A Man, A Village, A Museum
Incorporating texts from his diary, photographs and drawings, Chinese artist Li Mu (b. 1974) tells the story of the naissance, development and completion of a unique art project he embarked on in 2012. Inspired by a brief residency at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Li Mu re-created Western modern- ist artworks by artists Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Richard Long, Andy Warhol, Daniel Buren, Carl Andre, and Ulay and Marina Abramovic in carefully chosen locations in his hometown, Qiuzhuang—a small village 800 kilometers south of Beijing. For more than a year, he engaged the villagers in discussions about the artworks. Organized by season, Li Mu’s narrative conveys the thoughtful character and inquiring attitude that initiated and guided the process from beginning to end. Together with a foreword by Abbemuseum director Charles Esche, interviews with the artist, reviews, photographs and Li Mu’s watercolor-and-ink drawings— this journey makes a great read!
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 ¾ x 7 ½ inches / 288 pp / 7 b&w and 70 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-46-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
ORIGINALE: Einladungskarten 2005–2013
Swiss-based German artist Thomas Müllenbach’s (b. 1949) series Semi-originals (2005–13) is the point of departure for this substantial monograph on the artist’s interpretation of the countless invitations to exhibitions and art events he found in his mailbox every day—documentary evidence, as it were, of the day-to-day art scene. Transposing this ephemera into watercolor pictures of his own—from Dürer to van Gogh, Giacometti to Dieter Roth, figurative treatments to abstract color composi- tions—Müllenbach’s watercolors play on their familiarity. Neither forgeries nor copies, Müllenbach’s “handmade appropriations” subvert the collective understanding of the sense, purpose and value of the visible and question our understanding of the familiar. Lush and well presented, the simple watercolors are accompanied by each original artist’s name discreetly noted on the opposite page. This publication coin- cides with the upcoming major survey of Müllenbach’s work at the Kunsthalle Zürich.
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 inches / 368 pp / 178 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-90-4 · Retail Price: $55.00
Catalogue Raisonné 1987–2015
Pedro Corrêa Do Lago (Ed.)
Brazilian-born artist Vic Muniz (b. 1961), best known for re-creating imagery from art history and pop culture using unexpected and everyday materials—chocolate syrup, disused computer parts and diamonds, to name just a few—preserves his socially and politically layered “drawings” in large-scale color photographs. Featured in some of the most important collections in the world, from MoMA to the Metropolitan Museum and Tate Gallery, Munitz’s audacious work and way of thinking to date is presented chronologically in this vividly designed boxed two-volume catalogue raisonn.. Comprised of over 1,400 images, an introduction by independent curator Ligia Canongia and interview with Muniz by artist Lisa Duarte and each body of work is accompanied by an informative essay by the artist on his inspirations and methods. In an era when great art has become more familiar to us through photographs than by seeing the work itself, Muniz has created another context to define the familiar, his use of materials offering compelling political and social critique.
Available / English & Portuguese
Hardcover / 2 volumes in slipcase
11 x 13 in. / 902 pp / 1900 color
ISBN: 978-85-89063-57-9 · Retail Price: $250.00
Licht / Light
Peter Lodermeyer (Ed.)
This luminous monograph is the first retrospective on Dutch minimalist light artist Jan van Munster, whose works recall the best of Dan Flavin’s. Though he has shown widely throughout Europe and Japan, he has remained little-known to American audiences. This extraordinarily beautiful book follows van Munster’s work from his early discovery of American minimalism, specifically the California Light-Space Movement in 1969. The development of his work, frequently constructed in neon, began with pieces in galleries and museums and has blossomed through its engagement with the streets and public spaces of cities, where he has erected large-scale pillars of light and brightly glowing installations.
August 2012/Hardcover/ 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches/ 172 pp/ 34 B&W and 86 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-25-0 · Retail Price: $75.00
Thomas Thiel (Ed.)
