How to Do Things with[out] Words

Chantal Pontbriand (Ed.)

In recent years, Madrid has become one of the most active European cities in stimulating experimental art, and the CAM2 (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo) in Madrid one of its most important centers. Curated by Parachute founder Chantal Pontbriand, PER/FORM aims to reclaim the museum as platform for live experimentation, with 16 installations and performances exploring how art deals with reality in a performative way. The project included an exhibition, three “Intensity Days”of performances (as outlined by Lyotard’s notion of art as situation) and this generously illustrated exhibition catalog. Performances, interactive installations, videos and sound installations in a variety of visual essays—including musical scores, drawings, documents and photographs— and theoretical texts by the 30 participating artists make for a captivating look at the shifting roles of politics, experience and immateriality in art today.

January 2015 / English & Spanish
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 x 10 1/2 inches
352 pp / 122 b&w and 29 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-063-8 · Retail Price: $27.00



Snoeck, Germany
2009 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches / 64 pp / 24 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-06-3 · Retail Price: $39.95

Dan Perfect

Ridinghouse, London
The Chisenhale Gallery, London
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
11 x 9 inches / 48 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-10-4 · Retail Price: $35.00

Dan Perfect


For his 2009 Dæmonology series, Dan Perfect has conjured 26 numinous beings, from Amaethon – the Welsh agricultural deity – to Zadkiel – the biblical angel of mercy. A strange and indifferent company, these small luminous paintings are full of unusual colors and unexpected shapes that simultaneously reveal and conceal a face. The paintings challenge the viewer to discern faces or figures in the abstraction and this group of portraits examines notions of illusion and projection, while firmly referencing our need to define and order the world around us. The 26 full color images are accompanied by a text by John Paul-Stonard, which explores the works’ relationship to the make-believe.

Ridinghouse, London
July 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 48 pp / 26 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-27-2 · Retail Price: $22.00


Itinerant Drawing from Latin America

An exciting and original approach to the art of Latin America, this exhibition catalog looks at the work of nine artists who have adopted forms of travel or nomadism to explore contemporary life. Selected by curator Tanya Barson, the artists include Brígida Baltar, Tony Cruz, Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, André Komatsu, Mateo López, Jorge Macchi, Nicolás Paris and Ishmael Randall Weeks, whose shared interests lead them to engage with urban and rural landscapes through the medium of drawing. In their own way, each artist borrows from the models and conventions of geographical, botanical, topographical, political, philosophical or Surrealist investigation, allowing their work to destabilize assumptions about the continent. Texts by Tanya Barson, Isobel Whitelegg, Pablo León de la Barra and Moacir dos Anjos.

April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 10.5 inches / 112 pp / 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-46-3 · Retail Price: $29.95

Permanent Trouble

Contemporary Art from the Kopp Collection Munich

This hefty coffee-table book documents, for the first time, the seminal private art collection of Munich’s Herbert and Annette Kopp. The title Permanent Trouble functions as a synonym for the permanent outsider; the Kopps acquired works by Hansjörg Dobliar, Paul McCarthy and Gert and Uwe Tobias, among others, when those artists were still outsiders. Those “youngsters” contrast with the Kopp’s works by an older generation, such as Sylvie Fleury, Gunther Forg, Mike Kelley and Martin Kippenberger. Anyone who follows the European avantgarde will be fascinated by the evolution and breadth of this unique collection. (John Waters’s hilarious “Visit Marfa” poster alone is a good enough reason to buy the book.) A gorgeous tribute to collectors with a splendid eye.

Snoeck, Germany
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 12 inches / 368 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-46-9 · Retail Price: $65.00

Manfred Pernice

Haldensleben · Bibette headland · Hotel Hangelar

Philipp Kaiser & Barbara Englebach (Eds.)

Internationally acclaimed German sculptor Manfred Pernice’s equivocal constructions lie somewhere between autonomous sculpture and expansive room-size installation. They use as their starting point spaces (industrial plants, canals, high-rises, metro stations or dykes) and vessels (cans or containers), whose forms are defined by their respective functions. When Pernice pieces these forms together into new constellations using plywood and other materials, he produces not only complex structures but also correspondingly dense webs of social and political associations, which draw from the artist’s own photographs, drawings and documentation. This artist monograph begins with three large sculptural works exhibited at Museum Ludwig (2007) that become the inspiration for the next decade of works. Facsimile texts, found images and photographs appear throughout his installations as silent guides, resonating with allusions to historical events, literary figures and even political turmoil. Collected by numerous institutions including MOMA, NY, TATE Modern and LACMA.

May 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 x 7 ¾ inches / 216 pp / 320 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-099-3 · Retail Price: $39.95


The Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1987, Softcover, 9 x 12 inches
96 pp, 70 duotone and 16 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-911291-14-8 · Retail Price: $20.00

Peter Land


Visual Art Center at the Danish Arts Agency
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 inches
40 pp / 12 b&w and 14 color
ISBN: 87-91409-16-0 · Retail Price: $19.00


The Black Angel’s Dead Song

Bright, kaleidoscopic dream worlds are at the heart of Berlin-based artist Peter Pommerer’s work, and The Black Angel’s Dead Song is no exception. A catalogue from his 2008 exhibition at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Mishima, Japan, this book features three sections: “The Prologue,” “The Angel’s Dream,” and “The Explosion.” The 98 colored-pencil drawings are accompanied by a running narrative of captions written by the artist, creating something of a graphic novel. Pommerer is hailed for his brimming vitality and his ability to celebrate the early artistic experiences of childhood in vivid colors and bold strokes.

Nohara Publishing, Japan
2009 / English & Japanese / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 208 pp / 98 color
ISBN: 978-4-904257-02-9 · Retail Price: $38.00