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
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