Dutch visual and film artist Gabriel Lester’s prolific adventures and art practice over the past 15 years are illustrated in this sumptuously illustrated second monograph. Arranged alphabetically, his most prominent installations, interventions, sculptures and films are presented alongside documentation of their construction and installation. The pairing provides insight into the teamwork and organization behind each project and demonstrates the inherent performativity and narrative element underlying all of Lester’s work. Designed by acclaimed graphic designer Irma Boom, with essays by Portikus director Philippe Pirotte, Artforum editor and art historian Lee Ambrozy and historian and critic Vivian Sky Rehberg. Internationally exhibited and collected by PS1, NY, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Stedelijk Museum, among others. Atmospheric and perceptual, many of Lester’s architecturally experimental works involve a discourse on time and space and evolve around the nature of media of our time.
July 2015 / English & Chinese / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 272 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-65-8 · Retail Price: $52.00
Observances / The Book of Soundings
2006 / Exhibition catalog / 2 Volume in slipcase / Softcover / 8 x 11 1/2 inches / 48 pp each / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-00-020662-7 · Retail Price: $59.00
The idea for the performance event documented here began with an English folk song about the 14th-century Peasants’ Revolt. Working with a group of creative mentors and more than 200 teenagers from across working-class east London, Scottish artist Ruth Ewan produced an event at The Savoy Hotel, filmed a documentary and created content for this publication. Responsible for every aspect of the project—including the menu, music, design and transport— the young participants took workshops with artists, historians, Savoy chef Martin Chiffers and poet Michael Rosen. The book includes plans, drawings, photographs and interviews, a commissioned text by Alistair Robinson, and archival images, maps and information on the historic “Precinct of the Savoy,” where wealthy debtors were once immune from arrest.
CREATE LONDON, LONDON
January 2013/ Co-Series No. 3
Exhibition catalog/ Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches/ 136 pp/ Full color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-43-4 · Retail Price: $19.95
2008 / English & German / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches / 144 pp / 14 b&w and 72 color
ISBN: 978-3-9502046-6-7 · Retail Price: $49.95
A Retrospective Exhibition of Performance,
Installation, Sculpture, Painting & Drawing
Since emerging as a young California artist in the late 1960s, John M. White has focused on performance art, installations, and drawing and painting. This exhibition catalog for a major retrospective combines the artist’s creative actions (performances, installations and sculptures) with paintings and drawings related to the performances. In White’s primarily autobiographical work, he mines his personal environment, resulting in intriguing visuals that hint at contained narratives. White has staged hundreds of public performances and his works are included in numerous collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
August 2011 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches / 56 pp / 16 b&w and 55 color
ISBN: 978-0-9833385-0-5 · Retail Price: $25.00
A People on the Cover
In his most recent artist book, Glenn Ligon selected over 50 book covers from 1955 through 1999 to explore movingly rich and complex cultural representations of black race, beauty and body. Developed during a residency at the Walker Art Center in 2000, the project highlights the deliberate use of typography, photography and graphics on book covers by both lesser-known and seminal authors such as James Baldwin, Norman Mailer and Toni Morrison. Grouped thematically under the headings “Beauty,” “Synecdoche,” “The revolution will not be televised,” “Graphic” and “Post-” and with brief and illuminating introductions to each section, Ligon reveals the correspondences between past and present American representations of black culture in typography, photography and graphics. In his introductory essay, “Reading: A Brief History, 1960–78,” the artist gives us insight into one of the cornerstones of his life and work: the act of reading.
July 2015 / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 140 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-06-7 · Retail Price: $25.00
Internationally recognized artist Glenn Ligon explores in a combination artist book and exhibition document the continuing relevance of Steve Reich’s early taped speech work, Come Out (1966), in a series of new monumental screen-printed paintings. Echoing Reich’s repetitive two-channel work sampling the voice of David Hamm, one of the badly beaten Harlem Six wrongly accused of murdering a shopkeeper, Ligon overlays the words “come out to show them” on canvas to form densely layered landscapes of text. Like Reich’s work in which the intelligibility of the words breaks apart with repetition, Ligon’s superimposed texts reflect on the shifting effects of a visual continuum. Featured is an essay by film critic Megan Ratner examining the relationship between the paintings, the phrase and the history of the Harlem Six.
January 2015 / Hardcover
11 1/4 x 12 inches
48 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-99-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
Linder in conversation with Dawn Ades
Linder is best known for her pioneering photomontages that replace the sexualised imagery of soft-focus pornographic centrefolds with commodities of domestic middle-class life. Surprising, humorous, and at times shocking, these precise compositions bring to light the powerful fantasies and repressions that underlie our social expectations of identity.
Spanning almost four decades, this monograph interweaves numerous photomontage series throughout Linder’s career, demonstrating the artist’s manipulation of disparate source material – from brightly saturated male pornographic imagery to softly lit portraits of ballerinas. Accompanying over 250 illustrations, a conversation between the artist and Dawn Ades reconciles her work with the history of photomontage.
2015 / Hardcover
11 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches
270 pp / 255 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-09-8 · Retail Price: $60.00
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
40 pp / 1 b&w and 14 color
ISBN: 87-91409-17-9 · Retail Price: $19.00
Living Contemporary, Wright’s unique auction of art and design in September 2013, features a wide selection of nearly 50 works from the collection of Joseph and Janet Shein, art patrons who have spent a lifetime collecting extraordinary works. Artists represented include Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Jenny Hozler, Roy Lichtenstein and many more. Also exceptional among the Shein collection is a custom dining table by John Vesey. Eclectic and inspiring, the collection of Joseph and Janet Shein highlights the intersection between life, art and design.
2013 / Softcover
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 235 pp / 291 color
ISBN: 978-0-9718405-5-3 · Retail Price: $35.00