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
Live Recorded Delay
An Archive of “Il Tempo Del Postino”
Co-organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno as a group exhibition that would occupy time rather than space, “Il Tempo del Postino” usurped the durational dimension of theater by presenting time-based art on the stage of the Manchester Opera House (July 12 – 14, 2007). The book Live Recorded Delay constitutes the only documentation of this legendary project. Entirely conceived by the graphic design team M/M (Paris), it is both a personal archive and an open-ended score for future restagings of the event.
Featuring some 140 photographs of the rehearsals, eleven drawn portraits of the participating artists as well as contributions by Nancy Spector, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Philippe Parreno, the book traces the making of the show and renders a distinctive portrait of a heterogenous but loosely affiliated group. Among the artists featured are Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, Tacita Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Olafur Eliasson, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong-A, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Live Recorded Delay comes in a luxurious, limited-edition box and is a part of M/M’s installation at theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim New York, October 24, 2008 – January 7, 2009.
Very imited copies available for North America.
2009 / Hardcover Limited Edition Box
9 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches / 160 pages / 78 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-52-8 · Retail Price: $120.00
Mathias Augustyniak—partner in the trendsetting design firm M/M (Paris)—was invited to Iceland by musician Björk to participate in the traditional making of slatúr (sausages made out of lamb meat). From this journey, Augustyiniak collected and edited intriguing pictures and stories to create this second volume in the agency’s noted book series. The photographic report follows two parallel stories: the celebration around this ancient cooking tradition and the visit to a folk museum of Icelandic artifacts. The text weaves the present-day story with the kind of tales that have long been told at the end of supper, as Icelandic authors and poets Ófeigur Sigurðsson and Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir narrate the lives and deeds of famous and infamous local heroes. The publication altogether opens a window on an Iceland that few people know of.
August 2012/ Vol.2/ Numbered edition of 500/ Hardcover/ 9 x 13 1/2 inches/ 64pp/ 105 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-2-918392-03-3 · Retail Price: $59.95
Twenty-Six Loaded Cowboys Featuring 26 Drawings by Mathias Augustyniak
Launching a new, wide-ranging series of limited-edition artist’s books by the dynamic creative duo M/M (Paris), The Alphadicks: Twenty-Six Loaded Cowboys brings together an original series of drawings by Mathias Augustyniak (one of the Ms in M/M) in a numbered edition of 1000 copies. The black-and-white drawings portray 26 elegant young men with giant phalluses protruding from their backs, breaking out of their hats or draped delicately around their shoulders like a stole. The drawings are freely inspired by Willy Vanderperre’s photographs made for Arena Homme+ in 2008, when the magazine was under the creative direction of M/M (Paris). A series of ornamented numbers, sketched especially for the book, introduces the illustrations. This is the first volume in a series of collectors’ books by M/M (Paris).
August 2011 / Vol.1 / Numbered edition of 1000
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches / 64 pp / 26 b&w
ISBN: 978-2-918392-00-2 · Retail Price: $65.00
Light – Space – Colour
In honor of the 80th birthday of minimalist master Heinz Mack, this indispensible exhibition catalog documents the artist’s most comprehensive retrospective ever. Mack is a co-founder of Germany’s seminal ZERO Movement, one of minimalism’s cutting-edge groups, which began in the 1960s. Mack’s sculptural works, paintings and magical light art, found in major collections worldwide such as MoMA NY, have had a profound influence on contemporary art for half a century.
Mack’s work is grouped into chapters by type, including Installations, Wings, Rotors, Light Objects, Cubes/Prisms, Sculpture and Painting. An unusual feature adds 24 selected writings on Mack by critics, art historians and other artists. Going back more than 50 years, these fascinating texts are paired with photos of the works they discuss, showing how the works were received at the time they were made. The overall impression reinforces Mack’s tremendous importance to the art world throughout his career.
A conversation between Mack and Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum creates a bridge of understanding between today’s observers and this wise elder, who is still a vital producer and observer of art. “Light has an existential significance for me – whereby I naturally think about shadow as well in a strictly dualistic and dialectical way,” Mack says. “To paraphrase Leonardo: light is waning darkness and darkness is waning light.”
The book includes a complete biography, list of solo and group exhibitions, and bibliography.
August 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 x 121/ 8 inches / 232 pp / 30 b&w and 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-72-8 · Retail Price: $95.00
On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records
Pivoting off The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), LA art writer Jan Tumlir’s latest book is a meditation of the ecstatic kind—think whirling dervish—on this concept album as the birth of art-rock. Citing sources as varied as Theodore Adorno, Thomas Edison, Walter Benjamin, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Charles Manson and Marshall McLuhan, Tumlir charts a first-person present-tense path of historical analysis and speculative association on the openly commer- cial self-reflexive art object. Conflating methodologies from each field, Tumlir describes the concept album as a point of convergence between the previously distinct worlds of rock and art. This compact volume bursts with a dense bold text interleaved with color and black-and-white illustrations, equally varied, that further blend these worlds. As an erstwhile DJ and inveterate collector of cultural artifacts, Tumlir’s imperative in all forms of production is to select, sequence and mix.
February 2016 / Softcover / 4 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches
232 pp / 28 b&w and 7 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-43-4 · Retail Price: $19.95
December 2002, English and German text
Softcover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
200 pp, 29 b&w and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9711193-8-4 · Retail Price: $24.95
Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days
Kari Cwynar (Ed.)
In 2008, when gallerist Jessica Silverman asked Paris-based writer/curator Raimundas Malasauskas to curate a show at her San Francisco gallery, she did not expect him to propose an exhibition that takes place in the mind of the audience through hypnosis. When Malasauskas found Marcos Lutyens, an artist deeply immersed in neurosci- ence, eco-dreams and artificial intelligence, he found his accomplice. Together they produced The Hypnotic Show, which in 2012 with Lutyens as hypnotist, arrived in Kassel for dOCUMENTA (13) for a 100-day performance that included 340 hypnotic sessions with his audience. In this fascinating and playful book, Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days, Malasauskas introduces and Lutyens chronicles the event, assembling all kinds of improbable experiences: research of cognition and neurological activity, deep exploration of varying states of consciousness and, at the center, the possibility for contingency and embodied dematerialization within the current thinking of art.
KUNSTVEREIN TORONTO, CANADA
CAC VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
February 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 172 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-184-0 · Retail Price: $24.00