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THOMAS MÜLLENBACH

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.

EDITION PATRICK FREY, 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

JAN VAN MUNSTER

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.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
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

MUSEUM OFF MUSEUM

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
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
 

Rosalind Nashashibi

Proximity Machine

Book Works, United Kingdom
2008 / Softcover / 73/4 x 11 inches
80 pp / 77 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-89-1 · Retail Price: $32.00

SHAHRYAR NASHAT

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
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

SHAHRYAR NASHAT

Obituary

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.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
May 2016 / Hardcover
5 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 128 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-099-7 · Retail Price: $27.00

ERNST WILHELM NAY

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

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
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

WARREN NEIDICH

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.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
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

IOANA NEMES

Artist Book

Stefania Ferchedau (Ed.)

Ioana Nemes was one of the most remarkable figures in the new generation of contemporary Romanian artists. Her brief but extraordinary career is artfully presented in this graphically sophisticated monograph that intertwines images of her work, critical essays, letters and conversations with the artist. Fascinated with time, language and nonlinear narrative, Nemes’s artistic practice was predicated on an ongoing and unconstrained process of self-evaluation. On the slippery margins between art and life, her Monthly Evaluations project, realized in different formats and media, recorded the artist’s daily thoughts and experiences, measuring each day against a specific set of parameters: physical, emotional, intellectual, financial and chance. In addition to her work as a visual artist, Nemes’s diverse practice also included cross-disciplinary collaborative projects that allowed her to work cohesively across fashion, design, scenography and visual art—most notably her work with the fashion collective Rozalb De Mura and the interior design collaborative Liste Noire.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
July 2015 / English & Romanian
Softcover / 8 x 10 3/4 inches / 256 pp / 25 b&w and 37 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-87-8 · Retail Price: $38.00

NEW DYSTOPIA

Mark Von Schlegell

Dystopia has been called “utopia’s wretched flipside,” yet contemporary science-fiction author Mark von Schlegell has figured out how to see dystopia not as pure apocalypse, but as a tabula rasa – a context from which luck, hope and a possible utopian future can emerge. Von Schlegell’s illustrated screenplay-as-science fiction novel is the jumping-off point for this exhibition catalog from the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux. With many illustrations, reproductions and installation photos on the theme from several dozen important contemporary artists, including Wallace Berman, Isa Genzken, Franz West, Cosima von Bonin and the Pathetic Sympathy Seekers, among others.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
CAPC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux
November 2011 / English & French / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 5 1/8 x 7 3/8 inches / 272 pp / 96 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-54-2 · Retail Price: $24.95