Birgit Megerle’s figurative and abstract paintings are characterized by an artificial, rigid and stage-like atmosphere. In this softcover exhibition catalog, the female characters featured in her works are posed with a determination to act, and while based in a tradition of representational painting, they are eerily unreal and remote. Despite their contemporary references, the works feel as though they have fallen out of time. The book includes photos of Megerle’s installations, in which the works are hung not only on the wall, but also laid on the floor or presented as mise en scène. Although the works contain figurative elements, comprehensible narratives do not unfold. Three comprehensive essays by Meike Behm, Dirk von Lowtzow and Vanessa Joan Müller round out this important exhibition catalog from the Kunsthalle Lingen.
February 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9.25 x 11 inches / 160 pp / 9 b/w and 54 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-55-9 · Retail Price: $34.95
Book A / MEGACOLON / For & Against Language
An experimental monograph explores Nathaniel Mellors’s linguistic manipulation, absurdist comedy and aspects of video, sculpture, performance and critical writing interwoven in his work. Featuring a selection of his original scripts from 2006 onward that have since been developed into video and installation works, including Ourhouse (2010) and Brain One—Mózg Jeden (2006). Contributions by artist and writer Mick Peter and art critic John C. Welchman.
2010 / Hardcover / 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
280 pp / 14 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-52-6 · Retail Price: $39.95
The delicate, lyrical sculptures of Italian sculptor, installation artist and poet Fausto Melotti (1901–1986) are elegantly presented in an extensively illustrated compact catalog accompanying the 2016 exhibition of this distinguished sculptor’s work at Hauser & Wirth. An important figure in the development of mid-century European modernism, Melotti’s 60-year career encompassed work in a variety of materials, including brass, steel, fabric and ceramics. He was educated in Florence, where he met noted artists such as Lucio Fontana and was part of the Abstraction-Creation movement, founded in Paris in 1931 by van Doesburg to champion non-figurative art. In 1935, Melotti exhibited in the first group show of abstract art. His sculptures are in collections as broad and extensive as the Walker Art Center, MN; MoMA, NY; and the Tate Modern plus many more. In 1986, Melotti’s work was exhibited at the 42nd Venice Biennale and awarded the Golden Lion. Essay by independent curator Douglas Fogle.
HAUSER & WIRTH, ZÜRICH/LONDON/NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 ¾ x 11 inches / 120 pp / 20 b&w and 45 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-160-0 · Retail Price: $42.00
Preis der Kunsthalle Wien 2015
With delicate lyricism, emerging Hungarian artist Karina Mendreczky (b. 1988) creates fictional landscapes using light and shadow, theatrical lighting and graphic forms. Recipient of the 2015 Kunsthalle Wien Prize, Mendreczky created the installation, Thin Dream, at the Kunsthalle Wien. Silhouettes of acrylic trees, whose details were hand-carved with an etching needle, were projected onto the back wall of the gallery to create the impression of actual large-format drawings. Mendreczky draws on the techniques of graphic printing and stage design to remind us that nature cannot be reproduced. The accompanying exhibition catalog features a compact record of the installation including an essay by Bärbel Vischer, interviews with Lucas Gehrmann, and Kunsthalle director, Nicolaus Schafhausen plus a multi-page color insert of informative installation shots and details. An excellent document for a young and talented artist.
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA
February 2017 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 5 ¼ x 7 ½ in. / 48 pp w/ color insert / 10 b&w and 5 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-227-4 · Retail Price: $13.00
June 2007, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 6 x 81/2 inches
32 pp, 34 color reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-889195-56-8 · Retail Price: $16.00
Everything But The Kitchen Sink
Andreas Baur & Konrad Bitterli (Eds.)
The work of French artist Mathieu Mercier, winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2003), moves confidently between art and everyday culture exploring the relationship between contemporary mass-produced objects and early 20th-century art and aesthetics. This compact exhibition catalog features Mercier’s sculptural, photographic and wall-based works blending household and industrial materials with the colorful and highly controlled aesthetics of De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. One series of sculptures, Drum and Brass, re-creates classic Mondrian compositions out of black DIY shelving and primary-colored household objects such as plastic bins, extension cables and stationery folders. By creating a dialogue between utopian art and design icons and contemporary mass-produced objects, Mercier highlights the evolution of the meaning of “modernity,” from a social project to a capital gain. Essays by art historian Andreas Baur, curator Konrad Bitterli and art critic Marie Chènel.
VILLA MERKEL, GERMANY
October 2015 / English, French & German / Exhibition catalog
6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 200 pp / 110 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-120-4 · Retail Price: $42.00
Coffee / Newspaper / Cigarettes
Matthia Löbke (Ed.)
German sculptor, object artist and draftsman Olaf Metzel aims at a direct encounter with the viewer and his social, urban and sociopolitical environment. In this extensively illustrated catalog, Metzel gathers together his latest group of works, Zeitungsarbeiten (Newspaper Works). Huge piles of aluminum plates, folded, bent and crumpled like discarded newspapers, are juxtaposed with soft white newspaper pages, seemingly frozen among the sharp, bulky metal. Viewers stand spellbound before work on the life and death of Amy Winehouse, inasmuch as the sculpture provides a direct and simple illustration of the hopelessness and anger imprinted on her life. Metzel has provoked extreme reactions since he first came to wide notice in 1987, and he continues to walk the line between historically-influenced fine art and pointed social criticism. Included are texts by Peter Richter, Bodo Fründt and Patrick Lambert.
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches
144 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-041-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
Joachim Kaak (Ed.)
Contemporary German sculptor Olaf Metzel (b. 1952) engages the work of the controversial 19th-century artist Hans von Marées (1837–1887) from a contemporary perspective in Olaf Metzel – Hans von Marées. Some consider von Marees a foundational figure in German modernism; others consider him a failed artist. The double exhibition and accompanying catalog present Metzel’s provocative sculptures next to von Marees’s figurative and mythological Roman-style paintings. Installation shots and details of both artists’ works in this compact publication confidently allow political worlds to collide: Metzel’s large aluminum work Lampedusa (2015), built of newspaper articles on the refugee issue, are juxtaposed with the poetic and divine gardens of von Marees’s historical painting. Olaf Metzel brings the oeuvre of his colleague up-to-date while at the same time proving the never-ending excitement of artistic provocation. Contributions by Michael Diers, Joachim Kaak, Konrad Laudenbacher, Bernhard Maaz, Olaf Metzel, Frank Schmidt and Bernhard Schwenk.
NEUE PINAKOTHEK, MUNICH
October 2017 / Exhibition catalog
English & German / Softcover
6 ½ x 8 in. / 192 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-179-2 · Retail Price: $45.00
2008 / English & German / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches / 184 pp / 92 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-87-4 · Retail Price: $69.95
2008 / Hardcover /13 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
76 pp / 31 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-72-0 · Retail Price: $85.00