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
May 2005 – October 2007
2008 / Softcover / 7 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches / 416 pp / 208 color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-1-1 · Retail Price: $49.95
Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen
Axel Wieder & Florian Zeyfang (Eds.)
Oskar Hansen’s concept of “open form”—a theory embracing art-as-process engaging viewer, recipient and user—became a key principle in performance and film leading to the development of process-oriented and interdisciplinary artistic techniques in the following decades. Open Form examines the extraordinary impact of Hansen’s ideas within contemporary visual culture and the redefined role of the viewer since the 1960s. In-depth interviews with some of the most important experimental artists in Poland from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where Hansen taught architecture nearly his entire life, examine his impact on the arts. Developed in the context of international debates around late-modern architecture in the 1950s, “open form” assumed artistic expression incomplete until appropriated by the beholder. Contributions examining the theory’s influence on the younger generation and ample visual material by Hansen and other artists complete this fascinating and extensive volume.
July 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 6 x 8 3/4 inches / 248 pp / 139 b&w and 56 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-98-6 · Retail Price: $26.00
Florence Derieux, Krist Gruijthuijsen & Bettina Steinbrügge (Eds.)
After appearing on the collective art world radar in the MoMA, NY, Emerging Photography exhibition (2013), American artist Lisa Oppenheim has now been recognized with her first major solo exhibition and monographic publication, cataloging a decade of practice. By exposing and re-exposing archival material, Oppenheim bridges past and present by introducing new meaning to historical images, often resulting in film and photographic projects. Using textiles to produce images and images to produce textiles, Oppenheim inserts punch cards of randomly chosen historical textile images into a traditional Jacquard loom, intentionally “jamming” the machine to produce unusual results. One could define this non-narrative, photo process based work as an archaeology of time and visual culture. Texts by Karen Archey, Angie Keefer, Lisa Oppenheim and Christian Rattemeyer.
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
KUNSTVEREIN IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 13 inches / 160 pp / 92 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-040-9 · Retail Price: $40.00
M HKA 08 02 13 - 19 05 13
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s art casts a merciless perspective on reality. The duo visualizes their imaginings of the parallel world inherent within the modern human psyche, along with how it manifests itself in the everyday aspects of life and civic conformity. Everything from work, leisure and family, to social class, masculinity and marginalization are envisaged through convening an unlikely cast of nonprofessional actors, family members, friends, beards, objects and mannequins alike, often in banal, homespun settings. This book accompanies their major exhibition at M HKA of the same title—the term the artists use for their particular conception of the parallel world. Narratives and criticism by Michael Van den Abeele, Nav Haq, Jennifer Krasinski, Dieter Roelstraete and artist Peter Wächtler.
July 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 x 9 1⁄2 inches / 68 pp / 6 b&w and 17 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-53-5 · Retail Price: $26.00
Options with Nostrils brings together a collection of previously unpublished essays, both theoretical and visual, by artists, curators and a group of post-graduates from the Fine Art program at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, who together founded the Office for the Unknown. The writings investigate notions of the unpredictable and the unknown while looking at ways in which these notions enable a critical view on conditions of art making within the context of the present. Mirroring the process, this volume presents a chaos of ideas. Labyrinthine in structure and outlook, Options with Nostrils aims to destabilize the belief that there is an order of things in response to which the artist holds a decisive position. Because, as Sarat Maharaj has said, “The artist has an unknowability: the ability to unknow.” Featured contributors include Anthony Huberman, Raimundas Malasauskas, Linda Quinlan plus many more.
Piet Zwart Institute, The Netherlands
May 2011 / Softcover / 5.25 x 7.75 inches / 250 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-16-0 · Retail Price: $18.00
An exhibition catalog from M HKA, Antwerp, documenting the group called Auguste Orts, a production platform set up by Brussels-based artists Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer, and Anouk De Clercq. Indentifying themselves as visual artists, they work primarily with film and video, imagining experimental modes of life, contesting oppressive systems. In an accompanying essay, T.J. Demos writes: “While comprised of the singular and at times divergent approaches of its members, the group’s work shares a simultaneous commitment to the political potential of filmmaking and the subtle craftwork of aesthetics.” The catalog also includes an essay by M HKA director Bart De Baere; a roundtable discussion between the curator Dieter Roelstraete and the artists; in-depth texts on and illustrations of each artist’s work.
Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, Belgium
September 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5 x 7 5/8 inches / 152 pp / 21 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-11-5 · Retail Price: $14.95
Jochen Kienbaum (Ed.)
American painter Carl Ostendarp believes in a world in which a serious painter can make work that does not demand connoisseurship from his audience. His installations employing walls of continuously painted two-tone wave shapes as a backdrop for deceptively simple cartoonlike paintings and sculptures are intended to re-contextualize the gallery space and refresh our way of seeing. In his newest project, Book, Ostendarp re-creates the continuous-wave motif using the pages of the book as gallery walls, inviting viewers to project their own imagery while merging the foundations of Modernism, Pop, Color Field and Minimalism into his simple biomorphic forms. Available in two versions—blue tones or red tones—Book makes space for Ostendarp’s viewers to play and create their own installation, in reality or imagination.
July 2015 / Hardcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 40pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-113-6 · Retail Price: $29.95
Los Angeles photographer Gina Osterloh is best known for exploring the wavering line between figure and ground, photographing actual people (often herself), fanciful, fabricated mannequins, or rough cardboard silhouettes against paper backdrops of her own devising. This catalogue documents her 2012 residency at LACE, where she developed a major new body of work by relocating her studio into the main gallery and engaging with the public across a diverse range of artistic platforms. Generously illustrated with color and black and white images and designed by Willem Henri Lucas, Group Dynamic includes essays by Matthew Thompson and Kris Cohen and an interview with the artist by Michelle Dizon.
March 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
6 x 8 1/2 inches/ 34 pp/ Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-937335-24-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Questions of Travel
Rosemary Heather & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Published on occasion of parallel exhibitions that Los Angeles–based painter Silke Otto-Knapp presented in two markedly different locations: Fogo Island, Newfoundland and the Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna. The rural and urban, new and old world, is evident in the selection of works presented and compiled in this joint catalog. Stark and poetic black-and-white monochromes are made by applying watercolor to primed canvas, and a distinctive technique of layering and erasing coats of paint. The exhibition catalog includes essays by Susan Morgan and Vanessa Joan Müller and a conversation between Otto- Knapp and Nicolaus Schafhausen. Art historian Morgan approaches the work via three significant influences: cultural geographer J. B. Jackson; avant-garde dancer Anna Halprin and her husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin; and the poems of Elizabeth Bishop. Otto-Knapp, a UCLA professor, took the title for this project from Bishop’s poem of the same name, reprinted here.
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, NEWFOUNDLAND
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 x 8 1/4 inches / 100 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-052-2 · Retail Price: $30.00