)

Another great pop culture document from Patrick Frey! For two and a half years, artists performing at the Bad Bonn, a popular music venue in Fribourg, Switzerland, were asked to put their songs on paper. The result is an eccentric encyclopedic diary created by the artists themselves, documenting the music they played at the fair during those years. The bands represent an array of music styles from metal, anti-folk and country to electronica, indie and hip-hop. The alphabetically organized facsimile reproductions of their handwritten lyrics, scores and doodles opens a window into the psyches of musicians and songwriters. Celebrating Bad Bonn’s 25th anniversary, this oversized, somewhat floppy soft-cover publication rests comfortably in the lap to allow a thorough perusal of a facet of musicians’ creativity not visible on stage or in recordings. Songbook is an unusual publication and source book, with broad appeal not only to the music world but the worlds of art, design and popular culture.

Includes work by: Black Angeles, Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands, Goat, Mogwai, Panda Bear,Sebadoh, Unknow Mortal Orchestra, Wire and many more.

July 2016 / English, French & German / Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in. / 528 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-98-0 · Retail Price: $70.00



If behind every door there lies a story, Dutch artist Pedro Bakker’s (b. 1952) second artist book with Onomatopee—part drawing, part writing—opens many doors. Innocent is a hybrid of autobiography and cultural-political quest in which the artist illustrates the various tensions among love, power and powerlessness. Product of an eight-month residency in China sponsored by the Dutch embassy and the Mondriaan Fund, Bakker’s colorful images narrate a blend of personal and fictional stories. Writings are sometimes paired with images, and sometimes inserted to separate groups of drawings creating chapters. Through his figurative reflections on human relationships, political relations and his own life, the artist interrogates our involvement in questions of guilt and innocence, all the while allowing the line demarcating the two to remain tremulous. In image and word, the book layout captures the diverse voices and rhythms populating Bakker’s vision. Contributions by Pedro Bakker, Hanne Hagenaars, Jelle Bouwhuis, Freek Lomme, Laurens ten Kate and Rollergirl.

July 2016 / English & Chinese / Softcover w/ insert
8 ¼ x 11 in. / 192 pp / 15 b&w and 114 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-53-3 · Retail Price: $35.00

Miroslaw Balka


September 2006, English and German text
Exhibition catalog, Softcover, 9 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches
40 pp, 40 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-936859-40-X · Retail Price: $25.00