Renowned for his evocative figural imagery, British artist Christopher Le Brun’s new work builds upon his rich cultural literacy, from Virgil and Tennyson to composer William Walton. Following his appearance in several high-profile international exhibitions in the 1980s—including Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius- Bau, Berlin, considered the first “blockbuster” exhibition—Le Brun catapulted to the forefront of European contemporary art, his painterly canvases filling permanent collections from the Tate to MoMA, NY. Still prolific, this volume reproduces Le Brun’s most recent series, filled with vibrant and fully saturated reds and yellows notable for their move to pure abstraction. Alongside full-color illustrations, this volume includes a personal response by artist and writer Edmund de Waal and an introduction by art historian David Anfam that places the work within the tradition of late 20th- and early 21st-century modern painting. Accompanying a solo exhibition at Friedman Benda, New York in late 2014.
Release Date: October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 96 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-92-0 · Retail Price: $32.00
Leipzig-based artist Edgar Leciejewski (b. 1977) spent six months as artist-in- residence with Fogo Island Arts in 2014. The catalog of new work accompanying his exhibition at the Fogo Island Gallery in 2015 includes large-scale collages, photographs of natural elements and precariously balanced sculptures composed of objects found on the island. Taken together, the two bodies of work archive the passing of time and raise questions about how we contemplate nature. Includes essays by art historian Bill Arning and curator Zoë Gray, as well as a conversation between the artist and internationally distinguished curator-writer Nicolaus Schafhausen. Edgar Leciejewski’s experimental, analytic photographic work explores various social and scientific uses of photography. His work investigates such issues as the rhetoric of the photographic series, genre, composition, and the question of how much time can fit within a single photographic frame. Leciejewski’s photographs are repositories of time that allow for a slowing down of the act of seeing.
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, CANADA
July 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 x 8 ¼ inches / 96 pp / 10 b&w and 25 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-206-9 · Retail Price: $27.00
Karen Kelly & Barbara Shcroeder (Eds.)
The bodies of work by artist Zoe Leonard that form this publication’s centerpiece pose fundamental questions about the medium of photography and the nature of sight. In a series of large-scale installations sited in the United States and Europe (most recently at the Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas), the artist has employed the principal of the camera obscura. Projection devices seen as a historical precursor to modern photography, Leonard’s room-size camera obscuras are paired with installations of gelatin silver prints of the sun. This creates an ephemeral image both immersive and continuous, shifting constantly in response to the fleeting light of the outside world. This title explores various methods of documenting these installations and situates the series in Leonard’s ouevre, exhibited at Documentas IX and XII and the Whitney Biennial. Texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Suzanne Hudson, Glenn Ligon and Eileen Myles.
2014 / Hardcover
9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches / 168 pp / 115 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-86-9 · Retail Price: $45.00
Patricio Cabrera, Chema Cobo, Curro Gonzalez, Manuel Ocampo
2001, Exhibition catalog, English and Spanish text
Softcover, 10 x 8 1/2 inches
84 pp, numerous b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 1-889195-47-2 · Retail Price: $20.00
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