An artwork in itself, the catalog Museum off Museum accompanies a two-part exhibition held over five months at Bielefelder Kunstverein in which seven artists explore the “museum as a space of reflection.” The exhibition, curated by Thomas Thiel, comprised multiple artistic and scientific approaches to museum-based narrative including installations, talks and a blog. The book beautifully documents each of the exhibition phases and clearly presents the many contributions to this substantial project. Its episodic organization suggests its encyclopedic nature. Designed in large-format hardcover with full-color broadsheet-scaled pages printed on newsprint, many of the sections are accompanied by extensive footnotes. The work of artists Ozlem Altin, Kader Attia, Isabel Cornaro, Simon Fujiwara, Camille Henriot, Jeremy Deller & Bruce Lacey, Slavs and Tatars among many other contributors comprise more than 30 artistic and scientific statements in the form of essays, interviews, visual statements and exhibition documents.
BIELEFELDER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 10 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
192 pp / 232 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-072-0 · Retail Price: $38.00
2008 / Softcover / 73/4 x 11 inches
80 pp / 77 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-89-1 · Retail Price: $32.00
Downscaled and Overthrown
The works of inventive young Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat pose questions about part of the museum experience that’s rarely considered – the display itself. Whether he’s using photography to focus on the plinth supporting an Renaissance sculpture (and chopping off the sculpture itself at ankle or knee), or incongruously pairing a stuntman-gymnast with Baroque frescoes in the Louvre, Nashat has plenty to say about painterly virtuosity, artistic patronage and the artificiality of art exhibitions. “The pedestal base plates … in which elegant and erotic rods of brass have been embedded themselves represent the object of desire,” writes curator Kathleen Rahn. This artist’s book based on Nashat’s first German solo exhibition includes video installations, sculpture, etchings and photographs.
KUNSTVEREIN NÜRNBERG ALBRECHT DÜRER GESELLSCHAFT, GERMANY
KUNST HALLE SANKT GALLEN, SWITZERLAND
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
6.75 x 9.5 inches / 160 pp / 28 b&w and 93 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-26-9 · Retail Price: $32.00
The subject of this book is a prop—a dodecahedron, symbol of cosmic matter— painted the color green of cinematic trickery and special effects. It edged itself into Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat’s (b. 1975) work in 2011, first appearing in Factor Green, an installation at the Venice Biennale. A year later, the prop became known as La Shape, garnering critical acclaim for its sardonic personification of an unscrupulous impresario in two videos by Nashat. In Obituary, Nashat and LA-based curator-writer Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer reflect upon its brief but meaningful life after its mysterious death this year at the height of its career. Accompanied by archival images and a series of portraits by Nashat, Obituary is a gripping read on this mysterious icon and the roles it played. Exhibited and collected internationally, Nashat’s work involves his interest in art collections, art libraries, reproduction of works of art, appropriation and display issues and apparatus.
May 2016 / Hardcover
5 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 128 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-099-7 · Retail Price: $27.00
John-Paul Stonard & Pamela Kort
This book offers the first English-language overview of German abstract painter Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s life and work. John-Paul Stonard’s extensive survey details development of Nay’s art and his relationship to the culture and politics of his time, from the Weimar Republic through the Third Reich to the postwar partition of Germany. Pamela Kort introduces Nay’s rise to fame in Germany, followed by a comprehensive overview of Nay’s reception outside of Germany, specifically in America and Britain. The two texts are accompanied by full-color illustrations of Nay’s paintings and archival imagery of the artist’s life. Texts by John-Paul Stonard, Pamela Kort and Sir Norman Rosenthal
April 2013/ English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/
10 x 11 1/2 inches/ 192 pp/ 140 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-54-8 · Retail Price: $35.00
Lost Between the Extensivity / Intensivity Exchange
To visualize a brainstorm through diagrams is a proven strategy to generate innovative thinking. According to Giles Deleuze, “The diagram is indeed a chaos, a catastrophe but it is also a germ of order or rhythm.” Warren Neidich is a Berlinand Los Angeles–based post-conceptual artist who explores the interfaces between cultural production and brain research. In this project, Neidich attempts to give rise to the physical form of the “brainstorm” using performative wall drawing. This catalog includes documentation of that project as well as essays by Lia Gagintano and Sven-Olaf Wallenstein.
2009 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 2/3 x 13 inches / 128 pp / 6 b&w and 65 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-26-7 · Retail Price: $59.95