Pursuit of an Ideal
An holistic amalgam of spirituality and physical health, the School of Radiant Living was founded in New Zealand by the English psychologist Herbert Sutcliffe and flourished in that country from the 1930s through the 1980s. New Zealand artist Louise Menzies has investigated this optimistic, mid-century movement through several installations, a film, and now this rich artist’s book. Bringing together a wealth of ephemera on the School of Radiant Living, she imaginatively re-configures her materials to draw out broader tensions between the individual and the collective, the practical and the ideal, the nostalgic and the utopian visions. Including a poster insert and pamphlet, this perceptive publication re-introduces us to an idealistic past.
August 2012/ Softcover/ 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches/ 76 pp/ 69 b&w and 8 color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-3-2 · Retail Price: $35.00
Stephanie Weber (Ed.)
In 1968, the Paris-based Argentinian conceptual artist Lea Lublin exhibited herself with her eight-month-old son in a Paris gallery (Yvon Lambert) for three weeks in what was considered a scandalous exhibition. The title, The Striptease of Jesus as a Child, was a conversation with the public on the subliminal eroticism in Christian paintings. Relatively unknown to an international audience until now, Lublin was part of a generation of feminist artists such as Judy Chicago and Hannah Wilke fiercely committed to overcoming the boundaries separating art and life. This profusely illustrated and comprehensive catalog of her sensual, challenging and didactic work spans three decades of photographs, drawings, wall installations and videos, and includes documentation of a reconstruction of one of her most ambitious works, Fluvio Subtunal (1969), as well as off-site public interventions. Featuring contributions by Monika Bayer-Wermuth, Thibault Boulvain, Catherine Francblin, Isabel Plante, Teresa Riccardi and Stephanie Weber, plus translations of Lea Lublin’s writings and a key text on Lublin by Pierre Restan from 1969.
October 2015 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 368 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-128-0 · Retail Price: $55.00
Albanian Trilogy: A Series of Devious Stratagems
Marco Scotini (Ed.)
Albanian playwright and film artist Armando Lulaj’s (b. 1980) project for the 56th Venice Biennale Albanian Pavilion is a time capsule of the country’s past treading the line between fact and fiction. Combining evocation and documentation, Lulaj conveys the historical-political phase during which Albania built its inter- national identity with archival materials, three videos and an enormous whale’s skeleton—both protagonist and silent witness—representing the Hobbesian principle of sovereignty. Complementing the exhibition, the compact hardcover catalog-reader includes essays by curator Marco Scotini, historian Elidor Mehilli, NYU critic and philosopher Boris Groys and theorist Jonida Gashi. Film stills and original and archival photographs ruminate on communism’s mechanisms of power and socializing myths through the lens of Albania’s geopolitical situation. A conversation between Hou Hanru and Lulaj, along with Edi Muki’s reading of the trilogy, focuses on the cross-disciplinary methods of historical reconstruction located between the role of artist and social archaeologist.
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 5 ¾ x 8 ½ inches / 308 pp / 150 b&w and 101 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-146-8 · Retail Price: $30.00
I was the Cleaning Lady at the Bauhaus
2008 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches / 128 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-70-6 · Retail Price: $45.00
Will You Make Me Laugh or Cry?
2009 / Softcover / 5 x 6 1/2 inches
128 pp / 50 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934500-24-8 · Retail Price: $22.00
At last, a comprehensive catalog – almost a catalogue raisonné – of the work of painter Markus Lüpertz, a treasure of the German art world for almost 50 years. Considered a peer of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Georg Baselitz, Lupertz has never believed in the purely representational purpose of art; instead, in his own words, he has always been “searching for the potential picture,” and thus never felt bound by any one style. An inspiration for younger artists such as Peter Doig, Tal R and Thomas Houseago, Lupertz has freely created works from a vast fund of artistic and historic-cultural material, devising coded paintings that bear his emphatic signature. This catalog, accompanying an important retrospective, stretches back to works fro the 1960s and includes an extensive section of photographic documentation.
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 376 pp / 70 b/w and 240 color
ISBN: 978-3-9400953-22-3 · Retail Price: $120.00
Architecture Dithyrambic: Drawings and Paintings 1964–1977
Matthia Löbke (Ed.)
What critics sometimes label as “anti-modern” behavior by visionary artist Markus Lüpertz was in fact a revelation for art in postwar Europe. Lüpertz’s attitude comes from a deep confrontation with historical utopian architecture— specifically that of Bruno Taut and his “Alpine Architecture”—a prevalent topic among artists in the years following World War I. This slim volume is focused on a pivotal period in the artist’s career from 1964 to 1977, beginning with colorful architectural drawings focused on the theme of the house, which he interprets as living space, studio and family home, extended through the decade to his fanciful imagined territory, “Lüpiland.” During this time, Lüpertz’s works were included in the first Berlin Biennale (1974) as well as Documenta VI. Art historian and curator Siegfried Gohr contributes an excellent essay for the catalog.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 x 9 1/2 inches / 88 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-069-6 · Retail Price: $39.95
Ponies & Psychos
Ensnarled in Lutes’ semi-abstractions is a cast of unlikely witnesses to the violent histories of the Pacific Northwest. Citizens, horses, landscapes and the artist himself are depicted as though risen from an untold and painful American narrative, one that is stained by the ongoing betrayal of Native American populations in the 19th-century. Published alongside the first New York solo exhibition by Jim Lutes in over 20 years, this catalog is co-published by Chicago’s Valerie Carberry Gallery.
2014 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover /
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches / 34 pp / 3 b&w and 10 color
ISBN: 978-0-9718405-9-1 · Retail Price: $25.00
THE ART WORLD
For every FIAC (Paris International Contemporary Art Fair) since 2005, M/M Paris, the hyper-influential, music and fashion focused design firm, has assembled a collection of photos to be used as promotional material. This newest collection has an arousing vagueness: each of these photos shows a place—sometimes empty, sometimes inhabited; urban or perhaps bucolic; identifiable or ambiguous— yet in each one, it is clear that art is somehow being made. Like much of M/M’s design work, each photo projects a deceptively simple message, less by its content than by the site where it appears, and its implied recipients. The book becomes a sort of geographical manual defining the movements of art works, bringing them to a specific territory, to its peripheries. With a foreword in French and English by curator/critic Eric Troncy.
January 2013/ Volume 4
Numbered ed. of 1,500/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 9 x 13 1/2 inches/ 128 pp/ 104 color
ISBN: 978-2-918392-05-7 · Retail Price: $65.00
Come to Me First!
From the art duo Marc Weis and Martin de Mattia, an exhibition catalog and first comprehensive overview of their oeuvre, including photographic, film and installation work. And as in their previous volume, Pie Bible, the work relates to the intimate promises, synchronous levels of meaning and different identities standing for current trends in our society. The duo’s work is deeply influenced by childhood television programs, such as Bonanza or Get Smart, then later by other films which became embedded in the collective consciousness. This complicated book, with extensive color reproductions and odd-sized bound pages, includes a long interview with the artists, discussing their approach to narrative and “the morality of pictures.” A fascinating presentation of Weis and de Mattia’s works, which often produce discomfort, and always provoke new ideas.
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 8 x 10.5 inches / 184 pp / 180 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-75-9 · Retail Price: $49.95