Works So Far
American artist Nils Nova takes the idea of trompe l’oeil to an extreme, very conceptual place in his first comprehensive monograph to date. Imagine a photo of the gallery you’re in, blown up to life size and placed in exactly the same spot as the real-life space. You’re walking into a wall that looks like the space behind it. In his outstanding and insightful essay, Max Wechsler comments that it is not just the imposing dimensions of the work that disarm the imagination, but the succession of mirror images that throws off the viewer’s sense of what’s real and what’s not. Eventually, even a real photograph hanging on a real wall starts to look like an illusion floating in space. This extensively illustrated publication invites the viewer into Nova’s oddly parallel universe.
November 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 3/8 x 11 inches / 224 pp / 180 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-87-2 · Retail Price: $85.00
Legendary for craftsmanship and quality, Nymphenburg is the Bavarian royal family’s porcelain factory, acclaimed since its founding in 1747 for precious, handmade pieces. This new, comprehensively illustrated book shows how Nymphenburg developed its world-renowned reputation over almost 300 years, becoming synonymous with refinement, sophistication and brilliance in porcelain. With concise attention to detail, photographer Frank Stolle guides the reader through the entire factory (located since 1761 in the northern wing of the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich), covering the intricacies of molding, turning, luting, painting, firing, glazing and gilding. The factory’s master workshops own 15,000 color formulas and 30,000 different molds, and are still producing stylistically influential and custom works for artists, architects and designers from around the world.
PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG, GERMANY
January 2013/ German French & English/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 9x 11 1/2 inches/ 184 pp/ 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-025-2 · Retail Price: $52.00
Thomas Dane Gallery, London
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches / 5 two-sided color posters
ISBN: 978-1-905464-14-2 · Retail Price: $65.00
In der Wohnung
Fred Fischli & Niels Olsen (Eds.)
The representation of domestic interiors has always been an important subject to Berlin-based German painter Albert Oehlen. In collaboration with Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, Oehlen assembled an exhibition (2014) surveying approaches to the painting of interiors in contemporary art. His most recent artist book, In der Wohnung (In the Apartment), from STUDIOLO artist book series, is a record of his art historical journey. The book opens onto undulating black-and-white perspectival line drawings of landscapes sparsely populated with fragments of work by Richard Artschwager, Mike Kelley and Martin Kippenberger, among others, which the artist uses in his own paintings. Arriving at a building set into the landscape, we encounter a recent “Klebebild” by Oehlen—Pop art panels featuring Oehlen’s collages. Several close-ups of the final artworks are also shown on display. A survey of Oehlen’s work is being presented at the New Museum, NY, later this year.
July 2015 / Hardcover
9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches / 128 pp / 23 b&w and 67 color
ISBN: 978-3-905929-95-9 · Retail Price: $55.00
Today in History
Platform Garanti, Istanbul
2008, Softcover, 81/4 x 6 inches
72 pp, 30 b&w reproductions
ISBN: 978-1-906012-02-1 · Retail Price: $22.00
2005, English and German text
Series 012, 276 pp
Softcover, 3 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
ISBN: 0-9745688-6-4 · Retail Price: $24.95
The Very Quick of the Word
Annie Godfrey Larmon & Alise Upitis (Eds.)
Multiple temporalities of memory making and recording are overlaid in the video “paintings” of New York– and Berlin–based artist Ken Okiishi. Okiishi uses flat-screen televisions as canvas, painting in the style of the abstract expressionists. Brashly colored pigment rubbing against a glowing screen showing a delayed playback of significantly deteriorated home videos which have significantly deteriorated. The artist, featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is interested in exploring the gap between digital and continuous space. This intentionally overwhelming book, which accompanies recent exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and CCS Bard, imagines the exhibition catalog itself as a format in crisis. A mass of overlaid images and inlaid texts, it includes essays from curators Annie Godfrey Larmon and Alise Upitis along with images from Okiishi’s series gesture/data (2013–ongoing), and a screenplay book of Okiishi’s 2010 runaway hit, (Goodbye to) Manhattan.
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 1/3 x 9 1/2 inches / 160 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-064-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
Return to Rightful Owner
Where is history “created”? Inspired by this question, visual artist Eva Olthof works on projects in which she researches certain events or locations through testimonials and documentation. Collecting fragments—her personal photos, archive material, texts and objects—and searching for boundaries between documentary and imaginary images, Olthof’s new book explores the politics of forgetting, remembering and citing. She takes as her starting point the American Memorial Library in Berlin, built in 1954 as a gift from the American people to West Berlin. Its modern architecture made it an emblem for the American way of life. Purposely located close to the border of Russian-occupied territory, the library also had the goal of attracting East Berliners. Written with Dutch curator Doreen Menda, this publication explores the political history of the library as showcase for American freedom and democracy and the recent revelations of NSA files by Edward Snowden.
October 2015 / Softcover
6 x 9 1/2 inches / 95 pp / 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-31-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
Three Banquets For a Queen
Gastronomy meets art in a new series, On the Table, edited by the provocative, genre-straddling Swedish writer Charlotte Birnbaum. The first publication is a new translation of a 17th-century text describing three spectacular banquets that greeted Queen Christina of Sweden when she visited Rome in 1668. Antonio degli Effetti was on the scene, and described all three feasts in their sumptuous glory, detailing the lavish preparations for the celebrations and the dining experience itself, designed by Bernini, no less! The original text, dotted with quotations from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil’s Aeneid, is placed in today’s context by a foreword and two essays by Birnbaum. Was it dinner or was it 300-year-old performance art?
October 2011 / Softcover / 4 1/8 x 7 inches / 92 pp / 6 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-62-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
The Futurist Cookbook: F.T. Marinetti and Fillìa
Charlotte Birnbaum (Ed.)
Fourth in the wonderful series On the Table founded and edited by Charlotte Birnbaum, The Futurist Cookbook is a manifesto-as-culinary-innovation. Written in 1932 by founder of Futurism F. T. Marinetti and his collaborator Fillia—“like all the arts, it excludes plagiarism and demands creative originality. It is no accident that this work is being published in the midst of a world financial crisis, the development and outcome of which apparently cannot be determined; what can be determined, however, is the dangerous and dispiriting panic it engenders. This panic we counter with a Futurist cuisine: in other words, optimism at the table.” Replete with experimental recipes, this book is a multilayered exploration of cultural metabolisms— with the dining table as its centerpiece, of course! Brilliantly illustrated by Jan Kietala and translated by Barbara McGilvray.
Hardcover / 4 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
228 pp / 10 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-003-4 · Retail Price: $24.00