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
Tantra, Jain & Ritual Art from India
Angela Koo (Ed.)
Tantra—a term known in the West for its associations with sex, magic and esoteric mysticism—has had an impact on religions and philosophies including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Vajrayana, Bönpo and Ayurveda. The philosophy of Tantra claims that reality (prakriti) is pure consciousness, pure being, pure bliss. It’s a reality that is, however, veiled by illusion (maya). Through purification, elevation and reaffirmation of identity, Tantra aims to help us return to an unadulterated state of being. This beautifully illustrated catalog accompanies an exquisite exhibition of 90 tantric and Jain objects, paintings, manuscripts and drawings. The book contains two specially-commissioned articles by Madhu Khanna and Alexander Gorlizki, and a contribution by William Dalrymple. It was co-published by Joost van den Bergh Ltd. and Ridinghouse on the occasion of the 2016 exhibition Magic Markings in London. Magic Markings is an engaging step outside the contemporary world.
JOOST VAN DEN BERGH LTD., LONDON
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 in. / 88 pp / 95 color
ISBN: 978-1909932-33-3 · Retail Price: $29.95
Who We Are – A Visual Library
Herbert Maier (b. 1959) has been working on this “encyclopedia,” which contains over 500 watercolors, since 2009. Originally from Germany, Meier—who studied with Emilio Vedova in Salzburg—has traveled to such places as Pakistan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, Israel, Iran, and the tribal areas of West Africa. The images with which he brings back from across the globe are those that people have created of themselves and of others: faces, portraits, heads, and masks showing human culture in all its facets—from its beauty to its abysmal dimensions. Maier’s visual library is closely linked with these encounters with other people (and their artistic and cultural testimonies). This fascinating project, with texts by Isabell Herda and Volker Bauermeister, represents a successful attempt at global thinking: it bears witness to the availability of images as well as Maier’s passion for travel and collections.
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Flexicover / 8 ½ x 11 ½ in. / 572 pp / 506 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-190-7 · Retail Price: $75.00
Apple, An Introduction (Over and Over and Once Again)
Developed by German artist Antje Majewski (b. 1968) and Polish conceptual artist Pawel Freisler (b. 1942) over the course of their five-year correspondence, Apple is an artistic, scientific, cultural and historical project. The well-illustrated catalog, published in conjunction with exhibitions at Museum Abteiberg and Muzeum Sztuki (2015), ties together collaborative, associative projects, films, sculptures, installations, conversations and a community tree planting by Majewski, Freisler and other international artists including Jimmie Durham, Agnieszka Polska and Piotr Zycienski. The remarkable range of Freisler’s collection of carved, dried apples and Majewski’s paintings of different apple varieties highlight the idea of diversity and the complex relationship between global food economy and technological progress in science and a capitalist world economy. Contributions by Jimmie Durham, Anders Ettinger, Paweł Freisler, Fundacja Transformacja, Katherine Gibson, Antje Majewski, Ethan Miller, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Sokołowska, Susanne Titz and Piotr Życieński.
MUSEUM ABTEIBERG, GERMANY
MUZEUM SZTUKI, POLAND
January 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 12 in. / 264 pp / 116 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-190-1 · Retail Price: $37.00
From Bauhaus jewelry and West African textiles to contemporary portraiture and sculpture, this unique exhibition and accompanying full color catalog curated by celebrated fashion designer/curator Duro Olowu (b. 1965) explores the rituals of making that underpin an artist’s work. Olowu selected material by over 70 artists, including rarely seen works by Anni Albers, Alighiero Boetti, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili and Irving Penn as well as newer paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye from the 1920s to the present. By setting up unexpected dialogues between historic and contemporary artists working in a myriad of media—textile, painting, sculpture, photography and collage—Olowu reveals a shared preoccupation with themes of gender, race, beauty, sexuality and the body. The volume includes an in-depth conversation between Olowu and Glenn Ligon, and texts by Jennifer Higgie and Shanay Jhaveri, which together highlight the intricate layers of history and place that influence the making of art.
CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE, UK
October 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ¼ in. / 112 pp / 91 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-27-2 · Retail Price: $32.00
Limits to Growth
Aileen Burns, Charlotte Day, Krist Gruijthuijsen & Johan Lundh (Eds.)
Limits to Growth is the first survey catalog of the engaging and poignant work of Australian multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Mangan (b. 1979). Drawing from his background in history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impact of colonialism, humanity’s effect on nature, contemporary consumption cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The well-edited and richly illustrated book accompanies a three-venue international museum exhibition bringing together four significant works from the past seven years, plus one new commission. The videos and installations tackle narratives from Mangan’s own geographical region—Asia Pacific, with Australia playing a colonial role—and weave them into a bigger picture to explore global economy, resource extraction, and the ultimate power of the sun. In-depth conversations between the artist and the Barcelona-based curatorial collective Latitudes and essays by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes are interspersed with Mangan’s work. Mangan has part of the 2015 Triennial, New Museum, NY.
INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART, BRISBANE
KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BERLIN
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover w/ poster & postcard
6 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 246 pp / 40 b&w and 102 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-252-6 · Retail Price: $34.00
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
Before the Curtain. Avant le Rideau
mark’s works are often an investigation of seemingly commonplace situations. “… tools, a form of communication concentrated upon the moment. The impulse for this is an idea, the idea of comprehending the ‘world’ and its rules in order to question them. The questioning of inherent rules, the shifting of the frame of reference, and the continuation of discussion are the methods of our artistic practice and expression of our attitude. We are undoubtedly involved in the economics of the art market, irrespective of whether we profit from them or not. We are subject to a kind of absorption out of which we develop a practice which can in turn absorb those conditions: as a specific framework, a system of rules and parameters with which we and the people we collaborate with can deal. […] Sometimes we forget that others are less familiar with critical conceptual art than we are. As a result, we operate from a general understanding and within a broad acceptance instead of from the periphery. It is important for us to proceed from a specific context. Concentrated upon the situation, we develop our work which does not gear itself to a professional future – this certainly represents one of the notable advantages of working within a collective.” In 2009 mark had a photo taken at the Regent Photo Studio on the Avenue du Parc in Montréal and recorded the photographer’s instructions. They subsequently developed the text from this as part of an installation at WE LEFT THE WARM STABLE AND ENTERED THE LATEX VOID (WLTWSAETLV). The text also constitutes the material of this book. mark is a collective of five artists who live in Berlin, Bremen, and Vienna respectively. mark’s artistic practice draws upon professions in the fields of architecture, fine art, design, and the social services. Individual members have run spaces in Bremen in which installations, performances, and talks by other artists have been staged.
December 2011 / Numbered edition of 500
Softcover / 5 1/8 x 7 inches / 48 pp / 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-14-7 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Luxembourg Pavillion Biennale 2015
Paul Ardenne (Ed.)
Dance, performance, film, karaoke and readings fuse politics and pop in Paradiso Lussemburgo, artist, author and musician Filip Markiewicz’s (b. 1980) installation at the Luxembourg Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale. Markiewicz’s subject is the projected and historical realities of Luxembourg itself. In both installation and reader, Markiewicz creates a journey through layers of the country’s projected labels (such as tax haven) and waves of immigration that speak to its blended sense of European nationality in search of its identity. The reader continues, in the words of the artist, a “new contemporary mythology of Luxembourg,” with the bilingual layering of drawings, text and analysis, exhibition views, an interview and a film script. Paradiso Lussemburgo, a project proposed by Markiewicz and curator Paul Ardenne, creates an active theater in Venice, which the reader continues, inviting further participation. Writings by Paul Ardenne, Josée Hansen and Ingo Niermann.
October 2015 / English & French
Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 41 b&w and 61 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-133-8 · Retail Price: $28.00