Selected Publications & Print Ephemera from the LACE Archives 1978 – 2008
From its founding in 1978, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions – was a pivotal, artist-run organization committed to presenting the work of Southern California artists and highlighting bleeding-edge work. Both a treasure-trove and a grab-bag, this book reproduces a wealth of archival material from LACE’s first three decades. Flyers, postcards, memoirs, catalogs, posters, invitations: the editors have chosen an engrossing selection, including well-known names like Lita Albuquerque, Paul McCarthy, Red Grooms and Mike Kelley, and lesser-known but equally worthy artists. As Liz Kotz writes in her introduction, for a new generation of art historians, movements like Minimalism, Happenings and Conceptual Art are just names; the archive allows them to experience the history first-hand. And if you were around at the time, this book is as deeply satisfying as going through that box of stuff you have kept since college days.
2011 / Hardcover / 8.75 x 11.5 inches / 108 pp / 179 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-937335-21-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
Everything Must Go!
British artist Michael Landy has made a career out of “getting and spending,” whether he’s building something designed to self-destruct, or creating a “closing down sale” in an art gallery. This first major monograph of Landy’s 20-year career compiles extensive photos of exhibits, a scrapbook of press clippings, and reproductions of works on paper. Among other works, this survey discusses his infamous Break Down, where Landy destroyed all 7,227 of his (lovingly cataloged) possessions, and Semi-Detached, a full-scale model of his boyhood home. With over 800 color images, including an interview with the artist and essays by Richard Flood, Rochelle Steiner and Richard Stone. An artist with a refreshing, humorous – and profound – take on modern consumer culture.
2009 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches
432 pp / 800 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-18-0 · Retail Price: $75.00
2008 / Exhibition Catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 46 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-07-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
Break Down Inventory
2001 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 512 pp w/ Chinese fold
ISBN: 978-0-9541710-1-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art
Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr
Class inevitably raises awkward questions for the protagonists of contemporary art – about their backgrounds, patrons and ideological proclivities. Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates this latent yet easily overlooked issue, which has been historically eclipsed by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. This book creates a conversation on a sensitive subject, bringing together essays by art-world types including artists, curators and critics. On one hand, the ideas here raise the question of whether a given socio-economic background still helps define an artistic career – and to which point this career might reflect or consolidate the hierarchies in question. On the other hand, the project asks whether the traditional ways of analyzing class structure are actually helpful in an examination of who makes art today.
2010 / Softcover / 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches / 180 pp / 15 b&w and 95 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-88-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
11. Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach
Much modern art is monumental, but the Kleinplastik Fellback Triennial is all about all things small, as this intriguing exhibition catalog proves. This is the eleventh version of the acclaimed show, which is celebrating its 30th year – it began in 1980. The catalog underlines the Triennial’s reputation for cutting-edge, risky art with an unusual international roster of 60 artists living and dead, including Charles & Ray Eames, Javier Téllez, Thomas Schütte, Marcel Dzama, Chen Zhen and Chu Yun. With sculptures, installations, video, film and puppetry, ranging from peep shows to walk-in rooms, the diverse forms in Larger than Life – Stranger than Fiction explore sexy, strange and sinister dimensions, all tiny – yet, in meaning, very, very large.
September 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches / 352 pp / 300 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-53-7 · Retail Price: $49.95
1996 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
84 pp / 15 b&w and 28 color
ISBN: 0-88865-316-6 · Retail Price: $25.00
Time Runs Out 06.18.2009–12.17.2011
Steven Hull & Amy Thoner (Eds.)
Important artist-run project space La Cienegas Projects was part of LA’s thriving art scene between 2009 and 2011, hosting large-scale, collaborative, project- based artworks by over 60 local and international artists including Koi Tanaka, James Benning, Jim Shaw and Tami Demarre. The brief but rich history of this alternative space is thoroughly documented in this 416-page volume designed by Jennifer Rider in conjunction with its founders and curators, artist Steven Hull and architect Amy Thoner. Extensive documentation of the gallery’s 61 exhibitions along with original press releases is introduced by Los Angeles–based writer Susan Morgan and followed by artist Charles Gaines’s essay critically examining the history of alternative spaces and LCP’s place within that history. In three short years, LCP’s cutting-edge exhibitions by new and established local and international contemporary artists quickly made it the go-to place to see what was new and fresh in LA art.
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7 x 9 inches / 415 pp / Extensive color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $29.95
Public Relations / Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Kristina Scepanski (Ed.)
New York artist Liz Magic Laser’s performances and videos intervene in semipublic spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters, and newsrooms. Published on the occasion of her eponymous museum exhibition in Münster, this informative catalog focuses on her latest works examining the techniques of news production and the studied gestures of politicians. By using television news as theatrical dialogue, Laser confronts us with the mechanisms at play in the presentation and reception of current events. Benedikt Reichenbach’s unique design offers varied entry points to Laser’s practice, including video scripts written in collaboration with N ew York novelist Sofia Pontén. Contributions by curator Kristina Scepanski, art historian Jordan Troeller and art historian/writer Tom Williams.
WESTFÄLISCHER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 1/2 x 11 inches
144 pp / Full b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-069-0 · Retail Price: $27.00
Body Awareness Painting
2006, English & German text
Exhibition catalog, Hardcover, 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches
132 pp, 25 b&w and 85 color reproductions
ISBN: 3-936859-37-X · Retail Price: $66.00